Thursday I gave you the two most overrated teams in college football, and today I give you the two most underrated teams through the first quarter of the season.
Florida– Will Muschamp has his Gators ranked 14thin the country and making serious inroads in the SEC east after back-to-back conference wins on the road over Texas A&M and Tennessee that saw the Gators dominate in the second half of each game.
The key to the resurgence at Florida has been in the backfield where the team has settled on quarterback Jeff Driskel after sharing the reps with Jacoby Brissett in the opening week win over Bowling Green, and Mike Gillislee, the SEC rushing leader with 346 yards.
Gillislee has already matched his number of carries from last year and is two away from establishing a career high. He has already eclipsed his previous career high in rushing yards set last year with 328. Now the featured back in an offense with an inexperienced quarterback taking the snaps the Gators will lean on Gillislee as long as he stays healthy.
He should put up more than 1,000 yards and double digit touchdowns.
Florida welcomes Kentucky to The Swamp this weekend in what figures to be a rout before taking the week off in preparation of LSU coming to town October 6th in what will be the biggest game of the year to that point.
Ohio State– Urban Meyer has the Buckeyes poised to dominate the Big 10 this season after only being on campus for less than a year. Ohio State is the forgotten team in not only the conference but the nation as well after the penalties incurred from Jim Tressel and Terrelle Pryor that resulted in a ban from postseason play and a reduction in scholarships.
The Buckeyes were not supposed to be this good this soon and many thought this would be a redshirt year for the program before they made their run in 2013, but no one bothered telling Meyer or Braxton Miller – the Heisman hopeful at quarterback – that this was a rebuilding year.
They are the best team in the Big 10 right now and are on the brink of dominance with Meyer running the program. Back-to-back games against Michigan State and Nebraska in weeks five and six will be a tough stretch before finishing the season against Wisconsin and Michigan.
Provided they get past the Spartans and Cornhuskers unscathed, then I would not be surprised to see this team finish the season with less than two losses.
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