Surprise team candidates for 2013 

January, 2, 2013
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Fedora, Hoke & SarkisianUSA TODAY SportsCould Larry Fedora's Tar Heels, Brady Hoke's Wolverines or Steve Sarkisian's Huskies surprise in 2013?
As much as it seemed improbable for Notre Dame to come from out of nowhere to play for the national championship, that's exactly what the Irish did this season. Coming into 2012, we suspected Notre Dame would be a better team, but not necessarily one capable of stringing together wins against a fairly difficult schedule.

It was ugly at times, no question, but the Domers did something no other postseason-eligible team did this season -- they won all of their games. In looking back, were there earmarks -- in recruiting or elsewhere -- that indicated a surprise season was coming?