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The 5 Most Overrated Teams In the College Football Preseason Coaches' Poll

Some may like to think that preseason polls focus solely on the team each program will be putting on the field in the season ahead, but that's not entirely the case. They also take into account how a team finished out the season before, and therein lies the problem. This year's preseason Coaches' Poll is evidence of that, as there are some rankings that hit the nail right on the head - and others that don't.

After winning the title in 2014, Ohio State absolutely belongs on the top, and most people would agree with that, as the Buckeyes return a majority of last year's roster. TCU, after just missing out on the College Football Playoff last season, and with the return of senior quarterback Trevone Boykin, fits perfectly in the No. 2 spot. No arguments there. 

But it's hard to feel all warm and fuzzy inside when looking the entire list of 25 teams, it just is. So we're going to work our way through the rankings each week and find the teams that don't quite deserve the ranking they've been given, and we're going to explain why. 

Here are the five most overrated teams in this week's poll. 

5th Most Overrated: Alabama >>>

5.) No. 3 Alabama

Alabama has probably been the most dominant program in all of college football over the last 10 years, and that momentum likely won't slow down because of Nick Saban's success on the recruiting trail. They are constantly reloading ridiculous talent. But Alabama is not worthy of the No. 3 ranking. 

The Crimson Tide lost everything that made their offense go last season in Amari Cooper, T.J. Yeldon and Blake Sims to the NFL Draft, and also lost their best defensive player in Landon Collins. So there are plenty of questions yet to be answered like, who will run the offense? There's no doubt they have the talent to put something together, but that alone should keep you away from a top-3 ranking. 

Coming off a loss against Ohio State to end the season, Nick Saban and company will have yet another opportunity to prove that the Tide will continue to roll as they take on both Wisconsin and Ole Miss in the first three weeks of the season. 

4th Most Overrated: Clemson >>>

4.) No. 12 Clemson

Clemson finished the 2014 regular season with the nation's top defense, which helped guide them throughout the year. But a good amount of that freakish athleticism moved on to the NFL, as the Tigers lost two first round picks in DE Vic Beasley and ILB Stephone Anthony, and a couple more further into the Draft, leaving the Tigers searching for major questions on that side of the ball. 

On offense, sophomore quarterback Deshaun Watson brings a lot of talent to an offense full of explosive skill players, but questions surround his health. Watson sat out several games last season while dealing with a knee injury - one that he had surgery on to end the 2014 season. So, until it's clear that Watson will be able to lead the Tigers without any issues, there's no reason to believe that the Clemson offense can carry a defense with so many missing pieces. 

The Tigers belong in the top-25, but do not deserve the No. 12 ranking they currently hold. But with the first two games on the schedule being Wofford and Appalachian State, it looks like they'll have some time to figure things out before traveling to Louisville for their third game of the season. 

3rd Most Overrated: Wisconsin >>>

3.) No. 18 Wisconsin

Melvin Gordon accounted for 65-percent of Wisconsin's offense last season, accumulating 2,587 yards on the season before being selected in the first round - 15th overall - by the San Diego Chargers in the 2015 NFL Draft. Along with Gordon, the Badgers also lost 6-foot-7, 321-pound offensive tackle Robert Havenstein, who was selected in the second round. These two combine for one major loss in regards to the Wisconsin offense. 

The Badgers finished the 2014 season strong, losing just one of their final nine games of the season, and that was a loss to the now defending national champions. But they rode Gordon's back the whole way. And now he's gone. 

So what will the Badgers look like in 2015? Good question. They'll likely try to run the ball, but replacing Gordon is easier said than done, and for that reason, they're not deserving of the No. 18 spot. Right out of the gate, Wisconsin will have a chance to prove something, though, as they face Alabama to open the season. But it already looks like an uphill climb for the Badgers. 

2nd Most Overrated: Ole Miss >>>

2.) No. 15 Ole Miss

The Rebels don't have to deal with losing several key players to the NFL like some of these other teams, but they're still ranked a little higher than they should be. Yes, Ole Miss started the 2014 season on a 7-0 run. But the Rebels also lost four of their final six games of the season, and got stomped by TCU in the Peach Bowl, 42-3.

Ouch. 

They have plenty of young talent in Oxford, but leadership is hard to find on the field - and that's an issue. They gave up during the final stretch of games in 2014. Were they the team that people wanted to crown through six games? Absolutely not, but they were better than their final six games. 

While they didn't lose tons of talent to the NFL, it's worth mentioning that Bo Wallace is currently a free agent in the league and no longer a Rebel, so there's also that. Who will play quarterback? Former Clemson quarterback Chad Kelly is in the mix, but he's had problems of his own. And until they sort things out, the Rebels do not belong in the No. 15 spot. 

Most Overrated??? >>>

1.) No. 11 Notre Dame

That's right - the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are the most overrated team in the 2015 college football preseason Coaches' Poll. 

No. 11? Let's get real.

Last season, the Irish ranked 19th in passing yards, 70th in rushing yards, 40th in points scored and 84th in points allowed, according to ESPN. On top of that, they lost five of their last seven games to finish the season. They did, however, beat LSU in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, 31-28. So there is that.

Besides quarterback Everett Golson transferring to FSU, Notre Dame will be returning most of its players. The problem is: most of those players didn't really get it done in 2014. 

But the Irish will have a chance to prove themselves worthy of the No. 11 ranking. After opening the season at home against Charlie Strong's Texas squad, the Irish go on to take on four preseason top-25 team in (17) Georgia Tech, (12) Clemson, (10) USC and (21) Stanford. Will we eat our words?

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