Ten biggest questions heading into 2013

Updated: January 11, 2013, 4:50 PM ET
By Travis Haney

The 2012 season isn't quite complete, even if the calendar year is in its final hours. What can we expect from the new year, knowing 2012 was a season in which college football experienced a variety of adventures? Notre Dame resurged. The SEC, just when it seemed out of the national title hunt, maintained its foothold. And the new playoff took shape.

What should we look forward to in 2013? Here is a 10-question primer for the college football year ahead.

1. Will Chip Kelly still be Oregon's head coach?

NFL head coaching jobs are opening at a quick pace. So if Kelly really is mulling a move, what better time to hand-pick a favorable situation? Jumping into turbulent franchises thwarted the attempts of Nick Saban, Steve Spurrier and others, although it's not as if they were exempt from criticism.

Kelly could also be motivated to follow Pete Carroll's lead of outracing the NCAA guillotine, given some of the smoke around the Oregon program. (Carroll landed in a pretty good spot, as it turns out.)

Look, it's going to happen eventually. Count me among those interested in seeing whether Kelly's offensive system works in the NFL. Those I've spoken with are divided on the subject. And isn't a defense also required to play professional football? Oregon has made strides on defense, but it's not as if Kelly's offensive mind alone will lead to success.