Top 5 Overrated College Football Teams That’ll Surprise
They’re going to be expected to do massive things, but will disappoint. They’re the most overrated teams.
Preview 2017: Top 5 Overrated College Football Teams
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Louisiana State Tigers
It’s all relative in the SEC West. Alabama will win it, Auburn will be the darling – thanks to QB Jarrett Stidham – and the rest of the division will fall into its familiar pattern. While no one will predict LSU to win it, the hope will be for RB Derrius Guice, head coach Ed Orgeron, and a slew of good talents to be enough to make a whole lot of noise.
But thanks to the adjustment of the Florida game to Gainesville – it was supposed to be at Florida last year and LSU this season before hurricane issues changed that up – there’s an ugly second half with the Gators, Ole Miss, Alabama and Tennessee all away from Death Valley.
North Carolina Tar Heels
Will the addition of LSU castoff Brandon Harris help the quarterback situation – if he wins the job? Not enough to overcome a rough year for the Tar Heels in the ACC.
The lines won’t be physical enough. The run defense will still be an issue, the ground attack will continue to be just okay, and there’s too much turnover on both sides to be in the ACC title hunt.
The Tar Heels have to face Louisville, Notre Dame and Miami at home, and go on the road to face Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Pitt and NC State. Uh oh.
Penn State Nittany Lions
They’ll be good, but they’re not going to repeat the Big Ten championship magic.
RB Saquon Barkley will be amazing, QB Trace McSorley will be solid, and the defense should have its moments of dominance, but now the bar is set higher and just finishing with a nice bowl appearance will seem a little bit flat.
The Nittany Lions get Michigan at home, but they go to Ohio State and Michigan State over the following two weeks, and they have to go to Iowa – ask 2016 Michigan what that’s like.
Again, it’ll be a good team, but three regular season losses will seem a whole lot more than the three losses overall last year.
If USC doesn’t start the season in the preseason top three of the two main polls, it’ll be in the top five. As good as Sam Darnold might be, and as strong as the talent might be on both sides of the ball, the lines will be just average enough to be a problem.
This will be more like a 10-2 USC than a 12-0 killer – and the two-loss prediction might be generous. The Trojans can’t slip at home early against UCLA, Stanford or Texas, and can’t biff a road date at Washington State, Notre Dame or Arizona State. It’ll be enough to finish out of the College Football Playoff.
The Cowboys will go bowling, but their fans will be going for more.
After winning the Mountain Division of the Mountain West, and with all the attention paid to Josh Allen, Wyoming is supposed to be a major player again in the league chase, and some will pick an upset or two over Iowa and Oregon in the first few weeks, but no.
Allen will be amazing at times, but he won’t be able to carry the team through road games against Utah State, Boise State and Air Force, and there won’t be wins over the Hawkeyes or Ducks in the first three weeks.