The college football season hits the quarter poll after a topsy-turvy first three weeks that has seen the preseason #1 ranked USC Trojans lose, Arkansas lose to a team from Louisiana that was not LSU, Alabama continue their dominance, and a host of ranked teams lose to unranked teams.
We have a pretty good idea of the teams that are elite, those that are pretty good, and those ready to move toward the 2013 season. Plenty of games remain on the schedule to change a team’s fortunes, but let us examine the two teams that are being overrated and overvalued the most thus far.
TCU– ranked 17th in the AP poll, but the Horned Frogs have not played a substantial opponent in their first two games and slept walked through their recent game vs. Kansas, one of the worst teams in the country.
They will not play a ranked opponent until November and very well could be 8-0 without having played a quality opponent. The last four weeks of their schedule feature games against ranked teams and likely will be underdogs in each game.
This team is ranked as a result of their dominance in years past, not a reflection of this year’s success.
South Carolina– the defending champion in the SEC east came into the season with title aspirations with star running back Marcus Lattimore returning from an ACL tear and is currently ranked seventh in the AP poll. The gamecocks back looks good, but is not all the way back to his pre-injury form just yet and the team has seen starting quarterback Connor Shaw battle a shoulder injury each of the first three games.
The defense has been rock solid yielding fewer than 10 points per game, but questions about playmakers on offense remain. A home game vs. Missouri on Saturday presents the toughest opponent thus far on the schedule and could be an upset special. The Tigers can test the gamecocks in way they have not been tested yet and could expose the seventh ranked team in the country.
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