The teams that tend to go up this offseason

The college football offseason offers multiple ways for teams to enhance their programs.

Teams like Michigan State and Baylor are looking to build on breakout 2021 seasons while programs like LSU and USC have optimism they’ll bounce back with new head coaches. Along with Lincoln Riley, the Trojans added the top-rated transfer into the portal for former Oklahoma Sooner quarterback Caleb Williams.

Texas A&M has cleaned up the 2021 recruiting track, signing the No. 1 class of all time. The Aggies class included seven five-star prospects.

Texas made headlines with the acquisition of a talented transfer group in former five-star quarterback Quinn Ewers. The Longhorns also finished strong on the recruiting track, finishing as the No. 5 class in the nation. Not to mention the Horns are returning Bijan Robinson and Xavier Worthy from last year’s team.

Many schools feel that their future is heading in the right direction. Here’s a list of eight teams whose stock is currently up this offseason:

Baylor

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2021 has been a magical season in Waco. The Bears went 11-2 in winning the Big 12 Championship and the Sugar Bowl. Dave Aranda proved he was the man for the job and was locked into a huge contract extension.

Houston

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Houston has quietly had a very strong 2021 season. The Cougars went 12-2 and ended their season with a bowl win over the Auburn Tigers. Dana Holgerson has a big chunk of his returning roster for next season and looks set for the next move to the Big 12.

Miami

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Miami made one of the biggest moves in a wild coaching carousel when they hired Mario Cristobal away from Oregon. Cristobal has since hired an elite staff and the recruiting perks are already paying off. Miami has the chance to become a regular competitor to the ACC very quickly.

state of michigan

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Michigan State was one of the best stories of the 2021 season. Transfer running back Kenneth Walker led the Spartans to an 11-2 season and a Peach Bowl victory. The biggest news for Michigan State is that head coach Mel Tucker is back after being one of the popular names in the coaching carousel.

pitt

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Similar to Baylor above, Pitt has had a breakout 2021 season. The Panthers ended Clemson’s ACC title streak and fired Biletnikoff winner Jordan Addison. Transfer quarterback Kedon Solvis is a perfect fit for the system and should help soften the blow of Kenny Pickett’s loss.

Texas

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Texas has been one of the most disappointing teams in 2021, going 5-7 with an inexcusable home loss to Kansas. Fortunately, the offseason could not have gone better for the Horns. Texas has done extremely well in the transfer portal and recruiting cycle. Returning stars Bijan Robinson and Xavier Worthy return as two of the best players in college football.

Texas A&M

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Texas A&M didn’t have the season it wanted in 2021. The early loss of quarterback Haynes King was a major setback en route to an 8-4 season.

The Aggies still feel great about their future under Jimbo Fisher. They signed the No. 1 recruiting class of the 2021 cycle and added LSU quarterback Max Johnson from the transfer portal.

USC

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The hiring of Lincon Riley totally changed the outlook for USC’s program. The Trojans have overhauled the roster with several cleat transfers and are beginning to lock in the state’s best players for the 2023 recruiting round.

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