College Football never ceases to deliver storylines. Whether we are talking about controversies like playoffs, allegations, coaching hot seats or conference re-alignment or if we are talking about players bursting on the scene and teams coming out of the woodwork there is always something to talk about in college football.
2012 Record: 9-4 (4-4 in MAC)
Head Coach: Frank Solich (59-44 at Ohio, 117-63 All-Time)
Four Year Win Trend: 9 wins and 4.5 losses per year (5.75 wins and 2.25 losses in MAC)
Last Bowl Game: 2012 Independence Bowl: beat ULM 45-14
Stadium: Peden Stadium in Athens, OH (capacity = 24,000)
Home Field Advantage: ranked 16th out of 55 mid-major teams
Every year there are surprise teams in college football. Last year, teams like Notre Dame and Texas A&M greatly exceeded their pre-season hype. Teams like Utah State, Oregon State, San Jose State and Vanderbilt finished in the final AP Top 25. A couple of days ago, we looked at darkhorse Heisman candidates in our roundtable. Today we look at under the radar teams that fans should keep their eye on this year.
If you were to look back at the 2010 favorites to win the Heisman Trophy, Cam Newton's name would be nowhere on that list. In 2011, RG3 was a name that was mentioned as a possibility but he wasn't in the top ten when the pre-season odds came out. Last year, Johnny Manziel didn't sniff a watch list. The recent trend for Heisman trophy winners is that the favorites have been outshined by players that have come from relative obscurity.
2012 Record: 4-8 (4-4 in Conference USA)
Head Coach: Justin Fuente (4-8 as first year head coach in 2012)
Last Bowl Game: 2008 St Petersburg Bowl: lost to USF 41-14
Stadium: Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, TN (capacity = 36,000)
Home Field Advantage: ranked 33rd out of 55 mid-major teams
Conference Affiliation: joins the American Athletic Conference for 2013
The eighteenth episode of the College Football Zealots podcast is in he books! The first week of the college football season is still over three months away but that hasn't stopped 5Dimes from posting point spreads for week one. Our go-to college football handicapper, Tim Tolman of SaturdayEdge.com, called in and we discussed many of the week one games and whether or not the point spreads are good bets at this point.no comments