BCS Standings: 8 Most Surprising and Disappointing Top 25 Teams This Season

William PenfieldCorrespondent IINovember 27, 2011

BCS Standings: 8 Most Surprising and Disappointing Top 25 Teams This Season

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    Each year in college football there are going to be teams that surprise you and teams that disappoint you and 2011 is no different.

    We saw a Florida State team go from being ranked in the Top 5 in the beginning of the season to being out of the Top 25 altogether right now.

    And then we have a team like Michigan who went from being out of the Top 25 in the beginning of the season to being on the verge of a BCS bowl bid.

    College football is truly unpredictable and that is what keeps us coming back for more year after year. 

Surprise: Michigan Wolverines

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    When Michigan hired Brady Hoke they had hopes of returning to prominence but not many would have predicted it would happen so soon.

    After beginning the season outside of the Top 25, the Wolverines find themselves at No. 15 and will move up after defeating Ohio State this week.

    With a final record of 10-2, the Wolverines have a shot at an at-large bid for a BCS bowl. 

Disappointment: Florida State Seminoles

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    After beginning the season in the Top 5, the Florida State Seminoles have been nothing but a disappointment this season.

    The team currently sits at 8-4, not all that bad, but certainly not what they expected in Tallahassee. The Seminoles had national title aspirations but those were dashed early on with a loss to Oklahoma.

    Injuries to key players like EJ Manuel certainly played a factor in their disappointing finish. The Seminoles would like to be playing in a BCS bowl, but that will not happen. 

Surprise: Houston Cougars

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    Say what you want about their strength of schedule but no one expected Houston to go undefeated during the regular season.

    The Cougars are a Conference USA Championship game win away from getting the program's first BCS bowl bid.

    Behind the arm of Case Keenum, the Cougars have put together the most surprising season in the nation. 

Disappointment: Texas A&M Aggies

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    In their last season in the Big 12 the Texas A&M Aggies were ranked in the Top 10 to begin the season and were looking to leave their mark. 

    But things didn't go according to plan for the Aggies as they lost two of their first four games and four of their last five to finish the season at a pedestrian 6-6.

    Not only will the disappointing season leave Aggies fans unhappy but it could leave Mike Sherman without a job. 

Surprise: Baylor Bears

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    Behind the arm and legs of Robert Griffin III, Baylor has put together one of the more surprising seasons in college football.

    Highlighted by a win over Oklahoma on the road, the Bears currently sit at 8-3 with a chance at finishing with nine wins if they can knock off the Texas Longhorns next weekend. 

    In one season, Baylor has gone from the laughing stock of the Big 12 to a legitimate contender in the conference. 

Disappointment: Oregon Ducks

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    Despite being the likely Pac-12 representative in the BCS, the Oregon Ducks have to be disappointed in their season after having national title aspirations as recent as a week ago.

    Even with a loss to LSU in the first game of the season, the Ducks had a shot at the national title after knocking off Stanford but then blew it with a loss to USC a week ago. 

    A Rose Bowl appearance will be nice for the Ducks but a BCS National Championship would have been a whole lot more satisfying. 

Surprise: Arkansas Razorbacks

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    If you had told me that Arkansas would have a chance to win out and go to the BCS National Championship game with two games remaining, I would have told you that you were crazy.

    But that is exactly the chance the Razorbacks had this past weekend. Now, obviously, it didn't go the way they would have liked with the loss to LSU but Tyler Wilson and company should be proud of what they have accomplished this season. 

Disappointment: Nebraska Cornhuskers

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    After the move from the Big 12 to the lesser Big Ten, Nebraska had hopes of taking their new conference by storm.

    But that didn't happen the way they had liked as Taylor Martinez and company have had an inconsistent season and will not play for the conference championship.

    A 9-3 finish would not be disappointing to most teams but after being ranked No. 10 to begin the season, the highest of any Big Ten team, finishing third in the Legends division will be a disappointing finish for the Cornhuskers.