With the NCAA Tournament coming to a close next week, we can now turn our attention to the upcoming 2016 college football season.
Last year was a fun one, with the Alabama Crimson Tide wrapping up the season by pulling out an exciting victory over Clemson in the College Football Playoff Final, bringing home the program's 16th title.
But each season has its own identity, and that's what makes it our favorite sport.
This time around, expectations are as high as ever for a program like Clemson to make another run at the playoff. Florida State, with a much more experienced roster returning this fall, is expected to make a push in the ACC. And Ohio State, despite losing a large amount of talent to the 2016 NFL Draft, is still in position to regain control of the Big Ten. However, none of this is guaranteed.
So, let's take a moment to predict the teams that will likely be overrated heading into the 2016 college football season. These are the teams that, with maybe too much excitement surrounding their day-to-day, are being forced to face impossible expectations. Success takes time - people just don't have the patience for it. This doesn't mean these teams won't be good or fun to watch, it just means they may not be as successful as many expect.
Here are the five college football teams that will likely be overrated heading into the 2016 college football season.
The Hurricanes may be entering a new era of Miami football this season under first-year head coach Mark Richt, but it may be too early in the process to see them gain any significant ground in the ACC, with Clemson and FSU firing on all cylinders. Luckily for the 'Canes, neither the 'Noles or the Tigers are on their side of the conference.
The best thing going for Miami is the return of junior quarterback Brad Kaaya, who will lead the Hurricanes on the field for the third consecutive season. With Kaaya under center, they will continue to improve. It's going to take time, though, before "The U" is back.
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While we expect Miami to make immediate strides under Richt, we also expect that this hire will create impossible expectation. For that reason, the 'Canes are likely going to be overrated heading into 2016.Mike The Tiger Ate The Quarterbacks >>>LSUBefore anything, you have to mention running back Leonard Fournette when talking about LSU football. Easily one of the most talented players returning for the 2016 college football season, Fournette will naturally appear on the preseason Heisman watch list - no question about it. If defensive backs are the only things standing between Leonard Fournette and the College Football Playoff final, go ahead and expect the Tigers in the title game. But that's not the case, and Fournette sure isn't the problem. As we saw this past season, LSU's struggles begin and end at the quarterback position. Without one, opponents will stack the box against the Tigers' run game, making things difficult for Fournette and company and forcing LSU to win in the air. After winning its first seven games of the season last year, LSU went on to lose three consecutive games, ending its chances at a playoff run, for this exact reason.
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Things will likely unravel in a similar fashion this season unless the Tigers fix the quarterback issue. As of now, they don't appear to have done so. People will rightfully expect the Tigers to ride Fournette all the way to the playoff. But without a quarterback, LSU will likely be overrated heading into 2016.
Just like last year, the Oregon Ducks will enter the 2016 college football season with a transfer quarterback under center. And just like last year, we expect some woes along the way. We're not talking injury here, obviously, we're talking about the transition to a brand new offense and the struggles that come along with that.
Dakota Prukop should settle in nicely in Eugene, but how soon will that happen? Will he be ready to lead the Ducks by week 1? I'm not so sure.
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Oregon will want to hit the ground running in the Pac-12 if it wants a shot at making the College Football Playoff. A late start won't get it done. The Big House Will Be Rockin', But... >>>MichiganThe Wolverines saw significant improvement last year under then-first-year head coach Jim Harbaugh, fueled by a stubborn defense and an experienced quarterback. But defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin is now the head coach at Maryland and quarterback Jake Rudock has moved on. While Michigan added Boston College defensive coordinator Don Brown, who put together 2015's top defense with the Eagles, this still makes for a big transition heading into the 2016 college football season.
The Wolverines should be fun to watch, but will they be able to avoid an upset before showdowns with Michigan State and Ohio State later in the year? A first-year starter under center may lead to issues there. With so many expectations surrounding Harbaugh and the Wolverines, it may be hard to live up to the hype in 2016.Bruins Need Time >>>UCLAFreshman sensation quarterback Josh Rosen will return for UCLA this season, but Bruins fan might want to pump their brakes a bit. Rosen was stellar early on last season, leading the Bruins to a 4-0 start - including wins over two top-25 teams - but finished the year with both ups and downs.
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Most expect the youngster to come out improved, but they may want to give him some time to develop with the pieces that surround him. While we anticipate Rosen will grow on the field, UCLA may head into the season a bit overrated because of this.