Brad’s 2018 College Football Preview- Surprise Picks

Every summer since 2007 I have created an intricate set of college football predictions for each upcoming season.  This year is no exception, as I will be using my blog over the next few weeks to publish my 12th annual college football preview guide.  Without further ado, here are the teams I am predicting to surprise this season.  These teams are ordered in the relative disparity between my picks and the experts average while also taking into account the significance of each pick.

Surprise Teams My Predictions: Experts Predictions:
1 Arizona 10th in nation (+24); 1st in Pac 12 South (+2) 34th in nation; 3rd in Pac-12 South
2 Syracuse 18th in nation (+51); 2nd in ACC Atlantic (+5) 69th in nation; 7th in ACC Atlantic
3 Eastern Michigan 53rd in nation (+54); 1st in MAC West (+3) 107th in nation; 4th in MAC West
4 Virginia 47th in nation (+30); 3rd in ACC Coastal (+4) 77th in nation; 7th in ACC Coastal
5 North Texas 40th in nation (+42); 1st in C-USA West (+2) 82nd in nation; 3rd in C-USA West
6 Georgia Tech 29th in nation (+10); 2nd in ACC Coastal (+3) 39th in nation; 5th in ACC Coastal
7 SMU 66th in nation (+22); 3rd in AAC West (+3) 88th in nation; 6th in AAC West
8 Baylor 45th in nation (+15); 7th in Big 12 (+2) 60th in nation; 9th in Big 12
9 Colorado State 44th in nation (+48); 2nd in MWC Mtn. (+3) 92nd in nation; 5th in MWC Mtn.
10 UMass 64th in nation (+34); N/A 98th in nation; N/A

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