Link to the article here: http://soccernet.espn.go.com/columns/story?id=353620&root=ncaa&cc=5901 Nice article. I think the writer captured 2 things that we have been speaking about on this board. Next seasons top contenders This past seasons biggest disappointments Article points to Akron, New Mexico and Penn State as the emerging powerhouses from 2005. I would agree with Akron and Penn State but... New Mexico may be losing too much to make another run to the College Cup. Obviously will be very good but the College Cup may be too much. Akron should really be pushing to make it next year. I get to see them once in a while and they are going to be VERY good, with whoever is their coach. Ubiparipovic is the real deal and will be a Hermann trophy candidate next season. Evan Bush may be the next great college GK and is certainly deserving of a call up. They play excellent soccer and I am sure they are going to make a serious run. Don't forget this team only lost one game all season and that was an overtime loss to the then two time defending national champion Hoosiers in Bloomington. Penn State returns almost their entire team from the group that swept the Big Ten regular season and tournament championship (8-0). Omekanda and Yeisley will arguably be the best forward tandem in America next season. Throw in Rich Costanzo (Fomer US U18 and 2004 B10 F.O.Y) who sat out this past season and that offense is big time scary. Jeff Chambers in midfield is the catalyst and may be the teams best player. The entire back 4 defense is back and 1st team all B10 GK Conrad Taylor is only gonna be a junior. Their are probably some other big teams to look out for next year, namely: North Carolina, Clemson, Duke, Cal, SMU, Virginia, UConn and Wake Forest. My Pre-PreSeason Top 10: 1.North Carolina 2.Maryland 3.Penn State 4.Duke 5.Akron 6.California 7.UCLA 8.UCONN 9.Virginia 10.Indiana Underachievers according to the article: Stanford, Boston College, Michigan, Northwestern-all have been mentioned in other threads. He also singled out UCLA, but you have to think that they will be back in 06.