College Football Rankings: Who Is Overrated in Week 2 Coaches and AP Polls?

Bailey Brautigan@BBrautiganFeatured ColumnistSeptember 13, 2010

College Football Rankings: Who Is Overrated in Week 2 Coaches and AP Polls?

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    The Week 2 College Football Polls are in, and the rankings have been mixed up yet again. We are seeing some new schools in the top 25 (Michigan, Houston, etc.), and others have fallen off the radar (see you later, Virginia Tech).

    Some of these teams deserved to be moved up a couple slots, and others...well, we're a little confused.

    This week's top 25 consists of some solid football programs, but some of them have some work to do to prove to us that they belong in the AP and Coaches Polls.

    Here is a list of the top 10 most overrated teams as we get ready for Week 3 of college football.

10. Houston

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    Case Keenum and his Cougars got their revenge against UTEP this past Friday, defeating the Miners 54-24. Houston is currently ranked at No. 23, and while they can boast a 2-0 record, they haven't had much competition.

    In fact, the toughest opponent that the Cougars will find on their schedule could come in the form of the Mississippi State Bulldogs in Week 5.

    Put Houston in the ring with a more challenging opponent from the SEC or the Big Ten, and then try and say that they belong in the top 25.

9. Stanford

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    Stanford moved up from its No. 25 ranking to claim the No. 19 spot this week, and the Cardinal gave a sound beating to the UCLA Bruins in a 35-0 blowout.

    Stanford makes our list because we expect this team to fall to some real competition starting in Week 5. Next on the Cardinal's list is Wake Forest followed by Notre Dame (two teams that No. 19 should be able to take care of with relative ease), but then Stanford will go on to play Oregon and USC back-to-back.

    Expect Stanford to fall off the polls all together by the end of Week 6.

8. Penn State

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    Poor Joe Paterno. His Nittany Lions got their butts handed to them by the Alabama Crimson Tide this weekend. Not many of us expected Penn State to defeat the reigning champs, but the Nittany Lions didn't even score a touchdown.

    Penn State has now fallen from its No. 18 ranking to No. 22, but with its single victory over Youngstown State, it's a little difficult to give them this much credit.

    The Nittany Lions will have two home games against Kent State and Temple next on their schedule, and with some easy wins over these two MAC teams (even though Temple is looking really good this year), they could hold on to a top 25 spot.

7. USC

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    USC has started its season 2-0, and they are currently ranked at No. 18.

    Sure, the Trojans have pulled out victories over Hawaii and Virginia, but these games seemed a bit too close for the perennial powerhouse. USC hung on to a close 17-14 victory over the Cavaliers, but we expect more from the Trojans.

    NCAA sanctions aside, USC needs to step up its game big time if they want to continue to be ranked so high.

    Hopefully, their next few games against an embarrassingly bad Minnesota team and a mediocre Washington State will secure its spot in the top 25 for a few more weeks.

6. Wisconsin

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    Don't get me wrong here. Wisconsin is a heck of a football team, but they have yet to start its Big Ten conference schedule.

    The Badgers have gone 2-0 against UNLV and San Jose State, but we need to see how the Badgers handle some real competition before we start handing out gold stars.

    Wisconsin is currently holding steady at No. 11 in the college football rankings, but we will see that ranking slip once the Badgers play Ohio State and Iowa back-to-back.

5. Boise State

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    Boise State has been getting flack from sports writers everywhere for being overrated in college football polls, and the Broncos won't get a break here.

    You've heard the argument here:

    Boise State beat Virginia Tech.

    James Madison beat Virginia Tech.

    Boise State stays at No. 3.

    Something's wrong here.

4. Miami

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    Blame it on the rain.

    Blame it on the crowd.

    Blame it on your quarterback.

    Whatever you do, you better thank the Hurricanes' special teams for saving Miami's game against No. 2 Ohio State from being a total embarrassment.

    Miami slipped from their No. 12 spot to No. 17 this week, and we have to wonder where the Canes would be if we took away Lamar Miller or Travis Benjamin.

3. Michigan

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    Denard Robinson is one of the most exciting players in college football at the moment, but his stats have to make us stop and take a look at the rest of the Wolverines squad.

    Michigan went from being left out of the rankings to the No. 20 spot this week, and Robinson broke all kinds of records during this past weekend's game in South Bend.

    Robinson became just the ninth quarterback in NCAA history to both rush and pass for over 200 yards during a single game, and watching this sophomore tear apart Notre Dame's defense was amazing.

    But when your quarterback accounts for the majority of your team's rushing yards, it's time to start focusing on the rest of your offense.

    UConn and Notre Dame are not Iowa and Ohio State. Robinson is good, but we need to see what he can do against the rest of the Big Ten.

2. West Virginia

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    The Mountaineers are currently ranked No. 21 in college football polls, but should West Virginia be ranked this high?

    On Friday, West Virginia won its game in overtime 24-21...against Marshall.

    In fact, Marshall seemed to have the game won until some last minute points by the Mountaineers. West Virginia pulled out the win, but the No. 21 team should be able to stomp the Thundering Herd.

1. Florida

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    Florida is ranked at No. 10 in college football polls, but the Gators make the No. 1 spot on our list. We simply cannot wait until the Gators start playing some real competition.

    Florida beat Miami of Ohio and South Florida.

    The No. 10 ranked team should be blowing out teams like this, but they aren't looking so hot.

    As soon as the Gators begin to play some better SEC teams like Alabama and LSU, we will see their ranking slip from week to week.