College Football Rankings 2011: 4 Teams We Still Can't Believe Are Ranked
Every college football season, the Top 25 polls provide fans, coaches, players, pundits and talking heads with endless analytical fodder.
Who's ranked too high? Who's ranked too low? Who doesn't deserve to be ranked at all?
The discussions are usually maddening, but they're also fun.
Here are four teams we still can't believe are ranked in 2011.
Georgia Tech (13th AP, 13th Coaches)
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Paul Johnson's Ramblin' Wreck is 5-0 and ranked 13th in both major polls, despite the fact that they seemingly never throw the football.
In a sport now dominated by spread and pro-style offenses, it is absurd to believe that an option team could be leading the nation in scoring offense and surging up the polls, but it's true.
Hats off to Johnson for sticking to his guns and keeping Georgia Tech relevant in a most unconventional fashion.
Illinois (19th AP, 16th Coaches)
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Ron Zook couldn't win at Florida, yet he has the Illini ranked 16th in the Coaches' Poll and off to their best start since Dick Butkus was playing on Saturdays.
Knowing the Zooker (and the Illini), Illinois' undefeated run and ascent up the polls won't last.
Still, nobody in the nation predicted that Illinois would be poised to pass Nebraska in the rankings five weeks into the season.
Texas A&M (24th AP, 25th Coaches)
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Five weeks into the season, no 2-2 team should find a home amongst college football's Top 25.
Despite their .500 record, the Aggies are 24th in the AP Poll and 25th in the Coaches' Poll.
Good losses (Oklahoma State, Arkansas) only count at the end of the season for bowl selection.
Mike Sherman's squad is still a good team, but they don't belong in the polls.
Florida State (23rd AP, 22nd Coaches)
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Just like the Aggies, the 'Noles should be given no favors this early in the season for their tough schedule.
Does Florida State deserve to be ranked at season's end if they are 10-2 with a couple of tough losses to Oklahoma and Clemson? Yes.
Do they deserve to be considered with college football's elite when they've lost as many games as they've won? No.