Every year there is always talk about who will go on to win the National championship in the following season. Will it be the reigning National Champions or the runner-ups?
However, I like to talk about who can and will sneak up and swipe any hope for the glory the next season from one of those hopefuls. These teams are being talked to little of, and frankly, I think this will become a horrible mistake.
You have been warned...
The Sooners have always been one of the top college football teams in the history of the game itself. Hell, there was Oklahoma Football before there was even a state of Oklahoma. They've set records that seem impossible to reach and always set the standard for other teams.
However, last season was not of the Sooner Magic seasons. In fact, it was downright mediocre. A Sooner fan myself, I was certainly not used to the 8-5 record that they posted last year.
But in the last glimmer of the football season, they started a streak with shutting out Oklahoma state and a Sun Bowl win over a very good Stanford team. Landry Jones threw for 412 yards against Stanford and Ryan Broyles ran all over the Oklahoma state defense and special teams.
The O-line showed that they have finally become an organized unit and the defense was staunch.
This spring showed great promise in the Sooners. Many players shined. Landry showed off his ability to move in the pocket, but the most impressing thing was the young talent. Redshirt freshman Marshall Musil ran for 92 yards and Freshman WR Kenny Stills posted 8 catches for 84 yards.
This unit is much improved. Beware Texas.
The Arkansas Razorbacks. Need I explain more? They had so much promise in many of their games.
Arkansas vs. Florida: 20-23
Arkansas vs. LSU: 30-33 OT
Arkansas vs. Auburn: 44-23
They've got so much talent on their offense and defense, it's just they're not able to pull it through.
However, with a Bowl game win and their coach Bobby Petrino, and especially some senior leadership, I think this team will go far this next season.
Look out for the Razorbacks, Alabama and LSU, they're coming for you.
Trust me, I don't like as much as you do either, unless you're a South Bend faithful. But however much I hate Notre Dame, I do have to admit, I love Brian Kelly.
He is one of the best coaches I have seen in recent memory. He revamped a Central Michigan team and totally revolutionized a team that no one has ever even heard of until this year, Cincinatti.
If you want to know how much effect he had on Cincinatti, look at the Sugar Bowl. Cincinatti had the best passing-efficiency of any other program in 2009. Then when he got offered the job in Notre Dame, he bolted.
I think you know what happened, if not here was the score Florida 51-24.
Read that again if it hasn't sunk in yet.
Well I can already see Notre Dame improving under Brian Kelly's leadership and this should be a very powerful program as time progresses.
You're in for a treat USC.
This team has just been purely disappointing since their 2001 National Championship. After that game, it seemed like God himself said that they'd had enough glory.
I'd like to see this team become the top in ACC and Florida once again. It makes things just a little bit more competitive,especially when all you hear from the state of Florida are the Gators now-a-days.
This team is rethinking many things and are trying new play schemes. Jacory Harris is looking to be a great player next year.
I'm ready to see if Randy Shannon's team can once again take on the rest of the talent in the ACC, especially Virginia Tech.
How do teams keep forgetting about TCU? TCU is amazing, I don't care if they lost to Boise State.
TCU is going to have such a compelling year and I honestly can't wait.
Andy Dalton is a big-time quarterback and should be ripping up defenses.
This season's non-conference game against Oregon State should definately show the power that TCU possesses.