College Football Rankings: Who Is Overrated in Week 6 Coaches and AP Polls?

Nathaniel UyFeatured ColumnistOctober 10, 2010

College Football Rankings: Who Is Overrated in Week 6 Coaches and AP Polls?

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    GAINESVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 09:  Quarterback Jordan Jefferson #9 of the Louisiana State University Tigers calls a signal during the game against the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on October 9, 2010 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenw
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    Another Sunday in fall means another full day of NFL games and the release of the new AP and coaches' polls for the upcoming week.

    As is the normal routine, it's time to look over how the media and coaches ranked the nation's best teams and figure out who is overrated.

    The polls are moving and shaking with big losses from Alabama, Florida, Miami (Fl.), and Arizona.

    Here are the 10 most overrated teams from the Week 6 polls.

10. Florida State Seminoles

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    MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 9: Jermaine Thomas #38 pats Christian Ponder #7 on the head as he is held by Andrew Datko #67 of the Florida State Seminoles after scoring a touchdown against the Miami Hurricanes on October 9, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florid
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    The Seminoles had a great convincing road win on Saturday, 45-17, against the no. 13 ranked Miami Hurricanes.  After starting this weekend at no. 23, they jumped seven spots all the way up to number 16 on the AP poll.   But that may be too big of a jump for FSU now that they’re ranked ahead of Wisconsin and Arizona on the AP poll.

    Two top teams from the Big Ten and the Pac-10—both with only one loss—now take a back seat to the ACC’s Seminoles. 

    Arizona’s feat of defeating a Big Ten powerhouse in Iowa should have kept them ahead of Florida State in these rankings.

9. Iowa Hawkeyes

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    TUCSON, AZ - SEPTEMBER 18:  Runningback Adam Robinson #32 of the Iowa Hawkeyes watches from the sidelines during the college football game against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Tucson, Arizona. The Wildcats defeated the
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    Iowa ranks number 15 on the AP poll and number 14 on the coaches' poll.  At 4-1 this year, the Hawkeyes are off to a respectable start.

    What makes them overrated on both the polls?  They are now ranked higher than Arizona, who defeated them 34-27 last time they played. 

    Arizona did lose on Saturday, but they fell to a very good and underrated Oregon State, 29-27, team that have played Top 5 teams Boise State and TCU very closely.

    Iowa is even ranked above Big Ten rival Wisconsin, whose only loss of the season came against a very good 6-0 Michigan State team.

8. Oklahoma State Cowboys

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    STILLWATER, OK - SEPTEMBER 5: Running back Kendall Hunter #24 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys carries the ball six yards as Rennie Curran #35 of the Georgia Bulldogs tries to stop him during the fourth quarter of the game at Boone Pickens Stadium on Septemb
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    After a 5-0 start, the Cowboys have rocketed all the way to the number 18 spot on the coaches' poll.

    They do have one of the best offenses in the country.  But they have yet to defeat a top-ranked team.  The best team that they've played all year was Texas A&M during Week 5.  In that game, the Cowboys were lucky to come away with a game-winning field to end the game.

    Now, their perfect start seems to have clouded the judgment of the coaches since much stronger teams such as Michigan and Arizona are ranked below them on the poll. 

7. Michigan State Spartans

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    ANN ARBOR, MI - OCTOBER 09:  Le'Veon Bell #24 of the Michigan State Spartans scores on a 41 yard touchdown in the second quarter during the game against the Michigan Wolverines during the game on October 9, 2010 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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    The Spartans are a very exciting team, and they were able to defeat Michigan and one of college football's most exciting players, Denard Robinson.

    But today's coaches' polls have them ranked at number 11, just ahead of South Carolina.

    Michigan State's win over Michigan was very big for their program, but South Carolina's takedown of Alabama was much more impressive, and the coaches didn't show them enough respect.

