5 overrated teams in the 2022 coaching survey
The coaches have spoken, so let’s look at what they did wrong in their college football rankings.
With the season right around the corner, it’s always great to analyze preseason college football rankings, such as the Ole Coaches poll.
Preseason USA TODAY’s Top 25 Coaches Poll was released in earnest on Monday afternoon. While we may have to wait a little longer to get the AP survey, this will have to do for now. Only when the College Football Playoff Selection Committee meets in DFW will these two polls be our guide through all the madness. Now what the heck did the coaches get so wrong here?
Here’s what the coaches think of their peers’ programs early in the season.
College Football Rankings: Preseason USA TODAY Top 25 Coaches Poll
- Alabama Crimson Tide
- Ohio state horse chestnuts
- Georgia Bulldogs
- Clemson Tiger
- Notre Dame fights the Irish
- Michigan Wolverines
- Texas A&M Aggies
- Utah Utes
- Oklahoma earlier
- Baylor Bears
- Oklahoma State Cowboys
- Oregon ducks
- State of North Carolina wolf pack
- Michigan State Spartans
- USC Trojans
- Pittsburgh Panthers
- Miami hurricanes
- Texas longhorns
- Wake Forest Demon Deacons
- Wisconsin Badgers
- Kentucky Wildcats
- Cincinnati Bearcats
- Arkansas Razorbacks
- Ole Miss Rebels
- Houston Cougars
Their top 5 are Alabama, Ohio State, Georgia, Clemson and Notre Dame. Rounding out the top 10 are Michigan, Texas A&M, Utah, Oklahoma and Baylor. 11 through 15 are Oklahoma State, Oregon, North Carolina State, Michigan State, and USC. 16 through 20 are Pittsburgh, Miami, Texas, Wake Forest and Wisconsin. Kentucky, Cincinnati, Arkansas, Ole Miss and Houston round out the top 25.
Now that we know what the coaches think of their teams, how should we think of them?
Here are five college teams that are making coaches feel higher than they probably should be.
big 12 #18
Texas is the second biggest hype machine in the state after the Dallas Cowboys
Fueled by an endless supply of hype that only the NFL‘s Dallas Cowboys could ever hope to keep up, the coaches wanna believe texas will be back soon baby! In due course, they might very well be. However, this defense lacks heart and who will be their starting quarterback? It may have been “All Gas, No Brakes” to land Arch Manning, but Steve Sarkisian has to get to a bowl game first.
Notre-Dame Fighting Irish
FBS independent #5
Marcus Freeman can recruit anything, but will he win the Notre Dame takeover?
Brian Kelly’s departure from South Bend was shocking to say the least. While it made sense to promote Marcus Freeman from the inside, if Notre Dame had waited a few weeks, they could have had Freeman’s former boss in Luke Fickell. While Freeman is a top recruiter, a Fiesta Bowl collapse in Oklahoma state wasn’t ideal. Next up: Freeman’s alma mater at the Horseshoe. Good luck Irishman!
big 12 #9
Brent Venables is at the epicenter of Oklahoma’s most chaotic offseason ever
Brent Venables may be the right man for the job at Norman, but this is OU’s most chaotic off-season ever. Lincoln Riley’s exodus was matched only by Kelly’s Irish farewell. With players and coaches going or not going on their own terms, Venables needs to find stability amid the chaos in his first year on the job. He can, but the Sooners have yet to prove they’re Top 10 worthy.
Pac-12 North #12
Dan Lanning will experience major growing pains in his first year at the helm of Oregon
Dan Landing was a real eye-catcher when he landed the big job in Eugene. The former Kirby Smart defensive coordinator now leads his first power five team. Oregon’s a great job on the west coast, but he has to play his former employer in Uncle Arthur’s spaceship down in Atlanta from the get-go. He needs to turn to … Bo Nix, a man who has never beaten Georgia in three SEC chances.
ACC coast #16
No Jordan Addison, Kenny Pickett or Mark Whipple for these Pittsburgh Panthers
No wonder Pat Narduzzi has been crazy about batteries lately. Pitt’s football coach lost his best player in Kenny Pickett, his best potential returnee in Jordan Addison and his best assistant in Mark Whipple this offseason. Pitt may have won the ACC a year ago, but Kedon Slovis had better really hurl it after he switched for soccer lover reasons. You must win the Backyard Brawl.
Ultimately, there are some commonalities between these teams. Whether it’s a coaching change, off-season turmoil, or a new guy running offense as quarterback, all coaches believe in themselves, because naturally they do. However, since we’re a bit distant from the X and O, we can look at their Jimmys and Joes and say that these five programs are probably a bit overrated.
This is where you go wrong because that’s the beauty of college football; anything crazy can happen.
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