2010 College Football: Surprises & Disappointments

We’re quickly coming to the end of the College Football season. Many teams surprised me along the way, while others disappointed. Here are a few of those teams:

Surprises:
Wisconsin: The Badgers make this list because these guys have been good for the past few seasons but lacked consistency. The skeptics have been critical of Brett Bielema ever since he took over for Coach Alvarez, but this season Bielema finally proved he IS the right man for the job. The Badgers’ offense was explosive in 2010, averaging around 43 ppg. In fact, the Badgers scored 70 points or more three times this season. IMPRESSIVE.

Maryland: Here was a squad that finished dead last in the conference last season with only 1 ACC win. This season, the ‘Terps made a huge rebound with a second place finish in the Atlantic. I bet a huge contract extension is in the works for Coach Friedgen now….Oh wait, never mind.


North Carolina: Many thought UNC’s season was over before it even began when several of the team’s stars were ruled ineligible before the LSU game. However, as the season progressed the Tar Heels were never completely out of the conversation in the ACC race. And even without offensive threat Greg Little, this offense still amassed some solid yards. The Tar Heels ranked 25th in passing yards within the FBS (during the regular season). UNC ended up going 7-5, but it makes you wonder how their season would have gone if they played with a full roster this year.


Disappointments:
Texas: Coming off of a 13-win season and finishing runner-up in the BCS National Championship Game from a season ago, to a 5-7 record and finishing dead last in the Big 12 South this season. Earlier this preseason I predicted Texas to take a slight dip suffering three losses (and even then, people thought I was out of my mind). But did anyone see the Longhorns losing 7 games this season?
Iowa: The Hawkeyes underachieved this season, which is partly to blame on poor coaching and the team’s inability to finish games. If you take a look at Iowa’s conference losses you’ll notice that the Hawkeyes had the lead in the fourth quarter. In three of those losses, Iowa surrendered the lead within the last two-minutes of the game.


Georgia: I had high hopes for the DAWGS this season and even though Georgia finished 3rd in the East, they could have done much better. Yes, I know not having superstar A.J. Green for the first four games hurt the maturation process for young signal-caller Aaron Murray, but this team was deep in other positions. Georgia played tough against South Carolina, Arkansas, and Auburn despite losing in all three of those contests. However, you have to raise an eyebrow at the Bulldogs’ losses to Colorado and Mississippi State. 

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