Predicting overrated and underrated teams or players in any sport before the season is only slightly less exact than throwing darts. Before the 2013-14 college basketball season, for example, Tennessee was in multiple top 25 rankings and Nebraska was supposed to be a Big Ten doormat.
It's even harder to do in May than October. New recruits aren't on campus yet, experiencing those first few months away from home in which bad decision-making can undo years of hard work overnight. Many recruiting classes aren't even finished yet, as entire groups of players bolt in the wake of late coaching changes.
Still, the picture is reasonably complete, which makes it a good time for writers to compile early preseason top 25 lists and gives readers time to pick them apart. We come here today to do the same, noting which teams look most likely to struggle under the weight of expectations.
There are some great coaches on this list who make their teams tough to bet against. Still, that's a variable like any other. It's guesswork, but it's our job to make it educated guesswork.
These six teams—presented alphabetically—are in multiple writers' top 25 rankings and are likely to still be there when the season tips off (so no Oregon, which may soon be down to three returning players). All have plenty of talent, but there are also red flags that could herald disappointment for the unwary fan.