College Football,Preseason Talk

2016 Awards Watchlist: The One-Hit Wonder

14 Jul , 2016  

To kick off the 2016 season, we’re introducing a slough of awards for the year — and with them, our preseason watchlist for each.  Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to get the latest! Today: The Tommy Tutone One-Hit Wonder Award.

In football, as in music, every so often we get a big hit out of nowhere: the Cinderella story of a historically meh team that rises above its station to capture the attention of the media. These teams typically feast on early season under-performers to reach the Top 10, then flame out once they hit the meat of the schedule. Even if they make the big time (a CFP bowl game), they are usually back in the throes of mediocrity by the next season.

Who will be this year’s Right Said Fred of college football?  Here’s our pre-season picks for…

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The Tommy Tutone One-Hit Wonder Award

Because nothing says “fade back into obscurity” like Wake Forest.

  • Pitt — Most famous in recent memory for denying West Virginia a shot at a national championship in 2007, they have a returning QB with high expectations. Plus a date with a team that (last year excepted) was known for flubbing games mid-season (Clemson).
  • Houston — From Andre Ware and David Klingler to Case Keenum, Houston rides big-name QBs to the dizzying heights of near-greatness before the lure of NFL smacks them back into place.
  • Rutgers — Greg Schiano managed to get Rutgers on the national radar just long enough to earn an NFL job. Could Chris Ash be next?  Tampa Bay fans certainly hope so…
  • Minnesota — The Rutgers of the Big 10 “Champleaders” Division.
  • Washington — Like Georgia, it seems like every season is “their season” to really take off.  Unlike Georgia, they don’t actually win very many games.

Who are your preseason favs to be the one-hit wonder of 2016? Call us at 867-5309, leave us a comment here, or post on social media. Catch all of our 2016 awards watchlists, and join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to nominate your favorite players!

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