College Football Rankings Week 6: Overrated Teams That Will Fall in Next Game

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistSeptember 30, 2012

MORGANTOWN, WV - SEPTEMBER 29:  Geno Smith #12 of the West Virginia Mountaineers drops back to pass against the Baylor Bears during the game on September 29, 2012 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Dynamic offenses combined with shoddy defenses helped decide many of Week 5's college football games, forming the new batch of rankings in the process.

You can check out the new polls here, and you better do it before next Saturday rolls along. Week 6 features a handful of marquee matchups, some of which will provide litmus tests for upper-crust teams.

A few teams aren't ready for that. They may be highly touted at the moment, but cracks have been exposed in their recent contests.

Let's take a look at three teams that will fall in the rankings after a disappointing Week 6 loss.


No. 4 Louisiana State

LSU fell one spot in the polls after their 12-10 Week 4 win over Auburn, and their 38-22 win over Towson in Week 5 handed the team the same fate.

Their drop was deserved. Beating a Colonial Athletic Association team by two scores is barely excusable. A win is a win is a win, but they won't be so lucky against the Florida Gators in Week 6.

The Gators are rising, currently sitting at No. 10 in the Associated Press poll. Their defense is No. 10 in the country, allowing quarterback Jeff Driskel to play within himself.

Overall, they're not a perfect team, but they're more than capable of handing the Tigers a loss in front of a Gator-friendly crowd.

LSU was beaten in the trenches by Towson. If that happens again, Florida will make them pay a much-harsher penalty. This game has upset written all over it, because of LSU's unfocused play on both sides of the ball.

Les Miles needs to turn Zach Mettenberger loose, but it's going to be tough against this Gator defense. Swarming to the ball is UF's forte—making life difficult for the opposition has been their occupation.

LSU has been playing with fire the past two weeks, and that will finally get them in Week 6.


No. 8 West Virginia

Yes, Geno Smith is an out-of-this-world Heisman frontrunner who is leading his squad back among college football's elite, but what about the rest of the squad?

Smith's 656-yard, eight-touchdown performance against Baylor on Saturday was stunning, to say the least, but that doesn't overshadow this squad's other weaknesses.

The Bears accumulated 700 total yards against the Mountaineers' defense. Dynamic offense or not, that's a major issue. Smith cannot be expected to perform like that every game, but with that defensive effort he's going to have to.

Texas is No. 11 in this week's rankings. Their defense is fierce, boasting two of the country's best pass-rushers in Alex Okafor and Jackson Jeffcoat. Smith will face pressure, disabling him from that type of performance again.

West Virginia must play some defense at some point. Its offense will allow it to play sub-par defense against mediocre opponents, but that won't work when it enters the heart of Big 12 play.

Look for Texas to take advantage of that this week. David Ash is improving every game behind center, and the Mountaineers are becoming too lax in every area other than scoring the football.

No. 12 Ohio State

Quarterback Braxton Miller deserves the No. 12 ranking; the rest of his team does not.

Miller has 1,510 total yards and 15 touchdowns this season. He's emerged as one of the country's most dynamic playmakers, due in large part to his exceptionally quick feet in the open field.

However, Ohio State's elite play ends there. Defensively, the team is No. 26 in scoring. That's not terrible, but they've been unfocused, poor tacklers more times than a top 15 team should.

The Buckeyes will face No. 22 Nebraska at home in Week 6. The Cornhuskers are coming off an inspiring win over Wisconsin in Week 5, giving them the same momentum Ohio State carries from its victory over Michigan State.

This contest pits two of the best dual-threat QBs in the nation against one another. Nebraska's Taylor Martinez hasn't had Miller's year, but he's not far behind.

Ohio State was tested by California in Week 3, Alabama-Birmingham in Week 4 and by the Spartans on Saturday. Nebraska lost to UCLA in Week 2, but they're more dangerous than their No. 22 ranking might tell you.

The Big Ten is wide open, and Ohio State stumbles here after Martinez takes advantage of the Buckeyes' undisciplined defense.