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Looking Back, Looking Ahead

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Dan Shanoff writes a weekly college football column for Deadspin. Email him to let him know what you think.


Nothing says "end-of-the-year" (or "MSG hangover") like a batch of fairly obvious, entirely shallow superlatives, representing the best and worst of 2007, with a baseless look-ahead to 2008. Feel free to add your own in the comments.

Biggest moment: App State beats Michigan
Biggest upset: Stanford beats USC
Biggest game, individual: Darren McFadden vs. LSU
Biggest "YouTube" clip: Trinity's "15 Laterals" to beat Millsaps
Biggest Cinderella: South Florida Kansas, Illinois (tie)
Biggest dud: Cal, Louisville (tie)
Biggest choke:: West Virginia at home vs. Pitt
Biggest symbolism, on-field: Navy beats Notre Dame
Biggest symbolism, off-field: I-AA teams in I-A Top 25 poll
Biggest trend: Deploying a QB who can run
Biggest scandal: FSU's mass bowl ineligibility
Biggest news-maker: Nick Saban
Biggest back-in: Ohio State
Biggest bandwagon: Tim Tebow

Plus 5 Predictions for 2008:
Biggest game: Ohio State at USC, Sept. 13
Biggest headline: "Plus-One" "playoff" "approved"
Biggest coaching opening: Notre Dame
Heisman Winner: Percy Harvin
BCS Championship Game: USC vs. Florida

Coming next week: Bowl hangover.

As usual, send any questions or comments to danshanoff-[at]-gmail-[dot]-com.