Teams on the rise, fall for 2014
Michigan among teams projected to climb, Louisville among those set to drop
Here's a look at two teams that had great seasons in 2013 but are projected to decline in 2014, and three teams with winning records in 2013 that are poised to rise next season.
2013 record: 12-1
It was all laid out for the Cardinals in 2013 as they welcomed back projected top-five NFL draft pick Teddy Bridgewater, returned 10 starters on defense and had a schedule tailor-made for an undefeated season. Their only blemish ended up being a blown 28-7 third-quarter lead against UCF, but they still finished 12-1 with a rout of the Miami Hurricanes in the Russell Athletic Bowl. With back-to-back top-15 finishes, the Cardinals appeared to be a rising program, but things are about to change -- and not for the better.
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