Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE
It is difficult to gauge how a team will fare before the season. There is so much roster turnover in college football couple with how inconsistent 18-22 year old kids can be, the preseason poll hardly every resembles the final poll.
These five teams are ranked ahead of the Gators but will all finish ranked lower than the Gators by seasons end.
No. 15 Texas
The Longhorns are one of the most overrated teams in the country. The Longhorns are in a similar situation as the Gators. They have a stacked defense and question marks on offense. Except other than at running back, the questions marks are huge at Texas. The Longhorns will be brought back down to earth in Weeks 5 and 7 when they play Oklahoma State and Oklahoma, respectively.
No. 18 Ohio State
Ohio State gets an "Urban Renewal" in 2012, but the Buckeyes are still another year from being competitive. Buckeye fans will point to the quick turnaround at Florida but the fact is that Meyer inherited a much better team in the 2005 Gators than he did with the 2012 Buckeyes. Meyer went 9-3 in his first season, a one game improvement for the Gators from 2004, and Ohio State should get a similar turnaround. I expect the Buckeyes to finish around the six or seven win mark and that will boot them out of the top 20 in a hurry.
No. 11 West Virginia
The last time we saw the Mountaineers they were trouncing Clemson in the worst BCS bowl game in 2011. West Virginia makes the move to the Big 12 this season and will play the likes of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Texas, TCU and Baylor. That is a far cry from their former conference schedule where they played teams like Cincinatti, Louisville, UConn, Rutgers and South Florida. The step up in competition will cause the Mountaineers to take a step back in 2012.