Friday, June 13, 2008

Matt Hayes: Texas & Texas Tech Overrated for 2008

Matt Hayes of the Sporting News threw out five teams that are getting too much hype in the leadup to 2008 football season.

Florida State: The poster child for the irrelevence of recruiting rankings. Their Rivals rankings in recent years? 4,21,3,2,3,21,9. Sagarin ratings? 6,16,23,33,40. Hayes sums it up by saying "You can have the high school All-Americans who talk big and play small. I'll take the guys no one wanted who have everything to prove."

Texas: Same song. "But this team isn't close to top 10-caliber; it'll be lucky to stumble into the Cotton Bowl. The culprits: Recruits who haven't panned out. Players such as all-world linebacker Sergio Kindle and five-star defensive end Eddie Jones."

Arizona State: Georgia comes to Tempe, and they have to play at Cal and at USC.

Clemson: He's seen this before... start fast and hyped, end up slow and battling for bowl eligibility.

Texas Tech: Graham Harrell and Michael Crabtree will score on everybody. But Tech's defense looked like Nebraska's at times. They gave up 127 points to Missouri, Texas, and Oklahoma. (Nebraska's horrible 2007 defense gave up 145 to Missouri, Texas, and Kansas.)

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