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BCS Rankings: Most Overrated Teams in Week 10 Poll

JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 27:  Aaron Murray #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs points during the game against the Florida Gators at EverBank Field on October 27, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIIOctober 29, 2012

Four ranked matchups between teams ranked no lower than 14th in the previous BCS rankings guaranteed a big shakeup in the Week 10 version released Sunday night. Some of those losses to elite opponents didn't drop teams as far as they should have in the polls.

Big upsets by unranked teams also rocked the college football landscape this weekend, and some ranked teams barely held on but were not penalized hard enough in the aftermath.

Here is a look at the most overrated teams from the Week 10 BCS standings, which are featured at the bottom of the page.

 

No. 6 Georgia Bulldogs

SEC bias is innate in the polls even with the craziness that typically accompanies the computer rankings. Georgia is no exception to that.

The win over recent No. 2 Florida was naturally going to force the team to vault in the polls, but the Bulldogs do not have a victory over another viable opponent all season. South Carolina is reeling right now, something they were doing even before the injury to RB Marcus Lattimore. Somehow, Georgia managed to lose to the Gamecocks 35-7, a convincing margin that should keep them lower in the polls.

Plus, the Gators were bound to lose any game. They are too limited on offense to be a true national title contender, and Georgia simply exposed that by forcing six turnovers and sporting the best all-around offense Florida had faced all season.

QB Andy Murray threw three picks himself and only guided his offensive unit to 17 points off of those six Bulldog takeaways. But it was enough to get the "W" since Florida only mustered nine points.

Now, Georgia enjoys an inflated ranking thanks to defeating a Gator team that was ranked too high all along. Keep in mind that the Bulldogs also barely beat 1-8 Kentucky by a score of 29-24 the previous week.

 

No. 14 Stanford Cardinal

The early victory over USC suddenly doesn't look so impressive for the Cardinal. QB Josh Nunes has been largely unimpressive, and the most recent 24-17 victory over lowly Washington State demonstrated that. Nunes was just 7-of-15 passing for 135 yards in the game.

Senior running back Stepfan Taylor has been the catalyst for the offense all season, but averaged less than three yards per carry against WSU.

This was a discouraging performance by the Cardinal at home, and they are more of a beneficiary of ranked teams losing than for playing impressively this weekend.

The defense did register 10 sacks against the Cougars, whose QB Josh Tuel fired 60 passes in an effort to pull off a massive upset. That's partially due to the fact that Washington State averages just 33 yards rushing per game, which allowed Stanford to pin its ears back and chase Tuel all game.


Another cupcake awaits in the Colorado Buffaloes, but subsequent back-to-back games against Oregon State and Oregon will truly show how good this Cardinal team is. A ranking of 14th is simply too high at this point.

 

No. 19 Boise State Broncos

Call this an easy target, but to be in the 19th slot seems a bit ridiculous considering the competition the Broncos have faced in 2012. Outside of the Mountain West conference, the most difficult opponent Boise encountered was the BYU Cougars, whom they beat by a score of 7-6.

The departure of record-setting QB Kellen Moore hasn't prevented the school's winning tradition under Chris Petersen from continuing.

That said, the offense isn't nearly as imposing as it once was under Moore. New signal-caller Joe Southwick hasn't thrown a touchdown pass in two weeks, failing to make the offense even a shell of itself when Moore was under center.

Boise only gives up 13.5 points per game, good for fifth in the nation. The most talented quarterbacks they have faced, though, is Miami (Ohio) senior Zac Dysert. That is no indictment on the RedHawks, who just beat previously No. 24 Ohio University, but more of an indicator of the types of offenses the Broncos have shut down.

At 7-1, the Broncos are clustered between two-loss teams such as Texas A&M, USC and Nebraska, that would have no problem blowing them out.

Even though the formulas and polls ultimately have the say, Boise's reputation precedes the team, and it's a big reason why they are ranked inside the top 20.

 

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

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