In the world of college football, nothing is guaranteed.
Often times, teams fall victim to the “hype machine” and end up with an underwhelming and disappointing season.
Last year, almost everyone expected USC to reach the National Championship or at least the Rose Bowl. Anything less would have been an epic disappointment for the Trojan faithful. Well, not only did USC fail to reach the National Championship, they didn’t even win their conference.
However, Some teams blow everyone’s expectations out of the water and rise to prominence overnight, as Notre Dame and Texas A&M did last year by reaching the national championship and Cotton Bowl, respectively.
No one expected Notre Dame, a team out of the preseason top 25, to end up playing for the BCS National Championship. Likewise, no one expected Texas A&M to produce an electrifying Heisman Trophy winner and 11-win season during their first year in the cutthroat SEC.
The beauty of sport is that the underdog can become the champion in dramatic and captivating fashion.
These are the top three teams most likely to break out and shock the world in 2013
1.) Miami Hurricanes
Could this be the year the hurricanes surge back into the national picture? It may possibly be. Quarterback Stephen Morris is entering his final season and should definitely be able to boost his performance to spark the ‘Canes to an excellent season. The biggest question mark for this team is the defensive tackle position. The defensive tackle position was so bad that absolutely no one deserves to retain their starting spot from last season. Inside linebacker, outside linebacker, and cornerback are positions that are serious question marks for the Hurricanes as well. If the Hurricanes can answer these questions, Miami could be playing for the ACC title.
2.) Michigan Wolverines
Michigan faces the same dilema Notre Dame faced last year, a tough schedule with few believers. Michigan should probably be favored to win every game on its schedule except Ohio State and Notre Dame. However, the Notre Dame game has become significantly easier for Michigan given the Everett Golson situation. It is unlikely that Michigan will be able to pull an upset over Ohio State. However, if the Wolverines are able to put together an 11-1 season, that should be more than enough to secure a BCS berth.
3.) Northwestern Wildcats
Pat Fitzgerald must be a magician, because what he has done with this Northwestern team has been nothing short of magical. He took the proverbial doormat of the Big Ten and turned them into a top-25 national power. If it weren’t for a miracle Hail-Mary at Michigan and an 18-point comeback from Nebraska, Northwestern would be coming off a 12-win season. Don’t be surprised if Northwestern winds up playing in the Big Ten Championship Game.