College Football: 5 Teams That Have Surprised Us the Most
We are now officially through two months of the college football season and the race for the BCS title is wide open. Upsets are abound so far, and there should be many more to come.
There have also been many surprise stories in college football so far. From young players stepping up around the country and leading their teams to big victories, to teams coming out of the blue and grabbing control of their division, this season has been full of surprises.
The surprises that we see in college football every year are what make this sport great. Here is a look at the top five teams who have surprised us so far this season.
USC has been a bit of a shock this season, and not in a good way.
The Trojans opened up ranked as the No. 24 team this season, and many believed that this team had a chance to once again make the Trojans a respectable force in college football.
That certainly was not what happened though. Lane Kiffin was fired after a blowout loss to Arizona State just a few weeks ago, and although there is still hope in Southern California, the rest of this season does not look bright for the Trojans.
Interim head coach Ed Orgeron will do his best to get the Trojans to a respectable bowl game, but with some tough tests down the stretch, the Trojans will have to fight just to keep their record above .500.
4. Texas Tech
How about the success that first year head coach Kliff Kingsbury is having with the Red Raiders?
Walk on freshman quarterback Baker Mayfield helped lead a potent Texas Tech offense to a 5-0 before being injured in their fifth game of the season against Kansas. The last two games have seen another freshman, Davis Webb, step up and lead the Red Raiders to two more victories.
The 7-0 start has propelled the Red Raiders into the Top 25, and wins against tough upcoming opponents in Oklahoma and Oklahoma State could propel Texas Tech very high into the rankings.
Things went from bad to worse for Georgia this weekend. The Bulldogs gave up 17 unanswered fourth-quarter points to Vanderbilt and saw their record drop to 4-3 on the season.
Georgia saw their national title hopes disappear last week with a home loss to Missouri, but the loss to Vanderbilt this week has almost knocked them completely out of the running to even make a BCS game.
For a team ranked as the No. 5 squad coming into the regular season, Georgia has seen 2013 turn into a disaste. Injuries have played a major part in Dawgs demise, but they have still had their opportunities to win a couple more games this year than they have.
Where has all this offense come from for Baylor?
After Robert Griffin III helped put the program on the map with his Heisman-winning season, Baylor has continued to have great success...but this is ridiculous. Baylor leads the nation in scoring this season, averaging a whopping 63.4 points per game.
What is most impressive is that the Bears rank as the second-best passing offense in the country, but they also rank as the fourth-best rushing offense in the country. Combine the two, and Baylor is putting up an average of over 700 yards per game.
The schedule gets a lot tougher down the stretch, but Baylor has a legitimate shot at running the table in the Big 12.
The most surprising team this season has been the Missouri Tigers.
After going 5-7 last year and having to listen to everyone mock them for not being ready for big-time SEC football, the Tigers have come in and dominated this season.
Missouri has won all seven of its games by more than two touchdowns this season, and its 3-0 start in conference play has helped the Tigers open up a two-game edge on everyone in their division.
When you looked at Missouri's schedule at the beginning of the season, many believed this team could make a bowl game if they stayed healthy this season. Now if you look down Missouri's schedule, you have to believe that they will be favored in all of their remaining five games.
If backup quarterback Maty Mauk can fill in for the injured James Franklin and keep the offense ticking, then we may very well see Missouri in the SEC Championship Game this season.
What a shocker that would be.