BCS Rankings: West Virginia and Week 9's Most Overrated Squads

Rick Weiner@RickWeinerNYFeatured ColumnistOctober 21, 2012

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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Well, the Week 9 BCS Rankings are out, and in what comes as no surprise to anyone, there was plenty of movement among the Top 25.

But as is par for the course, a number of squads wound up with rankings that they simply don't deserve, whether it be due to lackluster Week 8 performances or a downward trend that they've been on over the past few weeks.

Here are the teams simply not worthy of where they wound up in Week 9.


No. 19 West Virginia (5-2)

There's no question that West Virginia has a high-octane offense, but it's sputtering in a major way against quality defenses.

It's not that it has been outplayed in its past two games—losses to No. 14 Texas Tech and No. 3 Kansas State—it's been blown off of the field. Its defense cannot stop quality offenses, and its offense sputters against quality defenses. 

West Virginia's earlier wins against unranked Baylor and No. 23 Texas make it worthy of inclusion, but it should be hanging out with Texas in the 20s on the verge of falling out of the Top 25 completely.


No. 24 Ohio (7-0)


Yes, Ohio is undefeated and has played well on both sides of the ball, but who exactly has it beaten?

Its biggest win came in Week 1 against Penn State, a team that has yet to crack the Top 25 in any of the polls, and recent weeks have seen it take on the likes of UMass, Buffalo and Akron—not exactly football powerhouses on the national scene.

I'm all for cheering the underdog on, but there are other underdogs more deserving of a spot in the Top 25—like a Lousiana Tech squad that lost by two points to Texas Tech and has beaten every other major conference opponent on its schedule.


No. 25 Wisconsin (6-2)

 Things have certainly picked up for the Badgers over the past three weeks, with Montee Ball running like the Heisman Trophy candidate many expected him to be entering the season.

But Wisconsin has only played one Top 25 team, and it lost.

Two-loss teams are just as deserving, if not more deserving, for this spot than the Badgers, including North Carolina State, who has a win over No. 12 Florida State, and TCU, who lost in triple-overtime to No. 14 Texas Tech last week.


Week 9 BCS Standings (via ESPN)

 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