NCAA Football Rankings: Overachieving Teams Guaranteed to Slip Up
With the fourth weekend of the 2012 College Football season on the horizon, it's time to burst some early-season bubbles.
As is the case every fall, a handful of teams in the AP Top 25 rankings are not what they seem. Despite their hot starts, these overachieving squads are destined to slip up some time down the road.
Whether they are the beneficiaries of weak opening schedules or riding the sensational play of a star player, one thing is for sure: They will not be among the elite for long.
Let's take a look at three overachieving teams guaranteed to slip up this fall
No. 11 Notre Dame
Few, if any, predicted that the Notre Dame Fighting Irish would go into Spartan Stadium and deliver a 20-3 beatdown to Michigan State last Saturday night. Still, at 3-0, the Irish have a long way to go before they are BCS bowl bound.
Michigan, Stanford, Oklahoma and USC are all left on the schedule, and Notre Dame will have to play the Sooners and Trojans on the road.
Sure, the Irish deserve plenty of praise for their hot start, but that won't prevent them from slipping up this fall once their schedule stiffens beginning this weekend in South Bend when they host the Wolverines.
No. 14 Florida
Despite looking very beatable in their season opener against Bowling Green, Will Muschamp's Florida Gators have played better and better each week. After earning conference road wins over Texas A&M and Tennessee, Florida is 3-0.
Unfortunately for the Gators, their October schedule will pit them against three Top 10-ranked SEC squads at home. After squaring off against Kentucky in the Swamp this weekend, Florida will host LSU, visit Vanderbilt and then host South Carolina and Georgia.
Muschamp's Gators will be underdogs in each of those three home games. Consider Florida lucky if it is 6-2 or better heading into November.
No. 19 UCLA
Which 3-0 team will finish with the worst record in 2012?
Thanks to the heroics of senior running back Johnathan Franklin, the UCLA Bruins are 3-0 heading into conference play. Franklin is a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate this year, having rushed for more than 540 yards in three games.
Still, even if UCLA's first few Pac-12 games are winnable, the back half of its schedule looks anything but promising. The Bruins host Arizona, USC and Stanford in three of their last four games of the season.
Unless UCLA can tighten up defensively and maintain its No. 5-ranked rushing attack, it will have plenty of opportunities to slip up this fall and no doubt take advantage of more than one.
2012 NCAA Football Rankings - Week 4
*All Information Courtesy of ESPN.com.
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