Preseason polls are one of the most loved and hated parts of college football. Entering the 2013 season, there will be several overrated teams, at least five of which will come from the Big Ten.
The Big Ten had a very down year in 2012, but there were some bright spots. An undefeated run by the Ohio State Buckeyes was big for the conference, launching Urban Meyer's team back into the national spotlight by year's end.
Penn State was able to pull out an unexpected eight-win season that gave its fans hope for a brighter-than-expected future. With that being said, there were still a number of flops.
Here is a look at the five teams that will head into 2013 overhyped.
Ohio State did the unthinkable when it finished the 2012 season undefeated. The Buckeyes were facing NCAA sanctions, so they were unable to make the postseason, but the undefeated run will create a lot of steam heading into the new year.
The Urban Meyer effect has taken hold in Columbus, and the Buckeyes faithful are expecting a national title run in 2013. Year 2 is the time to work the crystal ball magic.
The Buckeyes return a number of talented players to the squad for the coming year, but there are some gaps in the defense that will hurt this team as it makes a run at another undefeated campaign.
This team will enter the year likely in the Top Five, but it will take a lot for them to make another undefeated run. National title aspirations are in the air, but they will be nearly impossible to meet.
The Michigan Wolverines are one of the most recognizable programs in the country. That has to have something to do with the Wolverines starting every year overhyped.
Last season, they opened the year at No. 8 and were throttled by Alabama in the season opener. Michigan finished the year with eight wins and in the Top 25, but that was far below early-season expectations.
The Wolverines will be ushering in the full-time Devin Gardner era in 2013, and they will have some gaps to fill on the interior of the offensive line. This won’t be an easy transition year for Michigan, but the expectations will once again be sky high.
Look for the Wolverines to be a hot pick early for the preseason polls.
Nebraska has won nine or more games every year that Bo Pelini has been in Lincoln. Pelini’s teams find ways to win ballgames, but they can’t seem to play with consistency through an entire season.
That has created issues for this squad. Last year, they were blasted by Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game after defeating the Badgers in the regular season. Obviously, there was a lapse in concentration somewhere along the line.
Due to this lack of consistency, this team will be overhyped heading into 2013. Don’t be surprised if Nebraska makes it into the Top 15 to start the year. There is talent all over the roster, but Pelini has to prove his teams can finish.
Until they do, they will be forever overrated.
The Wisconsin Badgers have been a force in the Big Ten title game for the past two years. The Badgers hold the distinction of winning the only two Big Ten title games ever played.
The problem is that the Badgers always seem to use the back door to enter the game. This team throttled Nebraska in the title game and stood tall with Stanford in the Rose Bowl, but struggled with Northern Iowa to start the year and lost to Oregon State in Week 2.
This is as up-and-down of a squad as there is in college football. Add to the fold a new coaching staff and this team will face an uphill battle in 2013.
Despite the changes and inconsistent past, the Badgers will be hyped heavily entering the new year.
The Michigan State Spartans lose a lot of talent heading into the 2013 season, but they return enough to get the voters to toss them into the bottom of the preseason polls.
Andrew Maxwell returns at quarterback, and a number of key playmakers are also returning to the fold. The defense has been the strong point for the team as of late; however, it will be depleted heading into 2013.
This team is a borderline Top 25 pick. The Spartans are a safe pick to fill a slot, but they shouldn’t be near the Top 25 just yet. They have lost too much talent and have a lot of football to play before the Spartans prove that they are back to the levels of the Kirk Cousins teams.
State will be the least overhyped of the five teams, but the hype will still be swirling this August.