College football preview: Potential surprises (Video)

Over the past two years, a team has come from outside the preseason AP poll to challenge for the national title. Our college football writers talk surprise contenders and possible disappointments entering the 2014 season.

In the past two seasons, a team has come from outside the preseason polls to challenge for college football's national championship in the BCS title game. Notre Dame was the out-of-nowhere darling in 2012, while Auburn's miracle run through the back half of its schedule left it just a few plays shy of its second title in four years.

The BCS may be gone, but surprises aren't going anywhere.

If anything, the four-team playoff only opens more doors.

Can another unforeseen SEC team run the gauntlet and emerge with a title-worthy resume? Could the same happen in the Pac-12, the Big 12 or elsewhere?

Our college football writers discuss (above) a few candidates, both inside and outside the Power 5, who could surprise during the 2014 season.

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