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Post-spring Top 25 with a Pac-12 focus: Half of the Pac-12 in the rankings

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Breaking down the nation's best teams after Spring practices.

Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

1. Alabama

2. Clemson

3. Oklahoma

4. Florida State

5. LSU

6. Michigan

7. Ohio State

8. Notre Dame

9. Stanford - Christian McCaffrey is still suiting up for the Cardinal, but they have a large amount of pieces around him on offense they still have to replace, including quarterback Kevin Hogan with no successor chosen this Spring. The defense is also going to see a lot of retooling on a unit that was good in 2015, but the worst the Cardinal have put out in a long time. The Cardinal have the coaching, system and raw talent to be a Top 10 team again, but that ground is shaky with the amount of reloading they have to do this off-season.

10. Tennessee

11. Baylor

12. Mississippi

13. Iowa

14. Michigan State

15. USC - This is the perfect place to put the Trojans. Take a look at their depth chart and you will see huge talent and experience almost across the board, but take a look at their recent history and you will see a program that just can't seem to figure out how to put it all together. Also factor in, breaking in a new quarterback with no clear cut replacement for Cody Kessler stepping up and probably the nation's toughest schedule.

16. Georgia

17. North Carolina

18. Louisville

19. UCLA - The Bruins saw a max exodus after the 2015 season, but still have five-star talent across the board and a burgeoning star at quarterback in Josh Rosen. Jim Mora has shown he has trouble getting the Bruins over the hump from Top 20-25 team to Top 10 team, but he has proven he can take the talent this team has and win 9-10 games.

20. Houston

21. Washington - I'm hesitant to put the Huskies up where everyone else is ranking them right now because I don't think they have fully fulfilled their potential since practically the last millennium, but okay. Forgetting that, the Huskies look ready for their breakout season under Chris Petersen. They return more experience than maybe any other major program in the country, including budding stars at quarterback (Jake Browning) and running back (Myles Gaskin) with a lot of that talent and experience residing on the defensive side where the Huskies were quietly the best in the Pac-12 in 2015.

22. TCU

23. Washington State - Luke Falk, Gabe Marks and Mike Leach look ready to tear up opposing defenses all season again and if they get the support from their offensive line and defense they got last year, they could crack the 10-win mark for the first time in more than 10 years. The offense might get all of the headlines, but watch out for the Cougar defense to step up again as it loses a big piece in Destiny Vaeao, but returns a handful of playmakers like Shalom Luani, Daniel Ekuale and Peyton Pelleur.

24. Wisconsin

25. Oregon - I have no idea what  to make of the Ducks. They are two seasons removed from a near national championship and looked like the best team in the Pac-12 last season when they had Vernon Adams rolling, but they looked like a 4-5-win team without him and didn't win 10 games. I still have faith in their system and they have really nice pieces at running back and receiver, but something just doesn't feel right and it's unlikely Dakota Prukop will be able to match Adams' abilities.

On the edge

Miami, Oklahoma State, Florida, Utah, Boise State