Which traditionally successful programs are due to struggle in 2017?
Every year, some college football teams that usually don’t win many games end up having surprising seasons. Conversely, there always a few traditionally winning programs that falter.
Bleacher Report college football writer David Kenyon has said seven storied programs will struggle this fall.
One of them is Notre Dame. Kenyon lists breaking in a new quarterback as a concern and the team’s offensive line as a reason for hope, but thinks the season will overall be somewhat disappointing.
It won’t be 4-8 bad, but the Irish likely will finish the regular season outside the Top 25 unless the defense makes an enormous leap under new coordinator Mike Elko. Georgia, USC and Stanford should be favored, and Notre Dame won’t survive Michigan State, NC State and Miami unblemished.
As for the other six programs Kenyon thinks will have some trouble, he lists Arkansas, Florida, Michigan State, Nebraska, Tennessee and Texas A&M.
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