Five College Football Teams that Could Disappoint in 2010

Jeffrey FannAnalyst IMay 8, 2010

CINCINNATI - NOVEMBER 27:  Ben Guidugli #19 of the Cincinnati Bearcats throws a pass during the game against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Nippert Stadium on November 27, 2009 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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A few days ago I put together the article "5 College Football teams that could surprise you in 2010."  Now to complete my short two part series I want to look at the 5 college football teams that could disappoint you in 2010. For more previews on the 2010 season I also have my blog's Post Spring College Football top 25 rankings . These are articles you can also find here at B/R. Enjoy.


Boise St. Broncos

Boise St. had a magical season last year. 14-0 with a Fiesta Bowl win over TCU and a top five finish. Kellen Moore is one of the best quarterbacks in the country and head coach Chris Peterson looks like the second coming of Urban Meyer. They will open 2010 in just about everyone's Top 10, and a lot of folks' Top 5, including my own.

Why they might disappoint:

This isn't about Boise St. not being a BCS school. I think the Broncos are a legit Top 10 team. Boise St. has become so good recently they are opening this season with Alabama/Florida-type expectations. By that I mean playing for BCS bids, and a shot at the national title, not a nine or 10 win season and a bowl game.

The schedule is set up with strong non-conference games with Virginia Tech and Oregon St. If Boise St. wins both they could play for the national title, but I don't believe they will. I think a very good Virginia Tech team will get by them in the first week of the season, and for a team that's had two undefeated seasons in the last four years, one or two losses and no BCS game could be a relative letdown.


North Carolina St. Wolfpack

The Wolfpack suffered their third straight losing season last going 5-7. Tom O'Brien has been unable to bring the success he had at Boston College to Raleigh despite having one of the ACC's top quarterbacks, Russell Wilson.

Why they might disappoint:

Some are calling the Wolfpack a dark horse contender for the ACC Atlantic Division. I'm not seeing it. Russell Wilson is back and that's good. All-ACC-caliber LB Nate Irving returns from last season's car accident that kept him on the sidelines all of 2009. That's good too. The WRs are solid, but who's going to run the ball?

Four NC State players face drug charges after police found marijuana in an off-campus apartment. NC State's first five ACC games are at Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Boston College, Florida State, and at Clemson. That's a potential 1-5 ACC start. They may slip into a bowl, but that's about it.


Louisiana St. Tigers

The Tigers had a decent year last season. They went 9-4 with a respectable 19-17 Citrus Bowl loss to Penn State. After winning the 2007 National Title, LSU has lost nine games the last two years. That's not going to cut it in Baton Rouge, especially with division rival Alabama rising into a perennial national title contender.

Why they might disappoint:

Really, does anyone truly believe in coach Les Miles? The Tigers had six players drafted in the 2009 NFL Draft, and several others signed free agent contracts. There was talent last year, and now this year the Tigers return less than half of their starters. The schedule is, shall we say, challenging.

In LSU's first nine games they play North Carolina, at Vanderbilt, West Virginia, Mississippi State, Tennessee, at Florida, McNeese State, at Auburn, and Alabama. Tell me you don't see the real possibility of four to six losses to start the year? The North Carolina game to open the season is critical to get the season off to a good start, or it could go in the wrong direction fast.


Cincinnati Bearcats

The Bearcats had a dream regular season in 2010. They went 12-0, won the Big East, and got an invite to the Sugar Bowl. Then it went south. Head Coach Brian Kelly left for Notre Dame before the Bowl game. Right after that the Bearcats got embarrassed 51-24 by Florida January 1st.

Why they might disappoint:

They lost their head coach Brian Kelly. They lost big-time receiver Mardy Gilyard, and they lost starting quarterback Tony Pike. I think Zach Collaros will be ok at QB, but how do you replace Gilyard? Butch Jones comes in from Central Michigan to coach the Bearcats. Jones was 27-13 at CMU, but he is still a question mark. The defense gave up more than 40 points four times last year, and I'm not sure it will be much better this year. No chance at 12-0 this year. I don't see a Big East title either. I'm looking at 7-5, 8-4 type season.


Oregon Ducks

The Ducks are coming off 10-3 season and a Pac-10 Title. Before a tumultuous offseason that included six player arrests, Oregon appeared to be the fairly heavy Pac-10 favorites. There was also some discussion that the Ducks could get to the national title game. QB Jeremiah Masoli would have been Heisman contender. He's at this time, suspended for the season for the theft of laptops from an Oregon Fraternity.

Why they might disappoint:

This is still a team that returns a lot talent. LaMichael James is one of the country's best running backs. The offensive line is virtually intact from last year, and the defense should be better. This is still very much a potential top 10 team. The problem is the schedule. Most of Oregon's toughest games are on the road. The Ducks have to play at Tennessee, at USC, at California, and at Oregon State. Even with Masoli you'd be hard pressed to see the Ducks going better than 2-2 in those four games. Without Masoli, going 0-4 is not out of the question.