Week Five Top 25 Released: Gamecocks Get No Respect

Tim PollockSenior Writer ISeptember 27, 2009

COLUMBIA, SC - NOVEMBER 01:  Eric Norwood #40 of the South Carolina Gamecocks celebrates after making a defensive stop against the Tennessee Volunteers during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 1, 2008 in Columbia, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Despite a 3-1 record and a nationally televised win over previously fourth-ranked Ole Miss, South Carolina still finds itself out of the top 25, while the Rebels are somehow at number 21. 

Now before you say that Ole Miss was overrated — which they were — who isn’t overrated this year? 


Is LSU really the fourth best team in the country right now?  Where would the Tigers be ranked if Mississippi State’s Tyson Lee would have employed common sense by actually extending his arms on a goal-line run?   


Previously sixth-ranked Cal was destroyed and dropped all the way to 24.  The Miami Hurricanes went from possible national title contenders and media darlings to the number 17 team in the land.  BYU beat a Sam Bradford-less Oklahoma but got throttled by a mediocre FSU team—at home, no less—yet still holds on to the 20 spot. 


The list could go on and on.     


But my favorite has to be Southern Cal.  Despite losing to an unranked Washington team, who was just throttled by Stanford and therefore dropped from the rankings, the Trojans only dropped to 12.  After their win over the always formidable Washington State (sarcasm intended), the Trojans are back to number seven this week. 




Does this mean Ole Miss gets its spot back in the top 10 if they beat Vanderbilt this Saturday?  


So coming full circle:  Save me the “Ole Miss was overrated” rhetoric. 


The polls are always a point of discussion, but this season is out of control.  As everyone with a brain has already noted, once you past the top three, it’s a crapshoot. 


And it’s all building toward the most controversial and ridiculous BCS match-ups ever. 


In other news: Tim Tebow is human.