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2007's Over & Underachieving Teams
Kansas RB Brandon McAnderson
Kansas RB Brandon McAnderson
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Jan 14, 2008


Which teams did what they were supposed to, which ones weren't as good, and which ones met expectations? The most disappointing team might not be that much of a stunner, while the most surprising team, Brandon McAnderson's Kansas, came from out of nowhere.

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2007 Over & Underachievers

Which teams met expectations in 2007, which teams exceeded them, and which ones failed to play up to their talent level and schedules? There are always a few big calls made and a little bit of against-the-grain analysis in the yearly CFN Preview, but for the most part we aren't usually that far outside the box. We never try to be different; we try to be right. With that in mind, here are the teams that surprised, disappointed, and did what was expected.

Records after the bowls are in parentheses.

They Are Who We Thought They Were

The teams that played roughly as well as expected

 ACC CFN Preview Prediction Regular Season Record
Clemson 8-4 9-3 (9-4)
Duke 0-12 1-11
Florida State 8-4 7-5 (7-6)
NC State 5-7 5-7
North Carolina 3-9 4-8
Virginia Tech 10-2 10-2 (11-3)
 Big 12
Baylor 3-9 3-9
Colorado 6-6 6-6 (6-7)
Iowa State 4-8 3-9
Kansas State 6-6 5-7
Missouri 10-2 11-1 (12-2)
Oklahoma 10-2 10-2 (11-3)
Texas 10-2 9-3 (10-2)
Texas A&M 8-4 7-5 (7-6)
Texas Tech 8-4 8-4 (9-4)
 Big East
West Virginia 11-1 10-2 (11-3)
 Big Ten
Northwestern 6-6 6-6
Purdue 8-4 7-5 (8-5)
 Conference USA
East Carolina 6-6 7-5 (8-5)
Houston 7-5 7-5 (7-6)
Memphis 6-6 7-5 (7-6)
Tulsa 9-3 9-3 (10-4)
UAB 2-10 2-10
 Independents
Army 2-10 3-9
Navy 8-4 8-4 (8-5)
 MAC
Akron 5-7 4-8
Central Michigan 8-5 7-5 (8-6)
Kent State 4-8 3-9
Miami Univ. 6-6 6-6 (6-7)
Ohio 7-5 6-6
Western Michigan 6-6 5-7
 Mountain West
San Diego State 3-9 3-9
UNLV 3-9 2-10
Utah 8-4 8-4
Wyoming 5-7 5-7
 Pac 10
Arizona 5-7 5-7
Oregon 7-5 8-4 (9-4)
Oregon State 7-5 8-4 (9-4)
Washington 5-8 4-9
Washington State 6-6 5-7
 SEC
Alabama 7-5 6-6 (7-6)
Auburn 9-3 8-4 (9-4)
Florida 9-3 9-3 (9-4)
Kentucky 6-6 7-5 (8-5)
LSU 11-1 10-2 (12-2)
 Sun Belt
Florida Int'l 1-11 1-11
Middle Tennessee 6-6 5-7
North Texas 2-10 2-10
Troy 7-5 8-4
 WAC
Boise State 10-2 10-2 (10-3)
Hawaii 12-0 12-0 (12-1)
Nevada 7-5 6-6 (6-7)
New Mexico State 5-8 4-9
San Jose State 6-6 5-7

That's Why I Don't Read The Newspaper. Because It's Garbage.

Teams that played better than expected

 ACC CFN Preview Prediction Regular Season Record
Boston College 8-4 10-2 (11-3)
Virginia 6-6 9-3 (9-4)
Wake Forest 5-7 8-4 (9-4)
 Big 12
 2007's Most Surprising Team
Kansas 6-6 11-1 (12-2)
West Virginia 11-1 10-2 (11-3)
 Big East
Connecticut 5-7 9-3 (9-4)
Cincinnati 6-6 9-3 (10-3)
South Florida 7-5 9-3 (9-4)
 Big Ten
Illinois 5-7 9-3 (9-4)
Michigan State 4-8 6-6 (7-6)
Ohio State 9-3 11-1 (11-2)
 Conference USA
Tulane 2-10 4-8
UCF 5-7 9-3 (10-4)
 MAC
Ball State 5-7 7-5 (7-6)
Bowling Green 4-8 8-4 (8-5)
Buffalo 1-11 5-7
Eastern Michigan 2-10 4-8
Temple 2-10 4-8
 Mountain West
Air Force 5-7 9-3 (9-4)
BYU 7-5 10-2 (11-2)
New Mexico 6-6 8-4 (9-4)
 Pac 10
Arizona State 7-5 10-2 (10-3)
Stanford 1-11 4-8
 SEC
Georgia 8-4 10-2 (11-2)
Mississippi State 3-9 7-5 (8-5)
 Sun Belt
Arkansas State 3-9 5-7
Florida Atlantic 4-8 7-5 (8-5)
UL Monroe 4-8 6-6
 WAC
Fresno State 6-6 8-4 (9-4)
Louisiana Tech 2-10 5-7
Utah State 0-12 2-10

It's Division I football! It's the Big 12! Go play intramurals, brother.

Teams that played worse than expected

 ACC CFN Preview Prediction Regular Season Record
Georgia Tech 10-2 7-5 (7-6)
Maryland 8-4 6-6 (6-7)
Miami 8-4 5-7
 Big 12
Nebraska 9-3 5-7
Oklahoma State 9-3 6-6 (7-6)
 Big East
Louisville 11-1 6-6
Pitt 9-3 5-7
Rutgers 10-2 7-5 (8-5)
Syracuse 5-7 2-10
 Big Ten
Iowa 9-3 6-6
Michigan 11-1 8-4 (9-4)
Minnesota 6-6 1-11
Penn State 10-2 8-4 (9-4)
Wisconsin 11-1 9-3 (9-4)
 Conference USA
Marshall 6-6 3-9
 2007's Most Disappointing Team
SMU 7-5 1-11
Southern Miss 9-3 7-5 (7-6)
 Independents
Notre Dame 6-6 3-9
 MAC
Northern Illinois 6-6 2-10
Toledo 7-5 5-7
 Mountain West
Colorado State 5-7 3-9
TCU 11-1 7-5
 Pac 10
California 9-3 6-6 (7-6)
UCLA 10-2 6-6 (6-7)
USC 12-0 10-2 (11-2)
 SEC
Ole Miss 5-7 3-9
South Carolina 8-4 6-6
 Sun Belt
UL Lafayette 6-6 3-9
 WAC
Idaho 3-9 1-11