Will Manziel be able to match the offseason hype? Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images

Will Manziel be able to match the offseason hype? Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images

The college football prognostication series continues with a look at the what could be the biggest disappointments and surprises of the upcoming season. Some are obvious, while there are others you might not expect. Of course there are sure to be a few that come out of nowhere during the season, such as Texas A&M beating Alabama, Notre Dame getting to the National Title Game or Texas continuing its downward trend from last year.

Letdowns
Johnny Manziel
With such sky high expectations there is sure to be some sort of letdown. He could put up similar or better numbers this season, but it still may be viewed as disappointing relative to all the hype. Plus, SEC defenses have seen him and been gameplanning all offseason, so expect a step back.

Notre Dame
Last year was a dream season for the Irish faithful, despite of course the Alabama beatdown, so a step down is in the making. They have a tough schedule, including big games in Ann Arbor and Palo Alto, but more then anything, having Tommy Rees at QB instead of Everett Golson will stunt the offensive production.

Ohio State
As talented as they are, the Buckeyes will not go undefeated as they’re sure to stumble at least once. Wisconsin, Northwestern and Michigan will all give them tough games, while last year they barely held off Indiana and needed OT to beat Purdue.

Florida
The Gator offense last year under QB Jeff Driskel was rather unremarkable and now it has to replace some skill position players. However in mid-October the schedule becomes very tough with road games against LSU, Missouri and South Carolina as well as playing Georgia and Florida State.

American Athletic
New name, new logo, but still the same Big Least as the year before. Louisville and Teddy Bridgewater are the stars, Cincinnati and Rutgers are good, yet that’s about it in terms of overall team talent for the conference. It’s entirely possible those could be the only teams going bowling from the AAC.

Surprises
Fresno State
They have an underrated QB in Derek Carr and tons of experience returning. The biggest reason they’ll surprise is when they knock off Boise State at home early in the season. After that the schedule gets light and it’s conceivable they could run the table and thus be in the BCS discussion.

Northwestern
One of the most underrated teams in the country with one of the best head coaches will definitely surprise. They have pair of talented QBs and a potential star in RB Venric Mark as well as a stout defense, but the biggest surprise could come when they beat Ohio State.

Indiana
Usually a B1G doormat, coach Kevin Wilson has things looking up in Bloomington. The offense was quietly among the best in the conference and that should continue, which they’ll need since the defense is a major weak point. The Hoosiers alos have upset potential as evidenced by their taking Ohio State to the limit.

Oklahoma State
It was only a few short years ago that the ‘Boys narrowly missed out on the BCS title game, but this year they’re a sleeper for the Big 12. Their toughest test will be at Texas, but get other contenders at home, where they’ve proven to be tough to play against. Mike Gundy will be able to get production out of whomever ends up being the QB.

Arizona State
The Sun Devils could make some noise in the Pac-12 South this season. They have a balanced offensive attack and DT Will Sutton is a stud who will give opposing QBs nightmares. They have to play Stanford and UCLA on the road, but avoid Oregon, so the schedule is somewhat favorable for a 8-10 win season.