College Football Rankings 2013 Week 4: Most Overrated Teams in AP Top 25

Tyler Brooke@TylerDBrookeSenior Analyst IISeptember 16, 2013

Sep 7, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Tommy Rees (11) throws a pass during the second quarter against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
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Every week there are a few teams in the AP Top 25 poll that are clearly ranked too high, and Week 4 of the college football season was no exception.

The Alabama Crimson Tide were able to hold on to their top spot after defeating the Texas A&M Aggies.  Meanwhile, there were just two new entrants into the Top 25 in Arizona State and Texas Tech.

These teams mentioned below are overrated because they've either failed to meet expectations this season or they've struggled against their opponents.  Let's see who they are.


AP Top 25 Rankings


Overrated Teams

No. 7 Louisville Cardinals

They may have Teddy Bridgewater, but this didn't look like a Top 10 team against the Kentucky Wildcats.

The Louisville Cardinals beat Kentucky 27-13 and improved to 3-0 on the season.  It wasn't a very good game, however, as the Wildcats kept it close throughout the first half.  Bridgewater finished the day going 16-of-28 with 250 yards and a touchdown.

This was arguably the toughest game the Cardinals will have until their bowl game, and they really didn't look very impressive.  There's still a very good chance they run the table and finish 12-0, but that won't mean much in the AAC.

They started strong with two dominating wins, but when the Cardinals had to play a decent team, they showed signs of struggle.  They should certainly be somewhere in the Top 15, but No. 7 seems a bit high for these guys.


No. 15 Michigan Wolverines

It doesn't matter that the Wolverines came away with the win; they shouldn't be ranked in the Top 25 after that narrow escape over Akron. 

To show just how big of an upset it almost was, ESPN Stats & Info provided some context.

Devin Gardner did not have a good game considering who they played.  He finished with 248 passing and 103 rushing yards along with three total touchdowns, but he also had three bad interceptions and made some questionable decisions.

The Wolverines won't get away with turning the ball over four times against a legitimate opponent.  They were literally one play away from getting beaten by the Zips, and the fact that they dropped just four spots is quite surprising.


No. 22 Notre Dame Fighting Irish

There are a lot of Irish fans all over the country, and I'm sure more than a few of them are going to be upset with me.

The Irish went into the fourth quarter against the Purdue Boilermakers and were down 10-17.  They were able to score three touchdowns in the final quarter and win the game 31-24, but it wasn't a pretty one.

The near-upset was so much worse considering who it was against.  The Boilermakers started the season losing to Cincinnati 42-7 and then won a close one against Indiana State, a team that lost 73-35 to the Indiana Hoosiers.

Dropping just one spot after the close win seems crazy.  Tommy Rees played decently, but the ground game averaged just 2.5 yards per carry, and the defense struggled to stop its opponents.

This isn't the team that went 12-0 and played Alabama in the national championship, and it's showing.