Last Updated: Mar 28, 2013 9:15 AM
There weren't many surprises in the 2012 college football season. Another SEC won the National Championship for the seventh year in a row.
And while you might question that state of Alabama's intelligence, they have produced the last four college football champions. There must be something in the water, like deer antler spray, just kidding.
Conference re-alignment is still in full effect and the FBS keeps adding FCS teams to water down the competition.
Virginia Tech (7-6 in 2012)
The Hokies were projected by many to win the ACC Championship in 2012. However, the Hokies stumbled to a 7-6 record breaking a streak of eight straight seasons with at least 10 wins.
The Hokies have a very tough 2013 opener when they face Alabama in Atlanta on August 31st. But that is their toughest test of the season by far. The Hokies do not play Florida State or Clemson in the 2013 regular season.
Logan Thomas returns at quarterback for Virginia Tech. He's a big physical quarterback with a strong arm and good running ability.
Look for the Hokies to finish 12-2 in 2013.
Iowa (4-8 in 2012)
With all of the off the field problems the Hawkeyes had in 2012, it's no wonder they were unable to focus and win games.
In 2012 Iowa lost to rival Iowa State and also lost to Central Michigan. After starting the season 4-2, the Hawkeyes lost six in a row to finish the season.
Iowa needs a playmaker to step up at quarterback. The starting job is up for grabs with junior Cody Sokol, Sophomore Jake Rudock and redshirt freshman C.J. Beathard battling it out.
Look for Iowa to go 10-3 in 2013.
Southern Miss (0-12 in 2012)
The Ellis Johnson era turned into an error after he only lasted one season. The Golden Eagles had one of the biggest collapses in college football history in 2012. Southern Miss won the Conference USA Championship in 2011 and finished with a 12-2 record. In 2012, they bottomed out with an 0-12 mark.
Things really can't go anywhere but up for the Eagles. Southern Miss brought in Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Todd Monken to be the head coach. In 2012, Oklahoma State averaged 44.7 points per game and averaged 548.9 yards of offense as well.
Southern Miss still has talent from the 2011 team. Look for them to bounce back in 2013.
Look for Southern Miss to go 10-4 in 2013.
Wyoming (4-8 in 2012)
Dave Christensen has taken the Cowboys to two bowl games in his four years as head coach in Wyoming.
In 2012 Wyoming lost to FCS school, Cal Poly. During the off season the Cowboys hired former Washington State quarterback and Idaho interim head coach Jason Gesser as the quarterbacks coach. This should drastically help the offense improve to keep up with the expanded Mountain West Conference.
Quarterback Brett Smith had a pretty good 2012 season throwing for 2,837 yards with 27 touchdowns and only six picks. Look for him to be even better under the watchful eye of Jason Gesser.
Look for Wyoming to go 10-3 in 2013.
Arkansas (4-8 in 2012)
The Razorbacks' 2012 season was a train wreck. First Bobby Petrino wrecks his motorcycle while riding with his mistress and gets fired. Then Arkansas completely collapsed.
Then the Razorbacks got the biggest steal of the offseason when they hired Bret Bielema from Wisconsin.
In 2012 Arkansas lost to Louisiana-Monroe and Rutger, both games they should have won.
In 2013 the Hogs have a pretty easy non-conference schedule with Louisiana-Lafayette, Samford, Southern Miss and Rutgers, But their SEC schedule is brutal.
With Brandon Mitchell moving back to quarterback from wide receiver, look for a new style of offense in 2013. Bielema likes a smash mouth style of football. Look for the Razorback to run the football a lot more.
Look for the Razorbacks to improve to 10-3 in 2013.