We have already heard—and will continue to hear—more than we can reasonably process about the eight or 10 favorites to win the College Football Playoff. They are the strongest, most complete teams in America, so their rosters deserve to be discussed and dissected more than other teams' do.
But the national title, as you've no doubt heard, is not crowned during the middle of the summer or the beginning of the fall. It is crowned at the end of the winter, after high-upside teams such as Auburn, Baylor, Michigan State and Missouri—to cite 2013 as one of many examples—have had a chance to realize their considerable potential.
There are teams off the current national title radar that will prove, in time, to have a realistic chance of winning it all. It happens every year. The difficult part is guessing who of the many candidates will actually put everything together and contend into late December.
For the purposes of this list, we have excluded any team with 25-to-1 odds or better to win the national title, per Vegas Insider. That means that the "top" 10 contenders in the country—Florida State, Oregon, Alabama, Ohio State, Auburn, Oklahoma, UCLA, LSU, Georgia and Michigan State—were all not deemed eligible for inclusion.
It did not feel right calling them "high-upside" teams when their potential has so nearly already been realized. Instead, the list focused on teams outside of that 10 that have recruited well the past few seasons but maybe not been able to put all their talent together.
That is, after all, what high-upside means—is it not?
Sound off below, and let me know where you disagree.
Note: Unless otherwise cited, all recruiting information courtesy of the 247Sports Composite.