ESPN Names 5 Teams That Will Disappoint In 2019

first_imgohio state coach ryan day during the rose bowlPASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes offensive coordinator Ryan Day looks at notes during the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)The 2019 college football season will be here before you know it. We’ve got just two more full months of no-football, with the season kicking off at the end of August with a couple of games before the complete opening Saturday on Aug. 31.We can’t wait.ESPN’s Football Power Index is of course full of predictions ahead of the 2019 season, including predictions for teams that will not live up to the hype.Who’s overrated heading into the 2019 season? Here are five teams that’ll disappoint, per ESPN’s FPI.1. Ohio StateFPI rating: No. 13“While Justin Fields is a major acquisition who has been approved to play in 2019, FPI does not award the Buckeyes extra credit for securing the transfer QB because he didn’t earn significant playing time at Georgia. Instead, the Buckeyes are treated as if they will have to play a completely green QB this season, which, technically, is true — he’s just a high-profile one,” ESPN explains.2. TexasFPI rating: No. 26“Though Texas took strides last season, it had the benefit of starting 13 seniors and graduate students. Even with a cumulative top-five recruiting rank over the past four seasons, the fact that Texas is returning just eight starters is very likely to be a problem,” ESPN says.3. USCFPI rating: No. 27The Trojans are entering a make-or-break year in the Clay Helton era. His seat is very warm in Southern California and USC is in need of a big season if he’s going to keep his job.The FPI doesn’t expect that to happen, though. ESPN is predicting a non-top 25 year for the Trojans.4. NebraskaFPI rating: No. 35The Huskers are one of the most-hyped teams in the country heading into the 2019 season. Scott Frost had a rough start to his time in Lincoln, but Nebraska finished the season strong and is being ranked in the preseason top 25 polls.ESPN’s FPI doesn’t see the Huskers as a top 25 team, however.5. MiamiFPI rating: No. 32The Hurricanes will be boasting a new head coach in 2019, as Manny Diaz as taken over Miami’s program. The U is coming off a disappointing finish to the 2018 season, but hopes are high with this new regime. ESPN’s FPI believes it’ll take some time for Miami to get back to a top 25 level.***You can view ESPN’s full FPI here.last_img

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