Who is most overrated, underrated in AP poll?

August 25, 2010

Boise too high, Pitt low

Desmond Conner

Hartford Courant

Boise State at No. 3? Right now? No way.

That's where BSU is ranked in the preseason AP poll, fifth in USA Today.

I respect what they've done, particularly beating Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl and winning the game again last year, but ranking a team that high in the preseason when its rival games are Idaho, Nevada and Hawaii ... I don't know folks.

Yes, the Broncos are opening with Virginia Tech this year and also host Oregon State in a non-conference game, but the WAC schedule is, well, weak. That's why they're going Mountain West Conference next year.

Boise State is good and it has gotten to big bowl wins lately, including the 2010 Fiesta Bowl victory over a very good Texas Christian team. But that ranking is a little too much too soon.

Pitt is ranked too low at No. 15 in both polls.

dconner@tribune.com

'Bama shouldn't be No. 1

Teddy Greenstein

Chicago Tribune

Let's start at the top: How can Alabama be rated No. 1 after losing 10 of its 11 defensive starters? I know Nick Saban can recruit, but can a program really wave goodbye to that many quality players and remain the nation's best? That wouldn't say much for the nation, in my book.

Also overrated: No. 19 Penn State. Minus a legit starting quarterback and still plugging holes in the O-line, I see the Nittany Lions finishing in the bottom half of the Big Ten.

The most underrated team didn't even make the Top 25: Cincinnati. The Bearcats are first among the "others receiving votes" teams even though they still have the weapons to crack 40 points against half their competition.

tgreenstein@tribune.com

Navy's snub unjust

Chris Dufresne

Los Angeles Times

Most overrated team in this year's AP poll? Let's start with No.1 Alabama. What other major college team losing 10 starters on defense would be anointed in such an overwhelming manner?

I could have accepted Alabama in a closer vote, but the Crimson Tide took 54 first-place votes out of a possible 60. Boise State was also 14-0 last year, did not get a shot at winning the national title, and returns more than 20 starters, yet ended up No. 3 with only one first-place vote?

Alabama should be loaded, for sure, but so is Ohio State, which picked up only three first-place votes in opening at No. 2. The Buckeyes return nine offensive starters, including quarterback Terrelle Pryor, the preseason Heisman favorite, and seven starters on defense.

Underrated? That's easy too. How can Navy, coming off a 10-win season and its second win in three years over Notre Dame, garner only 12 points?

cdufresne@tribune.com

Florida at 4? Forget it

Andrew Carter

Orlando Sentinel

In terms of long-term, sustained success, the Florida Gators are probably the closest thing going these days to what Florida State was in the 1990s and to what USC was for much of the 2000s. In recent seasons, the Gators have recruited well, haven't been affected too much by any personnel losses and they just continue to roll on.

But there's serious reason to doubt Florida is the fourth-best team in the nation, as the AP Top 25 suggests. The Gators will be completely rebuilding on defense, and on offense they lost QB Tim Tebow. Florida turns to John Brantley, who is as talented as he unproven.

A team that's underrated? How about Miami at No. 13. The Hurricanes return about everybody from a nine-win team.

acarter@tribune.com

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