College Football Rankings 2012: Most Underrated Teams in Top 25

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IOctober 20, 2012

Oct 13, 2012; Shreveport, LA, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) celebrates scoring a touchdown during the first half against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at Independence Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRE

There will always be those teams every year in college football that don't get the credit they deserve in the BCS standings.

We've been dealing with this for years now and nothing has changed. There will always be a program that is overlooked for whatever reason.

It has created controversy throughout the years, whether it be people screaming "SEC bias!" or questioning a team's strength of schedule.

These are the teams I believe are the most underrated through seven weeks of college football.

Texas Tech (No. 17)

Texas Tech's only loss this season was to No. 9 Oklahoma. 

The Red Raiders rank 16th in the nation in points per game (40.7) and points allowed per game (16.3), but the program should be most excited about its defense after holding Geno Smith and explosive West Virginia to 14 points last week.

Senior quarterback Seth Doege has averaged 8.4 yards per pass attempt (17th in the nation) while tossing 21 touchdowns to seven interceptions.

Even the running game is averaging 4.9 yards per carry (33rd in the FBS) behind Kenny Williams, Eric Stephens Jr. and SaDale Foster.

This is a balanced team that I saw beating West Virginia before it even happened last week.

Texas A&M (No. 18)

Two words: Johnny. Manziel.

The freshman sensation has led Texas A&M to 47.0 points per game this season (fifth in the nation). He's not only averaging 8.8 yards per pass attempt (tied for 10th), he's tossed 14 touchdowns to just three interceptions.

On top of that, the dual threat has rushed for 676 yards (fourth among FBS quarterbacks) and 10 rushing touchdowns (tied for third among quarterbacks). 

Texas A&M's only loss this season was a 20-17 nail-biter to No. 2 Florida.

Clemson (No. 19)

OK, so 5-1 Clemson hasn't really beaten anyone of significance, but losing to No. 14 Florida State is nothing to be ashamed of, either.

There's no question that the Tigers' defense is subpar. They've allowed 27.6 points per game (69th in the nation) and gave up 49 points to Florida State.

But the fact that Clemson scored 37 points in that loss tells you something, given Florida State has held opponents to 11.6 points per game (fourth in the FBS).

I love the combination of dual-threat quarterback Tajh Boyd, receiver DeAndre Hopkins and running back Andre Ellington. Also, you have to think Sammy Watkins will get things going in the second half of the season.

BCS Standings

Rank Team Record
 1 Alabama  6-0
 2 Florida  6-0
 3 Oregon  6-0
 4 Kansas State  6-0
 5 Notre Dame  6-0
 6 LSU  6-1
 7 South Carolina  6-1
 8 Oregon State  5-0
 9 Oklahoma  4-1
10 USC  5-1
11 Georgia  5-1
12 Mississippi State  6-0
13 West Virginia  5-1
14 Florida State  6-1
15 Rutgers  6-0
16 Louisville  6-0
17 Texas Tech  5-1
18 Texas A&M  5-1
19 Clemson  5-1
20 Stanford  4-2
21 Cincinnati  5-0
22 Boise State  5-1
23 TCU  5-1
24 Iowa State  4-2
25 Texas  4-2

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