Ask Farrell: Which team has underwhelmed the most?


Last week in Ask Farrell, we were taking a positive approach about which coach and program was the biggest surprise this season, but there are also plenty of teams underachieving in every Power Five conference.

Look no further than the ACC, with Florida State getting blasted at Clemson this weekend, 45-14, but it could have been much worse as the Tigers pulled their starters early in the second half. It was an ugly performance by Florida State, which has problems all over the field from quarterback to the offensive line and also the defense.

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Miami is coming off an impressive win over Virginia on Friday night, but the Hurricanes are 3-3 this season with losses to Florida, North Carolina and Virginia Tech, a game where the Hurricanes were getting blown out before storming back only to lose.

In the Big Ten, Nebraska is a disappointing 3-3 after getting blitzed by Minnesota this past weekend, getting crushed by Ohio State a few weeks ago and losing to Colorado earlier this season. Purdue is 2-4, but impressed in a win over Maryland this past weekend and Northwestern is 1-4 with three-straight losses to Michigan State, Wisconsin and Nebraska with Ohio State and Iowa up next.

The Pac-12 definitely has its fair share of underperformers as Stanford is 3-3 but beat Washington in recent weeks and Washington State has lost three straight to UCLA, Utah and Arizona State in a thriller. USC has dropped to 3-3 as coach Clay Helton's seat is now hotter than ever after losing to Notre Dame over the weekend. UCLA is a complete disaster at 1-5 and second-year coach Chip Kelly is now 4-14 in Westwood.

Some big-name coaches in the SEC are also struggling. South Carolina pulled off the biggest upset of the year so far beating Georgia this past weekend but the Gamecocks are just 3-3. Tennessee is 2-4 with an embarrassing loss to Georgia State to start the season but the Vols feel a little better after taking down Mississippi State on Saturday.

Texas A&M is paying Jimbo Fisher a lot of many but the Aggies are 3-3 after getting run by Alabama this past weekend. If there's one saving grace it's that A&M's losses this season are to Clemson, Auburn and Alabama and the schedule does loosen up until late November.

Lastly, Vanderbilt is a complete mess after losing to UNLV by 24 points this weekend. The Commodores are now 1-5, coach Derek Mason is 9-34 in the SEC in now his sixth season. The team's only win this year is over Northern Illinois.


We ask Rivals National Recruiting Director Mike Farrell which team on this list or elsewhere he thought was going to have a much bigger season and has just been a disappointment so far this season?

"I have to point to Texas A&M here because I thought they had the talent on offense and defense to surprise some people this year. However this is pretty much a process of elimination that leaves it to the Aggies.

"Florida State was not a team I expected to be good. The same can be said for Miami in the ACC. Purdue is worse than expected, but I felt Nebraska would struggle this season. Others like South Carolina and Vandy also weren't expected to have big seasons, so it comes down to Jimbo and the big money he's making by not beating quality teams."


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