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College Football Rankings 2012 Week 11: Most Overrated Teams in BCS Standings

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 03: Quarterback Matt Barkley #7 of the USC Trojans calls signals against the Oregon Ducks at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 3, 2012  in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer INovember 6, 2012

Through 10 weeks of the 2012-13 college football campaign, the contenders are beginning to gain separation from the pretenders.

Some of these pretenders are ranked too highly in the Week 11 BCS standings, or shouldn't be in the standings altogether.

Here's a look at my top three overrated teams as we get down to the final weeks of the regular season.

 

 

Texas (No. 17)

Texas may have beaten then-No. 22 Texas Tech in Week 10, but the Longhorns are still allowing 31.6 points per game, 92nd in the nation.

You cannot consistently win with that kind of defense, as we saw when Texas lost back-to-back games to West Virginia and Oklahoma while giving up a combined 111 points.

I expect Kansas State to make mockery of Texas in the final game of the regular season.

 

 

USC (No. 19)

USC has three losses on the season and the Trojans have now lost back-to-back games to Arizona and Oregon.

I've been harping on quarterback Matt Barkley for his turnovers this season (he has 10 picks through nine games), but the reality is the defense was the culprit in the 62-51 loss in Week 10 to the Ducks. Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota averaged 13.2 yards per pass attempt and tossed four touchdowns, while running back Kenjon Barner rushed for 321 yards and five touchdowns.

Even when Barkley does enough to offset his interceptions, USC still can't win.

 

 

Texas Tech (No. 22)

I must say, I was disappointed with Texas Tech against Texas.

I know Texas Tech never had an impressive defense, but I still expected the Red Raiders to play better defense than Texas in Week 10.

That didn't happen, as Texas quarterback David Ash threw for 264 yards and three touchdowns while the Longhorns posted 163 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

The Red Raiders defense has been in free-fall mode over the past three weeks.

 

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