Last season, 10 teams that started the season in the AP Top 25 didn't finish there.
In effect, 10 teams that didn't start on the list found their way there by the end of the season.
Stanford, Oklahoma State, Nevada, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Missouri, Central Florida, Texas A&M, NC State and Maryland ascended the rankings.
Texas, Florida, Iowa, Miami (FL), Penn State, Georgia Tech, Georgia, West Virginia, Arizona and BYU fell off.
Some of these reversals of fortune were fairly predictable—Penn State and Missouri, for example.
Others—Iowa and Central Florida—weren't.
Nevertheless, these things happen every year. The world of college football is, at least to some degree, not static.
Consequently, there are always a few teams that come out of nowhere in any given year.
This list will focus on 10 teams that are poised to defy expectations in 2011.
Of course, expectations are relative. If a team is expected to win eight games, and they win 11, that team has defied expectations.
This is no more or less the case with a team that is expected to go bowl-less, yet wins eight games.
Regardless, the following are all teams that are in a position to have a nice run next season.
Of course, balls may bounce any which way between now and December, but right now, keep an eye on the following programs.