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The 5 Most Overrated Teams In The Week 5 Coaches’ Poll

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Do the Buckeyes really deserve to be No. 1?

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 >>>

College Spun’s College Football Playoff Field After Week 3

Another week of college football has been completed. It was a good one. 

Ohio State barely survived Northern Illinois. Alabama was upended by Ole Miss for the second straight year. LSU and Georgia both looked dominant in SEC contests at home. Notre Dame, a team as injury-riddled as there is, had an impressive victory against Georgia Tech. 

Picking a College Football Playoff field is a near-unfeasible task, but we’re going to do it anyway. 

Here’s College Spun’s College Football Playoff foursome after Week 3. You can find out how we arrived at the field here. Last week’s field is also there. 

1. Michigan State (3-0msu

The Spartans, the No. 2 team in our field last week, jump to the No. 1 spot thanks to Ohio State’s lackluster-at-best showing against Northern Illinois. Mark Dantonio’s squad didn’t look great on Saturday, defeating Air Force, 35-21, but they’re undefeated and possess one of the best wins of the year so far with their home victory against Oregon. Can anyone top this team before their mid-November showdown against the Buckeyes? 

2. Ole Miss (3-0) ole miss

Hugh Freeze’s team secured the early win of the season on Saturday with its 43-37 defeat of Alabama at Bryant-Denny Stadium. It was the second straight victory over the Crimson Tide for Ole Miss and it was impressive. The Rebels are averaging 64 points a game and have a win in Tuscaloosa – they’re a lock for the field if it was picked today. You could make a serious argument for them being deserving of the No. 1 spot, too. 

3. Ohio State (3-0) ohiostate

The Buckeyes looked bad last week. Their offense did, anyway. But Urban Meyer’s team is still perhaps the most-talented squad in the country. They’re 3-0, throttled Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., and, once they solve their offensive woes, should start to impress on a weekly basis. If Ohio State plays to its potential, nobody should come close to beating the Buckeyes until mid-November, when they face Michigan State, Minnesota and Michigan. 

4. LSU (2-0) lsu

This ranking could just as easily read “4. Leonard Fournette (2-0).” After a very good freshman season, Buga has seemingly transformed into the monster that we all saw in those unreal high school highlights. Against Auburn, he averaged 12 yards a carry, finishing with 228 rushing  yards and three touchdowns in just three quarters. Auburn’s defense isn’t great, but it still has SEC athletes, and LSU’s offensive line and incredible back made them look like a Sun Belt squad. With Syracuse, Eastern Michigan, South Carolina, Florida, and Western Kentucky on the schedule before a trip to Tuscaloosa, this team should have no issue sticking around the top of the rankings.

Next Two Out

5. Georgia (3-0)uga

The Bulldogs blasted South Carolina, 52-20, over the weekend and are knocking on the playoff foursome door. Running back Nick Chubb is rolling and quarterback Greyson Lambert is playing very efficient football. Southern won’t be much of a test for Georgia on Saturday, but the Alabama Crimson Tide lurk on the horizon on Oct. 3. 

6. TCU (3-0) TCU logo

The second team out of our field, the Horned Frogs just haven’t had the chance to really impress us yet. TCU has a solid Week 1 win, defeating Minnesota on the road, but Gary Patterson’s squad didn’t look great in that one. Since then, they’ve had two blowout wins – Stephen F. Austin and SMU. Their Big 12 slate starts this week and will provide them with a couple opportunities to get the quality wins needed to make the field. 

Here’s how the voting shook out this week:

