With the beginning of the college football season a day away, here are four teams that we feel are the most overrated going into the season.
The Bulldogs lost their first two games to open the season last year and then won ten straight. They followed that feat up by getting destroyed by LSU in the SEC Championship game and choking away the Outback Bowl against Michigan State giving them a final record of 10-4.
This entire offseason we’ve been hearing how Georgia has one of the top teams in the nation, but we just don’t see it. The thing that most coaches stress in the SEC is having quality depth. So when you have to move one of your best wide receivers (Malcolm Mitchell) to defensive back, that’s not good. Plus add to the fact that most of the depth in the secondary is composed of either true freshmen or red-shirt freshmen, Georgia is really a couple of injuries away from being in deep trouble. Even with the easy schedule that Georgia has (they don’t play Alabama, LSU, or Arkansas) we still see them losing three games, maybe four if they make to the SEC Championship again.
Now the defense is one of the best in the country, but if the offense can’t catch up it won’t matter.
What Texas needs is a big season from one of their highly regarded running backs. Malcolm Brown, DJ Monroe, and incoming freshman Jonathan Gray will have to carry the load this year. The main reason we think Texas is overrated is their quarterbacks are not good at all. When you look at young quarterbacks you look for flashes that make you think they have potential to good in the future. We just don’t see that with David Ash and Case McCoy, which will most likely hold Texas back this season.
South Carolina Gamecocks
The Gamecocks had their first 11 win season in school history this past season. Now looking ahead to this season, there is no way that the Gamecocks are the 9th best team in the country. When your top running back is coming off an ACL tear plus you lose your top play making wide out on offense, you might be in trouble.
Connor Shaw is a great scrambler, but he is going have to prove that he can actually throw the ball so the jury is still out on him. Defensively, it’s going to be hard to replace you Stephon Gilmore, Melvin Ingram and Antonio Allen. Then you add Akeem Auguste who is now out for the season, and that’s an awful lot of talent to replace. I think South Carolina is going to take a big step back. We see them winning eight games this year.
Ohio State Buckeyes
The Buckeyes finished the season with a disappointing 6-7 record. Urban Meyer takes over a Buckeyes team that is really lacking for play makers. We really don’t see how the coaches feel that the Buckeyes deserve to be ranked. Whenever your quarterback leads your team in passing and rushing, you’re probably not going to have a good offense.
Jake Stoneburner, Corey Brown, and Devin Smith really have to step up to help Braxton Miller in the passing game. We think with the offense having to learn a new system, we see the Buckeyes finishing with seven wins.