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2011 Football Returning Starters? Good News For Georgia, Bad News For Georgia Tech

Every college football offseason, the only guiding light we have as far as whether our teams will be good or not is the number of starters returning from the previous year. You're looking forward to seeing a huge chart listing every team's number of returning starters on offense and defense, ranked from first to worst in the nation, but obviously that kind of thing will take months to --

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Hold the phone, information wholesaler Phil Steele has already banged the whole thing out, which of course demands your click right this instant. The Vanderbilt Commodores return more starters than anybody else -- not that they'll use 'em! -- while the Auburn Tigers lose a ton of amateur talent to teams that pay money to football players. Auburn loses more than any team in the nation, in fact.

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The Georgia Bulldogs and Alabama Crimson Tide are near the top of the SEC, while the Florida St. Seminoles top the ACC. Yes, this means Bama and FSU are absolutely loaded, considering they're also topping this year's recruiting rankings.

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Worst off among all our conference teams: the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, who finished with a losing record and return the fewest starters of any SEC or ACC team besides Auburn.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.