Preseason College Football Rankings 2012: 4 Most Overrated Teams in Top 25

Tyler HixsonContributor IIIAugust 24, 2012

ORLANDO, FL - DECEMBER 29: Quarterback E. J. Manuel #3 of the Florida State Seminoles tumbles in the end zone after releasing a pass against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the Champs Sports Bowl December 29, 2011 at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida.  FSU won 18 - 14. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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In just a couple weeks, the college football season will commence, as will raucous college atmospheres, tailgating parties and screaming frat boys.

The Associated Press released its Top 25 preseason rankings recently and, much to the surprise of no one, USC took the No. 1 spot. Heisman hopeful Matt Barkley will look to lead the Trojans back to the BCS Championship and take home the big one. 

While USC might have been the consensus No. 1, there are a few teams in the Top 25 that perhaps don't deserve their ranking. 

Here are the four most overrated teams in the AP Top 25.


Somehow, Louisville, who only won seven games last season, managed to squeak into the Top 25. 

Louisville does have six starters returning to a defense that was ranked 23rd in the nation last season, but after riding the struggle bus last year, is this team really better than Notre Dame or Tennessee?



People tend to think a lot about Florida's defense and how it's really hard to score on the Gators, but if that defensive prowess isn't backed up by offensive firepower, then Florida is going to have problems winning games. 

Florida ranked eighth in the SEC in scoring and 10th in total offense last season and now have to depend on two untested sophomore quarterbacks in Jacoby Brissett and Jeff Driskel to lead the offense (via The Chicago Tribune). If one of these young men can come out and have a standout year, then Florida will be more deserving of a Top 25 spot. 

Florida State

Florida State comes into this season with a No. 7 ranking. While they do have the potential to bid for a BCS berth, how many times have the Seminoles come up short? 

The defense will be fine again this season, but it's time for EJ Manuel, his receiving corps and the running game to step up. Even though Manuel threw 18 TDs with only eight interceptions, he looked a littler nervous in some games. Devonta Freeman, FSU's top runner, only ran for 579 yards last season (via

If the offense can step it up, then FSU should be fine. A No. 7 ranking is too high, though. 


The Sooners earned a No. 4 spot after their 10-3 record last season. However, Oklahoma surprisingly lost to both Texas Tech and Oklahoma State last year. 

Oklahoma will probably run the same course this season, losing some games they shouldn't. 

If QB Landry Jones can have another consistent year and make the most out of his receiving corps, then the Sooners' potentially tough schedule could prove to be not that big a deal. 

What do you think? Who are your overrated picks in the poll?