There were plenty of disappointing teams in college football last season. Teams that we all thought would contend for conference titles and even the College Football Playoff but fell way short of those expectations.
Not only were the players and coaches on these teams frustrated with the 2022 outcomes, but so were the fans.
We saw teams like Alabama miss the playoff, Ohio State fail to win the Big Ten title or beat Michigan for a second straight year, Clemson piece together another solid but underwhelming year, and Oklahoma faded into irrelevance for the first time in what felt like decades after Lincoln Riley left for USC.
Most of those programs’ “disappointing” seasons wouldn’t qualify for a list like this because I would hardly consider a “turnaround” going from 11-2 to 13-0.
These, however, are the programs with the biggest turnaround potential in 2023.
5. Nebraska Cornhuskers
I’m buying stock in Nebraska before it’s too late.
The Cornhuskers have finally moved on from Scott Frost after a disastrous tenure with no bowl games and Matt Rhule has taken over after a stint in the NFL. This move has already paid major dividends as the Cornhuskers are bringing in some elite talent for 2023.
Nebraska signed the No. 31 overall recruiting class and it also brings in 11 really solid transfers, including Arik Gilbert, Billy Kemp, Jeff Sims, and Corey Collier.
Having a really good coach is going to make a massive difference and after a 4-8 season, there’s quite literally nowhere to go but up.
Better quarterback play, better coach, better offensive weapons, better defense? Yeah, Nebraska is going to really surprise some people this season.