Complete breakdown of Every CFB Team’s Returning Starters.

Here is your complete breakdown of every College Football teams returning starters from the Phil Steele’s 2018 College Football Preview. There will be a update closer to the start of the season due to possible transfers after the magazine was published.

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Last year there were 18 teams that returned 16 starters or more, including their QB. Of those 18 teams, 13 had a better record in 2017 than they did in 2016. One had the same record, and only 4 of the 18 had a weaker record.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, there were 18 teams that returned 11 or fewer starters that did not have a returning starter at QB. Of those 18 teams, 5 had a better record. Of the 18 least experienced teams, 12 had a weaker record in 2017 than they did in 2016 and one had the same.

With all that in mind, the numbers listed below provide a good window into what to expect in 2018. I broke them down first by overall ranking Michigan St, Kansas and Florida are looking good and Hawaii and Colorado St are not, and then by conference.

Note: A (1) in the QB Column denotes that teams starting QB is back.

Here is the breakdown by Conference. Conference rank in ( ).



Big 10

Big 12





PAC 12


Sun Belt

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