We’re already three weeks down in the 2019 college football season. By now, all of the new polls have been released for Week 4.
The updated Coaches Poll was released Sunday afternoon. Four new teams (Virginia, Cal, Arizona State and Kansas State) are in the mix for the first time, while Michigan State, Maryland, USC and Mississippi State are out.
There were a few changes elsewhere in the poll, and you can view the entire top 25 here. For now, we’re going to focus on the teams we think have been placed too high.
By our estimation, here are the three “most overrated” teams in the updated Coaches Poll.
Note, we listed them according to the order they were ranked in the poll, not necessarily by which we think is most overrated:
No. 8 Florida
Our heart goes out to Feleipe Franks, who suffered a gruesome season-ending leg injury in the win over Kentucky. He deserved a better fate this season. As for his team, Florida is 3-0, but hasn’t look overly impressive in either of its wins over Power 5 teams (Kentucky and Miami). Now, they have to hope that Kyle Trask is up for the task of being the starting quarterback. The Gators should beat Tennessee and Towson the next two weeks, but the schedule gets real in October: Auburn, LSU, South Carolina and Georgia. This doesn’t feel like a top-8 team right now.
No. 10 Michigan
Michigan was on this list last week, and to be fair, they didn’t have a shot to prove themselves last weekend because they had a bye. The concerns on the Wolverines remain the same, and most of them are on the offensive side of the ball. Fortunately, with a trip to Wisconsin on the horizon this weekend, Michigan gets a big opportunity to prove us wrong. They win that one and you can guarantee they won’t be featured here next week.
No. 12 Penn State
The Nittany Lions actually fell a spot in the poll after surviving against Pittsburgh. Penn State surrendered 372 passing yards to Kenny Pickett but limited the Panthers to 24 yards on the ground. James Franklin must figure out his running back rotation and get more consistency on both sides of the ball in order for PSU to thrive in the rugged Big Ten East. A bye week awaits the Nittany Lions, who probably should be moved down two or three slots right now.