It's safe to say that everyone has come down from the high that was last weekend's slate of college football games. After a bevy of upsets and fantastic finishes, we have a brand new Coaches' Poll that looks nothing like the poll from the previous week. In the end, the No. 1, 3, 4, 7, 9, 13, 15, 16, 17, 19 and 20 teams in America all lost.
Of course, a new poll doesn't mean a perfect poll, as some teams aren't quite deserved of their rankings. In some cases, undefeated teams are ranked lower than squads that just beat them. There are also a few programs that haven't yet been tested.
So which is the most overrated team in America?
5) No. 11 Oregon
Sure, Oregon's offensive line is littered with injuries, but there's really no excuse for it look as terrible as it did during the team's 31-24 loss to Arizona. Oregon was manhandled up front by the Wildcats, which led to the Ducks running for only 3.5 yards per carry (144 yards on 41 rushes). It led to Oregon QB Marcus Mariota struggling (by his lofty standards), as he finished 20-for-32 with 276 passing yards because he was under constant pressure. The Wildcats actually gave the rest of the country the blueprint on how to attack the Ducks: win in the trenches, slow down their rushing attack and make Mariota one-dimensional.
Further, Oregon's defense gave up nearly 500 yards for the second straight game. Last week, Washington State threw all over the Ducks' secondary. This week, Arizona showed incredible balance, as Anu Solomon threw for 287 yards, while Terris Jones-Grigsby and Nick Wilson combined for 208 yards on the ground.
The Ducks are still a great team, and if the officiating at the end of the game wasn't completely terrible, Oregon may have won. However, it's fair to say that this team is struggling either way. Until it fixes its O-line woes, Oregon isn't a top-15 team.
4) No. 9 Oklahoma
How is Oklahoma still a top-10 team after it lost to TCU? And how is TCU ranked 12th in the country after it put on a defensive clinic in the second half against the Sooners? Oklahoma's offense, which looked decent in the first half against the Horned Frogs, only scored seven points in the second half. Trevor Knight looked miffed, finishing 14-for-35 with 309 passing yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Samaje Perine had three touchdowns, but he only averaged 3.5 yards per carry.
After scoring on their opening drive of the second half, the Sooners had four three-and-outs. Their longest drive went for 31 yards. Yes, TCU's defense is better than most people expected. But this still isn't a great sign.
TCU is better than Oklahoma right now. The polls need to reflect that. Fortunately for OU, it will get a chance to get back on track this week against Texas.
3) No. 3 Baylor
It's hard to know how good Baylor is right now. The Bears could be the best college football team in America. Through five games, they certainly have one of the best offenses in the country, and their defense looks much improved compared to Baylor defenses of yesteryear. The team has allowed 10 first half points in five games this season, which is insane. If you're just looking at numbers, the best team in America has to be Baylor.
So why are the Bears overrated? Well, here's the team's schedule so far: SMU, Northwestern State, at Buffalo, at Iowa State, at Texas. Not exactly a murderer's row of opponents. It's completely plausible that Baylor is 5-0 by virtue of its horrible schedule. We haven't seen exactly how good Baylor is yet. In fact, Texas was probably the toughest team it has played this season, and Baylor won in ugly fashion. Starting QB Bryce Petty played poorly, going 7-for-22 with 111 passing yards and two touchdowns.
We're going to learn a ton about Baylor this week, as the Bears host TCU. If Baylor wins, then maybe it will be worthy of being the No. 3 team in the nation.
2) No. 13 Arizona
Yes, Arizona scored a huge win over Oregon, and you can make a case that the Wildcats should be ranked. But we're not so sure that they're elite just yet.
The Wildcats have won their last four games by a total of 21 points: 26-23 over UTSA, 35-28 over Nevada, 49-45 over Cal after a miraculous comeback and Hail Mary to end the game, and 31-24 over Oregon after some dubious officiating. They have the 76th ranked defense in the country. Outside of its season opener against UNLV, Arizona hasn't looked convincing once. It's hard to believe that the Wildcats are better than, say, Texas A&M.
Arizona is a nice team, but it is also a team that could easily be 1-4 right now rather than 5-0. The Wildcats weren't even ranked last week, and all of a sudden, they're the 13th best team in college football? No. Arizona is a really good story, but right now, the Wildcats are grossly overrated.
1) No. 5 Notre Dame
Sure, beating Stanford is commendable, but if this list had six teams, Stanford would be on here. The Cardinal only gained 205 yards of offense, yet it was somehow one play away from knocking off the Irish. How?
Notre Dame needed a late touchdown pass by QB Everett Golson - who had a rough day, going 20-for-43 with 241 passing yards, two touchdowns and an interception - to take down the Cardinal. Golson wasn't his usually-efficient self, the running game's numbers were inflated by a 26-yard run by C.J. Prosise (the team averaged 3.2 yards per carry outside of him), and the squad didn't seem to have a single dynamic receiver. Failing to convert on possessions is acceptable against Stanford, but it won't be when the Irish face a team with an elite offense.
Outside of the win over Michigan, which looks less and less impressive by the day, Notre Dame has hardly looked convincing. Fortunately for the Fighting Irish, they will have a chance to earn a top-5 ranking in two weeks, when they travel to Tallahassee to take on Florida State. If they can hang with the Seminoles on the road, you'll know that they're a legitimate College Football Playoff contender.