 Rank
Lombardi
Lyons 
Holleran 
Hladik 
Tackett 
Driscoll 

1. 
MSU 
Ole Miss
Ole Miss 
MSU
MSU
MSU

2.
Ole Miss
MSU
MSU
Ole Miss
LSU
Ole Miss

3. 
OSU 
OSU 
OSU 
OSU 
OSU 
OSU 

4.
TCU 
ND 
TCU 
LSU
Ole Miss
TCU

5.
LSU 
LSU 
LSU 
TCU 
Georgia 
Georgia

6. 
Georgia 
Georgia 
Georgia
Georgia 
TCU
Baylor

7. 
ND 
UCLA 
ND
ND 
Baylor
LSU

8. 
UCLA
Oklahoma
UCLA
Baylor 
ND
ND

9.
Oklahoma 
Texas A&M
Baylor
UCLA 
Clemson
UCLA

10. 
Baylor
Alabama 
Alabama
Clemson 
Alabama 
Clemson 

11.
Alabama
TCU
Clemson
Alabama 
FSU 
Alabama 

12.
Clemson 
Baylor 
Northwestern
FSU 
Oklahoma
Texas A&M

13.
Texas A&M 
Clemson 
Texas A&M
Texas A&M 
Texas A&M 
Oklahoma 

14.
Oregon 
Oregon 
Oklahoma 
Oklahoma 
UCLA 
Utah 

15.
Stanford 
FSU 
Oregon 
Oregon
Stanford 
FSU 

So, college football fans – did we get it right?

Predicting When Each Top 10 Team Will Suffer Its 1st Loss Of The Season

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. 

Is a loss coming for Ohio State?

Is a loss coming for Ohio State?

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 >>>

Take It in Stride: Why It’s OK the Ducks Lost

Look, for starters, there are hundreds of reasons why it’s OK Oregon lost. There are the “excuse-y” reasons, like how the team was on the road against one of the toughest defenses in the nation — starting a QB who’s been with the offense for roughly a month now.

There are the obvious reasons why it’s OK, like how Oregon lost to a worse team than MSU last year and still made the playoffs. There are the obscure reasons, like how Oregon is now 0-2 in big games against the B1G when wearing white and black jerseys.

Adams' height appeared to be the most threatening defender at times.

Adams’ height appeared to be the most threatening defender at times.

But here’s the reason I like the best: Football teams lose. It’s Week 2, and no one’s playoff fate is sealed. Ohio State proved that last year.

What I watched wasn’t perfect. It appeared Vernon Adams struggled to see over his offensive line at times, which forced him to make some bad decisions.

The secondary played better but is still far away from where it needs to be. Oh, and don’t get me started on special teams.

But, it wasn’t bad. Oregon barely won last year against MSU, despite what the 19-point victory might show. It was a tight game for three quarters until Oregon got some momentum and finally put MSU away at home.

So this year, without the best player Oregon football has ever seen, is it terribly surprising the Ducks lost to a football team which has lost only three games in two (plus) years, now — a team that stuck with them until the end just a season ago?

I’m not looking for you all, or anyone for that matter, to embrace losing. As Duck fans we hold our team to a certain standard, a standard that the team has set for itself. But, just maybe, we let this one go. This isn’t the upset at home to Arizona (on my birthday, by the way).

I don’t know about you, but I’m proud to represent the University of Oregon today. The team fought hard against one of the nation’s best, but more importantly, they did it admirably. There was no poor sportsmanship, nor was there a lack of class. Oregon fought til the very end last night, but when it was said and done, they simply lost to the better team, not unlike the National Championship last January.

Addison showed great promise, breaking out for 236 all-purpose yards.

Addison showed great promise, breaking out for 236 all-purpose yards.

There were a lot of positives to take away from this game. Bralon Addison got some momentum, proving he still has the same big-play ability he showed before his injury last season.

The defense, namely the linebackers, played with a much higher intensity than what we saw against EWU.

Adams bounced back from a tough first half and protected the ball, making mostly smart decisions (and some very tough throws, might I add).

But, most importantly, Oregon showed flashes of what it could be — of what it wants to be. And let me make this very clear — of what it will be.

Vernon Adams will continue to grow and the offense will mesh more as the season goes on. The young members of the secondary will learn from experience. Everything will get better and faster, and sooner than you know it, this year’s Ducks will closely resemble last year’s team (minus one notable 6-foot-4 Hawaiian).

In short, everything is okay. Don’t let this loss ruin your weekend, or week for that matter. There were a lot of moments to take away from this game that give me hope for the rest of this season, and come playoff time who knows where our Ducks will be.

