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SB Nation Previews: Baylor's 2013 Opponents

For the past 6 months, Bill Connelly has been posting comprehensive previews for every team in NCAA's Football Bowl Subdivision. With football season right around the corner, it's time to collect them in one place.

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UCF attempts to avoid a slip

No, UCF is not taking on a massive upgrade in its new conference. Still, it's a sign of accomplishment that the Knights are already one of the more stable programs in the American. The question for 2013 is whether they can avoid a bit of a defensive step backwards after the loss of some key pieces.

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2013 Baylor Opponent Previews

All of the previews from SB Nation's Bill Connelly for Baylor's 2013 opponents.

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North Dakota State tops preseason FCS poll

The Bison will begin their quest for a third straight FCS title atop the polls.

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Extensions and experience

Buffalo heads into 2013 loaded with experience and a play-making defense. If the Bulls are to return to bowl eligibility, now's the time.

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ULM Funk

In Todd Berry's third year in charge, ULM leaped to eight wins, an upset of Arkansas, and its first ever bowl appearance. With an incredibly experienced squad returning, what might the Warhawks have for an encore?

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Dana Holgorsen's biggest challenge

Dana Holgorsen always fields a strong offense, and West Virginia always goes bowling ... right?

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Pros, cons, and Kansas State

Go ahead. Bet against Kansas State. Bill Snyder dares you.

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ISU goes slow and steady

Iowa State has improved in three of Paul Rhoads' four seasons in Ames. Can the Cyclones continue the growth in 2013 with a thinned out defensive front seven and a perpetually iffy passing game?

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Kansas and the JUCO gambit

Kansas has beaten four FBS teams in three years and beat exactly zero of them in Charlie Weis' first season. Can you blame Weis, then, for loading up on transfers and hoping for the best?

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Sooners in a rut, but a nice rut

In terms of advanced stats, Oklahoma has ranked in the top 10 for six consecutive seasons. So why is Bob Stoops so feisty this offseason? And what the hell happened to the Sooners' defensive line?

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Fun comes back to Lubbock

New Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury has probably already been embraced by a larger portion of the fanbase than Tommy Tuberville ever was. Now we have to find out if he can coach.

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Can OSU's plug-and-play work again?

What Mike Gundy lacks in tact, he makes up for with coaching prowess, and for the fourth straight year he will likely be at the reins of a top 15 team in Stillwater.

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TCU survives, then thrives

Injuries and arrests forced TCU to field a ridiculously inexperienced squad in its first year in the Big 12. Head coach Gary Patterson and his Horned Frogs survived, however, and now it's time to make a run at a conference title.

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Does Texas complete the rebuild in 2013?

The Longhorns have slowly rebuilt themselves since the 2010 collapse, and with a ridiculously experienced two-deep and reasonably good health, they could play at an elite level in 2013.