The former football coaches on the Scripps Legend Poll were among the best at identifying and addressing weaknesses during their careers, so it makes sense they easily do the same assessing other programs.
The topic of Monday's teleconference turned to overrated programs, and the legends coaches were quick to speak their minds.
Former Auburn coach Pat Dye indicated South Carolina's 54-3 win over Kentucky Saturday didn't do anything to change his opinion that the Gamecocks are overrated.
"I still don't like South Carolina,'' Dye said. "Hell no, it was against Kentucky. They could all score 60 or 70 points against Kentucky. Let them throw for 300 yards against Alabama or LSU, then I'll be impressed with South Carolina.''
Dye said he ranks his former team, Auburn, in the bottom half of the SEC.
"You got LSU and Alabama at the top,'' he said, "then under that you got Arkansas, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.''
Former Ohio State coach John Cooper piped in on who he felt were the Big Ten's most overrated teams, Michigan and Illinois.
"I take my hat off to Michigan's coaching staff; I think they have done a fabulous job and are much improved from last year,'' Cooper said. "Fact is, they don't have any players, they have a quarterback that's making plays. I do not think Michigan is the 10th ranked team in the country, and I think that will show as the season goes on.
"I would not be surprised if Michigan State beats them this week.''
Cooper said Wisconsin is easily the best of the Big Ten, and that Illinois is overrated, too.
"Another team in our league that's overrated but playing really good, undefeated, is Illinois,'' Cooper said. "I don't think Illinois is a top 15 team, and it will catch up with them down the road.''
Former Virginia coach George Welsh gave props to Wake Forest for how well it's coached, but as a whole, he's not impressed with the ACC.
"Except for Clemson,'' Welsh said, "I don't think there's a really good team in the ACC.''
Former UCLA coach Terry Donahue was also tough in his assessment of the Pac-12 this season.
"The best teams in the conference are Stanford, Oregon and Arizona State, and after that there's not a good team in the conference,'' Donahue said. "I hate to say that, but it's true. It's a really unimpressive conference this year. Nobody is playing very good defense out here.
"USC, it's the worst defensive team I've seen at USC, maybe ever, but certainly in 25 or 30 years.''
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