5 Sleeper College Football Programs That Could Turn 2012 Season Upside Down
If there is one thing that fans can expect during a college football season, it's madness.
Top college programs almost always fall to lower-ranked opponents. It happens so often that it's become expected.
But which teams will shake up the BCS this season? Better yet, which teams will turn the college football world upside down?
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Tennessee has a chance to shake things up in the SEC.
The Vols looked incredibly athletic against N.C. State Friday night. Even without Da'Rick Rogers, this team will be able to move the ball in the nation's toughest conference.
Tyler Bray is one of the best quarterbacks in the country, which he proved with his accurate deep balls against the Wolfpack.
Bray threw for 333 yards and two touchdowns, Justin Hunter looked healthy again and Cordarrelle Patterson made it known quickly why he was so coveted coming out of junior college.
This is a dangerous team that has an upset or two in them this season. It'll be interesting to see how the Vols fare against Alabama's defense.
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Is BYU the non-automatic qualifier to beat this season?
Though Washington State's defense looked horrendous, BYU still looked the part in its season opener Thursday.
Building off a 10-win season a year ago, BYU has an impressive team that is more than capable of winning out this season.
It all comes down to the Cougars' games against Boise State and Notre Dame. Should BYU run the table, it should have an impressive enough resume to reach the national title game.
But with the SEC's reputation at an all-time high, will an unbeaten BYU team be able to supplant a one-loss SEC team in the national title game?
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Everyone seems to be forgetting about Kansas State.
As far as the Big 12 is concerned, many are focused on Oklahoma and the potential resurgence of Texas. If any other team is being talked about, it's Oklahoma State.
Kansas State is left twiddling its thumbs, but perhaps the Wildcats like it that way. They return eight starters on offense and six on defense, with the most important starter rejoining the team.
That, of course, is none other than quarterback Collin Klein. He took the nation by storm last season, throwing for more than 2,000 yards and 16 touchdowns while rushing for more than 1,000 yards and 27 TDs.
One has to assume that he'll do the same in 2012 and lead the Wildcats to upset wins over a couple of the big Big 12 powers.
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There's no way Stanford can compete on a national level without Andrew Luck.
Heck, many aren't expecting the Cardinal to compete in the Pac-12 against Oregon and USC. But what happens if they do?
What happens if this team upsets the favorite Ducks and Trojans? Surely, this team has lost too much on the offensive line and at quarterback to beat either team, but it only takes one bad performance by the Ducks or the Trojans for the upset.
This would certainly turn heads in the college football world. Running back Stepfan Taylor and Stanford have a chance to flip the script in 2012, and it would drop every jaw around the nation.
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Ohio State might not be able to win the Big Ten title itself, but it can successfully uncrown the champions.
That's one of Urban Meyer's goals, and the Buckeyes have an opportunity to cause disruption in the BCS.
A victory over an undefeated Michigan State or Wisconsin could cause absolute chaos depending on where each team is ranked at the time.
The scary part about this is that Ohio State is good enough to upset these teams, especially with Meyer calling the shots.
He has a great quarterback in Braxton Miller, who has a similar skill set to Tim Tebow (who Meyer, of of course, coached at Florida). Meyer's return to college football could be one to remember if the Buckeyes somehow upset these Big Ten teams.