College Football Rankings 2012: Teams That Will Prove to Be Overrated in Week 10

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistNovember 1, 2012

COLLEGE STATION, TX - OCTOBER 20:  Zach Mettenberger #8 of the LSU Tigers throws against the Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Field on October 20, 2012 in College Station, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The BCS system isn't perfect. Every year teams prove to be underrated or overrated, and it's just a matter of time before certain teams prove that this season.

Rankings are everything at this point in the college football season. The number beside your team's name can determine where it falls in the BCS bowl pecking order, and no one wants to be left on the outside looking in.

The word "overrated" can be looked at it in a few different ways. If you want to talk rankings, certain teams are given a higher value than they deserve. Others are simply overrated by perception, commonly believed to be better than they really are.

Let's check out a few teams that will prove to be overrated, in one way or another, on Saturday.

No. 5 LSU Tigers

The Tigers are as athletic as ever this season, but a weak offense has this team as unrealistic national title contenders.

I know, it's LSU and the Tigers are always in the hunt until they're not, but this team is extremely one-dimensional. Zach Mettenberger struggles when plays break down, and the Tigers' offensive line often has him searching for last-ditch options.

That's not to say that LSU doesn't have its strengths. You still have to pick your poison when it comes to the ground game. It seems like anyone Les Miles trots out there has 1,000-yard ability, and they're all specimens.

However, that's not going to be enough to beat Alabama. Don't be surprised if this game isn't even that close. Death Valley will help LSU, but the Crimson Tide have very few weaknesses.

The Tigers' defense will not allow Alabama to clear its usual 40-point mark, but the Tide have too many weapons, and AJ McCarron is playing very good football right now.

This is a major rivalry for a reason, but there will be no doubt as to who the better team is by the time Saturday is over.

No. 17 Southern California

This depends on your definition of overrated. The Trojans are rated right where they should be, finally, but many still view this squad as elite. That's not the case, and Oregon will hand this team another major blow on Saturday.

If USC played any semblance of defense, maybe it could be elite. However, the Trojans get pushed around by tough teams (Stanford), and not so tough teams (Arizona). Oregon has a ton of finesse, as usual, but this is also a tougher team than it's usually given credit for.

Matt Barkley can be top notch sometimes, but he also struggles when the pocket breaks down. If you force him to throw anything other than short, timing patterns, his accuracy takes a major drop. He definitely has weapons to work with in Marqise Lee and Robert Woods, but it takes more than three guys to win games in a major conference.

Before the year started the idea of the Trojans losing three games simply didn't make sense. Now, the team's weaknesses have been exposed. Any team that can go score for score with this high-powered offense can win, and Lane Kiffin's guys haven't really shown the ability to win down the stretch.

Oregon has the nation's most dynamic attack, and the Trojans' defense will have no answer for it. Look for the Ducks to gain the upper hand as the second half progresses, handing the Trojans another unthinkable loss.

No. 11 Oregon State

The Beavers lost to Washington last week, hitting a bump in their magical run, and Arizona State will give them another disappointing loss on Saturday.

The Sun Devils have lost two games in a row, but don't sleep on this squad. Offensively, Taylor Kelly runs a dangerous unit and he has the weapons to test Oregon State's defense in every way.

In terms of versatility, D.J. Foster is right there with any underrated weapon in the nation. He has over 800 all-purpose yards and six touchdowns, using his speed and quickness to give defenses fits in the open field. Cameron Marshall provides stability and north-south running out of the backfield, and Chris Coyle is a good possession receiver.

Kelly understands Todd Graham's up-tempo attack, and he's run it extremely well this season. The Beavers must fear a letdown after their loss to the Huskies last week, and Arizona State is hungry for a big win.

The Beavers got hot to start the season, but this feels like a team that could fall fast. Sean Mannion has been replaced, at least for the time being, by Cody Vaz behind center, creating a quarterback controversy at a critical part in the season.

Look for Arizona State to take advantage of the unrest coming out of Corvallis and come away with a  big win.

*For full BCS rankings, click here

 1. Alabama
 2. Kansas State
 3. Notre Dame
 4. Oregon
 5. LSU
 6. Georgia
 7. Florida
 8. South Carolina
 9. Florida State
 10. Louisville
 11. Oregon State
 12. Oklahoma
 13. Clemson
 14. Stanford
 15. Mississippi State
 16. Texas A&M
 17. USC
 18. Texas Tech
 19. Boise State
 20. Nebraska
 21. West Virginia
 22. Arizona
 23. Texas
 24. Oklahoma State
 25. Louisiana Tech


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