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Bob's Top 50 rankings: No. 46 California

After a rough Pac-12 season in 2017, AP voter and beat writer Bob Asmussen thinks the Cal Bears have a chance to bounce back with a quality year.

Top 50 teams in 2018: No. 46, California

Coach: Justin Wilcox

2017 record: 5-7

Projected 2018 record: 8-4

Circle the date: Nov. 10 at Southern Cal

Bowl trip: Las Vegas

Top 50 most important Illini: No. 46, Jakari Norwood

Vitals: 5-10, 175, RB

Hometown: Deerfield Beach, Fla.

High School: Deerfield Beach

Top 50 Most Important Illini Football Players: No. 46 Jakari Norwood

Despite playing a position with plenty of depth, freshman running back Jakari Norwood could play a role this season, and that's why beat writer Scott Richey has him at No. 46 on his list of most important Illini football players. 

Top 50 Most Important Illini Football Players: No. 47 Jimmy Marchese

Linebacker Jimmy Marchese makes Scott Richey's list at one of Illinois' biggest positions of need.

Top 50 most important Illini: No. 47, Jimmy Marchese

Vitals: 6-2, 220, R-Jr., LB

Hometown: Vernon Hills

High school: Stevenson

Top 50 Most Important Illini Football Players: No. 48 Justice Williams

Justice Williams comes in at No. 48 on the list after switching from linebacker to receiver.

Top 50 teams in 2018: No. 47, South Florida

Coach: Charlie Strong

2017 record: 10-2

Projected 2018 record: 9-3

Circle this date: Nov. 23 vs. Central Florida

Bowl trip: Birmingham

Bob's Top 50 College Football rankings: No. 47 South Florida

The News-Gazette's AP voter thinks South Florida has a chance for a strong start to the season. Find out why in the video below.

Top 50 most important Illini: No. 48, Justice Williams

No. 48: Justice Williams

Vitals: 6-3, 220, Jr., WR

Hometown: Frisco, Texas

High School: Wakeland