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ESPN Predicts 5 Teams That'll Disappoint In 2019

ohio state coach ryan day during the rose bowl

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes offensive coordinator Ryan Day looks at notes during the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

ESPN's Football Power Index released its initial projections for the 2019 college football season earlier this month. The FPI has made some bold projections.

"FPI is our predictive rating and ranking system for college football. It's set to the scale of points per game above average, and it fuels all of our predictions and projections (out later this offseason) before and during the season," ESPN writes.

What teams are going to disappoint in 2019, according to ESPN's computer?

Here are five teams.

1. Ohio State

FPI rating: No. 13

The Buckeyes will be a preseason top five team in most polls, but the Football Power Index isn't completely sold.

This is mostly due to Justin Fields.

"While Fields is a major acquisition who has been approved to play in 2019, FPI does not award the Buckeyes extra credit for securing the transfer QB because he didn't earn significant playing time at Georgia. Instead, the Buckeyes are treated as if they will have to play a completely green QB this season, which, technically, is true -- he's just a high-profile one," ESPN explains.

2. Texas

FPI rating: No. 26

The Longhorns are coming off a huge bowl win against Georgia and Texas will likely be ranked pretty highly in the preseason top 25 polls.

Texas is "not back," though, according to the Football Power Index.

"Though Texas took strides last season, it had the benefit of starting 13 seniors and graduate students. Even with a cumulative top-five recruiting rank over the past four seasons, the fact that Texas is returning just eight starters is very likely to be a problem," ESPN says.

3. USC

FPI rating: No. 27

The Trojans are entering a make-or-break year in the Clay Helton era. His seat is very warm in Southern California and USC is in need of a big season if he's going to keep his job.

The FPI doesn't expect that to happen, though. ESPN is predicting a non-top 25 year for the Trojans.

4. Nebraska

FPI rating: No. 35

The Huskers are one of the most-hyped teams in the country heading into the 2019 season. Scott Frost had a rough start to his time in Lincoln, but Nebraska finished the season strong and is being ranked in the preseason top 25 polls.

ESPN's FPI doesn't see the Huskers as a top 25 team, however.

5. Miami

FPI rating: No. 32

The Hurricanes will be boasting a new head coach in 2019, as Manny Diaz as taken over Miami's program. The U is coming off a disappointing finish to the 2018 season, but hopes are high with this new regime. ESPN's FPI believes it'll take some time for Miami to get back to a top 25 level.