Today, we continue unveiling our national unit rankings. We'll unveil one per day and end Tuesday with overall coaching staffs.
The No. 1 team in the offensive line rankings is a Pac-10 school that looks to have an embarrassment of riches, which is no surprise considering how this school recruits.
Here are the offensive line rankings. Next up: defensive line.
OFFENSIVE LINE UNIT RANKINGS
1. USC BUZZ: All five starters return – but two could lose their starting spots, meaning this group has good depth. T Charles Brown, G Jeff Byers and C Kristofer O'Dowd have All-America potential and should help make sure the new quarterback is well-protected.
7. Rutgers BUZZ: All five starters return for an offense that likely will depend far more on the run this season. T Anthony Davis is a mountain on the outside. This is an aggressive, physical group.
8. Florida State BUZZ: For the first time in a while, the Seminoles' offensive line will be a team strength. G Rodney Hudson is the leader of what still is a young group.
9. Boston College BUZZ: T Anthony Castonzo and G Matt Tennant have All-America potential and head a group that returns four starters. The line has the potential to control games, but is there a quarterback on the roster?
10. Oklahoma State BUZZ: T Russell Okung may be the best offensive lineman in the nation. He and Brady Bond form a nice tackle duo. There are two new guards, but the talent looks to be there.
8 OTHERS TO WATCH: Cincinnati (T Jeff Linkenbach heads the Big East's second-best line); Clemson (This unit goes from somewhat of a weakness to a definite strength); Louisiana-Lafayette (All five starters are back for a team that ranked seventh in the nation in rushing offense and had two 1,000-yard rushers); LSU (T Ciron Black is a standout, but center could be an issue); Mississippi (T Michael Oher is missed, but massive T John Jerry is a road-grader); Stanford (This is an experienced, physical group); Utah (T Zane Beadles is a full-fledged star and the best of three returning starters); Wake Forest (Look for the Demon Deacons to run the ball much better this season; they have all five starters back, plus return former starter Chris DeGeare, a 362-pounder who missed last season for academic reasons).
(Rankings by Rivals.com staffers Olin Buchanan, Tom Dienhart, David Fox, Mike Huguenin and Steve Megargee.)