Many of us build up college teams every preseason, looking back at the previous season and guessing what the strengths and weaknesses of each team will be. This is nothing more than speculation, yet many a fan turns that speculation (if positive) into expectations. These expectations lead fans to believe that they know that their team is the best, simply because this reporter said this or that magazine said that.
The point I'm trying to make is this: All of the preseason magazines and speculation happens without a single snap. Sometimes that speculation is right, but more often than not, it's wrong. Wasn't Georgia preseason number one a couple years ago? How did that turn out? Without a single game occurring, I could say that Washington State is going to the Rose Bowl. Some fans might be excited and some might just plain think I have no clue what I'm talking about. (By the way, Washington State isn't going to the Rose Bowl).
When the season starts, things are uncovered about teams. The season exposes the winners (LSU), the losers (TCU), and the surprises (Clemson). But it also exposes things on an even smaller level. It can reveal exciting new talent, problems with teams and a myriad of other things. While I could go on all day, breaking down what we've learned about every team up to this point in the season, I'm going to focus on one.
That team is Nebraska. There was certainly a lot of speculation surrounding this team, mostly about the new offense. The following are five surprises that very few, if any, people could have speculated about in the preseason.