ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit Names 5 Teams That’ll Disappoint

first_imgKirk Herbstreit talking on ESPN.The Herbies are here, which means college football is soon to follow. Kirk Herbstreit put out his preseason awards and predictions over at ESPN this morning.Herbstreit touches on a number of things, from the best and most underrated players, to things like the best hotels and restaurants in big college football towns.Not all of the Herbies are positive, though.ESPN’s top college football analyst laid out some of the teams that he thinks will disappoint this fall.Kirk Herbstreit identified five teams that will “take a slight step back.”Two are prominent power conference programs, and another was a major part of the national conversation last season. Here’s his list:Teams taking a slight step back Washington State LSU UCF UAB Central MichiganWashington State is a common pick for things like this. Defensive coordinator Alex Grinch helped take the Cougars from the dregs of college football to a top 50 unit, making the overall team very dangerous when paired with Mike Leach’s offense. He has taken a job at Ohio State.LSU has a truly brutal schedule, with the SEC West, Miami, and Georgia all on the docket. It will take a lot to win eight games, even with the talent that the Tigers always have.UCF lost head coach Scott Frost to Nebraska, and really only has room to go down under new head coach Josh Heupel, who comes from Missouri, where he served as offensive coordinator. The Knights were undefeated last year.CMU and UAB are the situations that the average college football fan will have less familiarity with. CMU has been a consistent bowl team, but the MAC West is getting pretty tough, so Herbie is projecting a move back to the pack. UAB went 8-5 in its first year back after the program was shut down for a few years. The team still has some hurdles to overcome, but even only a “slight step back” would be great for head coach Bill Clark.last_img

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