And, I think more importantly than anything else, please remember it’s just a game. Oregon, in partnership with Nike, released an exceptional video parodying the comedy classic Animal House.

In that video we fans witnessed Marcus Mariota playing John Belushi’s infamous Bluto, Joey Harrington singing the words to Otis Day and the Knight’s beloved “Shout” as Otter, and countless other former athletes and stars reuniting to have fun together as Ducks.

Years from now these players won’t remember this game, just like last year’s team won’t remember the loss to Arizona. These guys remember the emotional wins, the bonding of brothers, and the first time one walks through the tunnel onto the sweet, sweet Autzen turf.

Please, do not let this loss define the Ducks’ season, or how you view them. Instead, rejoice in the fact that you love and support a team that fought one of the best football teams in the nation until the last minute.

Instead of sorrow, rejoice in the fact your beloved team didn’t have to go to overtime to defeat an FCS team (Auburn, anyone?). Sure this loss hurt, but this team will grow from it. Our Ducks will take it in stride.

Oh, and for Spartan fans only, you can bet your ass come playoff time Adams will connect with Byron Marshall on that second down. You got lucky, but we’re coming for you.

Sco’, Ducks!

Top photo from John Sperry

ESPN College GameDay Hosts Make Some Surprising Picks For The College Football Playoff

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:

 
Kirk Herbstreit
Lee Corso
Desmond Howard

ACC Champion:
Georgia Tech 
Florida State
Virginia Tech

Big Ten Champion:
Ohio State
Ohio State
Michigan State

Big 12 Champion:
Oklahoma 
Baylor 
TCU

Pac-12 Champion:
Arizona State 
Oregon 
Stanford

SEC Champion:
LSU
LSU 
Texas A&M

National Champion:
Ohio State
LSU
Stanford 

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.

The 12 Most Relevant Teams In College Football Today

michigan football hype videoCollege football season is upon us, and a new year brings a new set of standards. 

Elite programs around the country are ready to bang heads and fight for a spot in only the second ever College Football Playoffs, but we’re here to help you dig your way through the muck and the mire and find the teams that matter most; the teams with all the hype and the fan bases to back it up. Which are the teams that, with the right play call, can shift the entire college football landscape, can change everything you thought you knew coming into the season? 

The most relevant teams in today’s college football landscape doesn’t necessarily mean they have the most decorated past, although that doesn’t hurt. These are the teams setting the trends, giving the opposition nightmares and gaining the most exposure from national media. 

These are the 12 most relevant college football teams today. 

Get Started: No. 12 Texas >>>

Report: Alabama, LSU, Ohio State, Texas, Others To Wear These Nike Black Alternate Uniforms This Season

Several of college football’s premier programs will be sporting a black uniform this fall, according to a report. 

According to Andrew Lind, a uniform connoisseur and reporter for the Tidewater News, the black Nike uniform T-shirts being seen in stores are the design for an alternate uniform that will be worn this fall. 

Alabama, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Georgia, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon and Texas are the teams that will wear one. 

Source tells me these nine Nike black T-shirts are, in fact, designs to be worn this season: pic.twitter.com/zyVjSYQ5l7

— Andrew Lind (@AndrewMLind) August 2, 2015

Here they are: 

Ohio State / @AndrewMLind

Ohio State / @AndrewMLind

Oregon / @AndrewMLind

Oregon / @AndrewMLind

Florida State / @AndrewMLind

Florida State / @AndrewMLind

Alabama / @AndrewMLind

Alabama / @AndrewMLind

Texas / @AndrewMLind

Texas / @AndrewMLind

Georgia / @AndrewMLind

Georgia / @AndrewMLind

Oklahoma / @AndrewMLind

Oklahoma / @AndrewMLind

LSU / @AndrewMLind

LSU / @AndrewMLind

Florida / @AndrewMLind

Florida / @AndrewMLind

We’ve seen these T-shirts before. They’re popping up in Nike stores across the country. And a majority of these teams typically wear an alternate jersey at some point during the season. It is pretty surprising to see teams like Alabama and Texas on this list, though. 

Nike and the schools, unsurprisingly, have yet to comment on the idea of these being worn as jerseys. 

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