Overrated/Underrated - Preseason Edition  

Posted by Walter

Tim Tebow, Florida - true Sophomore has zero career starts, zero career wins
Riley Skinner, Wake Forest - true Sophomore has 13 career starts, 10 career wins
Running Back
Chris Markey, UCLA - 1107 yards is nice, 2 touchdowns is not
Corey Boyd, South Carolina - top contributor on the ground (800 yards 8 TD) and catching the ball (400 and 2)
Running Back Tandem
LV Whitworth/Andre Callender, BC - numbers are decent (1400 yards with 10 TD) but should be better behind that OL
Tony Baker/Andre Brown, NC State - 1300 yards and 10 TD, imagine what they could do with an OL
Wide Receiver
Derrick Williams, Penn State - 400 yards and ONE TD, wasn't this guy supposed to be JoePa's super-recruit?
Dorien Bryant, Purdue - 2 straight seasons with 80 catches and he still gets no respect
Offensive Line
Arkansas - they are good, but heck me and 4 of my buddies could block for McFadden and Jones
Louisville - the team lost Mike Bush and still had three rushers top 400 yards and 5 TD each
Rey Maualuga, USC - hits like a mack truck but at 6'3'' and 250 lbs. he can't do much else
Ali Highsmith, LSU - small size doesn't make for highlight reel hits, but flys around and makes plays in pass coverage too
Defensive Back
Tom Zbikowski, Notre Dame - last time I checked a safety's primary job was to cover people, right?
Anthony Scirotto, Penn State - not quite the hitter big Tom is, but twice the cover man
Defensive Line
Texas - you don't lose two ends like Brian Robison and Tim Crowder and not feel it
TCU - I dare you to find two better ends than Tommy Blake and Chase Ortiz
Head Coach
Tommy Tubberville - Tommy has the record, but how much credit should go to outstanding coordinators like Al Borges and Gene Chizik
Jim Leavitt, South Florida - 7 years in Division 1 and the program already has 2 signature wins (Lousiville and West Va.)
Offseason Coaching HireNick Saban, HC Alabama - he is great, no doubt, but does he have a third reclamation project in him......
Major Applewhite, OC Alabama - when old man Nick starts to fade, the Crimson faithful will love having Major's youthful exuberance
WAC - yeah we all love Boise State and Hawaii, but outside of Fresno State no WAC team has the stones to put anyone on their non conference schedule
MWC - the "other" west coast conference is actually much deeper and has marquee teams at the top like TCU, Utah, and BYU who actually play top BCS teams
Offensive Football Team
Texas Tech - 13th nationally in points per game, but they are incredibly 1 dimensional and converted only 37% of their third downs (good for 74th nationally)
Louisville - by far the best O in the nation, doesn't get the credit it deserves despite finishing in the top 12 nationally in passing and rushing
Defensive Football Team
Virginia Tech - they look great if all you do is focus on the stats (9.3 ppg in 2006), but the Hokies D gave up 38 to Georgia Tech, 22 to BC, and 31 to Georgia
Boston College - the Eagles were 31st in total defense but 13th in points allowed thanks to an astonishing 37 turnovers forced in 13 games (good for 2nd nationally)
National Title Contender
Florida - new QB + road games at LSU, Kentucky, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida State and a potential SEC championship rematch against LSU = at least 4 lossesOhio State - if they can slip past a tough road game against Penn State, all that will stand between the Buckeyes and a 2nd straight undefeated matchup with Michigan is Wisconsin in Columbus
Week 1 MatchupTennessee @ California - Cal is more talented, playing at home, and looking to prove something against a team that knocked them down a peg last year....a route in the making
Kansas St @ Auburn - the Josh Freeman era at KState officially gets underway against the Tigers, but Ian Campbell and the Wildcats defensive line could steal the show against a rebuilt Tiger OL in a potential shocker


Anonymous   says 11:09 AM

Whn was the last time Tennessee was "routed" by a non SEC team?

hmmmmmmm how about when they got pasted by Notre Dame 41-21 in 2005? And let's not forget the 27-14 loss to Clemson in 2003, or when the Vols got whacked 26-3 by Miami and 30-3 by Maryland in 2002.

So by my count, last season was the exception rather than the rule....unless of course you count the bowl game loss to Penn State.

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