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ESPN: 3 Major Programs That Will Miss A Bowl Game In 2018

The UCLA Bruins huddle before the game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Rose Bowl.

PASADENA, CA - NOVEMBER 23: The UCLA Bruins huddle before the game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Rose Bowl on November 23, 2013 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Optimism is high for college football fan bases across the country. We're still a couple of months away from the start of the season - nobody has lost a game yet - and everyone is hoping for the best for their team's 2018 campaign.

Everyone should be optimistic, too - at least for now.

ESPN, though, has some reasons for pessimism for a couple of fan bases.

ESPN's Football Power Index has a series of projections for the upcoming season. The FPI is predicting that three major programs will miss a bowl game.

These three programs all have major historical success, but all of them are now led by new first-year head coaches. It could take some time for things to get going.

Those three programs:

  • Nebraska
  • UCLA
  • Tennessee

Nebraska, Tennessee and UCLA all have win-loss projections that feature more projected losses than wins. That's not going to cut it when it comes to bowl season.

You can view ESPN's full projections here.