College Football Coaches' Poll 2010: 10 Teams That Are Overrated
With the recent release of USA Today's Coaches' Poll, some of us have been left scratching our heads.
While some of the top-ranked teams are no-brainers, others may not deserve such high rankings.
Did your team make the cut?
Let's take a look at the USA Today Coaches' Poll's 10 most overrated teams.
10. Alabama, Ranked No. 1
The Crimson Tide are the reigning BCS National Champions, and this could either help them or hurt them this season. If Alabama can continue to play like they did last season, then no worries.
But everyone is gunning for them, and a stacked SEC doesn't help matters. Luckily, the Tide will have Auburn at home, but they will have to travel to Arkansas to defeat their biggest SEC competition.
We aren't ruling Alabama out by any means, but let's not jump the gun here.
9. Arkansas, Ranked No. 19
Arkansas has great chances at doing some damage this season, but let's be honest with ourselves: The SEC is the toughest conference in college football.
Ryan Mallett will try to lead his team to victories, but that could prove to be no easy task. With away games at Georgia and Auburn, the Razorbacks will need to improve their defense in order to have a chance at winning an SEC title.
8. Oregon State, Ranked No. 22
Oregon State is coming off a five-loss season, and it will be playing with a quarterback who has never started a game.
Ryan Katz has shown promise at his position, but the Beavers' opening game against TCU will be the true test of his abilities. Taking down the No. 7 school will be no easy task, but a victory against the Frogs might make believers out of us.
7. Auburn, Ranked No. 23
This list may seem SEC-heavy, but really, only one of these teams has a shot at a national championship. And it ain't Auburn.
Although Auburn is expected to improve from last year's five-loss season, we don't expect this team to pull it out against Arkansas or Alabama.
The Tigers' only hope is to gain momentum early in the season and keep it up.
6. Penn State, Ranked No. 14
There is no doubt that Penn State has a great program. With Joe Paterno's 45 years of experience and a solid team, Penn State should be a strong competitor this season.
That being said, Penn State has to face three BCS bowl winners this season (Iowa, Ohio State, and Alabama), more than any school has faced in college football history. With away games at all three, this season will be very tough for the Nittany Lions.
While Penn State deserves some recognition, No. 14 is too high for this team.
5.Georgia, Ranked No. 21
Georgia has its work cut out for itself as it faces quite a bit of strong SEC competition. Although Georgia has one of the best receivers in the country in A.J. Green, it needs to pick the right quarterback to lead the Bulldogs to a winning season.
With an expected early-season loss to Arkansas, don't be surprised if Georgia is knocked out of the running very soon.
4. Miami (FLA), Ranked No. 13
Let's not get confused here. The Canes are looking really good this year and are projected to all but dominate the ACC. But keep in mind that they have a rough schedule ahead of them, and eight of their opponents played in postseason bowl games last season.
And don't forget that game they'll play early in the season when they travel 1100 miles to the fine city of Columbus, Ohio.
Miami will have to beat the Buckeyes in order to remain at such a high ranking.
3. Oregon, Ranked No. 11
The Ducks have great chances in the "Pac 12," but as we witnessed in the Rose Bowl, they are not unstoppable.
With the absence of Jeremiah Masoli, the quarterback position is up for grabs, and without an established team leader, Oregon may be doomed. The Ducks have tough road games against Cal and Oregon State, and let's not make the mistake of completely ruling out USC this season.
2. Virginia Tech, Ranked No. 6
The battle for the ACC is on with four teams ranked in the Top 25 in the Coaches' Poll. The last time an ACC team had a chance at a BCS bowl was in the year 2000, where Florida State lost to Oklahoma.
With all the pressure to bring BCS attention to the conference, ACC teams will be battling it out all season. Virginia Tech has a great shot at claiming the ACC, but its season opener against Boise State will be a tough loss to start the season with.
While an early win against the Broncos would shake up the BCS rankings, don't hold your breath on this one.
1. Oklahoma, Ranked No. 8
One word: Texas.
If the Sooners want any shot at claiming the Big 12, they are going to have to work some magic against the Longhorns.
It seems that we may have a bit of memory loss regarding this rivalry, so here's a refresher:
Texas went 13-1 last season, and it played in some game...do you remember now? It was the BCS National Championship.
While the Longhorns suffered great heartbreak as they fell to Alabama, the 8-5 Oklahoma Sooners don't stand a chance.