Wed, Jul 26, 2006
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Sometimes flying under the radar is the best way to travel. Sure, you don’t get the hype or props that the Notre Dames and Ohio States of the college football world receive, but hey, that can work to your advantage if you play your cards right. This is truly one sport where a solid team can get lost in the shuffle and while top schools focus on rivalry games and marquee matchups, these unknowns can swoop in like steath bombers and blow up everything. For bettors, this can mean big money if you know which teams to watch – especially early in the season. Here are five teams that have the potential to surprise their competition and the sportsbooks this year.
California Golden Bears
USC is obviously the favorite to win the Pac-10 again, but bettors should also consider Cal at +350 as a front-runner for the conference title. With Nate Longshore back from injury, the Golden Bears may get the consistency at quarterback they so badly lacked in 2005. Marshawn Lynch returns as the conference’s top running back, and is more than capable of surpassing the 1,246 yards he gained last season. Many people even expect him to assume Reggie Bush`s mantle as the top runner (and highlight maker) on the West Coast. Cornerbacks Daymeion Hughes and Tim Mixon make the secondary dangerous, while the defensive line and linebacking