BCS Standings: Overrated Teams That Will Fall in Bowl Games

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIIDecember 5, 2012

LOUISVILLE, KY - NOVEMBER 03:  Teddy Bridgewater #7 of the Louisville Cardinals runs with the ball during the game against the Temple Owls at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on November 3, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Some Top 25 teams depend on their school's name and past conference championships to defend their national reputations, but upon closer examination, some of them are near locks to lose in the upcoming bowl season.

Here are three teams who receive more recognition than necessary that will fall in the postseason.


Big East Champ Has No Shot

The No. 21 Louisville Cardinals are the BCS choice from the Big East, but they will be no match for Florida in the Sugar Bowl. In accordance with BCS protocol, the Cardinals landed in a major bowl game, but the truth is that they don't really deserve to be there.

Teddy Bridgewater is a legitimate NFL quarterback prospect, but his team hasn't beaten an opponent that's currently ranked all season. They had two embarrassing losses in November to Syracuse and UConn, and their defense is ranked 52nd against the run.

That's bad news heading into a matchup with the No. 3 Florida Gators.

The Gators are one of the top three teams in the nation. They have a devastating run game that tore up both LSU and Florida State for a combined 420 yards, and they boast the fifth-ranked defense in the nation.

This will turn into a blowout.


Nebraska Will Be Exposed Again

No team that gives up 70 points in the conference championship game should be playing in a bowl game on New Year's Day. Yet, the No. 16 Nebraska Cornhuskers are doing just that.

They were trampled 70-31 in the Big Ten title game by underdog Wisconsin. Bret Bielema has a tendency of running up the score, but 70 points is simply ridiculous.

If Wisconsin scored 70 on Nebraska, how much will No. 7 Georgia score in the Capital One Bowl?

Nebraska is known for its pass defense, which allows only 148 yards per game. However, the Huskers can expect to see a lot of running back Todd Gurley. The freshman had 122 yards and two touchdowns against a good Alabama run defense in the SEC title game.

Gurley is going to shred the Huskers' front seven. 


Longhorns' Defense Will Cost Them 

No. 23 Texas has been overrated all season. In nearly every major matchup this season, the Longhorns failed to come through.


Their defense can't consistently stop anyone. That will cost them big time in the Alamo Bowl when they face No. 13 Oregon State. 

The Beavers are no offensive juggernaut, but their defense is for real. They are one of only 22 teams in the nation to allow fewer than 20 points per game this season. What will Texas do when it can't drive this game into the mid-to-high 30s?

It's been proven time and time again that the Longhorns can't depend on their defense. The unit is ranked 73rd in the nation in points allowed per game. 

The Beavers will keep this game in the 20s, and the Longhorns can't win that way. 


Here are the complete, pre-bowl schedule BCS Standings

1 Notre Dame 12-0
2 Alabama 12-1
3 Florida 11-1
4 Oregon 11-1
5 Kansas State 11-1
6 Stanford 11-2
7 Georgia 11-2
8 LSU 10-2
9 Texas A&M 10-2
10 South Carolina 10-2
11 Oklahoma 10-2
12 Florida State 11-2
13 Oregon State 9-3
14 Clemson 10-2
15 Northern Illinois 12-1
16 Nebraska 10-3
17 UCLA 9-4
18 Michigan 8-4
19 Boise State 10-2
20 Northwestern 9-3
21 Louisville 10-2
22 Utah State 10-2
23 Texas 8-4
24 San Jose State 10-2
25 Kent State 11-2


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