2018 Biggest Surprises, Disappointments: What Were The Expectations For All 130 Teams?

2018 Biggest Surprises, Disappointments: What Were The Expectations For All 130 Teams?

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2018 Biggest Surprises, Disappointments: What Were The Expectations For All 130 Teams?

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Compared to the expectations and predictions before the 2018 season, which teams were the biggest surprises and which ones were the biggest disappointments?


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We’re not always right – and that’s the fun of this.

Of course, we’re mostly in the picks and predictions business, but what’s the point if every season there aren’t several wild curveballs along the way?

In general, the goal with the preseason win total and record predictions is to get it as close to the pin as possible. In the preseason picks before last season, half of the them were at least within a game of the final regular season win total one way or the other.

Miss by two games? There’s always a weird upset here and there. Miss by three or more, and that’s a total whiff on our part.

Four or more wins? On the good side, that’s awesome – it makes for a shockingly fun season for the respective fan bases.

But if we’re off by more than three losses on a team, most of the time, something went terribly, terribly wrong at a crazy-weird level.

Below are all 130 teams with where the Preview 2018 predicted win totals were, and where they ended up.

Which teams were the biggest surprises, and biggest disappointments, and which ones did what they were supposed to?

Note, the totals only include the wins before conference championships and before the bowl games. 

For example, the CFN 2018 preseason prediction for TCU was 8-4. The Horned Frogs finished overall at 7-6, but they were 6-6 in the regular season before beating Cal in the Cheez-It Bowl, so they were a -2.

Massive, Brutal Disappointments

Total and complete crashes for these teams. Okay, so Rutgers was a head-over-the-skis call, but the other three teams should’ve been much, much, much better.

Arkansas

2018 Preseason Prediction: 7-5
2018 Pre-Bowl Win Total: 2
Disparity: -5

Louisville

2018 Preseason Prediction: 7-5
2018 Pre-Bowl Win Total: 2
Disparity: -5

Rutgers

2018 Preseason Prediction: 6-6
2018 Pre-Bowl Win Total: 1
Disparity: -5

USC

2018 Preseason Prediction: 10-2
2018 Pre-Bowl Win Total: 5
Disparity: -5

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