6. Nevada Wolf Pack

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    LAS VEGAS - OCTOBER 02:  Nevada Reno Wolf Pack head coach Chris Ault (C) is flanked by quarterbacks Tyler Lantrip #16 and Mason Magleby #13 as Ault watches his players take on the UNLV Rebels at Sam Boyd Stadium October 2, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Nevad
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    Nevada is showing the country that Boise State is not the only good football team out of the WAC. With their 6-0 start to the season, they now sit at the number 19 spot on the AP polls.

    Sitting right behind them are the Oklahoma State Cowboys, ranked no. 20 on the polls.  That has to be an oversight.

    The Cowboys have already beaten a Pac-10 team in Washington State and a Big 12 team in Texas A&M, while the Wolf Pack's biggest wins had them taking down a decent Pac-10 team in Cal and a very bad Mountain West team in BYU.

5. Arkansas Razorbacks

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    FAYETTEVILLE - SEPTEMBER 25: Arkansas Razorbacks fans cheer during the game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium on September 25, 2010 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Alabama won 24-20. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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    The Razorbacks found themselves one spot ahead of, 6-0, Michigan State at number 12 on the AP poll today.

    That ranking needs to re-evaluated since the Hogs have yet to beat a top-25 opponent, while the Spartans have already defeated two top-ranked Big Ten teams—Wisconsin and Michigan—in back-to-back games.

4. Stanford Cardinal

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    PALO ALTO, CA - OCTOBER 09:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Stanford Cardinal in action during their game against the USC Trojans at Stanford Stadium on October 9, 2010 in Palo Alto, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    Andrew Luck and Co. were fortunate to get away with the win against USC on Saturday, 37-35. 

    How were they rewarded by that poor showing? 

    They rose from 18 to 15 on the coaches' poll and remained ranked over the Wisconsin Badgers. 

    At the very least, they should have been overtaken by Wisconsin, who had a very, very convincing win over the Big Ten's Minnesota Golden Gophers. 41-23.

3. Missouri Tigers

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    ST. LOUIS - SEPTEMBER 4: Blaine Gabbert #11 of the University of Missouri Tigers looks to pass against the University of Illinois Fighting Illini during the State Farm Arch Rivalry game on September 4, 2010 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri.
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    The biggest thing stands out about Missouri's no. 19 ranking on the coaches poll is that they rank ahead of a very good Arizona Wildcats team and a perfect 6-0, Nevada Wolf Pack squad.

    Missouri has yet to beat a top-ranked opponent, while the Wildcats already took down Big Ten defensive powerhouse Iowa.  And the Wolf Pack defeated a Cal Bears squad that was ranked at 24 during the Week 2 coaches' poll.

    19 is probably too high for the Tigers.

2. West Virginia Mountaineers

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    BATON ROUGE, LA - SEPTEMBER 25:  Quarterback Geno Smith #12 of the West Virginia Mountaineers in action against the Louisiana State University Tigers at Tiger Stadium on September 25, 2010 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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    After losing to LSU in Week 4, 24-20, the Mountaineers fell out of the top-25 rankings.

    Last weekend, the Mountaineers had an off week and this Saturday, they bounced back from the loss to LSU by defeating a UNLV squad that only had one win this season, 49-10.

    They were rewarded by the coaches for that easy win and ranked number 25 on the polls.


    How about Oregon State who beat top-ranked Arizona? 

1. LSU Tigers

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    GAINESVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 09:  Quarterback Jordan Jefferson #9 of the Louisiana State University Tigers attempts a pass over A.J. Jones #16 of the Florida Gators during the game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on October 9, 2010 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Pho
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    The Tigers pulled of a tremendous win at the Swamp on Satuday. 

    Now they're sitting on a 6-0 record.  But you can't help but think that these guys have been playing with fire all season.

    They've been very fortunate; many of their games were a little too close for comfort. 

    At number nine on both the AP and coaches' polls, the Tigers look to be a more lucky team than a talented squad.

    Even South Carolina, who looked outstanding yesterday, is ranked below them.  If the coaches and media really want to make their polls accurate, they'd knock LSU a few spots, move South Carolina ahead of them, and expose them for what they really are—overrated.