BCS Standings: Overrated Teams Headed Towards Disappointment

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IOctober 22, 2012

SOUTH BEND, IN - OCTOBER 20: Danny Spond #13 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish celebrates with teammates including Manti T'eo #5 after intercepting a pass on the next to last play of the game against the BYU Cougars at Notre Dame Stadium on October 20, 2012 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated BYU 17-14. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Notre Dame is not the fifth best team in the country, and sooner or later it will be exposed. 

They are not alone, which is not an unusual circumstance in college football. Conferences and teams get overrated, and often times they are not exposed until the bowl season.

Anyhow, here is more on why Notre Dame is overrated and two teams who are in the same boat. 

No. 5: Notre Dame

I know what's coming, and let me just say: Notre Dame fans, feel free to tell me how mentally challenged I am on Twitter @noontide34

I am not going to completely rain on your parade. This is a very good football team with a defense that will keep every game close. 

However, this team has scored just 37 combined points in its last two games, and the Irish squeaked by an unranked BYU at home by just three points. 

This team is second in the nation in points allowed, but have yet to face a legitimate passing attack. That will all change next week when the Irish travel to take on an Oklahoma team that is rolling in all phases of the game. 

Opposing quarterbacks have a rating of just 97.23 against the Irish, but Landry Jones and the OU passing offense will provide the stiffest test for this defense, and they will have enough success that the Irish's offense will not be able to keep up. 

No. 13 South Carolina

South Carolina is plummeting! After an impressive 6-0 start, the Gamecocks have lost two straight and they are getting worse by the minute. 

Florida dismantled what was thought to be an elite defense last week en route to hanging 44 points. 

The most noticeable difference from USC's start to their losing streak is that this team has been on the road after playing five of their first six at home. This is no coincidence. 

The Gamecocks' passing game is struggling. Give their opposition a lead and home crowd and things can spin quickly out of control for Steve Spurrier's team as it is forced into more passing situations.  

South Carolina's regular-season schedule is drastically easing up, but the Gamecocks will limp to the finish line with a possible loss to Clemson in the regular-season finale, and a bowl game where they will likely be in over their head. 

No. 16 Louisville 

Louisville is a perfect 7-0 on the season, which is definitely good for something, but who knows what. The Cardinals have yet to play a team that is currently in the Top 25, and three of their last five wins have come by four or fewer points (their last win coming by two against a South Florida team that has yet to win a Big East game). 

This is a very balanced team, but it doesn't excel at anything. The Cardinals will face their toughest test so far in this season against Cincinnati, and they will end the regular season against No. 15 Rutgers. I'd be surprised if they won either. 

While this team is playing smart enough to win close games, they just don't have the skill or explosiveness to hang with more talented teams. 

Week 9 BCS Standings

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


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