Here are the five most-overrated teams in ESPN’s latest preseason top 25 poll.
ESPN updated its preseason top 25 poll for the 2018 college football season today. The new poll has taken into account all of the NFL Draft early entrant decisions.
We have a new team at No. 1.
Clemson, which got several elite NFL Draft prospects to return (the Tigers will have four probable first-round picks starting on their defensive line next season), has overtaken Alabama for the top spot.
“No FBS team was a bigger winner than Clemson. Defensive linemen Christian Wilkins and Clelin Ferrell, who both might have been selected in the first round of the NFL draft, decided to return to school. They’re joined by defensive end Austin Bryant and linebacker Kendall Joseph in returning, which led to the Tigers’ supplanting reigning national champion Alabama as the No. 1 team in the second edition of the 2018 Way-Too-Early Top 25,” ESPN college football writer Mark Schlabach writes.
We kind of think this is wrong, though. The Tigers probably are deserving of a No. 1 ranking, but we still feel it should go to Alabama. So, Clemson is a little overrated.
Here are our five most-overrated teams in ESPN’s new 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. 4)
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. 10)
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 10 team right away feels like it’s a bit much.
4. Michigan (Ranking: No. 14)
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.