ESPN’s Football Power Index has released its full projections for the upcoming college football season and it’s time to start really looking ahead to the 2019 campaign.
What teams will be better than expected? What teams will be worse than expected?
FOX Sports 1’s Colin Cowherd gave his opinions during his show on Wednesday. Now, the FPI has done the same.
According to ESPN’s Football Power Index, here are three teams that’ll disappoint in 2019.
1. Ohio State
Preseason FPI rating: No. 13
The Buckeyes have “question marks” at both the quarterback position and the head coach position, with Justin Fields and Ryan Day both entering new full-time roles. Ohio State is still extremely talented, though, and should contend for a College Football Playoff spot.
The FPI isn’t very high on the Buckeyes, however, ranking them No. 13 in the country.
Preseason FPI rating: No. 24
Is Texas back?
Well, according to the Longhorns’ impressive Sugar Bowl win over Georgia, and many of the preseason top 25 polls, the answer to that question is yes.
The FPI, though, is saying no, as it believes Texas is barely a top 25 team.
Preseason FPI rating: No. 27
The Hurricanes had a highly disappointing 2018 season, starting the year ranked inside the top 10 and ending it with a head coaching change.
Will Miami be any better in 2019?
The U has brought in a notable quarterback – Ohio State transfer Tate Martell – though it’s unclear if he’ll start. Regardless, the Football Power Index doesn’t see Miami as a top 25 team.
You can view ESPN’s full projections here.