College Football Rankings 2013: Highlighting Biggest Pretenders in Top 25

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College Football Rankings 2013: Highlighting Biggest Pretenders in Top 25
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As the 2013 college football season wears on into Week 10, there are a few teams that have managed to secure top rankings through subterfuge and sleight of hand. 

In other words, there are a few pretenders lurking in the Top 25. 

Like Notre Dame and Michigan earlier this season, these teams are ranked higher than they deserve, but it won't be long until they're exposed as frauds.

Here's a look  at the recently released Associated Press Top 25 poll, followed by a closer examination of these pretenders.

College Football Week 10 AP Rankings
Ranking Team Previous Points BR Ranking
1 Alabama 1 1,495 1
2 Oregon 2 1,432 2
3 Florida State 3 1,390 3
4 Ohio State 4 1,317 4
5 Baylor 6 1,23 5
6 Stanford 8 1,189 6
7 Miami (FL) 7 1,149 8
8 Auburn 11 1,022 10
9 Clemson 9 1,007 7
10 Missouri 5 873 12
11 LSU 13 818 11
12 Texas A&M 14 811 14
13 Oklahoma 17 791 9
14 South Carolina 20 701 16
15 Texas Tech 10 579 13
16 Fresno State 15 510 17
17 UCLA 12 489 18
18 Oklahoma State 19 483 15
19 Central Florida 21 464 22
20 Louisville 18 417 19
21 Northern Illinois 23 290 20
22 Wisconsin 22 262 21
23 Michigan 24 199 24
24 Michigan State NR 166 23
25 Arizona State NR 133 NR

Associated Press

 

Baylor

Baylor is fun to watch, but this team has no business being mentioned amongst the top teams in the nation.

The Bears feature one of the most high-powered offenses in the country, averaging more points than any team. However, Baylor hasn't yet faced a single top team.

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That's about to change, though. 

Baylor: Contender or Pretender?

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With Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State lined up to face the Bears the next three weekends, the nation will truly find out whether or not they can hang with the top dogs in the Big 12.

Baylor's explosive offense will be held in check this upcoming weekend against the Sooners' No. 14-ranked scoring defense. Oklahoma will also expose Baylor's defense as overrated, winning the game on the road in Waco.

 

Miami 

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Miami's claim to fame this year was the upset it scored over Florida earlier this season. Since that game, the Hurricanes have beaten the teams they should beat, but the past two wins against North Carolina and Wake Forest were claimed by slim margins. 

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This upcoming game against Florida State will put to rest any hype surrounding this team, however.

The Seminoles laid waste to Clemson two weekends ago, winning in blowout fashion on the road in Death Valley. They are a team that will challenge Alabama for the national championship at the end of the season, and Miami will end up being just another speed bump along the way.

 

Texas A&M

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The Aggies would be an average team—at best—if not for Johnny Manziel. Texas A&M's defense is atrocious, allowing 32.6 points (No. 96 in the nation) and 473.8 yards (No. 110 in the nation) per game. 

Will the Aggies finish the season in the Top 25?

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The only two ranked teams the Aggies have faced came away with victories, as Alabama and Auburn both outscored the Fighting Manziels in shootouts. 

With contests against LSU and Missouri still upcoming, nobody should be surprised if the Aggies end the season with four losses and out of the Top 25 rankings completely. 

 

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