4. Who is, technically, underrated in the AP Preseason Top 25 Poll?
If there are overrated teams, there have to be underrated ones, too. We did this for the 2022 Preseason Coaches Poll – here are five underrated teams in the AP Preseason Top 25 Poll …
Texas Tech (0 votes)
The problem with this is going to be the record – Texas Tech has a brutal schedule and will struggle to get to seven wins. However, talent-wise, with the 2021 WKU scheme taking over, and with the coaching staff in place to beef up the D, there should’ve been a few votes here.
– Texas Tech Preview
UCLA (2 votes, tied 43rd overall)
Let’s just cut to the chase – the entire Pac-12 is underrated in the 2022 AP preseason rankings. Fine, so UCLA is a fringe top 25 team at the moment, but 2 votes compared to Boise State (5), UCF (27), Wake Forest (22nd overall), Pitt (17th overall), and Miami (16th overall)? This is a huge whiff – BTW, the Bruins received 2 votes in last year’s preseason poll, too.
– UCLA Preview
Tennessee (180 votes, 26th overall)
Really? Y’all think this offense couldn’t take care of a Houston, or a Wake Forest, or a Pitt, or Miami, or Michigan State? Okay so the defense might not be amazing, but not being in the 25 is a misfire.
– Tennessee Preview
Florida (14 votes, 37th overall)
Last year Michigan received 12 votes in the preseason AP poll. I sure as shoot didn’t see that coming, but that was a top 20 team going into 2021, much less top 25. Take all the whining and screaming I did last year and apply it to 2022 Florida.
– Florida Preview
No. 14 USC
I am 100% prepared to eat it if and when I’m wrong, but get on this USC thing now. The lines are fine, the talent is better than it looked last year, and Lincoln Riley is not only a massive coaching upgrade, but he brought in an all-star team for the starting 22. Again, I’m here to take my lumps if I’m misreading this, but top 5 isn’t crazy.
– USC Preview