NCAA Football Rankings 2012: Teams That Don't Belong in Week 2's AP Top 25
The NCAA football rankings for Week 2 have been announced, and there are a handful of teams undeserving of the recognition they've been given after poor performances on opening weekend.
The defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide exposed one pretender on Saturday night in Texas, while two other prestigious programs are riding on reputation in the polls this September.
Let's take a look at the teams who don't deserve to be ranked in the AP Top 25 in Week 2.
No. 19 Michigan
The Wolverines were blown out by Alabama on Saturday night at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, losing by 27 points in the end after trailing 31-0 late in the first half.
If you missed it, consider yourself lucky.
Fans can argue all they want that Brady Hoke's football team went 11-2 and won the Allstate Sugar Bowl last season, but 2012 is a new year, and thus far, Michigan has looked severely overrated.
The Wolverines turned the ball over three times and averaged just 4.8 yards per play in Week 1. That's hardly the look of an offense poised to make noise this fall.
Until they earn their spot in the AP Top 25, they don't deserve it.
No. 24 Florida
Florida had a close call against Bowling Green at home on Saturday, which certainly doesn't bode well for the Gators' chances of surviving the SEC this fall.
After a 27-14 win over the Falcons in The Swamp, Florida must answer some major questions in the weeks to come.
Will Muschamp's Gators lost six of their last nine games in 2011 after a 4-0 start and are just 8-6 overall since he took over as head coach.
Boy, did the Urban Meyer era come and go in Gainesville or what?
It looks as if Florida's reputation as a national championship program is the only reason it's hanging on to a Top 25 spot this week.
No. 25 Stanford
Which team is least deserving of a spot in the AP Top 25?
The Cardinal were outscored 17-6 at home by San Jose State over the final three quarters of their Week 1 showdown last Friday night.
The lackluster performance nailed home the point that Stanford is a shell of the team it has been in recent seasons, with quarterback Andrew Luck gone to the NFL.
After scoring touchdowns on its first two drives of the game, the Cardinal offense fell apart, punting six times and turning the ball over on downs in the second half.
Sorry, David Shaw, but your squad is undeserving of a spot in the AP Top 25 in Week 2.
AP Top 25—Week 2
|No. 1||Alabama (45)||1-0||1,481|
|No. 2||USC (11)||1-0||1,435|
|No. 3||LSU (4)||1-0||1,382|
|No. 6||Florida State||1-0||1,135|
|No. 9||South Carolina||1-0||980|
|No. 10||West Virginia||1-0||980|
|No. 11||Michigan State||1-0||915|
|No. 14||Ohio State||1-0||634|
|No. 15||Virginia Tech||1-0||604|
|No. 18||Oklahoma State||1-0||558|
|No. 21||Kansas State||1-0||339|
|No. 22||Notre Dame||1-0||198|
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