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With four weeks of college football in the books, we’re already a full third of the way through the regular season. In that month, many of the preconceived notions about the 2015 season have been shattered. Auburn, once a popular College Football Playoff pick, is floundering, while Oregon already has two losses and just got blasted at home by 40 points. Things aren’t even perfect in Columbus, where a stacked Ohio State team hasn’t been able to shake off the rust following a championship season.
Many of the teams that we had high expectations for have failed to live up, and as usual, the polls often lag behind what we see on the field. Last week, our two most overrated teams—Auburn and Arizona—both lost, and fell from the USA Today Coaches’ Poll. Auburn lost a second straight SEC game, this time to Mississippi State 17-9, while previously undefeated Arizona was blasted by Pac-12 rival UCLA 56-30 at home.
Which teams have failed to play up to their week five rankings, and which are one bad loss away from being exposed? Here are the five most overrated teams in this week’s poll:
5th Most Overrated: Ohio State >>>
The college football season is only two weeks old. The craziness and mayhem that typically make the sport great have not arrived yet. Every team currently ranked in the top 10 of the USA TODAY Coaches’ Poll has yet to suffer a loss.
That will be changing.
Last season, only one Power 5 team – Florida State – entered bowl season undefeated.
We expect something similar to happen this season.
With the season ramping up and conference play beginning, we’ve decided to predict when each top 10 team will be suffering their first loss of the season. One of these games is occurring this weekend. The others are almost all road contests.
Here are our predictions.
No. 10, Notre Dame >>>
FBS college football kicks off next week, so naturally, various analysts and personalities are making their picks to win the various power conferences and make the four-team College Football Playoff. Many have stuck with the tried-and-true programs like Ohio State, TCU, Baylor, and Alabama, but the guys from ESPN’s College GameDay all went out on limbs. Kirk Herbstreit stuck with his playoff of Ohio State, Arizona State, LSU, and Oklahoma.
His interesting picks might actually be more predictable than what Lee Corso and Desmond Howard came up with. Bold teams are College Football Playoff picks by the three analysts:
Big Ten Champion:
Big 12 Champion:
Lee Corso just picked #LSU to win it all. pic.twitter.com/mvKPa3cVmm
— William Scott (@wscottCSM) August 29, 2015
@DesmondHoward always smartly dressed and smart on football. #gigem pic.twitter.com/J6KKAjsX7v
— Nick Dolle (@NickDolle) August 29, 2015
Desmond Howard has Virginia Tech WINNING the ACC?? WOW. pic.twitter.com/HjzjL1igtR
— Lost Lettermen (@LostLettermen) August 29, 2015
@willclem10 yeah Desmond and Corso’s were a little crazy too. Corso had LSU over OSU w/ BU and Oreg. Howard had Stanford ( ) A&M MSU & TCU
— Parker Todd (@ParkerTodd16) August 29, 2015
We don’t have things playing out quite this interestingly, but you never know with College Football. No one predicted Ohio State to win it all after their loss to Virginia Tech last season, yet here we are.
Nacogdoches (Tex.) five-star safety Brandon Jones, the No. 1 safety in the 2016 recruiting class, has dropped his top six list.
It’s a strong one, comprised of programs from the Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC.
My Top 6! Thank you for all the support thus far and all the programs that have given me this opportunity. #NoOrder pic.twitter.com/ZwmK8A6dRt
— Brandon Jones (@BlessedJones33) August 22, 2015
Jones’ 247Sports’ Crystal Ball indicates he could be A&M-bound.
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