College Football Rankings 2012: Most Overrated Teams in Top 25

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IOctober 31, 2012

Oct. 27, 2012; Tucson, AZ, USA; USC Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley (7) talks with head coach Lane Kiffin prior to the game against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE
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You know what they say about overrated college football teams: "Every season has one and they all stink."

Maybe that was a little harsh, but you get the point. Some teams just don't deserve the credit that has been bestowed upon them by the BCS gods.

Whether you are an undefeated squad that hasn't defeated anyone of significance, a preseason darling that hasn't lived up to expectations or a defensive-minded unit that hasn't minded playing against mediocre competition, overrated teams cover the entire spectrum this season.

Here's a look at my top three overrated squads in the BCS Top 25 through Week 9.

Louisville (No. 10)

Yes, Louisville is one of only five undefeated teams left in the FBS, but the Cardinals haven't beaten anyone respectable and they've won four games by five points or fewer. That includes a 34-31 overtime nail-biter against disappointing Cincinnati last week.

They are in a Big East conference ranked eighth out of 11 conferences this season by ESPN.

USC (No. 17)

Talk about star treatment.

USC lost to Stanford and a three-loss Arizona team and hasn't beaten anyone of significance, but somehow the Trojans are No. 17 in the BCS standings.

Hey, Matt Barkley and the Trojans deserved praise for what they did on the field last season, but they haven't been the same team in 2012.

Boise State (No. 19)

I love the job Chris Petersen has done throughout the years at Boise State, but the Broncos lost to the only ranked team they faced this season (Michigan State in Week 1).

The seven teams they have beaten?

Miami (OH), BYU, New Mexico, Southern Miss, Fresno State, UNLV and Wyoming.

That doesn't exactly inspire.

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