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College Football Predictions: WVU and 5 Teams That Will Shock the CFB World

Soven BerySenior Analyst IApril 10, 2012

College Football Predictions: WVU and 5 Teams That Will Shock the CFB World

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    Why do we love sports? It is a timeless question and one that has many different answers. I, for one, love sports because of the unpredictability in every contest.

    Any outcome is possible, and that surprise factor will surely play a big role when the next college football season rolls around.

    There will be teams that surprise us with great play and those that surprise us because they fell flat of expectations.   

    But don’t be that one guy that is confused when you and your buddies hang out and watch some CFB. 

    Get informed with this handy list on five teams that will shock the sporting world next college football season. 

West Virginia University

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    The 2012 Orange Bowl wasn’t a shocker by any means. Consider it a coming-out party. The Mountaineers surprised the entire nation when they put up 70 points in their final game last season against highly touted Clemson. 

    Get used to that production. West Virginia has a stellar offense and can put points up at ease. They will capitalize on that amazing BCS bowl performance and enter 2012 with loads of momentum. 

    Dana Holgorsen will be able to put up wins behind an offense that features the electrifying quarterback Geno Smith and a boatload of quality receivers such as Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey and Ivan McCartney. 

    Smith is a Heisman hopeful that will be in the hunt to lead the nation in passing. All the pieces are in place for him to air it out en route to scoring and scoring and scoring. 

    Don’t be surprised when West Virginia shocks the college football world. 

The University of Utah

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    It is all about schedule for Utah. Thankfully, they have a relatively easy one. The only big powerhouse in the Pac-12 South is USC, and Utah has an upward chance of surprising many people. 

    They start off with Northern Colorado at home, Utah State in state and BYU at Salt Lake City. They then travel to Arizona State and are rewarded with a huge week off before the Utes get Matt Barkley and the Trojans at home. 

    That is a possible 4-0 record and a wave of momentum as a huge upset could go down in a crazy Rice-Eccles.

    Even if they fall to the Southern California powerhouse, the rest of the schedule plays out nicely. Kyle Whittingham and his boys travel to UCLA and Oregon State before they get California and Washington State at home. 

    Traveling to Washington could be a problem, but the season closes out with a home date against Arizona before the closer at Colorado. 

    Quarterback Jordan Wynn is healthy and full of experience and talent. Call me crazy, but Utah could emerge from the South. 

The University of Arkansas

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    By now we all know that Bobby Petrino was fired from his head coach position at Arkansas. But that is exactly why the Hogs will surprise us all. 

    Tyler Wilson passed on the NFL to come back and lead the best passing offense in the SEC. Wilson will try to launch an air assault on the mighty defenses of the South. The SEC-leading passer has another golden opportunity to do just that in 2012. 

    Chris Gragg will step up in the absence of Joe Adams and Jarius Wright, and the tight end could be the top pass catcher. Running Back Knile Davis is back to make this offense lethally dynamic. 

    The defense needs to step up for this team to get over the Alabama/LSU hump, but the Razorbacks can still surprise with each quality win. 

Vanderbilt University

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    The fan base is excited and I’m excited for the 2012 installment of Vanderbilt football. James Franklin has become somewhat of a cult hero for the Commodores. 

    He will have an experienced and talented defense chock full of valuable seniors to work with. 

    But possibly the most exciting part of this team is Jordan Rodgers. He returns for a full season under center to lead an improving offense. Yes, he is the brother of NFL star Aaron Rodgers. 

    The younger Rodgers will get to work with important pieces to the offensive puzzle such as Zac Stacy, Warren Norman and Jordan Matthews. These all-SEC type players will be key to developing a potent offense. 

    If Vandy can pull out some wins in the tough SEC, they should be bowl-bound. They miss out on LSU, Alabama and Arkansas, much to the delight of the Commodores faithful. 2012 should be exciting. Look for them to pull out some shocker wins. 

The University of Washington

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    In the Alamo Bowl, which quarterback threw for 438 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions? Was it Robert Griffin III or Keith Price? 

    If you answered RG3, you would be incorrect. Washington's quarterback put up those amazing numbers while the second best quarterback in the draft struggled to 295 yards and a touchdown. 

    The Huskies will have a revamped coaching staff in 2012 in order to close the gap with Oregon in the Pac-12 North. The offense will be great as Price has a solid group of talented receivers at his disposal. 

    The schedule will be hard, but if the defense can pull through, this team will be a huge sleeper pick. 

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