What Teams Are Overrated And Underrated?

What Teams Are Overrated And Underrated?

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What Teams Are Overrated And Underrated?

The Spartans show up on the “Underrated” list as 247Sports takes a peek at the upcoming season.  Here’s a full breakdown and analysis of some of the teams that have earned “Underrated” and “Overrated” status.

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It’s a nice debate to have here in the middle of June – what teams are overrated and which ones are underrated as we continue to inch closer to the 2018 season?

247Sports published their take via Instagram and we’ll perform some analysis on their perspective.

The OVERRATED teams, according to 247Sports?

TCU, West Virginia, Notre Dame, Penn State, LSU.

The UNDERRATED teams, according to 247Sports?

Michigan State, South Carolina, Washington, Florida State, Texas.

Okay – let’s break it down.

And, for the purposes of creating a baseline, the Moon Howlers will need to just roll with the fact that we’re going to refer to ESPN’s most-recent Top 25 ranking that appeared in their May 2nd Post-Spring Analysis that can be found here –

http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/23326117/alabama-crimson-tide-supplant-clemson-tigers-post-spring-2018-top-25

Here we go.

OVERRATED:

TCU – #20.

The Frogs lost fifteen starters from last year’s 11-win team that played for the Big 12 Championship.  On top of the losses, TCU has a schedule that they’d gladly swap with the Cleveland Browns – Ohio State, Oklahoma, Kansas State, and Oklahoma State look like losses this Fall.

SpartansWire’s Take:

Agree – Overrated. However, Gary Patterson is Dantonio-esque in his ability to simply win.  He also has an admirably stout gut.  We’ll keep an eye on the Frogs but finishing the season in the Top 20 seems like a stretch.

West Virginia – #11.

Will Grier might be the best quarterback in the nation.  Dana Holgorsen will see to it that West Virginia threatens to score 95 points per game.  But if West Virginia is able to stop any team from scoring less than 57 points a game, I will commit to living in a tent in Parkersburg, West Virginia for six consecutive weeks during the winter months of 2020.

SpartansWire’s take:

Agree – Overrated.  However, we still think that “Take Me Home, Country Roads” sung after a win at Mountaineer Field is one of the best gameday traditions in all of college football.

Notre Dame – #12.

Is there a program in all of college football with less excitement and less enthusiasm from its fans right now than Notre Dame?  Are you Notre Dame or are you Wake Forest?  This, incidentally, doesn’t even take into account that Notre Damers are enthusiastic about their head coach in the same way that Phil Leotardo was enthusiastic about Vito Spatafore.

SpartansWire’s Take:

Agree – Overrated.  Notre Dame has the potential to have a terrific defense with nine starters coming back.  However, without a real quarterback or someone to carry the ball out of the backfield, Notre Dame isn’t going to be able to compete with their sort-of ACC rivals, let alone finish the season around the Top 10.  Of course, Notre Dame will have the moral high ground in every game they play.  And they have this –

Penn State – #13.

Trace McSorley deserves as much respect as McSorley’s Ale House in Lower Manhattan.  To the uninitiated, this means that Trace McSorley deserves lots of respect.  Put another way, Trace McSorley deserves far more respect than the supposed morality of the University of Notre Dame.  McSorley is going to miss Saquan Barkley and DaeShawn Hamilton, not to mention former offensive coordinator Joe Moorehead and some other assistants.  James Franklin has shown that he has the chops – but while McSorley is deserving of more respect than Father Hesburgh ever was, he can’t do it all by himself.

SpartansWire’s Take:

Agree – Overrated.  Aside from the personnel and coaching losses, Penn State has to somehow navigate their way through the Big Ten East.  It says here that Penn State will come up short against Michigan State and Ohio State with a loss to Wisconsin from the West.  Plus, while McSorley deserves more respect than Father Jenkins or Jack Swarbrick, it’s fair to suggest that, upon thoughtful analysis, Penn State and Notre Dame make for good bedfellows.

LSU – NR.

LSU is not ranked in ESPN’s most-recent (May 2nd) Top 25. So, some may take issue with the 247Sports people saying that LSU is “overrated.”  But, I see what the 247Sports people are doing here.  They’re demonstrating smart analysis since they are aware of the fact that LSU’s head coach is Ed Orgeron.  And, if I’m reading the 247Sports people correctly – and I’d like to think that I am – they’re saying something along these lines: “It doesn’t really matter where LSU is ranked, who their players are, what the teams are that they have to play games against, and whether or not the LSU team is ‘good’ or not – as long as Ed Orgeron is the head coach of this team, this team’s ‘ranking’ will always be inappropriately high since Ed Orgeron is not capable of coaching himself through the brushing of his own teeth.”

