Optimism is boundless for all teams leading into the start of college football season, but expectations are at times unrealistic, especially for programs coming off banner years of national significance.
Once you’ve reached the summit, repeat success isn’t easy and being graced with a target on your back makes everything that much more difficult.
Peering into the 2019 campaign’s crystal ball, there are six teams — all preseason nationally-ranked or fringe Top 25 squads — who may not match the same level of buzz and recognition acquired during last season’s ascension.
For this exercise, regression means finishing at least one win shy of 2018’s total and relative to program expectations, the team underwhelms. These squads are extremely volatile and may not want to be touched when making over-under win total predictions: