We're officially back to the college football offseason, after the LSU Tigers put together one of the best seasons in FBS football history, capped off by a 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship win over the 2019 defending champs. Now, attention shifts to the future, as fans look ahead to the 2020 NFL Draft, then next college football season.
Now that we've already seen a way-too-early NCAA football preseason top-25 poll for the 2020-21 season, according to NCAA.com, here's a look at three of the most overrated teams ranked in the first poll looking ahead to next fall.
1. Georgia Bulldogs (No. 5)
Georgia finished the year ranked No. 4 in the final AP Top-25 Poll of the 2019-20 season with a 12-2 record and a win over Baylor in the 2020 Sugar Bowl. However, the Bulldogs are losing a lot of offensive talent that will be tough to overcome next year. Former three-year starting quarterback Jake Fromm and running back D'Andre Swift are both headed to the NFL, along with each of their top two offensive linemen between OT Andrew Thomas and OT Isaiah Wilson. With such large turnover at key positions, along with losses of tremendous talent, it could be a slow start to the season offensively for the Bulldogs, which is bad news considering they play Virginia, Alabama and Auburn during the first six weeks.
2. Texas Longhorns (No. 14)
Texas proved to be one of the most overhyped programs in the country last year too, beginning the year in the top 10, but only to finish the season with five losses and ranked No. 25. It could be a rerun in 2020, with the Longhorns going on the road to face defending champion LSU in Week 2 before battles with Oklahoma, Baylor and a road test against an Oklahoma State team returning a ton of talent. Behind returning QB Sam Ehlinger, the Longhorns are a dangerous team when things are clicking, but inconsistency has been their key issue, shown by their 8-5 record in 2019-20.
3. North Carolina Tar Heels (No. 17)
North Carolina head coach Mack Brown quickly brought new life into this UNC program after taking over in Chapel Hill last season, and true freshman quarterback Sam Howell had some great performances, throwing for 3,641 yards, 38 touchdowns and seven interceptions. While the Tar Heels bounced back from a 2-9 record in 2018 to a 7-6 record in 2019, a closer examination of UNC's strength of record doesn't bring a lot of optimism about 2020. In what was an incredibly poor season across the ACC, not a single on of UNC's six regular-season wins came against a team that finished the year with a winning record. As for the other side of that coin, all six of the Tar Heels' losses came to opponents that finished better than .500. Even though UNC avoids Clemson in the 2020 regular season, that lack of credibility against top teams could be an ugly sign of things to come with back-to-back non-conference matchups with No. 20 UCF and No. 10 Auburn in Week 2 and 3, respectively.
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