Once again, we got a glorious 15-ish hours of college football Saturday, one that began with Oklahoma’s stunning loss to Iowa State and ended with Washington’s beat down of Cal which concluded sometime around 2 a.m. ET Sunday.
And now, it’s time to look ahead. We’ve already told you what the latest AP Top-25 poll should look like — find that list here — but with the new AP poll out, the voters have again gotten plenty of them wrong. Thankfully, we’re here to correct all their egregious mistakes.
Here are five teams voters got totally wrong.
Oklahoma Sooners (No. 12 – too high)
As Ohio State continues to steamroll the competition (they have won their past four games by an average of 42 points) Oklahoma’s win in Columbus continues to look and more impressive. The problem is that while Ohio State has unquestionably gotten better since that night, the Sooners have unquestionably gotten worse.
Look, Saturday was a bad a loss to Iowa State, especially at home, as a 30-plus point favorite and coming off a bye. Yet that loss was really the third straight so-so performance from the Sooners since winning at the Horseshoe. Oklahoma probably should have lost to Baylor on Sept. 23 as well.
Ultimately Oklahoma has plenty of time to get back into the playoff race. But at No. 12 here they are grossly over-ranked.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (No. 16 – too low)
I wrote about it earlier this morning but it is worth repeating here: The Irish might be the most underappreciated team in the country. Their only loss – which came by one point to Georgia – looks better by the week as the Dawgs continue to play as well as anyone in college football. Let’s also remember that Notre Dame’s best win – at Michigan State – is even more impressive after the Spartans won Saturday at Michigan.
This Irish team is good, really good, and grossly underrated at No. 16.
Michigan Wolverines (No. 17 – too high)
The Wolverines tumbled 10 spots in the poll following Saturday’s loss to Michigan State, but truthfully it’s probably not enough. Michigan looks like the fourth-best team in the Big Ten East, and miles away from the top two (Penn State and Ohio State).
By the way, aren’t the Wolverines still getting a lot of credit for that win over Florida in their opener – a win that looks less and less impressive by the week? Since then Michigan has uninspired wins over Cincinnati and Air Force, a matchup with Purdue where the Wolverines played one good half, then Saturday night’s loss to their cross-state rivals.
Right now it’s hard to justify Michigan being ranked in the Top 20, if at all.
Central Florida Knights (No. 22 – too low)
For the third straight week, the poll is out and I’m left wondering: What do MY Knights have to do to get a little respect? This is a club which is not just 4-0, but destroying the competition, with all four wins coming by at least 27 points. That’s right, every opponent has been beaten by essentially at least four touchdowns.
So how in the world is this club ranked behind others such as Michigan or N.C. State, not to mention South Florida, which has beaten exactly no one of consequence this season? We currently had UCF ranked 14th in our poll and we felt guilty ranking them that low.
Florida Gators (not ranked – but receiving votes)
Florida isn’t ranked – thank our lucky stars – but the fact that the Gators got nine votes is an insult to any college football fan with half a brain. Not only did Florida lose to LSU on Saturday, but the Gators really should have lost to Tennessee and Kentucky too, meaning that they should be 1-4.
No, the Gators are not ranked. But the fact that some voters put them on their ballot – or even considered it – should be reason enough to have voting privileges revoked!
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