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May 24, 2010
The Hawkeyes won 11 games and landed in the Orange Bowl. The Terrapins were 2-10, with one of the wins over FCS member James Madison in overtime, at home. (The other was over ACC Atlantic champion Clemson. Go figure.)
In 2008, though, both played numerous close games. That season, Iowa lost four games by a total of 12 points and Maryland won six one-possession games. Last season, then, was a reversal of fortune for each program from '08.
Each offseason, Rivals.com examines the teams that lived on the edge the previous season. In some cases, the close calls indicate a quality team that caught some bad breaks; can those teams poised to learn from their experiences and turn it around this fall?
In other cases, the close calls indicate a team that had a lot of luck. A drop-off in returning starters or a more challenging schedule could lead these teams to a precipitous fall.
Here are our picks of living-on-the-edge teams in each conference who are about to take flight or take a fall.
Luck is running out: Georgia Tech (11-3)
Luck is running out: Oklahoma State (9-4)
Luck is running out: Cincinnati (12-1)
Luck is running out: Northwestern (8-5)
Luck is running out: East Carolina (9-5)
Luck is running out: Ohio (9-5)
Luck is running out: BYU (11-2)
Luck is running out: USC (9-4)
Luck is running out: LSU (9-4)
Luck is running out: Louisiana-Lafayette (6-6)
Luck is running out: Idaho (8-5)
Luck is running out: Army (5-7)
David Fox is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at email@example.com.