College Football Rankings: LSU and Teams That Don't Deserve Current Rankings

Chris Stephens@@chris_stephens6Correspondent IIOctober 1, 2012

LSU has survived the last two weeks.
LSU has survived the last two weeks.Stacy Revere/Getty Images

The LSU Tigers are the worst No. 4 team in the history of college football rankings.

While the Tigers are 5-0 on the season, it's laughable they're still ranked where they are. This is especially the case considering how much they've struggled the last two weeks.

Over the last two weeks, the Tigers have beaten Auburn and Towson.

Against Auburn, LSU won 12-10 and struggled to move the ball throughout the game. LSU had two turnovers and quarterback Zach Mettenberger only had 169 yards through the air.

The Tiger offense is showing the same thing they did last yearβ€”they can't score against a good defense.

Then there's the Towson game, which LSU won 38-22. How does the No. 4 team in the nation allow an FCS team that was 1-10 just two seasons ago to hang around?

There was no excuse for LSU's performance on Saturday. They were down late in the second quarter and managed to pull out the win.

There seems to be a recurring theme with the Tigers over the last few yearsβ€”lack of a good quarterback. Mettenberger has the players around him, but he's not getting rid of the ball. He's taken 11 sacks on the year, which ranks 17th in the nation.

The defense remains good, even with Tyrann Mathieu gone. Still, one has to wonder how they'll do with games against the Florida Gators and South Carolina Gamecocks the next two weeks.

LSU deserves to be closer to No. 10 or 11 in the rankings, not No. 4.

However, the Tigers aren't the only team that is ranked higher than they should be.

No. 6 South Carolina Gamecocks

South Carolina has had some good wins this year, but it's hard to get past the fact that they barely beat Vanderbilt to open the season.

The Gamecocks have a great defense and a great running game, but the problems remain with quarterback Connor Shaw.

South Carolina fans hold their breaths every time Shaw runs the ball, knowing he's going to dive forward instead of sliding. And it has been shown it can hurt the Gamecocks as he had to sit out for a period of time against Vanderbilt and UAB.

Shaw has to learn how to slide when he's running the ball, especially over the next three weeks. Teams like Georgia, LSU and Florida are going to inflict some serious pain on his shoulder if he doesn't.

The defense has shown to be good as well, although they caught a huge break at the end of the first half against Kentucky. If the Wildcats go up 24-7 at halftime, the Gamecocks probably don't come back to win the game.

The Gamecocks will get their first true test Saturday against the Bulldogs. Shaw's play will determine if South Carolina will be in the driver's seat for the SEC title game.

South Carolina is a good team, but they're not No.-6-in-the-country good.

No. 20 Mississippi State Bulldogs

There seems to be an SEC theme to this article, but the Bulldogs are another team that is ranked too high.Β 

At 4-0, the Bulldogs' only real competition was against Auburn. Outside of that, they have wins over Jackson State, Troy and South Alabama.

Nothing is impressive about Mississippi State. It averages 392 yards per game on offense. The defense has allowed 13.3 points per game, but it will be interesting to see if that holds up against SEC competition.

While a No. 20 ranking is understandable considering the Bulldogs are undefeated, it still doesn't mean they're worthy of the ranking. Given their history, the Bulldogs will once again falter when they face more SEC competition.

Mississippi State has a relatively easy game Saturday against Kentucky. Then Tennessee and Alabama are on the docket in two of the next three weeks. That's when we'll see how good the Bulldogs are.


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