Cavaliers, Illini are teams to watch in 2007

Wake Forest's surprise ACC title run and Orange Bowl berth proved to be one of the defining story lines of the 2006 college football season. Unlike the other big underdog success stories of last season (Boise State and Rutgers), the Demon Deacons came out of nowhere. They were the only team in the country to win a "big six" conference title after failing to reach a bowl game the season prior.

Which teams are capable of pulling off a similar feat this fall? Take a look below at my top candidate in each of the six major conferences. Remember that the only teams eligible are the ones that failed to go bowling last season.