College Football Rankings 2012: Overrated Teams That Should Be Slotted Lower

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistOctober 8, 2012

GAINESVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 06:  Bennie Logan #18 of the LSU Tigers forces Jeff Driskel #6 of the Florida Gators to fumble during the game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on October 6, 2012 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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With the release of the Week 7 AP Top 25 Poll on Sunday, we've had time to look over the wholesale changes to the rankings and the many great teams that have been shuffled.

There is no doubt that teams like LSU, Georgia and Florida State deserved to fall, but many overrated teams climbed too high this week.

The AP flat-out got it wrong.

All of the following teams are slotted far too high, and common sense would suggest they should be slotted much farther down the rankings than they really are.


No. 25 Michigan Wolverines

Despite the fact this team already has two losses and has been blown out in important games, the AP somehow felt it was right to put the Michigan Wolverines in the Top 25.

At No. 25 in the nation, the Wolverines rank 103rd in passing yards and 29th in rushing yards per game. Meanwhile, Michigan is ranked 49th in average points per game.

Make no mistake, this offense doesn’t belong in the rankings.

The decision might make some sense if the Wolverines defense was great, but that's not the case.

While there is no question that the defenders at Michigan are far better as a unit, they are still allowing 21 points per game—ranked 38th in college football—and have looked terrible against their toughest competition.

There is no way the Wolverines should be in the Top 25.


No. 13 Oklahoma Sooners

While the Oklahoma Sooners beat Texas Tech this week, the team has looked mediocre at best this season and does not deserve the very favorable national ranking of No. 13. There are too many undefeated teams that deserve the honor more.

There is little doubt that the Sooners deserve the honor of being in the Top 25 much more than the Michigan Wolverines, but that doesn’t justify being ranked this high.

With the team's pass and rush offense ranked 36th in college football, it's clear the Sooners’ offensive assault has been nothing spectacular in 2012.

The defense has stepped up to hold their opponents to just 16 points per game, but Oklahoma has yet to beat a real team. They deserve to be No. 18 in the AP Top 25 at best.


No. 4 Florida Gators

The hype around the No. 4 Florida Gators after their huge win over LSU this week left the AP looking at them through rose-colored glasses.

The reality is that the Florida Gators aren’t worthy of a Top 10 spot; let alone the No. 4 ranking.

There is no questioning how talented the Gators defense has been so far this year, but there is something to be said for the level of their competition.

While Tennessee and LSU were both ranked, Florida has yet to play a real offense.

The defensive numbers are skewed.

Considering the offense has been dreadful—115th in pass offense and 24th in rushing yards—there is no justification for their ranking.

The Gators should be ranked around eighth in the nation, but no higher.


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