Predicting the “surprise” teams heading into a season has become almost as common as guessing the national champion.
Wake Forest surprised in 2006. The previous season, the Demon Deacons went just 4-7, but they rebounded to post an 11-2 record and win the ACC championship.
Kansas surprised everyone in 2007. The Jayhawks, who had not managed more than seven wins in 11 seasons, went 12-1 and won the Orange Bowl during the ’07 season.
Alabama went 7-6 in ’07, but notched a 12-2 record in 2008 and earned a No. 1 ranking late in the season.