After three weeks of college football, we're now beginning to better understand who some of these teams actually are on the football field. And four different top-25 matchups this past weekend helped in our findings. Of the five teams that made up last week's list, one fell - and another may follow suit this weekend. It's clear there are some things that don't add up in this week's Coaches' Poll. But other things make perfect sense.
Stanford, after dropping out of the rankings following an opening weekend loss to Northwestern, battled its way through the Coliseum and back into the top-25 discussion. The BYU Cougars, whose miraculous start to the 2015 season captured our hearts, fell on the road against UCLA and dropped out of the poll altogether.
A handful of teams continued to coast without being tested, while others fought to prove worthy of their rankings. We’ll continue to work our way through the Coaches’ Poll each week to find the impostors and bring more significance to the rankings that have been earned. Don’t believe everything you see in the polls.
Here are the five most overrated teams in this week’s poll.
5. No. 1 Ohio State
Your initial thought is probably one of shock. And you probably didn't catch Ohio State's game against Northern Illinois this past weekend because the Buckeyes were favored by 34.5 points. But had you actually tuned in, you'd understand where I'm coming from.
The Buckeyes did not look like the best team in the country against the Huskies, and that's what this list is all about. OSU is still the favorite to win it all, and still on track to finish its season undefeated, but there are major issues that need to be sorted out if those things are going to happen.
The Buckeyes struggled mightily on offense, lacking any kind of rhythm, and it all started at the quarterback position. Even after all of the hype and talk about which weapon Urban Meyer would choose out of his quarterback arsenal, it appears that position is the weak point. Also, the Buckeyes still haven't found a replacement for WR Devin Smith, who was OSU's consistent deep threat last season. But their defense will keep them in games, and their freak athleticism on both sides of the ball will win games.
After this past weekend, it's clear there are quality arguments for a couple of other teams to be in the No. 1 spot over Ohio State. The Buckeyes may hold the ranking, but the eyes say differently. Unless they lose a game, the Buckeyes will remain No. 1. But that doesn't mean they deserve a pass.
4. No. 7 Florida State
I know - the Seminoles have won 32 of their last 33 games, and haven't lost a regular season game since November 24, 2012. But it's a different team this year, and they're still searching for answers on offense. It's not a matter of talent, because they have plenty of that, it's the challenge of replacing former Heisman Trophy-winner Jameis Winston. Transfer quarterback Everett Golson may have won the starting job, but it hasn't been pretty.
FSU has struggled to find any kind of a rhythm on the offensive side of the ball so far this season, often leaning on star running back Dalvin Cook. But the 'Noles will have to find other ways to move the ball if they want to make something of 2015.
While the offense has struggled, the defense has played light years ahead of what it did in 2014, and this will allow the offense a little time to gel with its new signal caller. But if FSU can't get it together during an October stretch of Miami, Louisville and No. 20 Georgia Tech, they'll have no chance against Clemson and a chance at a fourth consecutive ACC title.
The Seminoles are not the seventh best team in the country right now, but they'll have a chance to prove themselves in October. There's no reason to believe FSU - or anyone else in the top-8 - is better than No. 9 LSU, so let's just call it overrated and move on with our lives.
3. No. 2 TCU
The Horned Frogs have been cruising with not much of a challenge in sight, getting by with an explosive offense and an unimpressive defense. After slipping by Minnesota and blowing out SF Austin, TCU showed signs of both during last week's performance against SMU.
The Horned Frogs gave up 37 points against the Mustangs this past weekend, marking SMU's highest total on the season. But this shouldn't come as much of a surprise. TCU has struggled to become a force on defense this year, and it will become its Achilles heel if its not fixed. And on top of an already struggling defense, the Horned Frogs will lose senior DE Mike Tuaua after he was arrested for allegedly assaulting and robbing a fellow TCU student. It's not looking good.
But the Horned Frogs may run into some issues this weekend as they head to Lubbock, Texas, to take on Texas Tech. The Red Raiders were used to wipe the floor last year when these two teams met, but things could be different this time around. Texas Tech is averaging just over 54 points a game so far this season, significantly more than TCU's previous opponents. So if the Horned Frogs continue to struggle on that side of the ball, they could be in for a rude awakening.
At this point, there's no reason to believe TCU is the second best team in the country.
2. No. 16 Arizona
Arizona's time has come. After three weeks of sub-par competition, the Wildcats will have a chance to prove themselves worthy of their ranking as the UCLA Bruins head to Tucson, Arizona, this weekend for a Pac-12 showdown.
Rich Rodriguez and company will have to pull out all the stops against a UCLA team that has been shooting up everybody's big board during the first few weeks of the season. Even though the Bruins struggled a bit last weekend against a good BYU team, Arizona can expect stiff competition for the first time this year. The Wildcats have averaged just over 54 points a game so far this season, while UCLA's defense has held opponents to an average of just 14 points.
There's no reason to believe Arizona is better than at least three different teams ranked behind it in the Coaches' Poll, and one could argue the same for a few of the teams sitting just outside the top-25. If the Wildcats can find a way to win against UCLA this weekend, I'll have to swallow my pride and welcome them to the discussion. But until then, they are not the 16th best team in the country.
1. No. 25 Auburn
The Auburn Tigers dropped 10 spots this week and are still hanging on by a thread, but somebody needs to break out a pair of scissors and cut it. There's no reason Auburn should still be a member of the top-25.
After needing overtime to defeat a 40-point underdog in Jacksonville State a couple weeks ago, Guz Malzahn's squad got smashed by an LSU team piggybacking sophomore running back Leonard Fournette. And, to be fair, I'm not sure anybody's going to be able to stop Fournette and the Tigers. But we'll leave that for another discussion.
The Tigers are 1-5 in their last 6 games against Power 5 teams, and haven't shown many signs of turning things around. Starting quarterback Jeremy Johnson has just been benched for redshirt freshman Sean White, so maybe that's a start. But the Tigers have just looked terrible - on both sides of the ball.
While the offense had a couple question marks coming into the season, first-year defensive coordinator Will Muschamp was supposed hit the ground running in Auburn. However, the Tigers have given up an average of just under 30 points a game during the first few weeks.
After everything we've seen from the Tigers this season, it's obvious they don't belong in the top-25. Not even at the very bottom.