Big football schools to face unique challenges in 2017

Every season, a few college football teams defy expectations and prove all the experts who overlooked them wrong. On the flip side, there are always a handful of programs that are overhyped despite the obvious warning signs. These ten teams all have high hopes for the upcoming season, but are more likely to disappoint their fans and alumni in 2017.

Success is difficult to sustain in major college football. Even the sport’s blue-bloods tend to have a few down years once every couple of decades. It’s also why the mid-majors and middle of the pack high-majors face such an uphill climb.