Michigan State, Michigan are overrated in coaches’ poll, writer says

The Detroit News
Mark Dantonio

Well, this is not encouraging news for college football fans in these parts.  

The first Amway Coaches’ Poll was released on Thursday, and on Friday, CBS college football writer Tom Fornelli followed with his unique takeaway – the five most overrated teams in the poll.

The most overrated team according to Fornelli is Michigan State, which is ranked No. 20.

“I can't get past last season,” Fornelli says. “The Spartans have a lot of returning production from 2018's offense, but did you see the 2018 Michigan State offense? This is an offense that averaged 18.7 points per game and scored 14 points or fewer in six of its 13 contests. Furthermore, Michigan State is still in one of the more difficult divisions in college football and has to play Northwestern, Ohio State, Wisconsin and Michigan all on the road. There are also challenging home dates with Arizona State and Penn State. If this team wins 10 games again, it will have earned them, but I have a difficult time believing that's going to be the case.”

Jim Harbaugh

The fifth team on Fornelli’s list is Michigan, which checked in at No. 7 in the coaches’ poll. He says the Wolverines have to prove themselves before being ranked this high:

“The Wolverines will start at No. 7 while Florida, the team that beat them 41-15 in the Peach Bowl in December, starts at No. 8. Does that seem right to you? Plus, during (Jim) Harbaugh's tenure with the Wolverines, they're 1-9 against top 10 teams.”

The other teams among Fornelli’s five most overrated are No. 3 Georgia, No. 21 Washington State and No. 23 Stanford.