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ESPN Predicts 3 Teams That Will Disappoint In 2020

LSU head coach Ed Orgeron in the locker room.

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 13: Head coach Ed Orgeron of the LSU Tigers talks to his team in the locker room after their 42-25 win over Clemson Tigers in the College Football Playoff National Championship game at Mercedes Benz Superdome on January 13, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

The 2020 college football season is quickly approaching. OK, it's not really - we're still six-plus months away from Week 1 - but it will creep up on you.

Spring football is set to begin soon and, before you know it, teams will be reporting to preseason camp. Opening weekend will be here before you know it.

ESPN released on Monday its initial Football Power Index rankings for the 2020 season. What teams are going to exceed expectations? What teams are going to fall short of them?

The ESPN computer model has three notable teams disappointing in relation to their expectations. One of those teams is the defending national champions.

LSU Tigers

FPI ranking: No. 12

LSU is projected to be a preseason top 10 team, but the Football Power Index does not see it. Replacing Joe Burrow is basically impossible and it'll be surprising if the Tigers contend in the SEC West in their national title-defending year.

Ed Orgeron shouts during a game against BYU.

(Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Florida Gators

FPI ranking: No. 11

Florida is a popular SEC champion pick in 2020. Some analysts have suggested that the Gators could make an "LSU-like" jump in 2020.

ESPN's Football Power Index, though, sees Florida trailing three other SEC teams - Alabama, Georgia, Texas A&M - heading into the season. It will be disappointing for the Gators if they fail to reach the SEC Championship Game.

Florida quarterback Kyle Trask plays for the Gators in an SEC game.

(Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)

Cincinnati Bearcats

FPI ranking: No. 40

Luke Fickell passed on the Michigan State job earlier this offseason. Cincinnati brings back a New Year's Six-contending team in 2020. Some polls will have the Bearcats ranked inside the top 15-10 to start the year.

ESPN's Football Power Index isn't that high on Cincy, though. It has Cincinnati ranked 19 spots lower than fellow AAC team UCF.

Luke Fickell coaching Cincinnati.

(Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)


You can view ESPN's full Football Power Index rankings here.