So the rankings are out, and the season is set. We're already going through the schedules to figure out if Southern Cal or Oklahoma is going to play LSU or Alabama for the BCS Championship.
It's all just a forgone conclusion, right? Wrong.
Every year in every conference, someone jumps up out of nowhere or falls flat, turning the preseason rankings upside down.
Last year Clemson stepped up, while Big Ten favorite Nebraska disappointed.
How might the 2012 season unfold?
Here are some dark horse picks to win each BCS conference and whom to watch.