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Li'l Strut: OVERRATED – Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish are ranked 17th in the Preseason Coaches Poll. The Irish lost a lot of talent last year, particularly in its defensive front seven, which was its strength. ND is also losing a number of key players to suspension for academic fraud. Looking at Notre Dame’s schedule, its ceiling is seems to be 9-3 with losses against Michigan (which ND always plays poorly against), Stanford, and at Florida State. It has four other games it could easily lose to Navy, Northwestern, at Arizona State and at USC. 7-5 and a finish outside the top 25 seem more realistic for this year’s Notre Dame Team.
Underrated – Ole Miss. The Rebels showed flashes of potential last year against some of the better SEC Teams on its way to finishing 8-5 in the brutal SEC West. Ole’ Miss returns a lot of experience this year, including its starting QB and talent from a top 10 2013 recruiting class to fill in the gaps left by departures. With its favorable home schedule and ranked 19th in the Preseason Coaches Poll, expect Ole Miss to finish near or within the top 10.
Damman: OVERRATED – Ole Miss. Sorry not buying the hype of the past couple recruiting classes (cheaters). If they weren’t in the SEC, they wouldn’t be ranked this high. The schedule is not very forgiving either. They play Boise St in the non-conference and then have to travel to LSU and A&M in conference. They do get Alabama and Auburn at home but they are 2-18 against those two teams the last 10 years. They’ll be lucky to have a winning season.
Underrated – Oklahoma State. Obviously, opening up with Florida State is going to be a tough one, but after that, they don’t play a road game until Oct. 11. They have do have to travel to Baylor and Oklahoma and they lost a lot from last year, but I think this is a 9 win team. They’ve won at least 8 games in each of the last 6 years. For them to not even be ranked is hard to believe. Plus, for some reason, I always enjoy watching Oklahoma State play. They’re never boring. It all adds up to them being underrated.
Drew: OVERRATED - Sparty. Much to the delight of people here, I'm going to set myself up to look stupid...but, I'm picking MICHIGAN STATE. Why? Because simply they were a team of destiny last year and I don't see that happening again. They are starting out in the top 8 in the nation, but I see losses @ Oregon, vs. Ohio State and wait for it.........@ Penn State in the final game of the year. They just do not recruit enough ELITE talent to restock a team to be ELITE in back to back years.
Underrated - The Fifth Quarter. Sticking B1G here.....WISCONSIN. They start the season off at LSU....but, I think they run the table until the B1GCG. That side of the B1G is closer to the MAC than it is the SEC. I think Anderson is a pretty awesome coach and look for them to run the table until meeting the Buckeyes in Indy.
Larry: OVERRATED – Auburn. The AP Poll has Auburn at #5 after a season that they lost in the National Championship game against FSU. Last year success was partly due to their strong running game and partly due to luck. They will not have the same fortune in 2014 and I predict at least 3 loses (@Bama, LSU, @Georgia).
Underrated – Stanford. Stanford is just outside of the top 10 which is too low for a team that plays STANFORD FOOTBALL. Stanford had three loses last year by a combine total of 13 points. Stanford had 3 tough road games against ND, UCLA and Oregon but I only see them losing one of those (to ND of course) and finish the season in the top five.
G$: OVERRATED - Ohio Buckeyes. I'm just not seeing it. Yes, I know who the coach is, who the opponents are, and the talent on the roster. I get that. Here is also what I know: a soft-ass QB coming off of shoulder surgery and a penchant for missing games with no Kenny G to bail him out anymore, absolutely no one half as good as Carlos Hyde between the tackles, replacing 80% of the offensive line which is a HUGE fucking deal, a shitty defense that lost two first round picks and is expected to be better (?!?!?!?!), and Luke Fickell. Those are A LOT of unknowns. Maybe it works out and they run the table. I don't know. But I wouldn't bet on it. I'd bet on 2-3 losses. (ed. note: I wrote this at least a week before the Broxton news and I'm sticking with it, breh)
Underrated - Nebraska. There is a decent (OK, small) chance that they could have the Big Ten Defensive and Offensive Players of the Year (Randy Gregory and Saddam Abdullah). Plus, I'm really enjoying this character development for Bo Pelini. Bringing that cat on the field during the Huskers Spring Game is something that an ELITE person does.
Nibbles: OVERRATED – UCLA. Brett Hundley is very good, but leading your team in rushing last year with just under 600 yards, while losing your leading receiver to the draft is going to create problems. The defense does return 7 of 11 starters, but lost last year’s leader in Anthony Barr. There’s no way this team is 4 spots better than Stanford Football. They’ll compete, but drop one they shouldn’t and find themselves 3rd or 4th in the conference’s year end standings.
Underrated – Ole Miss. Ole Miss returns 9 of 11 on defense as well as offensive stars Bo Wallace, Laquon Treadwell, and Laremy Tunsil. This team has TWO Nkemdiche’s on defense which is two more Nkemdiche’s than any other team. The schedule will get brutal in the middle of the year with a five week stretch against Alabama, A&M, Tennessee, LSU, and Auburn. I expect the Rebels to go 3-2 against that stretch, finish the season 10-2 going into the bowl season. This would warrant a ranking much higher than the AP’s preseason #18.
The Wig Master: Good morning, asshats. It’s been too long I’m glad to be back! Before the business, just one more ‘props’ to Gfunk on the new little lady. See, see, that “birds and bees” talk from Karen paid dividends.
OVERRATED - Oklahoma Sooners (AP #4). The Sooners did everyone a favor beating Alabama in the Sugar Bowl last year. This should not constitute an automatic bid into the preseason top 5 however. QB Trevor Knight had a standout performance against the Tide but it was his only note-worthy game all season. A year removed, this redshirt sophomore now has the starting spot to himself. Paired with a young group of skilled players, sounds like a whole lot of inexperience. Their defense does return eight but it is the same defense that struggled against the run in 2013.
Underrated: Ole Miss Rebels (AP #18). Ol' Bo Wallace is prepped to put up some big numbers against his SEC sister-friends. He's entering his third season as QB giving him plenty of experience, most in the conference. A couple of his favorite targets and a tandem of high producing running backs return with him. The defense returns 9 and so should round out this experienced, athletic team pretty well.
There you go. Day 1 is in the books and if you think that the TAEKS are going to get less scorching hot as the week goes on, there's the door. Who would have ever guessed that fucking Ole Miss would be such a polarizing team? Until Hugh Freeze (Ice to see you!) comes out on the field with a cat or eats a plate of grass, he can get fucked IMO. We unearth the lesser known players and fire some coaches tomorrow. Fun!