SpartansWire’s Take:

Agree – Overrated.  LSU’s decision to dismiss Les Miles and select Ed Orgeron as the interim and then full time head coach renders LSU an operation that warrants as much respectful attention within the SpartansWire environment as Ralph Malph.

So, we now have successfully addressed the OVERRATED teams, at least the ones that are deemed overrated by 247Sports.

Later this Summer, maybe we’ll lay out our own list of OVERRATED teams.

Maybe we won’t, though.

Then again, maybe we will.

It’s hard to say right now if we will or if we won’t.

Having said that, how about we take a look at the teams that 247Sports has included in its UNDERRATED section?

Okay.  Here we go.

UNDERRATED

Michigan State – #9.

Since we’re using the ESPN Top 25 as the baseline for this, it’s hard to say that Michigan State is “underrated” at #9.  But, I think it’s fair to extrapolate that 247Sports is correctly recognizing how Michigan State fits in with the college football zeitgeist.  Kudos to 247Sports for saying that Michigan State – at #9 – is “underrated.”  The truth is, however, that Michigan State is probably exactly where it should be.

SpartansWire’s Take:

Disagree – Accurate at #9.  Brian Lewekre, Joe Bachie, LJ Scott, Felton Davis, Cody White, one of the five best defenses in the nation, and Mark Dantonio all point to this season being, potentially, one of the best single seasons in the history of the program.  UMAA and Ohio State have to come to East Lansing – so the question that looms is, Can the Spartans get out of Happy Valley with a win?

South Carolina – #25.

Something we like about South Carolina: quarterback Jake Bentley.  Bentley has started twenty games over the past two years and he led the Gamecocks to nine wins last year.

Something we don’t like about South Carolina: Boom Muschamp.

SpartansWire’s Take:

Disagree – Accurate at #25.  Something else we like about South Carolina: its schedule.  Coastal Carolina, Marshall, Vanderbilt, Missouri, Tennessee, Kentucky, Chattanooga, Mississippi.  That should be eight wins right there.  Can these guys eek out one or two wins elsewhere?  If they do, that’d be a hell of a good season considering how hard this looks for the Cocks.

Washington – #6.

How does a team that finds itself in every Top 10 ranking in the universe find itself being described as “underrated” anywhere at all?

Jake Browning and Myles Gaskin are back and the Huskies get to play in a conference that’s softer than a thing that you might be able to think of in your mind that is really, really soft like a blanket that you loved to sleep with when you were a small person, younger than five years old, perhaps.

SpartansWire’s Take:

Disagree – Possibly Overrated.  The Huskies are staring at a loss right out of the gate with an opening weekend war against Auburn in Atlanta.  However, not only does Washington get to play in the Pac 12, the Huskies miss USC and have a shot at still making the CFP even after an opening game loss thanks to the cozy and soft slate of conference foes.

 

Florida State – NR.

How come Florida State didn’t hire me for the team’s head coaching vacancy after Jimbo Fisher bolted for Texas A&M?

I’m just as qualified as Willie Taggert.

I’m sure Taggart is a wonderful guy but nobody is going to convince me that he’s done anything to make people think that Florida State is all of a sudden going to be Florida State again.

In eight seasons as a head football coach, Taggart is 47-50.  And that includes the one season – 2016 – when he actually did something (he went 10-2 at South Florida).

Florida State always has had and always will have more talent than 99% of the schools that field football teams.

But I’m on the “I’m going to sit and wait and see if Willie Taggart can really win as a head coach before I just flatly say that he’s going to win a lot as a head coach” list.

SpartansWire’s Take:

Disagree – Not Underrated.  If Charlie Ward and Deion Sanders have eligibility left and suit up this season for the Seminoles, then I think Willie Taggart will demonstrate that he’s a great coach.

Texas – #22.

Hmmm.  This is a tricky one.  Texas confuses me more than the respect that’s given to Kate Winslet.  I just don’t get it.  What did Jack Dawson ever even see in her?  Aside from the fact that she was really pretty spoiled and kind of whiny, it’s not like she was the ship’s Catherine Trammel.

And there was plenty of room for her to have Jack flip up and at least sort of sit on that piece of wood he dangled from for hours in the freezing water.

SpartansWire’s Take:

Disagree – Overrated.  And Winslet in “Eternal Spotlight Of The Sunshine Mind?”  What did Carrey see in her in that one?  The different (and not very attractive) hair colors, the erratic behavior, and her own acknowledgment of her high maintenance all make me wonder why Carrey was so out of sorts over her.  Get over her already.

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