College Football Rankings 2013: Hyped Teams That Are Vastly Overrated

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IOctober 8, 2013

Oct 5, 2013; Evanston, IL, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller (5) dives after a fumble with Northwestern Wildcats defensive lineman Tyler Scott (97) during the first quarter at Ryan Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
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The latest AP Top 25 has been released after yet another week of fantastic college football, complete with some notable changes.

But while a few Top 15 teams are still ranked in a relatively similar position, their rankings do not match their abilities. 

Whether it's a team starting the wrong quarterback or a team that can't seem to stop anyone, here are my most overrated teams through Week 6 of the 2013 college football campaign.

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Ohio State (4)

EVANSTON, IL - OCTOBER 05: Braxton Miller #5 of the Ohio State Buckeyes passes against the Northwestern Wildcats at Ryan Field on October 5, 2013 in Evanston, Illinois. Ohio State defeated Northwestern 40-30.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Ohio State is 6-0, and the Buckeyes deserve credit for that.

I just don't know if they deserve enough credit to be considered a Top 5 team.

Michael Felder of Bleacher Report said that he liked Kenny Guiton as the starter over Braxton Miller before the Week 5 game against Wisconsin, highlighting Guiton's ability in the pocket. At first, I was a little skeptical, but I'm beginning to come around to Felder's point of view.

We saw Miller's limitations as a pocket passer against Northwestern last week. He went 15-of-26 for 203 yards with an interception against the Wildcats, finishing with a QBR of 24.6. 

Ohio State's running game, complete with senior running back Carlos Hyde, is mighty dangerous, but I'm interested to see the Buckeyes offense when it faces teams with better run defenses like Iowa and Michigan down the stretch. If teams can slow down the run and force Miller to pass, they have a shot at downing Ohio State.


Georgia (7)

Oct 5, 2013; Knoxville, TN, USA; Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray (11) and teammate Georgia running back J.J. Green (15) celebrate defeating the Tennessee Volunteers 34-31during overtime at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY S
Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

I obviously have no qualms with Georgia's offense, but that defense still bothers me.

Tennessee scored 31 points against South Alabama...then scored 31 points against the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs have been gashed through the air and on the ground in the past two weeks. It took overtime to beat the Volunteers 34-31. Every quarterback, including Aaron Murray, will have his off days, and we've seen what happens when he has off days: a narrow win over Tennessee and a loss to Clemson to begin the season.

I'm interested to see what happens to the Bulldogs when they face Florida in Gainesville. Florida ranks third in the nation in yards allowed per pass attempt and ninth in the country in yards allowed per carry. The Gators are also breaking in dual-threat quarterback Tyler Murphy, who I like better than previous starter Jeff Driskel.


South Carolina (14)

Sep 7, 2013; Athens, GA, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (7) wipes his eyes on the sideline in the first half against the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports
Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

The big story is the apparent drama between Jadeveon Clowney and the Gamecocks, but there are more questions surrounding the team.

You gotta love sophomore running back Mike Davis, and quarterback Connor Shaw appeared just fine against Kentucky after suffering a shoulder injury against UCF, but the defense is worrisome. Clowney is, no doubt, a part of that, but it's still disappointing to see the Gamecocks ranked 65th in the nation in yards allowed per play.

Since the Week 1 victory over North Carolina, the Gamecocks have lost to Georgia and defeated Vanderbilt, UCF and Kentucky by an average of 6.7 points. That's not exactly eye-opening play unless you are talking about it from a negative angle.

Unless something changes quickly, I wouldn't be surprised if South Carolina's regular-season finale against Clemson resembles the 41-30 loss to Georgia.


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