Over-Rated: My Top Three

Kaly Harward

In 2012 it was USC that topped the list for failure to live up to preseason hype.

If I had stock in these three teams that are getting the preseason hype, I would sell now.  Any two of them may make it to the final BCS Championship Game, but don’t bet the farm on any of them. 

 

tOSU squeaked by a lot of teams in 2012.

tOSU squeaked by a lot of teams in 2012.

1.         Ohio State Buckeyes.  Undefeated last year, yes, but barely, against too many teams that weren’t that great. They beat California, Michigan State, Indiana, Purdue, Wisconsin, and Michigan by fewer total points than Oregon beat Cal alone. And they struggled against Alabama Birmingham (3-9) for better than a half. During the offseason they’ve struggled to stay out of jail (typical for an Urban Meyer team), and there are lots of holes to fill on defense. 

 

 

No offense, Notre Dame.

No offense, Notre Dame.

2.         Notre Dame Fighting Irish.  How many mediocre teams can you barely beat and still be ranked best in the country?  For Notre Dame last year I counted at least five. Take a team that didn’t have much offense, then subtract the star quarterback (due to “poor academic judgment”), the best receiver, and the two best running backs.  While the Irish return eight defensive starters, gone is Heisman candidate Manti Te’o.  Will the ND offense outscore anyone, including its own defense? 

 

 

An aTm machine that takes cash could spell doom for the Aggies.

An aTm machine that takes cash could spell doom for the Aggies.

3.         Texas A & M Aggies.  With only six starters returning on each side of the ball, there are plenty of holes to fill, with the biggest inside the swollen head of their Heisman-winning quarterback, if he doesn’t get DQ’d to start with.  This guy has set himself up for a major fall and has a target on his back to boot.  This degree of self-centeredness and lack of discipline can’t be good for a team. There is no “I” in team, but Johnny F. can tell you, “Yes, but there is an ‘M’ and an ‘E’, and that’s what it’s all about.”

 

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Mike Merrell

Mike Merrell

Mike (Editor-in-Chief) is a 1970 graduate of the University of Oregon where he attended the Honors College and received all-conference honors as a swimmer. After college, Mike ran for the Oregon Track Club and narrowly missed qualifying for the US Olympic Trials in the marathon. He continues his involvement in sports with near-daily swimming or running workouts, occasional masters swim competition (where he has received two Top-10 World rankings), providing volunteer coaching to local triathletes and helping out with FishDuck.com. Mike lives on 28 acres in the forest near Sandpoint, Idaho, where he has served as a certified public accountant for most of his working career. His current night job is writing novels about Abby Westminster, the only known illegitimate daughter of Britain's finest secret agent who has to bring down arch-villains plotting dastardly deeds. And, yes, Abby is also a DUCK!