Big Ten Football: 8 Most Overrated Units in the Conference

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Big Ten Football: 8 Most Overrated Units in the Conference
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Sparty won a bowl game, but the offensive line was a big letdown

The 2013 college football season previews are starting to roll in, from magazines like Phil Steele's 2013 College Football Preview and Athlon, to beat writers getting their pens/keyboards ready for conference media days.

As the SEC kicks off media day frenzy beginning next week, the news cycle will finally get more interesting than the previous three months since spring football had ended. That makes this a perfect time to look ahead and project not just where Big 10 teams will finish, but also individual units as well.

Even a guide as prolific as Phil Steele's preview magazine is prone to make some mistakes when evaluating the units of all FBS football teams. In 2012, for example, Michigan State was picked by many to be the best offensive line in the conference and one of the best in the country.

Yet a lack of depth and a couple injuries made the Spartans' offensive line scuffle throughout the first half of the 2012 season. This ended up being a big reason why the Spartans' offense could not keep up anywhere near its 30-point-per-game pace of the previous two seasons, and that led to a poor record in conference play.

Although Michigan State's offensive line would have taken the honor for the most overrated (in retrospect) unit in 2012, let's take a look at the 2013 overrated units around the Big 10. There are some good players here, but cracks in the armor appear evident and that makes these units overrated and over-hyped.

After all, the season previews cannot always be positive. It would give readers nothing to comment about. Get your "hate hats" on, it's time to point the O-V-E-R-R-A-T-E-D finger.

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