AP College Football Poll: 3 Teams Not Worthy of a Top-25 Ranking
After a slew of Week 4 performances, the new AP Top 25 poll has been released, with both expected and unexpected surprises.
Some unexpected surprises included the drop of Oklahoma down to No. 2 and LSU claiming the top spot as the No. 1 team in college football after their 47-21 win over West Virginia.
Oklahoma State rose to No. 5 thanks to their 30-29 comeback victory over Texas A&M. The Clemson Tigers were also able to overcome a late surge by the 11th-ranked Florida Seminoles to leave Death Valley unscathed with a 35-30 victory, rising eight spots to No. 13 in the AP poll.
Now, with the Top 25 in place for Week 5, people are a little skeptical about exactly who still belongs in the Top 25. After all, teams like Southern Cal, who was beat handily by Arizona State, dropped out, along with UNC, who narrowly lost to Georgia Tech 35-28.
Taking a look at the Top 25 teams for Week 5, we will see exactly who is overrated and who does not deserve a spot in the Top 25.
Illinois Fighting Illini
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Despite sitting low on the Associated Press totem pole at No. 24, Illinois has not proven a lot this season despite sitting at 4-0, unlike a lot of other teams in the Top 25 AP Poll.
It has only faced the likes of teams like Arkansas State, South Dakota State, Western Michigan and Arizona State. It narrowly defeated Western Michigan, and while it barely beat Arizona State, it has yet to face any true tests in their schedule.
In the coming weeks, Illinois will face Ohio State, Penn State, and face Michigan and Wisconsin later on in the season. The way Illinois has been struggling in games, the team is on thin ice and it won't be able to play the way it has been playing if it wants to stay in the polls.
It is getting credit for doing very little at this point in the season, whereas teams like LSU have played West Virginia and Oregon, and succeeded in both ventures.
Florida State Seminoles
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Perhaps the most overrated team in the preseason, the Seminoles have steadily lost ground, starting out the season at 2-2 with no marquee wins over quality opponents. Their first two wins have been against the likes of Louisiana-Monroe and Charleston Southern.
For the past four weeks, the Seminoles have been a largely one-dimensional team. They have had absolutely no running game with starting quarterback EJ Manuel being the leading rusher on the team with 79 yards.
Clemson, which has statistically been one of the worst teams against the run, held Florida State to only 29 rushing yards. The Seminoles have been largely one dimensional, throwing the ball, and even then have no truly dominant receiving threats and have inconsistent quarterback play from EJ Manuel.
While their defense was initially a strength, they struggled to really stop Clemson, especially in the first half, and by the end of it, they surrendered over 500 yards of total offense after giving up under 300 to Oklahoma.
While Florida State is talented, they are not worthy of a Top 25 ranking.
South Florida Bulls
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As was the case with Illinois, despite sitting with a 4-0 record, the Bulls have not had any true tests, only facing a largely inconsistent Notre Dame team. Their other three wins are over the likes of UTEP, Ball State and Florida A&M.
Last year, they struggled to win games in the Big East and had a comparatively easy schedule, their toughest games being the University of Miami (FL) and West Virginia.
Despite their good stats in all categories, they have not played the kind of competition that other teams have to play against week in and week out.
South Florida, at No. 16, is overrated because of their inflated numbers against lower level opponents.