BCS Rankings 2011: The Worst Underperforming Teams of the 2011 Season

Sean LansingContributor IOctober 29, 2011

BCS Rankings 2011: The Worst Underperforming Teams of the 2011 Season

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    With eight undefeated teams remaining through eight weeks of the season, college football has seen its fair share of overachievers this year.

    Despite a healthy crop of elite squads, there is no shortage of underperforming teams, either. 

    Here are five of the season's biggest disappointments so far.

Florida State (5-3)

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    A couple of weeks into the 2011 season, Florida State was ranked No. 5 in both polls, and everybody thought the Seminoles were "back" heading into their prime time showdown with Oklahoma.

    The Sooners prevailed, and FSU proceeded to lose three straight. 

    Jimbo Fisher certainly has the 'Noles on the right track, but this season's hype was premature. 

Mississippi State (3-4)

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    Mississippi State surprised everyone a season ago by going 9-4 and destroying Michigan in the Gator Bowl.

    The Bulldogs success last year earned them a Top 20 ranking to start the 2011 campaign.

    After beating Memphis to open the season, Dan Mullen’s squad lost three of four, and they are winless in conference play.  

Northwestern (3-5)

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    A healthy Dan Persa at quarterback was supposed to mean a big season for the Wildcats, who many viewed as a potential sleeper in the Big Ten title race.

    Instead, a porous defense and an inability to close out games has the Wildcats fighting just to get bowl eligible at 3-5. 

South Florida (4-3)

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    This was supposed to be the year that Skip Holtz finished what Jim Leavitt started, making South Florida a Big East favorite and a sleeper in the race for the BCS title. 

    The Bulls won four straight to start the season—including a win at Notre Dame—but have since lost three straight.

    In conference play, USF is 0-3.

Utah (3-4)

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    As one of the original BCS Busters, there were high hopes for Utah when it was announced that they'd be joining the Pac-12. 

    The Utes started 2-1 with a close loss to USC but have since lost three of four and are winless in conference play.

    What's worse is that Utah hasn't been all that competitive against Pac-12 opponents, leaving folks to wonder if they are ready for prime time.