The month of August has just begun, which means fans will only have to wait a few more weeks until the start of the college football season. Entering each season, the coaches have the first chance to rank the top 25 teams in the country, and as with every year, many of their selections were spot on-- but others were certainly headscratchers.
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5 Ohio St
20 Mich St
21 Wash St
24 Iowa St
Here are five teams that are ranked too high in the first college football Amway Coaches Poll of the season.
5. No. 5 Ohio State
Ohio State is ranked by coaches as the fifth-best team in the nation. However, this will be their first with Ryan Day as head coach. It's unknown if Day will be able to keep Ohio State near the top of the rankings like Urban Meyer did, as there are always growing pains in such a transition. The Buckeyes will be strong this year, but No. 5 is a bit generous.
4. No. 7 Michigan
Ah, yes, the Michigan Wolverines enter 2019 once again with lofty expectations. Last season, the Wolverines lost to Notre Dame to open the campaign, then closed it with blowout losses to Ohio State and Florida. Now, they enter the season with a new offensive coordinator. Who who knows how it will all pan out? They could very well win the Big Ten, but they have to prove themselves as authentic contenders first.
3. Notre Dame
Notre Dame enters as the ninth-best school in the country according to the coaches, and as usual, they are the center of controversy. The Fighting Irish were criticized for making the College Football Playoff considering they are an independent team with no conference championship game to play; they subsequently got their doors blown off by the Clemson Tigers in the Cotton Bowl. Even though they are a strong squad year in, year out, they don't face quite the same crucible as a Power Five school. Their ranking will certainly take a hit after they play Georgia this season, to say the least.
2. No. 18 UCF
The Central Florida Knights have long felt disrespected by the NCAA based off their undefeated season two years ago. Yet, they must consider that they play in the American Athletic Conference, a far cry from the competition that exists in the SEC, ACC, and Big Ten. The toughest opponents they face are Stanford and Pittsburgh this year, which will make their rise into the last four something next to impossible.
1. No. 16 Auburn
The Auburn Tigers enter the season with the No. 16 ranking, but that will certainly change throughout the course of the year as they face a relentless SEC West slate. Auburn takes on six of the top 13 teams in the nation in Oregon, Texas A&M, Florida, LSU, Georgia, and Alabama, making theirs the most difficult schedule amongst all top 25 teams. Expect bumps in the road for Gus Malzahn and Co.