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Topic: 2018 preseason polls (ap, coaches, si, cbs)

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OrangeAfroMan

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Re: 2018 preseason polls (ap, coaches, si, cbs)
« Reply #70 on: November 30, 2018, 06:35:11 PM »
FSU and Miami were pretty bad, Purdue had their day in the sun.  OU didn't really miss Mayfield much.  UGA ended up playing 3 currently ranked teams, losing to one.

Exhibit A on returning starters being absurdly overrated:  look no further than QB at Oklahoma:
2012 - Landry Jones throws 1,000 times for tons of yards and TDs 
"That's okay, the Bell-dozer will be our Tebow"
2013 - Bell isn't the thrower Jones was, doesn't even run much, nary a rushing TD
"Yeah, but that Knight kid really took it to Bama"
2014 - Knight is very average, almost as many INT as TD, OU loses 5 games
"Crap, man, Knight stinks"
2015 - Knight supplanted by Mayfield, who plays great.
2016 - Mayfield sets new single-season QB rating record
2017 - Mayfield breaks his own singe-season rating record
"Aww damn, Mayfield is gone, what now?"
2018 - Kyler Murray comes in, has a better rating than Mayfield AND runs for 900 yds, 11 TD
So maybe not specifically 'returning starters,' but more 'it's hard to prognosticate the future with any accuracy.' 
Uncertainty at a position group doesn't mean it'll be a weakness.  A guy who flashes greatness won't necessarily be great when he's THE guy.  
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Re: 2018 preseason polls (ap, coaches, si, cbs)
« Reply #71 on: November 30, 2018, 06:39:05 PM »
So, we're mostly guessing, but putting Bama at #1 seems safe.

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Re: 2018 preseason polls (ap, coaches, si, cbs)
« Reply #72 on: December 01, 2018, 09:03:16 AM »
so, the Badgers "Zona-ed"

Zona started #4 in 1999?

great list here............

https://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2017/6/27/15711654/most-overrated-teams-ever-ap-preseason-poll

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Re: 2018 preseason polls (ap, coaches, si, cbs)
« Reply #73 on: December 01, 2018, 09:22:14 AM »
Pretty funny.

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Re: 2018 preseason polls (ap, coaches, si, cbs)
« Reply #74 on: December 01, 2018, 09:40:23 AM »
yup, 

Lost to UCF!
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Re: 2018 preseason polls (ap, coaches, si, cbs)
« Reply #75 on: December 01, 2018, 11:02:25 AM »
Well King Saban himself lost to Louisiana-Monroe his first year with the Tide.  
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Re: 2018 preseason polls (ap, coaches, si, cbs)
« Reply #76 on: December 01, 2018, 12:03:19 PM »
he lost more than a few in the Big Ten
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