Ten Things I Got Tragically and Completely Wrong About The NCAA Football Season

Spencer Hall got many and numerous things wrong about the college football season. Here are only 10 of them. ↵
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↵10. All Things Auburn. No one could have envisioned their offense tanking as badly as it did, but I failed to heed one of my own five basic rules for life, specifically number four: "When things have gone badly, they are about to get worse, catch on fire, and fly into a ditch filled with piranhas." The Auburn offense went from weakness-to-weakness, scuttling the stout work of the Tiger defense (which finished a respectable 29th in the nation.) ↵

↵9. Alabama Death Star, Fully Operational. They fizzled at the end of the season as developing teams are wont to do, but the annihilation of Georgia came out of nowhere. To think they would destroy Clemson was plausible thanks to Clemson's babyfaced offensive line, but the Georgia game was a coming-out party few expected. ↵

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↵8. Michigan WolverAGGHH NOT IN THE FACE!!! I thought Michigan would struggle a bit, but that the defense would keep them in close games while the offense learned its left from its right. Grossly incorrect: the defense played middling ball at best, and the offense appeared to slip in and out of comas throughout the season. It was going to be hard, sure ... but that hard? Another gross inaccuracy by my forecasting gland. ↵

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↵7. Wannstache, Apologies. I won't call him a genius ... ever. Because he's not. Yet all credit due to Dave Wannstedt, who we thought of as Bill Callahan with a skinnier playbook before getting Pitt to a bowl berth this year, proving he is capable of leading a college team to a winning record. His offense couldn't score a point against Oregon State in the Sun Bowl, but this is Dave Wannstedt, who makes sure all praise requires some kind of qualification by doing things like that. ↵

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↵6. West Virginia. I had them preseason top 10, but was unsure why. They lost important personnel on defense and were openly talking of turning Pat White into more of a passing quarterback, both items that should have set off warning klaxons in the brain. They weren't great, but they weren't horrible either, and that's where I was most wrong: I thought this team would go boom or bust, when in fact they turned in a perfectly respectable "B-minus" performance before Pat White's 300+ yard passing explosion in the Meineke Car Care Bowl. ↵

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↵5. Running Gag, Big East: USF. But they had Matt Grothe! Three years running I have taken a running start and dove facefirst into the tree shredder of "USF: The Next Big East Champion!" And for the third year running, I end up ground to shreds when USF begins to gag on its Big East schedule, as they did again this year. ↵

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↵4. Running Gag, ACC Edition: Wake Forest. Another time when I get seduced by the allure of a coach working with less-than-stellar talent and a name quarterback. It's a nice thought, but it is also another instance of confusing a good team with a great team, something one should never, ever do in the ACC. ↵

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↵3. Running Gag, BCS-Buster Edition. I consistently undervalued Utah all season long, especially after their near-death experience versus TCU, a team I undervalued, which stemmed from an overall undervaluation of the Mountain West as a whole. Dear MWC: I deserve to run wind sprints at 5,000 feet immediately after deplaning for this offense. ↵

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↵2. LSU. There were warning signs: the "co-defensive coordinators," the complete lack of an established starting quarterback, giving up 24 points to a Miss State team that would have difficulty moving the ball in a co-ed flag football game. It wasn't like I was un-warned here. Yet I had them sitting unmolested in the top 10 until their demolition in Gainesville, when their defense allowed 51 to Florida and Jarrett Lee firmly established his reputation as a tax-free charitable organization for opposing DBs. Then, just when I thought I had them pegged, they rebounded to embarrass Georgia Tech in the Peach Bowl. Wrong at every turn re: les Tigres. ↵

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↵1. Georgia/USC. Not alone in this 2-for-1 package, but it bears mentioning: I thought one had an offense and a defense (Georgia) while the other just had a defense (USC). The Trojans turned out to be better on both sides of the ball than I imagined, while Georgia's injuries added up in grisly fashion all around to hobble them offensively and defensively. Add in the development of Mark Sanchez toward the end of the year, and Pete Carroll's team did what they usually do: peak at the end of the year, with Sanchez playing a brilliant game against Penn State in the Rose Bowl. They could take anyone in the country by the end of the year, while preseason No. 1 UGA had difficulty putting away Michigan State. ↵

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