5 Most Overrated College Football Teams From First Half of 2019 Season

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While most college football fans are turning their attention toward those few teams vying for College Football Playoff berths at this time of the year, that doesn't excuse the nation's biggest disappointments from hiding in the shadows.

Keeping that in mind, here's a look at five programs that appear to be among the most overrated teams in the country as we head into Week 10 and the second half of the 2019 college football season.

All projected regular-season win totals are according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

5. Washington Huskies (5-3)

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2019 Projected Win Total: 9.5 wins (tied for highest in Pac-12)
Preseason AP Poll Rank: No. 13
Riding into 2019 with the hype around star QB transfer Jacob Eason and a résumé defined by last year's Pac-12 Conference title to match, Washington's expectations were nothing short a second straight Pac-12 crown. Unfortunately for the Huskies, Washington has already dropped three games ahead of Week 10, all of which came against conference opponents no less. The now-unranked Huskies are sitting in fourth place in the Pac-12 North, three games behind No. 7 Oregon, which also boasts the head-to-head tiebreaker over Washington after defeating the Huskies in Seattle, 35-31, in Week 9.

4. Syracuse Orange (3-5)

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2019 Projected Win Total: 7.5 wins (tied for third highest in ACC)
Preseason AP Poll Rank: No. 22
Syracuse head coach Dino Babers brought the Orange to heights the program hadn't seen in nearly two decades last season, leading Cuse to its first winning season (10-3) since 2001. However, Babers's Orange haven't seen the same kind of magic in his fourth year at the helm, falling below .500 through the first eight games of the season, after opening the year ranked No. 22 in the preseason AP Top-25 Poll. While Syracuse still has three wins on the year, none of them have come against Power 5 competition, and one of those three victories came over an FCS opponent, Holy Cross.

3. Miami Hurricanes (4-4)

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2019 Projected Win Total: 8.5 wins (second highest in ACC)
Preseason AP Poll Rank: Unranked
While Miami is the only team on this list that didn't start the year ranked in the AP Top-25 Poll, the Hurricanes have already fallen well below expectations for the 2019 season. Miami landed star transfer QB Tate Martell from Ohio State in January, but the former 5-star recruit plummeted down the depth chart after losing the starting job to freshman Jarren Williams in August. The Canes have since moved on from Williams, handing the QB duties over to sophomore N'Kosi Perry ahead of Martell in Week 6. Fast forward to Week 10 and Martell has yet to attempt a single pass, let alone start, with the Hurricanes are sitting at .500, tied with Duke for the second-to-last spot in the ACC standings.

2. Texas Longhorns (5-3)

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2019 Projected Win Total: 9.5 wins (second highest in Big 12)
Preseason AP Poll Rank: No. 10
Though Texas boasts the best resume among the teams on this list, the Longhorns' level of talent didn't come without an even heftier price to pay in program expectations for 2019. After the Longhorns and standout QB Sam Ehlinger defeated arch-rival Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry, appeared in the Big 12 championship game and even made it to the Sugar Bowl on their way to defeating a Georgia team that many thought was talented enough to be in the 2019 CFP last season, head coach Tom Herman checked off numerous boxes on the path to bringing Texas back to national contention ahead of this season. However, in order to be the best, you have to beat the best, and the Longhorns don't even look to be the best contender in their own 10-team conference. After losing two of its last three games, Texas has fallen to 5-3 and already matched the same number of losses the Longhorns had all of last season, when the team finished 10-3.

1. Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-4)

2019 Projected Win Total: 8.5 wins (tied for third highest in Big Ten)
Preseason AP Poll Rank: No. 24
The identity of Nebraska's storied past, defined by national contention, has really fallen off a cliff since the Cornhuskers joined the Big Ten in 2011. But bringing Nebraska-native and former Cornhuskers' QB Scott Frost back to his hometown of Lincoln to run the show in 2018 certainly sent the Nebraska hype train off the rails early. While, of course, it usually takes even the best coaches at least two years to recruit both new personnel and talent before turning a program around, many experts picked the Cornhuskers to win the Big Ten West championship coming into the season. Fast forward to the last week of October and Nebraska is sitting 4-4 overall and 2-3 in conference play with remaining games against No. 18 Wisconsin and No. 19 Iowa before season's end. To date, Frost has led Nebraska to an 8-12 overall record and a 5-9 split in Big Ten play with a grand total of zero wins over ranked opponents.

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