NCAA Football Rankings 2012: Hits and Misses from Week 2 Polls

Randy ChambersAnalyst ISeptember 4, 2012

NCAA Football Rankings 2012: Hits and Misses from Week 2 Polls

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    Week 1 of the college football season is now history, as each team had its first chance to audition for a better ranking. While many ranked teams did not play the way we expected, the majority were able to add a "W" to the win column, which is all that really matters.

    But with one week in the books, voters tend to overreact and place teams where they should not be placed. The new AP Poll and USA Today Coaches Poll have been released, and while there are a lot of things to like, there are also some rankings that should be questioned.

    Let's take a look at the hits and misses of each Week 2 poll.

USA Today Hit: Alabama

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    USA Today Rank: No. 1


    The coaches finally got something right, as they put Alabama in the top spot. In fact, it was overwhelming, with the Crimson Tide receiving 37 of 59 first-place votes.

    To really have any other team in the No. 1 spot right now simply would not make any sense. Alabama already has a ranked victory under its belt, it was on a neutral field and Nick Saban's club absolutely dominated the opposition.

    Glad to see that the coaches paid attention and finally got something right.

USA Today Miss: Boise State

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    USA Today Rank: No. 25


    As if you needed any more reasons to know that the USA Today Coaches Poll is a joke, you got one.

    Boise State is still ranked, according to the coaches.

    Yes, the team that has had to replace nearly its entire roster and lost to Michigan State last week. That game was only close because the Spartans could not find any consistent quarterback play from Andrew Maxwell.

    We all love the Broncos and hope they are able to find their way back on top soon, but to have them as a Top 25 team right now is good comedy.

AP Poll Hit: Notre Dame

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    AP Rank: No. 22


    Whether you like Notre Dame or not, you can't deny that its performance against Navy was impressive.

    Not only did the Irish travel across the country to play Navy, but they did so with a first-year starting quarterback and a suspended starting running back. None of that affected Brian Kelly's team, as Notre Dame produced an impressive 50-10 victory over the Midshipmen.

    Of course, Notre Dame will have many tough matchups on this year's schedule, but at least for a week, it deserves some credit and deserves to be ranked.

AP Poll Miss: South Carolina and West Virginia

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    AP Rank: Tied for No. 9


    West Virginia and South Carolina are tied for the No. 9 spot with 980 points each. While a tie may be unacceptable to many, you can also make an argument that these teams should be higher, especially with programs such as Arkansas, Georgia and Oklahoma all struggling in Week 1.

    Regardless, having two impressive clubs with the same exact ranking is not going to cut it in the eyes of most college football fans.

    South Carolina needed every minute to knock off a Vanderbilt team, while West Virginia was a scoring machine against Marshall.

    Which is more impressive to you? That's the team that should be ranked eighth instead of tied for the No. 9 spot.

USA Today Hit: Louisville

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    USA Today Rank: No. 24


    Louisville was not ranked in the USA Today Coaches' Preseason Poll but made an impact with its victory over the Kentucky Wildcats.

    Maybe it was the fact that it was an SEC team that the Cardinals beat up on, or maybe it was that the offense produced 466 total yards and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater completed 19 of 21 passes.

    Regardless of why Louisville is a ranked team, head coach Charlie Strong is doing great things with this program, and the Cardinals have a great shot at running the table this year.

USA Today Miss: Virginia Tech

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    USA Today Rank: No. 18


    Virginia Tech moves up two spots in the poll because of its victory over Georgia Tech. Maybe it was past the coaches' bedtime and they missed this game, but the Hokies struggled mightily against an unranked Yellow Jackets team.

    Virginia Tech was held under 100 yards rushing, while quarterback Logan Thomas only completed 55 percent of his passes, and if it wasn't for a boneheaded decision by Tevin Washington, this game could have had a different result.

    The Hokies should of course remain ranked, but moving up two spots is questionable.

AP Poll Hit: Texas

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    AP Rank: No. 17


    I thought this Texas team was highly overrated entering the season, and the game against Wyoming showed a little bit of that. While quarterback David Ash played much better than expected, the defense, which was supposed to be a strong point this year, surrendered 345 total yards, including an 82-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter.

    Because of this shaky performance, the Longhorns dropped two spots in the AP Poll.

    Texas has a brutal three-game stretch in a few weeks; this is a team that must turn things around quickly if it is to compete in the Big 12 this year.

AP Poll Miss: Ohio State

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    AP Poll Rank: No. 14


    Good to see that Ohio State is actually a competitive football team once again. But if a victory over Miami of Ohio is good for a jump of four spots in the polls, you will see many teams trying to schedule the RedHawks in the future.

    I get that the Buckeyes looked really sharp, and quarterback Braxton Miller seems to have a good understanding of the spread offense early on. But it was one week, and it was a matchup against a program that has appeared in one bowl game since 2004.

    What did you expect of Ohio State?

    Let's save the overreaction if this team is able to knock off Michigan State in a few weeks.

USA Today Miss: Stanford

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    USA Today Rank: No. 21


    San Jose State has not qualified for a bowl game since 2006 and has only reached one bowl game altogether since 1990. Stanford needed all four quarters to earn a victory against the Spartans, as both teams headed into the fourth quarter all tied up.

    The Cardinal are still one of the better teams in the country but should have dropped a few more spots down in the polls. Notre Dame looked better than Stanford, and Florida looks more complete; you could even make a case for Louisville.

    If Stanford struggled against San Jose State, the Cardinal should be on upset alert against Duke this weekend.

USA Today Hit: West Virginia

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    USA Today Rank: No. 8


    Unlike the AP Poll, the coaches were able to decide between West Virginia and South Carolina and decided to put the Mountaineers above the Gamecocks. This is a great choice because this club is scary good on the offensive side of the ball, as the Mountaineers were a missed extra point away from scoring 70 points in two consecutive games.

    The defense still needs work, as it allowed over 500 total yards to Marshall, but in the Big 12, it is likely whoever has the best offense is going to win that conference. West Virginia looks unstoppable on offense right now, and it deserves to be a Top 10 team.