The preseason Amway Coaches Poll was released on Thursday, giving us the top 25 teams college football for the first time ahead of the 2019 campaign. Teams like Clemson, Alabama, and Georgia solidified their deserved spots on the rankings; however, there were teams that, quite frankly, didn't belong in the top 25 at all. Let's name the three that jump out the most.
3. No. 25 Northwestern
This isn't a testament to the coaching ability of Pat Fitzgerald. Rather, it's the fact that the Northwestern Wildcats are in a tough Big Ten West division. The Nebraska Cornhuskers are unofficially ranked as the No. 26 team in the nation, not to mention that the division includes the Minnesota Golden Gophers and Purdue Boilermakers, who are known to pull off some sneaky upsets. Northwestern made it onto the Top 25, but by a slim nine points. Don't be surprised if they tumble out in due time.
2. No. 17 UCF
Central Florida has built the reputation of the team with a chip on its shoulder, evidenced by the university's campaigns against the NCAA in pursuit of being declared national champs. The Knights enter the season ranked 16th in the nation, but have been decimated at the quarterback position. McKenzie Milton and Darriel Mack Jr. are both sidelined due to injuries, so UCF will have to resort to using third-string quarterback Brandon Wimbush. The transfer from Notre Dame isn't the most refined passer, and is more used to the wildcat than a traditional dropback offense. An undefeated season isn't exactly a given in Orlando this year.
1. No. 22 Syracuse
The Syracuse Orange enter the season as the No. 22-ranked team in the nation, but they have question marks at the quarterback position. The team will be without dual-threat quarterback Eric Dungey, who entered the NFL, both through the air and on the ground. Head coach Dino Babers will likely use Tommy Devito as the team's starter, but he's more of a pocket passer. Cuse has to prove itself before being worthy of ranked status.