Last week we did over-rated teams...and as requested (see, we really do read our emails!), today we'll do our most under-rated teams.
We'll try not to homer up the picks too much, but no promises. Since I killed Wesley last draft, I'll give him the first go this round:
1W) Georgia Tech
Killed me in the last one.. haha I gotta let you win sometimes...
2M) South Florida
The Bulls are sitting at 5-0 and just starting to get some love in the polls. Sure, their SOS is absurdly bad, but they've looked good beating people. Syracuse, while still a bad team, is never a pushover in their own house and USF handled them well. The victory over FSU was a program-changer, regardless of how you feel about the 'Noles. While the blowout wins over Wofford, WKU, and Charleston Southern aren't going to impress many people, 5-0 is 5-0, and they've frankly looked very good doing it.
Auburn... while they aren't killing the best competition, they are winning, and yes I will give credit, winning consistently in the SEC isn't an easy task. Although I would have to say that thier win against West Virginia is probably thier best win to date. We will see how far these Tigers go as the year progresses, but thier schedule and thier gameplay will be in thier favor.
Excellent call with Auburn, Wesley. They would have been my next selection.
Houston, a team that many had in their top 5, top 10 got booted unceremoniously out of the top 25 after one loss. Was it a bad loss? Sure, UTEP isn't exactly a powerhouse name, but then again neither was Houston when they beat OU, and OU remain ranked with much less on their resume to keep them there. The UTEP game was one for the offensive record books, btw...1,200 yards total offense, and Houston QB Case Keenum had over 500 yards passing with 5 TD's, no INT's. Yes, the UTEP loss is a bad one, but that's their ONLY loss on the year, and with wins over Texas Tech (only losses to Texas and Houston) and Okie State (only loss to Houston), they should still be ranked, IMO.
Sometimes you have to watch a team to get a feel on how good they are, it doesn't exactly always show up on paper or in the box scores. As BC fans, we can certainly identify with this.
Which begs the question...why the hell don't I have a vote in the AP? This blog is...press...sorta...kinda...right?
7W) South Carolina
Michigan is better.. no doubt.. Overly underrated? I am not sure yet.. But soon we will see.
Ah, our brothers on the west coast. While John Harbaugh continues to be an absolute slime-ball of a human being, he's looking like a pretty darn good college football coach.
The Cardinal are now 4-1 after a drubbing of
9W) Boston College
A lil partial , aren't I.. Why yes I am!
10M) West Virginia
And you thought it would be a cold day in hell before I gave the 'Eers some props.
Well, to be fair, so did I. However, after watching the couch-burners play a couple of games, I have to say I really do think they're a pretty good team. Noel Devine continues to be right near the top (if not at the very top) of the list of RB's I never want to see. Jarrett Brown is a turnover machine, but if the coaches can teach him to be more careful with the ball, UWV is a tough out. Their lone loss was to 5-0 Auburn (#3 on our list here) and that was due in large part to Brown's clown-like five turnover performance. The Eers actually lead the Auburn Tigers in the 4th quarter AT Jordan-Hare stadium, before giving up the W.
Hate to say it, but they're actually a pretty decent team. Between Devine, Jock Sanders, and true frosh Tavon Austin, they have more speed at WR/RB than most SEC schools. No seriously, they do.
But they still can't read, so this post will probably go unappreciated in Morgantown.
Wesley drafted: GT, Auburn, Miami, SCar, BC
BCMike drafted: USF, Houston, Michigan, Stanford, UWV