College Football Rankings 2012: Teams Ranked Too High in AP Top 25

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistNovember 5, 2012

STATE COLLEGE, PA - OCTOBER 27: Quarterback Braxton Miller #5 of the Ohio State Buckeyes smiles with head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes after defeating the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium on October 27, 2012 in State College, Pennsylvania. The Ohio State Buckeyes won, 35-23. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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With the release of the Week 11 AP Top 25 college football rankings, there are several huge programs that are once again overrated.

Universities like Oklahoma, Oregon State and Ohio State have played well in 2012, but have ridden their reputation to their current AP ranking.

All of the following programs have been ranked far too high once again and they don’t deserve the honor they have been bestowed.


No. 5 Ohio State Buckeyes

There is no doubt that Urban Meyer has the Ohio State Buckeyes playing well, but they haven’t competed against the caliber of elite talent to warrant a top-five ranking from the AP.

While the Buckeyes are good, there are a few one-loss teams with better resumes.

With no currently-ranked teams on their schedule and just a final game against the Michigan Wolverines worth noting, Ohio State has been taking advantage of what has been a terrible Big Ten conference.

Ohio State deserves a top-10 ranking for sure, but there are legitimate contenders—Georgia, Florida State and Clemson to name just a few—that have faced much stiffer competition and played more consistently.


No. 13 Oregon State Beavers

While the team’s 7-1 record is admirable, the fact that the Oregon State Beavers only have one win over a currently ranked team this season prove they should not be anywhere near No. 13 in the nation.

The Beavers' mediocre offense hasn’t been tested by any tough defense yet, and their own defensive unit has yet to face an offense worthy of being ranked No. 13.

Oregon State should be ranked No. 21 at best.

There are plenty of teams with a legitimate gripe about the Beavers being ranked where they are, but tough games against Stanford, Cal and Oregon over the next three weeks will ensure that Oregon State won’t finish the season in the Top 25.


No. 14 Oklahoma Sooners

The Oklahoma Sooners are always one of the biggest names on the AP Top 25 despite the lack of talent on the field for the team in 2012. They have been overmatched against good competition this season, and the AP continues to vote the team way too high.

Besides a win over another overrated team—the Texas Longhorns—the Sooners have come up small against all real competition like Notre Dame and Kansas State.

Once again, Oklahoma is riding its reputation to national ranking prominence.

With four straight games against talented teams (Baylor, West Virginia, Oklahoma State and TCU), the issues many fans have with the ranking of the Sooners won’t be a problem; Oklahoma will lose at least two of their final four games.


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