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College Football Rankings 2012 Week 8: Overrated Teams Undeserving of a Ranking

MORGANTOWN, WV - OCTOBER 20:  Geno Smith #12 of the West Virginia Mountaineers looks on from the side line against the Kansas State Wildcats during the game on October 20, 2012 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia.  The Wildcats defeated the Mountaineers 55-14.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Mike MoraitisAnalyst IOctober 21, 2012

Week 8 of the college football season led to some major surprises and as a result, several overrated teams proved they don't even deserve to be ranked at this point in the season.

Let's take a look at the current BCS standings (per ESPN.com) and see which teams played like an unranked squad.

 

BCS Standings

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

 

Iowa State Cyclones (24)

The Cyclones can kiss their ranking goodbye after being blown out by the Oklahoma State Cowboys, 31-10.

Iowa State's defense was thought to be the team's biggest strength this season, but the Cowboys proved otherwise.

Oklahoma St. compiled over 600 yards of total offense with J.W. Walsh throwing for 415 yards and a touchdown. Joseph Randle added his own big day with 24 carries for 151 yards and two touchdowns.

Offensively, the Cyclones got off to a great start with 10 first quarter points, but failed to score after that. With 24 unanswered points, the Cowboys finished off a beat down of the Cyclones that will knock them out of the Top 25 for the foreseeable future.

The Cyclones were the ranked team in this matchup, but it looked like quite the opposite upon the game's conclusion.

 

West Virginia Mountaineers (13)

Geno Smith had a chance to resurrect his team's season against the Kansas State Wildcats, but failed to do so after being outshined by Collin Klein in an eventual losing effort, 55-14.

Normally you wouldn't hold it against the Mountaineers for losing to the No. 4 team in the country, but a blowout like the one that occurred on Saturday is completely inexcusable.

Klein lit up the Mountaineers defense, scoring seven touchdowns in total and throwing for 323 yards with a completion rate over 90 percent. Smith, on the other hand, looked like the inferior signal-caller as he threw for just 143 yards, one touchdown and two picks.

After beating two straight ranked opponents by tight margins, West Virginia has followed that up with a loss to then unranked Texas Tech and No. 4 Kansas St.

We already knew this team was inept on defense, but their struggles on offense are becoming too much to ignore at this point in the season. The more games they play, the more it looks like WVU is not deserving of a ranking in the BCS.

 

Cincinnati Bearcats (21)

The Toledo Rockets had yet to face a ranked opponent coming into Saturday, but that didn't seem to phase them one bit against the Bearcats.

Cincinnati was able to gain almost 500 yards of total offense, but quarterback Munchie Legaux completed less than 50 percent of his passes and even cut two drives short thanks to a pair of interceptions.

One of those picks also led to a Toledo touchdown.

Defensively, the Bearcats got smoked for 229 yards on the ground, 161 of which came from the legs of running back David Fluellen. Adding to their failure, the Bearcats also allowed the Rockets to beat them on special teams after a kick return was taken to the house by Bernard Reedy.

The Bearcats' loss was a systemic failure and can't be blamed on one facet of the team. It took a total team effort to show that the Bearcats don't belong in the Top 25.

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