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Week 4: Here’s What the Top 25 *Should* Be

We compare the AP Top 25 and the Coaches Poll to our own top 25.

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Each week, I’ll compare what I think the top 25 should be to the AP Top 25 and the Coaches Poll. Plus, I’ll give you the teams that I think are most overrated and underrated in the polls.

Week 4 Top 25

Rank AP Top 25 Coaches Poll Luke's Top 25
Rank AP Top 25 Coaches Poll Luke's Top 25
1 Clemson Clemson Clemson
2 Alabama Alabama Alabama
3 Georgia Georgia LSU
4 LSU Oklahoma Ohio State
5 Oklahoma LSU Georgia
6 Ohio State Ohio State Oklahoma
7 Notre Dame Notre Dame Auburn
8 Auburn Florida Notre Dame
9 Florida Auburn Wisconsin
10 Utah Michigan Texas
11 Michigan Utah UCF
12 Texas Penn State Utah
13 Penn State Texas Michigan
14 Wisconsin Wisconsin Florida
15 UCF Texas A&M Penn State
16 Oregon UCF Texas A&M
17 Texas A&M Oregon Oregon
18 Iowa Iowa Iowa
19 Washington State Washington State Washington State
20 Boise State Boise State Virginia
21 Virginia Washington Boise State
22 Washington Virginia California
23 California California Arizona State
24 Arizona State Arizona State Kansas State
25 TCU Kansas State Oklahoma State

Most Overrated


The Gators are 3-0 but they have not looked good in their only two games against FBS opponents. In those two games, Florida has 8 turnovers and barely squeaked out wins against a bad Miami team and a middle of the road SEC team in Kentucky. Me ranking them #14 is even too generous.


Wins against Eastern Washington and Hawaii aren’t enough to overcome the fact that Washington lost to Cal. I don’t believe they deserve to be in the top 25 despite being #22 in the AP and #21 in the Coaches Poll.


Michigan is consistently one of the most overrated programs in college football. I even grew up a Michigan fan and can admit that confidently. Barely beating Army and an unimpressive victory over MTSU have me skeptical about the Wolverines.

Most Underrated

UCF (duh)

According to ESPN, UCF is 25th in strength of record which reflects chance that an average top 25 team would have team’s record or better, given the schedule. That’s higher than Michigan (32nd), Penn State (27th), Texas (46th) and Wisconsin (33rd) who are all ranked ahead of the Knights. UCF is also the only one out of the previous teams mentioned that are top 15 in total offense (3rd) and total defense (13th). On paper, there’s no reason why UCF shouldn’t be at least top 12.


Wisconsin hasn’t beat anyone worth bragging about yet but they outscored USF and Central Michigan 110-0 in their only two games. I think they deserve to be top 10 until proven otherwise.

Kansas State

After two blowouts against Nicholls and Bowling Green to start the season, the Wildcats went on the road and beat Mississippi State in week 3. The coaches poll showed them love by ranking them #25 but they missed the AP poll by 14 points.