Week 4 of the college football season was not a great one on paper. Luckily, the action on the field was pretty exciting.
One major theme: teams who faltered in the first few weeks of the season have seemingly stabilized, and are moving back on up the polls.
How good some of those teams actually are, though, is still up for debate.
Here are the five most overrated college football teams in the new AP Top 25.
From this week’s poll:
No. 5 LSU Tigers (Last Week: No. 6)
It is hard to deny LSU’s resume to this point. The Tigers have maybe the best pair of wins in the country at this point, with the season-opener against Miami and Week 3’s win over Auburn.
The Tigers have definitely exceeded expectations. There are lingering questions about the offense though.
Quarterback Joe Burrow makes the plays he needs to, which is a step up for many recent Tiger quarterbacks, but LSU’s running game is a major step back from where it had been with Leonard Fournette and Derrius Guice in recent years. The Tigers were actually outgained by Louisiana Tech this weekend, 417-409, the second time that has happened in four wins this year.
No. 7 Stanford Cardinal (LW: No. 7)
Stanford remains undefeated, but anyone who watched Saturday night’s wild prime time game knows the Cardinal really really should have lost.
Oregon was dominating the game, and were inches from going up 30-7, before a questionable call wiped a Ducks touchdown off the board. On the next play, the Cardinal ran back a botched snap the length of the field for a touchdown.
Later on, up 31-28, Oregon had a chance to kneel the clock down to under 10 seconds and punt, but instead ran the ball, and fumbled, allowing the Cardinal to go down the field to tie the game with a field goal, and win in overtime.
Oregon blew the game despite two separate moments when it had a 99-percent chance to win, according to ESPN. Stanford deserves credit for getting the win, but they definitely have some defensive issues that Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert exploited, and is as lucky as humanly possible to remain where it is in the poll.
No. 14 Michigan Wolverines (LW: 19)
The writers are starting to forgive Michigan for the extremely lackluster performance in Week 1 against Notre Dame.
The Wolverines have blown out three straight teams: Western Michigan, SMU, and on Saturday, Nebraska.
The Huskers, by Scott Frost’s own admission, are in a major rebuild, Adrian Martinez was coming off of an injury, so the Nebraska win doesn’t carry the same weight it probably should. It is definitely better than the alternative, but this weekend’s game at Northwestern may actually be more telling. The Oct. 13 game against Wisconsin definitely will be.
No. 16 Miami Hurricanes (LW: No. 21)
The ‘Canes are in the same situation as Michigan. The team suffered a big setback in Week 1 against LSU, and have crawled back up into the teens.
The performances on the way have been less impressive than Michigan’s, though. You can throw out the Savannah State win, and while Toledo and FIU are both solid Group of Five programs, both games were a bit more competitive than the scores would indicate (and neither was an outright drubbing to begin with).
The team appears to have made a change at quarterback, plugging in dynamic young signal caller N’Kosi Perry for Malik Rosier, who was ineffective to start the game vs. FIU. He could definitely give the ‘Canes, who’ve been inconsistent on that end, a big lift.
No. 20 BYU Cougars (LW: No. 25)
BYU was the big beneficiary of a number of teams around the back-end of the poll dropping games. With a 30-3 win over FCS McNeese, BYU jumped five spots.
The Cougars have had a very nice turnaround after a brutal 4-9 season last year that had Kalani Sitake’s job in jeopardy. The team is on the right path to getting back to a decent bowl.
Still, the team’s first win scraped by an Arizona team that looks like a mess, and it lost to Cal, which is undefeated and ranked below the Cougars at No. 24. The Wisconsin win is carrying a ton of weight, and it isn’t crazy to see the Cougars at No. 20 right now, but the program has some serious tests with three games against Washington, and then solid G5’s in Utah State and Hawaii over the next few weeks.