CFN Staff Predictions: The Big Most Disappointing Team Of 2017 Will Be …
Which team will be worse than everyone is predicting? The Big Disappointment will be …
Disappointing Team Prediction
@Rich Cirminiello, CFN: USC. There’s something about a highly ranked Trojan team that creates an uneasy feeling in August. QB Sam Darnold is the real deal and worthy of the offseason hype. The rest of Clay Helton’s team? Not so much. Yeah, Troy will be the class of a soft South Division, but questions on both lines will keep the program from returning to the Pac-12 mountaintop.
@Jeff Feyerer, CFN: Penn State. I considered USC here, too, but the Nittany Lions aren’t going to catch anyone off guard like they did last year. It’s also important to remember they were getting worked by both Minnesota,Ohio State and Wisconsin before making fourth quarter comebacks – you don’t get those breaks again. Big Ten defenses are going to be ready for Saquon Barkley, and although I think they’ll be good, a Big Ten crown isn’t coming this season. A 9-3 run is nothing to be upset about.
@Pete Fiutak, CFN: USC. The Trojans will hardly be a flop, but the expectations are at CFP-or-bust for a team that has a slew of concerns on both sides of the ball. Sam Darnold will be fantastic, and the team will be in the Pac-12 title chase all season long, but it’s a better league from top to bottom, the South won’t be hit by massive injuries again, and Washington, Stanford and Oregon are killers from the North. Think 10-2 USC instead of an 11-1 CFPer.
@Phil Harrison, CFN: USC. The program just doesn’t have the same swagger it had under Pete Carroll, with a history of not sealing the deal. Yeah, there’s talent, there almost always is at a place like USC, but there are enough key losses on the line to make things tougher on Sam Darnold and the offense.
@Jeremy Mauss, MWwire.com: USC. The Trojans will go up in flames once again and not live up to the hype of making the College Football Playoff. They likely will win the South and if things fall right could sneak into a major bowl game, but a playoff berth is not going to happen. Losing their top two wide receivers and three offensive lineman who were all-conference a year ago are big losses.
@Russ Mitchell, CFN: (Y’all are gonna be eating some SERIOUS Trojan crow come December.) LSU. The Tigers’ are ranked 12 in the preseason Coaches Poll. Remembering my mantra to never wager on children … even if you must sell the house to do it, bet against the Bayou Bengals. LSU’s starting quarterback is still a Purdon’t washout. The offensive line just lost its best player, and has only about a dozen scholarship athletes, three of whom are freshmen; scratch the surface and they’re in big trouble.
There are questions on wide receiver depth – not that it matters without a quality quarterback. They’re replacing half the secondary, which departed in the first round of the NFL Draft (goes to expected dropoff in production, your honor.) Who doesn’t love Coach O, but his SEC conference record as a head coach – sans an interim tag – is 3-21.
Pause … Deep breath … Continue.
LSU is breaking in a new offensive coordinator, and besides Mrs. Canada, only two people I know can identify him in a lineup. Oh yeah … and they play FIVE CONFERENCE ROAD GAMES this season to make up for Jeremy Foley’s arrogance.
I’m sure everything will be just fine.
@Joe Vitale, UGAFootballLive: Easy one. Auburn. The Tigers start the season off with a 12-15ish ranking, however, I have my money on Georgia Southern in that opening week game. To make it worse, they have to travel Death Valley to play Clemson the following week, not to mention their yearly matchups with Alabama, LSU and Georgia (and Ole Miss, TAMU, MSU, Arkansas and Mizzou….just in case you forgot they play in the toughest division in college football) To me, this is a 7-5 or 8-4 team, even with their two preseason “Heisman candidates.”