Every year, college football teams start the season hot only to fall apart as the season progresses. Sometimes those teams are riddled with injuries and other times it turns out that the teams simply weren't as good as we thought. Here are six teams who are destined for a late-season collapse.
Yes, Michigan State is undefeated. However, a closer look at their games reveals most have been hard-fought victories over less-than-great teams. A three point win over Oregon looked great at the time, but Oregon isn't as good as everyone thought. Air Force, Central Michigan and Western Michigan all hung around much longer than they should have, and narrow Big Ten wins against terrible Purdue and Rutgers teams - along with the MIRACLE they pulled off at Michigan - is the biggest indicator of the MSU's impending swoon. Those a game Sparty should win by three scores or more. Don't be surprised when the Spartans suffer an upset or two later this season, along with losing big to Ohio State.
The Gators have an impressive win over Ole Miss, but this is the same team that barely beat Tennessee, Kentucky, and ECU along with their loss to LSU. The offense will start too look more like it did earlier this season without starting quarterback Will Grier, who was suspended for the rest of the season for PEDs. The Gators still have much of their SEC schedule left, and they'll drop enough games that they won't win the SEC East.
This isn't a knock on TCU's offense, but a statement about their injured defense. TCU is down eight defensive starters already this season. That won't impact the team during games against anemic offenses (looking at you, Texas), but it will against better teams. The Horned Frogs have the offense, but the injuries are going to cost them games at some point. Expect TCU to drop at least two games during the rest of the season.
The Horned Frogs were nearly upset by Kansas State, who were blown out 55-0 to an Oklahoma team that lost to Texas. TCU's luck will run out soon.
Remember how Everett Golson's turnovers killed Notre Dame's season last year? The same thing is going to happen this year to Florida State. RB Dalvin Cook is absolutely amazing and doesn't get enough credit, but he can't do everything. There will be games where defenses bottle up Cook and force Golson to beat them. When that happens, FSU won't be able to squeak out wins like it did against Boston College and Wake Forest. Florida State narrowly beat Miami (FL), so it's just a matter of time before they fall a few times.Back to the NCAA Newsfeed
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