College Football 2011: 5 Teams That Won't Live Up to the Preseason Hype
It happens every year. All the magazines and polls appoint teams to be next great thing. If you need proof, look no further than Texas last year. Many magazines had the Longhorns as favorites to make it back to the National Championship. That didn't happen.
Without further ado, here are five teams that aren't going to live up to the hype.
It seems like every year LSU is ranked highly, only to falter down the stretch. Most of their games are close contests that somehow Les Miles pulls out at the end (see North Carolina and Tennessee in 2010). Jordan Jefferson has been inconsistent throughout his college career. LSU is many people's favorite to make it to the National Championship. I'm not buying it.
Ah, the traditions in college football. The Tunnel Walk at Nebraska, Jump Around at Camp Randall, and Lou Holtz saying Notre Dame is going to play for the crystal football at the end of the season. This is one expectation that won't be lived up to this year. Notre Dame is improving but is still not good enough to win it all.
Missouri fans have been spoiled for the last couple years with Blaine Gabbert and Chase Daniel at quarterback. This year, with Gabbert leaving for the NFL, Mizzou is going to struggle with putting in a new QB. They still have some playmakers, but will have to figure some things out if they want to top last year's win total. I don't see them doing it.
This could be a long shot. It will be interesting to see what former coach Jim Harbaugh's departure will have on the Cardinals. They do return stud quarterback Andrew Luck, but one guy doesn't make a team. Luck will have a good season, but the Cardinals won't reach last year's win total.
It just keeps getting worse for the Buckeyes. First, they learn that five starters have to sit out for the first five games. Then coach Jim Tressel steps down from his head coaching position. The Buckeye program is reeling. It will be interesting to see how they handle adversity. Will they succumb to the pressure and crumble, or will interim head coach, Luke Fickell, lead his team to success?