We kicked off the week by profiling five college football teams that would benefit if the NCAA implemented a shortened offseason. Today, we'll flip the script and highlight five more that would be hurt by the same scenario.
Here's which programs would be behind the eight ball.
I'm going to look really foolish if LSU exceeds expectations. I've mentioned the Tigers in virtually every sell-related college football piece, and my stance wouldn't change in the case of an abbreviated offseason.
The Tigers had 14 starters from last year's championship squad drafted to the NFL and return just 30% of their 2019 offensive production. Also gone is the straw that stirred the drink in Joe Brady, who parlayed the record-setting season into an offensive coordinator gig with the Carolina Panthers. The coaching staff still has the concepts, but implementing that style - or whichever scheme they choose to go with - in such a short time is an obvious obstacle with new players.
LSU could duck Texas in non-conference play, but it still has dates with Alabama, Texas A&M, Auburn, and Florida. I don't see a scenario in which I'd be rushing to bet the reigning champion.
Baylor became more defense-oriented under former head coach Matt Rhule. It'll be a nice transition to Dave Aranda, who's been the defensive coordinator at LSU and Wisconsin, among other stops. But will he have the personnel to keep the Bears upright in 2020?