College football: Who will be this year’s Kansas

Nobody saw Kansas coming last year.
Missouri? Good, sure. No. 1 in the country? Nope, didn’t expect that.
Same goes for Illinois in the Rose Bowl, Arizona State and Oregon challenging USC in the Pac-10, and Boston College and South Florida reaching No. 2 in the rankings.
Surprise!
The 2007 college football season was filled with them. All those wild upsets turned the season upside down, but even more intriguing were the teams that went from unranked in the preseason to top 10 during it.
It’s hard to imagine seeing another season as unpredictable, but every year produces teams that exceed expectations. And since everybody loves a surprise, those schools become the darlings of the season.

sfgate.com
8/10/08