College Football Rankings: Breaking Down Most Overrated Teams from Week 1

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistSeptember 5, 2012

DALLAS - OCTOBER 02:  Defensive tackle Adrian Taylor #86 of the Oklahoma Sooners holds a flag while celebrating a28-20 win against the Texas Longhorns at the Cotton Bowl on October 2, 2010 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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With the release of the Week 2 AP Top-25 college football poll, the conversation has jumped from the teams that did great in Week 1 to the teams that have proven to be as overrated as they come.

While teams like Alabama and USC proved their worth to the college football world, there were others that flat-out disappointed.

All of the following teams came into the season with high expectations, but lackluster performances should quell the unnecessary hype around these programs.

These teams are the definition of overrated after Week 1.



The Oklahoma Sooners are always expected to be one of the best teams in the nation, and a Week 1 matchup against the UTEP Miners was set up to give the team momentum heading into the tougher portion of its schedule.

After beating UTEP 24-7 in a game that was much closer than the score indicates, the Sooners don’t look like a top-10 team anymore. If it wasn’t for the blatant favoritism in college football, they would have fallen much farther than they did (No. 5 in the nation).

Oklahoma has another supposedly easy opponent next in Week 2 in Florida A&M—which lends even more credibility to the questions surrounding the team’s strength of schedule—but the lesson learned from the UTEP game better soak in fast or the Sooners are in big trouble.


Ohio State

While a win over a nothing team like the Miami (OH) RedHawks will satisfy the masses that love the Ohio State Buckeyes, the team did not look as good as the propaganda machine wants you to think.

There are some serious flaws with this Ohio State team.

On the offensive side, the RedHawks offered little-to-no resistance to Buckeyes' surges, but it was the play of Braxton Miller that should have fans nervous. The decision to run the ball in situations that should be clearly pass-first will cost Ohio State when they face real competition.

As for the defense, Miami (OH) was throwing the ball all day on the Buckeyes, racking up 313 yards through the air. While some of that success can be attributed to the RedHawks mounting a comeback, the secondary was burnt far too often to consider that unit top-25 worthy.

This is a classic case of people giving the Buckeyes credit for Urban Meyer just being there.



The most obvious choice in Week 1 was the Michigan Wolverines.

After being beaten down 41-14 at the hands of the defending BCS National Champions, the Alabama Crimson Tide, the once No. 8 ranked Wolverines fell all the way to No. 19 in the AP top-25.

Some could argue they shouldn’t be in the top-25 at all.

Starting on the defensive side of the ball, Michigan was unable to stop any of the attacks Alabama threw their way, but it would have been much worse if Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban had decided to send a message.

If the struggles on defense weren’t bad enough, the hype around Heisman Trophy candidate Denard Robinson came crashing down with the senior QB’s poor performance. With 227 yards through the air and on the ground combined, Robinson did nothing to prove his elite status.

The blue and maize are in serious trouble.


AP Top 25
Rank Team Record Points
1 Alabama (45) 1-0 1481
2 USC (11) 1-0 1435
3 LSU (4) 1-0 1382
4 Oregon 1-0 1295
5 Oklahoma 1-0 1170
6 Florida State 1-0 1135
7 Georgia 1-0 1083
8 Arkansas 1-0 992
9 South Carolina 1-0 980
9 West Virginia 1-0 980
11 Michigan State 1-0 915
12 Clemson 1-0 788
13 Wisconsin 1-0 664
14 Ohio State 1-0 634
15 Virginia Tech 1-0 604
16 Nebraska 1-0 603
17 Texas 1-0 584
18 Oklahoma State 1-0 558
19 Michigan 0-1 446
20 TCU 0-0 355
21 Kansas State 1-0 339
22 Notre Dame 1-0 198
23 Louisville 1-0 190
24 Florida 1-0 145
25 Stanford 1-0 131


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