NCAA Football Rankings 2012: Teams That Were Overrated by AP Poll

Justin WeltonAnalyst IIDecember 3, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 01: Quarterback Aaron Murray #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs and center David Andrews #61 walk off the field after failing to convert on third down during the second half against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the SEC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome on December 1, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Now that we know who will be playing in the bowl games, let's take a closer look into what we saw from the rankings on Sunday.

For the most part, the AP Poll got it right. But here are two gripes I have with the AP Poll's rankings for Week 15.


Georgia, No. 6

Georgia played a great SEC Championship Game against Alabama but still lost. If not for a blocked punt return for a touchdown and a fake punt, Georgia could have easily lost by double figures, however.

They gave up 350 yards rushing on the day.

I understand wanting to reward them for playing well against Alabama on a neutral field, but No. 6 is too high.

Kansas State deserves to be ahead of Georgia with one loss. Stanford deserves to be ahead of them, too.

You could even argue LSU deserves it as well.

Georgia played a cupcake SEC schedule compared to LSU and Stanford while Kansas State's schedule was more equal.

If you're going to reward Georgia for sticking with Alabama on a neutral field shouldn't we reward Stanford for sticking with the best team in the country on the road? They should have defeated Notre Dame earlier in the season at Notre Dame.

LSU defeated Texas A&M, had Alabama on the ropes and defeated South Carolina, a team that blew Georgia away.

Yet Georgia is ranked ahead of those two SEC schools. The AP Poll is living in the moment with what they saw this past Saturday.


Utah State, No. 18

Utah State has played well this season but are slightly overrated by the AP Poll. The Aggies' two best victories came against San Jose State and Louisiana Tech—two good but not great teams.

The Aggies barely defeated Utah in overtime, 27-20. The Utes finished 5-7 this season and 3-6 in the PAC-12.

Utah State was ranked 20th in the AP Poll last week and didn't play this past weekend. For me, they are slightly overrated at No. 18.

There are a handful of schools that have a better resume.