Even with a couple of these overachievers falling from the ranks of the unbeaten last week, 2013 has been a banner year for lightly regarded teams to make plenty of noise.
Teams like Duke and Minnesota surged to respectability with big upsets last weekend, and the nation continues to take notice of others that are proving their fast starts weren't just flashes in the pan.
It has indeed been the year of the upset in college football, and while the usual suspects are still at the top of the polls, some names few expected aren't far behind.
From a couple of programs surging under new coaches to one playing for a coach who is battling back from health issues, there are some great stories. Three other veteran coaches have their squads overachieving as well.
Let's take a look at six teams overachieving in this year's college ranks.