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College football is the best sport in the world.
It is a game of passion. It is a game in which players give it 100 percent, 100 percent of the time.
There are no lockouts or contract negotiations. It is a game where no one is safe from the upset bug (just ask Ole Miss and Kansas).
This slideshow lists the five most dangerous teams in college football as well as why they are so dangerous. Let's begin.
5. The Hungry FCS Team
Jacksonville State QB, Ryan Periloux, evades 2 Georgia Tech defenders
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No one expect their cupcakes to have teeth, but every year there are several FBS teams that either fall prey to, or escape close calls from, these hungry FCS teams.
This year alone Ole Miss and Kansas have felt their bite and Wyoming, Temple, and Tulane were only one score away from joining them. Elite teams are usually immune (unless they forget how to play offence like Florida did last week), but all others should beware least their pastries turn out to be a little to much for them to handle.
The hungry FCS team is dangerous not because they are likely to beat you, but because if they do beat you, you will be known for the rest of the season as the team that lost to an FCS team. What do you remember about Lloyd Carr's last year at Michigan? The only thing I remember is that they lost to Appalachain State.
4. Florida St.
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Florida State is not a top-five team.
While the Seminoles look promising this year, they finished with a 7-6 record last year and had one of the worst defenses in the country. The 'Noles are on this list because of their offence and because of their abilities to surprise people. Lets look at the five ranked teams that FSU played last year.
1) Miami (finished at No. 19): FSU was a dropped pass away from knocking off the Hurricanes.
2) No. 7 BYU (finished at No. 12): The Seminoles dropped 54 points on a Cougar team that hadn't lost at home since 2005 and finished the season 3-1 against ranked opponents.
3) No. 22 Georgia Tech (finished at No. 13): Another game that FSU was a play away from winning.
4) No. 1 Florida: No comment necessary.
5) No. 16 West Virginia (dropped to No. 22 after losing to FSU): a Bowl win against a ranked team by double digits with a backup QB.
That's what they did last year. This year they are significantly better. They will drop a few along the way, but no team they play is safe.
3. Boise State University
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Many detractors claim that Boise St. wouldn't stand a chance at going undefeated if they played in the SEC or Big 10. I agree wholeheartedly.
But then again, very few can run through such a gauntlet without getting at least a few bruises. Last year's Alabama team was the only undefeated team to come out of either of those two conferences in the past five years.
What makes BSU so dangerous is (1) they are just that good, and (2) they have a soft schedule. Any elite team that faces BSU knows that they are one of only two or three big games on their schedule and that more then likely their starters are still relatively fresh and free of those nagging hurts and injuries that often can plague SEC teams because of the high level of competition they face week in and week out.
Boise State doesn't have the depth that many other elite teams have, but since they play in the WAC, that lack of depth is rarely exposed.
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Alabama is the best team in the country. What makes the Crimson Tide so dangerous is that they can beat an opponent in all facets of the game.
They can beat you on offense, on defense, on special teams, in coaching, on the ground, and through the air.
Against most teams one can usually focus on one or two aspects of the game in which the opposition is particularly strong and try to stop them there, but against Alabama, that doesn't work. They can hurt you in every portion of the game.
That is why the Crimson Tide are the second most dangerous team in college football.
1. The Oregon Ducks
Surgeon General's Warning: The above jerseys have been known to induce seizures in spectators when observing the wearers when moving at high speeds.
Is it because of they are the returning Pac-10 Champions?
Is it because they return Heisman candidate LaMichael James?
Is it because they just thrashed a team 70-0 (59-0 at halftime) while breaking in a new quarterback and with their star running back suspended?
No. Actually, it has very little to do with any of these things. If you haven't guessed the reason by now, please scroll your mouse over the photo and read the surgeon general's warning that pops up.
When I first saw these uniforms I started to feel a twitch in my neck and I was just looking to a photo of the players standing still. Imagine the effect of seeing LaMicheal James darting in and out all over the place in one of these (particularly the yellow one).
For this reason I name this the Oregon Ducks the most dangerous team in college football.