College Football Rankings 2013 Week 8: Teams Ranked Too Low in AP Poll

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistOctober 13, 2013

Nov 26, 2011; Arlington, TX, USA; Baylor Bears quarterback Bryce Petty (14) during the game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Cowboys Stadium. Baylor won 66-42. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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After a crazy week of college football, there was a seismic shift in the Week 8 AP Poll. However, there are still a number of teams rated too low compared to their ability.

At this point, most squads have played about half of their regular-season schedule. It is starting to become easier to decide which teams are legitimate championship contenders and which are just part of the pack.

While these schools might have a hard time getting a spot in the BCS Championship Game, they deserve a lot more respect at this point of the year. 


No. 8 Louisville

There is no denying that the 14-point win over Rutgers was far from impressive, but good teams do what is necessary to get a victory. No. 3 Clemson did the same thing in a 10-point win at home against Boston College.

Despite this, Louisville is actually a very good team. The offense is led by arguably the best quarterback in the country in Teddy Bridgewater, while Senorise Perry provides solid balance with his running ability. 

Meanwhile, the Cardinals have the best scoring defense in the nation, allowing only 7.3 points per game. No matter who you play, this is impressive.

Unfortunately, the squad is continually passed in the rankings without losing. In fact, the Cardinals remain at the same spot as last week while two higher-ranked teams lost.

Louisville should move up with every win, but the lack of respect has not allowed that to happen.


No. 12 Baylor

For the first time all season, Baylor was held to fewer than 69 points against Kansas State. Of course, the team still survived its first road test of the year with a 35-25 win.

Bryce Petty is the nation's most efficient passer thanks to his 13 touchdowns with only one interception. He is also averaging an incredible 14.9 yards per attempt, which is more than three yards more than the second best on the list.

Of course, the rushing attack has been just as good while averaging 302.2 yards per game on the ground. This offense can score on anyone, and it will continue to prove this throughout the season.

While the strength of schedule keeps Baylor outside the Top 10, time will tell that this is unacceptable for this elite squad.


No. 23 Northern Illinois

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 01:  Jordan Lynch #6 of the Northern Illinois Huskies points as he looks to pass against the Florida State Seminoles during the Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 1, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by S
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Like the other teams on this list, Northern Illinois is judged negatively for a relatively weak strength of schedule. However, there comes a point where winning deserves an acknowledgement. 

Dating back to last season, the Huskies have won 18 out of their last 19 games. The only misstep in that stretch was a loss to Florida State in the Orange Bowl.

Jordan Lynch is one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the NCAA, currently ranking second in rushing yards at the position with 616. Last season, he was first among quarterbacks and fourth overall.

Although the defense needs some work, Northern Illinois has an offense that is tough to stop and an ability to finish games strong. The squad is gunning for another BCS appearance this season and deserves better than a No. 23 ranking.


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