The five most-overrated teams in ESPN’s new preseason top 25 poll.
ESPN updated its new preseason top 25 poll for the 2018 college football season today. It features some changes.
The poll, updated after National Signing Day, still has Clemson on top. ESPN college football writer Mark Schlabach is really high on the Tigers.
“After falling short of winning back-to-back national championships, the Tigers should enter 2018 as a heavy favorite to win the ACC and make their fourth straight appearance in the CFP. The Tigers will play nonconference games against two SEC foes — at Texas A&M on Sept. 8 and at home against South Carolina on Nov. 24. They’ll play Florida State on the road on Oct. 27 and will avoid Miami and Virginia Tech during the regular season,” he writes.
We’re not as high on Clemson, though. We think the Tigers are ever-so-slightly overrated.
They’re not the only team that’s overrated, though. Here are the five most-overrated teams in the latest top 25.
1. Clemson (ranking: No. 1)
We talked about this already. Clemson is a fine No. 1 team. Deserving. But Alabama deserves it more. The Crimson Tide have won five national titles in nine years. They return Tua Tagovailoa and a host of elite young talent on offense. There are some holes to fill on defense, but they’ll be filled by five-star prospects.
Alabama> Clemson for No. 1.
2. Oklahoma (ranking: No. 5)
The Sooners could easily be a College Football Playoff team again in 2018, but losing Baker Mayfield is going to be a major blow. Kyler Murray, a former top recruit, will probably do a nice job attempting to replace him, but a Mayfield-less Oklahoma team feels – right now, anyway – like a top 10 team rather than a top-five one.
3. West Virginia (Ranking: No. 13)
The Mountaineers benefited more from the NFL Draft early entrant deadline than maybe any other program. West Virginia gets back both its star quarterback and its star wide receiver.
But this is a team that went 7-6 last year. Expecting them to be a top 10ish team right away feels like it’s a bit much.
4. Michigan (Ranking: No. 11)
When the Wolverines get confirmation that Ole Miss five-star transfer quarterback Shea Patterson is eligible, this ranking is probably warranted. Until then, placing a five-loss team that struggled down the stretch (and blew a massive lead against South Carolina) is probably wrong.
5. Texas (Ranking: No. 24)
The Longhorns were a popular preseason top 25 pick in 2017. Texas then went on to lose to Maryland in Week 1 and finished the year with six losses. The Longhorns never felt like a top 25 team in Year 1 of the Tom Herman era. Until they do, thinking they’re a top 25 team is misguided.