The unrelenting heat of August was rivaled only by lofty expectations for several college football programs that were expected to achieve varying levels of success this fall.
For some, the next step toward national prominence awaited, while others were expected to maintain the “we don’t rebuild, we reload” mantra that made their respective programs perennial top 10 finishers.
In the case of at least one, a run to the national championship was the endgame.
Either way, all 10 of these programs have found their way onto a list neither they nor their fans had in mind when they picked up Phil Steele’s magazine in June, giddy with projections and bowl bids on their minds.
If your school is represented, hopefully basketball will salve the wounds of a season gone wrong. If not, keep in mind that there are only 40 weeks left until the opening of the 2011 campaign.