Preseason polls provide a guideline to how experts think the season will play out, but at the end of the day, they only mean so much.
Every year, there are teams ranked highly in the preseason who finish well below expectations. They might falter because of injuries or regression or some combination of both.
Associated Press national college football writer Ralph Russo posed a question to his Twitter followers this afternoon: which of the four top-10 teams he listed is most likely to finish the season unranked?
Russo gave Michigan, Florida, Notre Dame and Texas as options and said Florida would be his pick, though Notre Dame is “really tempting” because of road games at Georgia, Michigan and Stanford.
Only fair for me to pick.
My choice is Florida. That was my first instinct so I'll stick with that.
But Notre Dame is really tempting with those 3 tough road games https://t.co/A1Ck0o95l7
— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) August 21, 2019
Florida went 10-3 last year in Dan Mullen’s first season as head coach and expectations in Gainesville are even higher this fall.
However, Russo isn’t the only analyst doubting the Gators. Earlier this week, ESPN’s Dusty Dvoracek named them the most overrated team in the AP Poll top 25.
“I just look at this: They lost a lot on their offensive line,” Dvoracek said. “Their offensive line was so good. They had a good running game and they kept Feleipe Franks protected. They’re not going to be able to do that this year. When I look at this schedule, you have to go to LSU — I’m not even talking about Miami. I’m going to give them a win (against Miami). You have to go to LSU. You have to play Georgia, who I think is a better team than you. You have to go to Missouri at the end of the season. I just think that’s going to be too tall of an order. I have three, if not four, losses for the Gators. I just think, in year No. 2 for Dan Mullen, they’re going to take a step back.”
Florida opens up its 2019 season against Miami this Saturday in Orlando.