BCS Standings: Overachieving Teams That Deserve a Lower Ranking

Mike MoraitisAnalyst IDecember 3, 2012

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 30:  Winning quarterback Jordan Lynch #6 of the Northern Illinois Huskies is presented with the Player of the Game trophy from MAC Commissioner Dr. Jon A. Steinbrecher after defeating the Kent State Golden Flashes 44-37 during the Mid-American Conference Championship game at Ford Field on November 30, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
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The final BCS standings are in, and there are certain overachieving teams that deserve a lower ranking than the one they finished with this season.

There's no doubt the rankings system in college football is controversial and rightfully so, some teams' position in the Top 25 are simply puzzling.

Let's take a look at the teams that fit the bill.


Northern Illinois (No. 15)

The most controversial team in a BCS Bowl this season is Northern Illinois, whose No. 15 ranking has them playing in the Orange Bowl against Florida State.

But they certainly don't deserve the ranking that got them there.

The Huskies finished the season with a 12-1 record and won the MAC championship against Kent State. The problem is that their lone loss of the season makes it laughable that the Huskies could make it to a BCS bowl.

Northern Illinois' first game of the season didn't go so well, ending in defeat to the Iowa Hawkeyes. Normally a solid team in college football, the Hawkeyes were quite the opposite this season as they finished with a 2-6 record in the Big Ten and a 4-8 record overall.

While the Huskies would go on to run the table and finish with just one loss, that one loss was to a horrible team. And yes, their record was impressive, but don't forget that the Huskies had a weak schedule and play in an even weaker conference.


Nebraska Cornhuskers (No. 16)

Before Nebraska ran into Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game, the Cornhuskers were having a nice season and looked like they would finish with just two losses.

While one of those losses was to the undefeated Ohio State Buckeyes, the other was to then-unranked UCLA. The Bruins actually finished the season ranked lower than the Cornhuskers, which makes the first case why Nebraska should be ranked lower.

Nebraska's overall strength of schedule didn't make for many significant victories during the season. The Cornhuskers only faced two ranked teams during the season, so 10 wins weren't exactly hard to come by.

The final straw in making the case that Nebraska should be ranked lower was its loss to Wisconsin last Saturday. The Cornhuskers were blown out of the building by the Badgers, 70-31, adding another loss to an unranked team to their résumé.


Louisville Cardinals (No. 21)

The Cardinals will make their way to the Sugar Bowl this season, but they didn't exactly earn it. Sure, they did win the Big East Championship Game, but that isn't saying much.

Louisville had an extremely weak schedule in 2012 and didn't have the privilege of beating a ranked opponent the entire season. There's no question that the Big East is not what it once was, so that made this season a cake walk for the Cardinals.

Add in losses to a lowly team like Connecticut (5-7) and another Big East foe, Syracuse (7-5), and you have a team that doesn't deserve the position it currently holds.

It remains to be seen just how Louisville will fare in the Sugar Bowl against Florida, but chances are it won't be pretty. Florida has already beaten four ranked opponents this season (Tennessee, LSU, South Carolina and Florida St.), while its only loss came at the hands of Georgia.

It's tough to say that the No. 21 team in the nation should be ranked lower, but you can certainly make the case that Louisville's weak schedule should have a few more teams ahead of them.