19 for ’19: 19 key offseason topics: No. 7. Which five teams have the potential to turn into disappointments?
19 for ’19 Offseason Topics
19: Best Teams To Not Make CFP
18: Teams That Will Rebound Big
17: Every Power 5 Team’s Letdown Game
16. Top 5 Instant Impact New Head Coaches
15. 2nd Year Coaches Who’ll Be Better
14. Power 5 Hot Seat Coach Rankings
13. Key Transfers You Forgot About
12. Five Big Power 5 Upset Alerts
11. Great Players About To Go Nuclear
10. Group of 5 Teams In New Year’s Six Chase
9. Power 5 Sleeper Teams
8. Most Interesting Quarterback Battles
Seriously? Wisconsin lost to BYU early on and turned out to be a big, dull dud?
Seriously? Arizona lost to BYU early on and turned out to be a big, dull dud?
Seriously? Miami went from being a preseason national title contender to not being able to throw a forward pass … and turning out to be a big, dull dud?
Seriously? USC stumbled to a losing season, UCLA didn’t even get out of the gate, and Virginia Tech needed a contingency plan just to go bowling?
Every year, seemingly sure-thing good teams turn into massive disappointments. Which Power Five teams will start the season with big expectations after big 2018 seasons?
The planets aligned perfectly for Pitt to win the Coastal and get to the ACC Championship. That’s not going to happen again.
Miami was way down, and it still managed to beat the Panthers 24-3. Virginia Tech was way down, too, but it’s not going to be nearly as bad this time around when the two meet in Blacksburg.
Last year’s team found a way to get by Syracuse, Georgia Tech and Duke in close battles, getting hot when it had to in the second half of the year to take control of the division.
It also helped that Clemson wasn’t on the pre-ACC Championship schedule.
This year’s team will still be good. The receiving corps is strong, but the top running backs and most of the key offensive linemen are gone, and six starters have to be replaced on defense. The bigger problem, though, is the schedule.
Virginia, Ohio, at Penn State, UCF. Three of the first four games are at home – and the team doesn’t leave Pennsylvania until October – but that’s still a dangerous start. No, Pitt isn’t going to start 1-3, but it’ll likely be the underdog in three of those four.
The Panthers have to go to Syracuse in a revenge date for the Orange. They have to go to Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, and Duke, too.
They’ll win their share of the 50/50 games, and they’ll go bowling, but going back to the ACC title game for a second season in a row is asking for way too much.