College Football Rankings 2012 Week 13: Overrated Teams Ranked Too High by AP

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistNovember 19, 2012

MORGANTOWN, WV - NOVEMBER 17:  Landry Jones #12 of the Oklahoma Sooners drops back to pass against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the game on November 17, 2012 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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With the release of the AP Top 25 college football rankings for Week 13, it’s time to break the standings down and find out which teams the AP ranked too high.

After so much turnover at the top of the rankings, the biggest issues are still in the middle of the pack. Everyone agrees who the top dogs are, but there are seriously undeserving teams in the AP poll.

All of the following teams are as overrated as they come, and should not be ranked as high as they currently are. These programs have used their name to get in over other much more deserving schools.

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No. 20 Michigan Wolverines (8-3)

Despite an elbow injury to senior starting quarterback Denard Robinson, the Michigan Wolverines have started to win once again. As well as the team has played, they shouldn’t be ranked in the AP Top 25.

While two of the team’s three losses—Notre Dame and Alabama—look very strong, the lack of elite competition on the schedule hurts the Wolverines. They will deserve the spot next week, though, if they beat the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Michigan has beaten the teams they are light-years better than, but have struggled mightily against any team with any BCS hopes.

The Wolverines are taking advantage of an awful Big Ten conference.


No. 18 Texas Longhorns (8-2)

The Texas Longhorns had one of the easiest schedules in all of college football, and through the first 12 weeks, they have taken advantage of that as best as the mediocre team could.

At 8-2, Texas doesn’t deserve to be ranked No. 18.

With the country’s 74th-ranked defense (allowing 29.1 points per game), the Longhorns have been unable to stop any offense and have only won games because of the putrid defenses across the Big 12.

Texas only has one credible win on their schedule, and two of the team’s three games against ranked squads resulted in losses. It is clear the Longhorns are ranked more on who they are instead of what they have done.


No. 14 Oklahoma Sooners (8-2)

The most overrated team on the Week 13 AP Top 25 is the No. 14 Oklahoma Sooners.

With wins over mediocre conference rivals, the Sooners are the ultimate opportunists; taking advantage of just how awful the Big 12 really is.

Oklahoma’s wins over Texas, Texas Tech, West Virginia and Baylor have all been discounted by each of those teams’ poor performances this season. Oklahoma’s only two chances at gaining a legitimate win resulted in two big losses.

While there is little doubt that the Sooners are the cream of the Big 12 crop, but that just shows once again how terrible that conference has been. Oklahoma deserves to be barley sneaking into the AP Top 25, not at No. 14.


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