College Football: Smiles and Frowns

Another regular season of college football is about to end. Every team and every fan entered the season with hope, yet many discovered their dismay at various points throughout the season. Hopes for a national championship for some were gone in a matter of weeks, while others are hanging onto the edge of hope.

Not without controversy, Sunday brings us the BCS bowl selections; and as we know, this is a story in itself. (I’ll save my BCS rant for Sunday). Selections by the remaining bowls are beginning to make news.

For this post, I looked about at the predictions in the one college football magazine I purchased. With that in mind, I’ve developed a “Smiles and Frowns” list: Smiles for teams exceeding expectations and Frowns for the underachievers from whom more was expected. Omitted are the teams who either met or at least close to their expectations

Smiles
Alabama
Boston College
Buffalo
Cincinnati
East Carolina
Georgia Tech
Michigan State
Minnesota
Mississippi
Northern Illinois
Northwestern
Oregon State
Penn State
Rice
Troy
Utah

Frowns
Arizona State
Auburn
Bowling Green
Central Florida
Clemson
Florida Atlantic
Fresno State
Georgia
Illinois
Kansas
LSU
Miami (OH)
Michigan
Notre Dame
Tennessee
UCLA
West Virginia
Wisconsin