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ESPN Predicts Rough Season For These 3 Major Programs

General view of the opening play between the USC Trojans and the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl.

PASADENA, CA - NOVEMBER 22: General view of the opening play between the USC Trojans and the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl on November 22, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

We're just three months away from the 2018 college football season. After a lengthy layoff, it's time to take a look at some of the predictions being made for the nation's top programs.

ESPN's Football Power Index has made projections for every team in the country (and for every game in the country).

Three major programs, unfortunately, are in for a tough 2018 season if ESPN's FPI is correct.

Nebraska, Tennessee and UCLA are all set to debut new head coaches this fall, which could lead to the rough prediction. Chip Kelly at UCLA and Scott Frost at Nebraska are two of the most high-profile highers this offseason.

Great things might be coming, eventually, for all three programs, but it doesn't look like it's going to happen this fall.

ESPN's Football Power Index is projecting a bad season for all three programs. The predicted records:

  • Nebraska: 5.5-6.5
  • UCLA: 5.0-7.0
  • Tennessee: 5.8-6.2

These predictions have been wrong in the past, but all three programs feature difficult schedules.

You can view the full projections.