Preseason top 25 rankings are all the rage in the college football world right now. Everyone seems to be updating their lists with the summer approaching.
Who’s overrated? Who’s underrated?
We took a look at ESPN’s latest preseason top 25 and came up with our five most “overrated” teams right now.
The 5 most overrated teams in college football
1. Oklahoma (ranking: No. 5)
The Sooners could easily be a College Football Playoff team again in 2018, but losing Baker Mayfield is going to be a major blow. Kyler Murray, a former top recruit, will probably do a nice job attempting to replace him, but a Mayfield-less Oklahoma team feels – right now, anyway – like a top 10 team rather than a top-five one.
2. West Virginia (Ranking: No. 11)
The Mountaineers benefited more from the NFL Draft early entrant deadline than maybe any other program. West Virginia gets back both its star quarterback and its star wide receiver.
But this is a team that went 7-6 last year. Expecting them to be a top 10ish team right away feels like it’s a bit much.
3. Michigan (Ranking: No. 10)
The Wolverines will have five-star quarterback Shea Patterson eligible. It’s possible that Michigan will end up being a legitimate top 10 team with him. This feels a little high right now, though.
4. Texas (Ranking: No. 22)
The Longhorns were a popular preseason top 25 pick in 2017. Texas then went on to lose to Maryland in Week 1 and finished the year with six losses. The Longhorns never felt like a top 25 team in Year 1 of the Tom Herman era. Until they do, thinking they’re a top 25 team is misguided.
5. USC (Ranking: No. 17)
Until the Trojans settle their quarterback situation (they might be starting a true freshman behind center), placing them inside the top 20 feels optimistic.
You can view ESPN’s full top 25 here.