4. Who is, technically, overrated in the AP Top 25 Poll?
So who’s overrated?
This one is tough, because so many teams should be higher because of the teams that aren’t giving it a go.
At least, according to the CFN Preseason Team Rankings – based on how good the teams are to start the season – the five most overrated teams (based ONLY on the teams expected to still play) are …
No. 5 Oklahoma
There are a whole lot of question marks. The Sooners are still more talented than anyone in the Big 12, but Spencer Rattler has to be Baker Mayfield-Kyler Murray-Jalen Hurts amazing, the running back situation is a bit thin – to be nice – and a few key parts are going to miss the first few games.
– Oklahoma Preview
No. 20 Cincinnati
It’s a good, strong team that doesn’t have the sure-thing pop and explosiveness in the passing game of a UCF or Memphis – at least when it comes to the Group of Five programs. Take out the teams not playing and the Bearcats are No. 13 – that’s way high, even among the remaining schools.
– Cincinnati Preview
No. 23 Iowa State
This would be about the right ranking if the programs not playing were out of the mix. It’s a good Iowa State team with a quarterback in Brock Purdy that everyone knows, but being ranked ahead of Iowa, Tennessee and Virginia Tech – even though Iowa isn’t playing – is a bit much.
– Iowa State Preview
And then there are the …