As the college football regular season slowly dwindles to an end and bowl season approaches one can only stare in awe at how chaotic the 2012 season has been. For starters the team that was projected to win it all in the beginning is nowhere to be found. Starting with a preseason rank of #1 the USC Trojans suffered some devastating upsets that completely banished them from the top 25 come week 14. As the Trojans went from BCS Championship game hopefuls to hoping for a Hunyadi Sun Bowl invitation, teams like Kansas State, Texas A&M, Kent State, and most importantly Notre Dame flipped the script and shook the college football world.
Kent State started the season completely off the radar and has now taken their seat at the AP Poll’s # 18 position. Suffering an early loss to their in-state rival, Kentucky would keep the Golden Flashes from completing a perfect season but not out of the MAC football Championship against another surprise team #19 Northern Illinois . Both teams will enter the Championship undefeated in conference play and a win here for Kent State would surely send them to the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl against Middle Tennessee.
Another team that possibly holds the most impressive feat this year is Texas A&M. The Aggies made the transition to the SEC this year and clearly were not expected to do much as their preseason ranking was lost between South Florida and Houston. Low and behold the Aggies failed to be stopped by all the hype behind what many consider to be the toughest conference in college football. Not only did they break their way into the top ten with predictions hoisting them towards the Capital One Bowl, they could potentially hold this year’s Heisman trophy winner.
Though Kansas State saw glimmers of a championship run their season fell short of mid-season expectations with an upset from Baylor. A Kansas State-Oregon National Championship that spectators were expecting to see during week 12 will most likely head to the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl leaving the Title game to the most impressive Notre Dame team the BCS has ever seen. With heavy predictions leaning towards Alabama coming out on top in the SEC Championship game against Georgia the Crimson Tide will have their shot at becoming repeat champions.
The 2012 season could not have been written any better. There was a Cinderella Story in Notre Dame, Goliath fell in Southern California, and just as quickly as Bama was out they were back in. All in all the season has only reinforced my love for college football and left me hanging on a quote from Forest Gump — “College Football is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.”