College Football: 4 Teams Seriously on the Rise for 2012

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College Football: 4 Teams Seriously on the Rise for 2012
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As the college bowl season starts winding down, fans all start wondering about their team's future and what the 2012 season may present. Just last year, very few thought that Cam Newton was going to carry Auburn to national title while this season others though LSU would slip up somewhere along their schedule.

But the exciting part about college football is finding the next big program on the rise. Big 12 fans knew Oklahoma State was going to be good and that Baylor was improving, but a BCS bowl win and Heisman for their respective schools shocked a lot of people.

Everyone had Houston and Boise State as BCS Busters, but who thought that Southern Miss would bust Houston's BCS bowl bid and finish in the top 25? 

While it is still 2011, here is a quick look towards four teams that could make some serious noise in 2012 and be next season's surprises, even with less than perfect performances in their bowl games.

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