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Overrateds and Underrateds
by Scott Spreitzer - 09/27/2011
Each week throughout the college football season, Scott will dissect the new top-25 rankings on Monday evenings and post what he feels is the week's most overrated top-25 team, along with the most underrated team, and an unranked team that he feels should be in the top-25.
MOST OVERRATED TOP-25 TEAM: Nebraska Cornhuskers
Nebraska becomes the first team to receive Most Overrated status twice this season. The Huskers had serious problems slowing down the offenses of Fresno State and Washington and the defensive line was pushed around for over two quarters by Wyoming. I found it interesting that Wyoming HC Dave Christian told the game announcers before the contest that he felt his team could run the football with success right at the Nebraska defensive front. All-American DT Jared Crick hopes to be back this week after missing the Wyoming game. But even when he was healthy, the Huskers still struggled up front in games three and four. The fact is, if you can't stop interior rushing against Fresno, Washington, and Wyoming, just imagine what this team could be in for when it faces Wisconsin. Making matters worse, QB Taylor Martinez is a bad decision maker in passing situations. But then again, he does make up for it with a horrible arm! Even if the "Blackshirts" get it together, the offense is so bad in passing situations that it will catch up to them sooner rather than later...and quite possibly often, in Big-10 play. For the second time this season, Nebraska ranks as our Most Overrated Top-25 team of the week.
MOST UNDERRATED TOP-25 TEAM: (Tie) CLEMSON & VA TECH
It's going to be fun in Blacksburg this Saturday. For the first time ever, we have two teams listed in our Most Underrated section. Best of all, the two teams play each other this weekend. Clemson is off to a great start in HC Dabo Swiney's 4th season. We had them a couple of weeks ago when they knocked off the Auburn Tigers. No letdown last weekend for Clemson as they grabbed another win against a ranked opponent, beating the Florida State Seminoles. The offense is truly clicking, averaging over 500 yards per game. They're 16th in the nation in passing offense, and averaging over 190 yards rushing per contest. This will be the most dangerous offense Va Tech has faced so far this season.
Virginia Tech may not have the individual talent that Frank Beamer has had with past editions, but I believe this is one of his better overall teams. The Hokies are averaging over 430 yards per game and 211 yards rushing per contest. But once again, it's the fierce Bud Foster defense that wins games for the Hokies. Va Tech is allowing just 231.2 yards per game, which ranks 4th in the nation in total defense. They're 2nd against the run allowing 43 yards per game, and 10th in FBS in scoring defense. Va Tech's defense and Clemson's offense are both better than they're given credit for, and the teams tie for our Most Underrated teams in this week's top-25.
UNRANKED TEAM THAT SHOULD BE RANKED: GEORGIA
I could have easily made a case for Notre Dame for the second straight week. But I believe the Georgia Bulldogs are more deserving of this spot. Yes, the team is just 2-2, but the losses came against Boise State and South Carolina, a 3-point loss. Mark Richt has recruited talented players across the board and the team has bounced back with a pair of impressive wins. UGA piled up 475 total yards on almost 6 yards per play at Ole Miss this past Saturday, while holding the Rebels to 183 total yards on just 3.3 yards per play! Despite opening with Boise & South Carolina, the Bulldog defense ranks 13th in total defense, 8th against the pass, and they're allowing just 119.8 yards rushing per contest. They'll host a struggling but dangerous Mississippi State team this weekend and UGA better bring their "A-game." If they do, UGA will win and should be ranked next week for sure. Mississippi State runs a boring offensive game plan and UGA should be prepared on the defensive side of the ball. Georgia is underrated in my book and is this week's team that should be ranked.