Pretty recently, Doug came to me with a school he should start rooting for to get into college football. Me being the college football guru I am, I gave him several dark horse teams that many wouldn’t think of being big name schools in a couple years. He eventually jumped on a bandwagon for the Georgia Bulldogs but it’s acceptable because at least it’s not Alabama right? Well without further adieu, here are some of the dark horse college football teams for the 2018 season.
- Iowa: When you hear “toughest places to play” in college football you might think of the Horseshoe for Ohio State or going down south to play in Death valley or Alabama. I can assure you all those places are tough but do not even come close to match playing in Kinnick Stadium, the home of the Iowa Hawkeyes. Iowa fans are INSANE, all caps. Nothing ever goes on in Iowa so when you pull up past the cornfields you better bring earplugs. Not to mention they run a sneaky good pro style offense and beat the importance of defense in their program. You won’t likely see a game over 21 points as long as you play them on the road. Pretty recently, Doug came to me with a school he should start rooting for to get into college football. Me being the college football guru I am, I gave him several dark horse teams that many wouldn’t think of being big name schools in a couple years. He eventually jumped on a bandwagon for the Georgia Bulldogs but it’s acceptable because at least it’s not Alabama right? Well without further adieu, here are some of the dark horse college football teams for the 2018 season.
- Northwestern: Honestly, these guys are a bit of a stretch even for dark horse teams but I am a Big Ten junkie (best conference in NCAAF imo) and seeing them play these big schools every year always surprises me. Last season they rattled off 8 consecutive wins to end the season and even beat a very talented Michigan State team, finishing 15th in the country. They’re only issues have been slow starts, if they can get over the first 3 games of the season forget about it. Pat Fitzgerald is a experienced coach with good personnel. They are a stock I’d invest in.
- West Virginia: Another state where nothing happens except their love of college football. It’s not easy to play there but it’s easier to play the mountaineers on the road than in Iowa.That’s not why I chose them however, I feel people forget that they recruit absolute freaks at WR and always have a big athletic QB. Remember Geno Smith and Tavon Austin? Well forget those names and remember these ones, Will Grier and David Sills V. These two are a top 5 QB/WR duo in the country and you can take that to the bank. The only obstacle for the Mounties is their schedule is very tough along with their conference.
- NC State: I swear there have been 3 almost upsets from these guys in the past 5 years and it’s only a matter of time before they break one off and take the college football world by storm. They have one of the most experienced teams in the country with 19 seniors and a second year coach in Dave Doeren. Now I know they won’t win the ACC and wont come close to the playoffs as long as Clemson is a powerhouse but they will upset teams and bust top 25 polls all year. Just wait until you see them climb the ACC standings and knock off all your favorite teams one by one. (except Clemson)
- Colorado: In my opinion the Pac-12 is the only good western college football conference. I also believe it’s one of the toughest next to the Big 10. I mean lets be real the SEC lost its flair, the ACC is dominated by Clemson, and the Big 12 is always there but never title contenders. I know after saying that Colorado looks like a stretch but you put Colorado in one of those other joke conferences they dominate. They have the skill and coaching and have had it for years to make a breakthrough and who says it can’t be this year? They have to play both Arizona and Arizona State which will be guaranteed wins. The Wildcats will show up hungover and the Sun Devils will show up still drunk. They open the season against Colorado State, Nebraska, and New Hampshire which are all gimme wins. I mean seriously New Hampshire? Good lord I can’t even imagine the score of that beat down. They have two big games to get through, they play Washington and USC in back to back weeks on the road and that’s as tough as the Pac-12 can get. Besides that Colorado should come out with wins the rest of the season. Their offense is explosive and they have a sound defense that makes for an unflawed football team.
Obviously these are all my own dark horse predictions and i’m just a nobody from Massachusetts. You will disagree with me and yell “how’d he leave them out of the list?” blah blah blah but look when you see any of these 5 teams hosting a conference trophy you’ll know who to give credit to. If i’m wrong about all of them, I’ll just try again next year. Its college football who the hell knows what’s going to actually happen?