Several teams in the Week 7 AP Poll’s 2013 college football rankings aren’t where they should be.
Voters rated some teams higher than they deserve. As a result, other clubs are ranked lower than their play this season would indicate.
Here is this week’s poll and the most overrated and underrated teams in it. Be sure to compare the latest AP rankings with Bleacher Report's official Week 7 Top 25 as well.
No. 14 South Carolina
All eyes are on the Gamecocks thanks to Jadeveon Clowney, but they shouldn’t be. Since losing to Georgia on Sept. 7, South Carolina has defeated its last three opponents by an average of just 6.7 points. Those opponents include unranked Vanderbilt, UCF and Kentucky.
The Sun Belt Conference’s Western Kentucky beat the Wildcats by more points (nine) than the Gamecocks did (seven). Despite that, they’re ranked ahead of No. 15 Baylor and No. 16 Washington.
Baylor is undefeated and boasts the No. 1 offense in the nation, averaging 70.5 points scored per game and outscoring opponents by an average of 54.25 each time out. Washington, who’s beating opponents on average by over three touchdowns, defeated a then-No. 19 Boise State by the score of 38-6. The Huskies’ lone loss is a 31-28 nail-biter to No. 5 Stanford.
No. 22 Oklahoma State
West Virginia defeated Oklahoma State by a score of 30-21. These are the same Mountaineers who lost to Baylor 73-42 and the Maryland Terrapins 37-0, the same Terrapins who lost 63-0 to Florida State. The Cowboys bounced back by beating Kansas State 33-29, the same Wildcats who lost to the Missouri Valley Conference’s North Dakota State 24-21.
Got all that?
Oklahoma State shouldn't be, but is somehow, someway ranked higher than No. 23 Northern Illinois, No. 24 Virginia Tech and No. 25 Missouri. The Huskies and Tigers are undefeated while the Hokies’ lone loss is to No. 1 Alabama.
No. 6 Florida State
No. 4 Ohio State and No. 5 Stanford are phenomenal football teams, but neither should be ranked ahead of Florida State. The Seminoles are abusing opponents on both sides of the football like no other club in the country right now. Their offense is ranked third in points scored per game, and their defense is third in points allowed.
Led by redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston, the Seminoles are for real in 2013.
The Buckeyes and Cardinal have no blemishes on their resume—unless a Stanford three-point home victory over Washington counts as one. They’re just not winning with nearly as many style points. Florida State is walloping opponents by an average margin of 41.2 points compared to Ohio State’s 27.6 and Stanford’s 18.0.
And the Seminoles played more BCS opponents (three) than the Buckeyes, who played two and just as many as the Cardinal.
No. 20 Texas Tech
Tied for first in the Big 12 standings, the Red Raiders are undefeated at 5-0 and winning in style—beating opponents by an average of 28.0 points per game—but voters only think they’re the 20th-best team in the nation. They’re ranked behind Michigan and Northwestern, who aren’t necessarily vastly overrated, but shouldn’t be higher than Texas Tech.
The Wildcats lost this Saturday to Ohio State and their offense only averages 12.0 more points than their defense allows. The Wolverines’ offense averages just 19.4 more points than their defense allows. They were also only able to defeat Akron by the score of 28-24 and Connecticut 24-21.
The Mid-American Conference’s Zips are 1-5 and were abused by Bowling Green 31-14 and Ohio 43-3—more than Michigan could muster. The American Athletic Conference’s Huskies are 0-4 and were abused by Towson 33-18 and Buffalo 41-12—also more damage than the Wolverines could do.
David Daniels is a breaking news writer at Bleacher Report and news editor of Wade-O Radio.
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