BCS Standings Week 9: 10 Teams Overrated By Just About Everyone
The BCS polls have been released, and amidst the controversy, the polls seem to have a majority of the rankings correct. However, there are some teams that are overrated.
Missouri, Wisconsin and Auburn all made big jumps this week after victories in conference play.
I'll break down the 10 teams in the BCS Rankings that are most overrated and should be a little lower than their current spots.
Please do note that I'm NOT saying that any of these teams shouldn't be ranked—just saying they should be a little lower than their current spots.
No. 22: Miami (FL) Hurricanes
The Hurricanes are 5-2 on the year and had a bye week last week.
Many analysts had Miami picked as a dark horse national championship contender, but those dreams went out the door when the Hurricanes lost to then-No. 2 Ohio State.
They can straighten out their season, but with the ACC being as weak as it's ever been, Miami just doesn't have the merit to be ranked at the moment, especially after a bye week.
Where they should be: Unranked
No. 20: South Carolina Gamecocks
The Gamecocks are sitting at 5-2 after a very unexpected loss two weeks ago to Kentucky.
Steve Spurrier's 'Cocks are fighting, but also seem to suffer from bipolar disorder. One moment they are playing great (i.e. Auburn and Alabama), and other moments they are playing like they're new (i.e. Kentucky).
After a horrible loss and only a 21-7 win over Vandy, this team doesn't deserve to crack the Top 20 just yet.
Where they should be ranked: No. 23
No. 19: Arkansas Razorbacks
The Razorbacks are 5-2 after a stomping of Ole Miss last week.
I like Arkansas—don't get me wrong at all. I just don't think they have that signature win on the season yet.
Playing Alabama and Auburn tough is no easy task, but moral victories don't get you to a Top 20 spot in the polls.
If they can keep fighting and winning, they will deserve a higher spot. I just can't give it to them yet.
Where they should be ranked: No. 22
No. 17: Oklahoma State
The Cowboys are 6-1 after they suffered their first loss of the season against Nebraska.
I love high-flying offenses.
One thing I don't love, however, is terrible, atrocious defense.
Sadly, Oklahoma State possesses both of these.
Nebraska, a team that was held to seven points on offense two weeks against Texas, scored 51 big ones and knocked off the Cowboys.
This Nebraska team looked lifeless and dead last week, and the next week they look like Eric Crouch is leading the team?
I like you Okie State, but that defense is bad—real bad.
Where they should be ranked: No. 21
No. 14: Nebraska
The Cornhuskers are 6-1 on the season as they defeated Oklahoma State last week.
Another huge week for the Cornhuskers, and they're looking like the media darling we all came to know.
However, I don't buy it.
I look at how awful Oklahoma State's defense is and give a huge downgrade to this thumping.
Prove me wrong, Taylor Martinez—I dare you.
Where they should be ranked: No. 17
No. 13: Stanford Cardinal
The Cardinal are 6-1 on the season and defeated Washington State last week.
I like Andrew Luck, for real. But what do they have to show for this season?
A win over some decent competition, a blowout of a bad Notre Dame and a last second win over a down USC team?
All that mixed in with a thumping by Oregon shows me this team doesn't belong this high by any means.
Where they should be ranked: No. 16
No. 12: LSU Tigers
The LSU Tigers are 6-1 after they suffered their first loss of the season last week against Auburn.
It may be my bias for Tennessee and the awful loss I had to endure against the Tigers that causes me so much hate for for them, but I believe this team isn't anything special.
Their lack of a passing and running game have hurt them all season, and their luck is starting to run out, literally.
That defense can only carry them so far before everything starts to fall apart.
Where they should be ranked: No. 15
No. 6: Missouri Tigers
The Missouri Tigers are 7-0 after their win over No. 1-ranked Oklahoma this weekend.
I'm not drinking the Kool-Aid.
Missouri is good, but I think sooner or later they are going to have a bad game, and they'll suffer a loss.
I want to root for the underdog, but Blaine Gabbert can only make so many underneath passes before defenses start to key in on him, and when that happens, he could easily slip up.
Where they should be ranked: No. 9
No. 5: Michigan State Spartans
Michigan State is 8-0 after its defeat of Northwestern this weekend.
Now this is a team that I want to drink the Kool-Aid on...but I can't, not yet at least.
I like Sparty. They do everything well: passing the ball, running the ball and defense.
I feel Kirk Cousins has developed and can win a game if he has to.
If these guys defeat Iowa this weekend, then I'll move them from overrated to underrated, and I'll be on the Sparty bandwagon for sure.
Where they should be ranked: No. 7
No. 3: Boise State Broncos
The Broncos are 6-0 and are coming off a bye week.
I want to see these guys in the championship game and prove this stigma about "small schools" not being able to compete is just trash.
But I can't give them the No. 3 spot. They just haven't faced enough stern competition to give it to them.
Let the rest of the nation and the unbeatens knock themselves off, and when Boise is undefeated at the end of the season they can make the jump to a spot in the championship. That's their only hope.
Where they should be ranked: No. 6