The non-BCS leagues found no success in last year's BCS, watching their sole representative, Northern Illinois, flounder against Florida State in the Orange Bowl.
But thanks to Eric Fisher, they got the last laugh.
Central Michigan's left tackle soared up draft boards and went No. 1 overall to the Kansas City Chiefs, becoming the first non-BCS player to claim that spot since Alex Smith in 2005.
The only other offensive tackles to ever go No. 1 went to USC (Ron Yary), Ohio State (Orlando Pace) and Michigan (Jake Long)—three of the most esteemed programs in college football history.
Who else is ready to shatter the mold this season?
Note: Notre Dame and BYU both excluded from the list for playing as Independents.
The LSU passing game received a big boost with dynamic wide receiver Trey Quinn joining the 2014 recruiting class.
The Times-Picayune's Andrew Lopez hits us with the news:
Barbe wide receiver Trey Quinn became the 14th commitment to LSU's 2014 class when he pledged to the Tigers on Saturday.
Quinn selected LSU over Auburn, Clemson, Ole Miss, Texas, and Texas Tech.
Quinn is a 4-star recruit and the 13th-rated wide receiver for the 2014 class in 247 Sports' composite rankings. He checks in at 6'1" and 200 pounds, and he has solid strength to go with his size.
This Lake Charles, La. product lacks elite explosion, but he's shown the top-end speed to get open deep.
To go with those attributes, he has reliable, if not quite spectacular, hands as he naturally catches the ball away from his body. He also has solid ball skills and great body control.
This will certainly help make him a deep threat at the college level, but it does remain to be seen if he has the speed it will take to consistently beat guys deep.
However, he certainly isn't reliant upon getting deep. He has far more to his game than this.
Quinn has a nice feel for finding open space and for setting up defensive backs by knowing when to break off his route.
That helps him get quick separation and so does the fact that he is very fluid going in and out of his cuts.
He does not posses elite change-of-direction ability, but he has a nice feel for moving through traffic.
These skills make him a natural for the slot. While the slot is typically reserved for shorter receivers, Quinn is a natural for the spot, and he has dominated there while in high school.
No matter where he winds up lining up on the field in college, this is the kind of guy who will rack up catch numbers and help his offense keep the chains moving.
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