Exposing the Top 25: Where the polls went wrong

Each week throughout the college football season, Covers Expert Chris Elliott will dissect the new Top 25 rankings. He'll showcase the most overrated team, along with the most underrated ranked team, and an unranked squad that he feels should be in the Top 25.

Most overrated Top 25 team: Arkansas Razorbacks (1-1 SU, 0-1 ATS)

After finishing last season 11-2 and winning the Cotton Bowl, the Razorbacks opened the season as the 10th-ranked team by USA Today.

With one of the most difficult schedules in the nation, the team needed to get out hot with two relatively easy games to open the season. At 1-1 after two weeks and a disappointing loss to lowly Louisiana-Monroe the team has slipped to No. 21.

They are showing the effects of losing four of their top defensive playmakers from last season giving up 58 points in their first two games. The loss of head coach Bobby Petrino and his tremendous play calling has hurt as well.

With No. 1 Alabama (+19) and Rutgers at home the next two weeks, followed by two tough road matches at Texas A&M and Auburn, this team could be in for a difficult stretch.

Most underrated Top 25 team: UCLA Bruins (2-0 SU, 2-0 ATS)

The Bruins opened the season impressively taking down the Owls at Rice Stadium 49-24. Rice is 1-1 after surprising the Kansas Jayhawks on the road on Saturday afternoon. In week 2 the Bruins once again looked great taking down No. 16 Nebraska at home 36-30.

Redshirt freshman QB Brett Hundley has been excellent throwing 42 for 61 for 507 yards with six TDs and one INT. Senior RB Johnathan Franklin has been unstoppable with 431 yards rushing on 41 attempts. New offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone has brought in a quick pace, no-huddle offense that has provided results so far with an awesome 77 points scored in two games (defense scored eight points).

The team will be at home vs. an underperforming Houston Cougar squad (-17) in Week 3. The Cougars have given up 86 points this season, so look for the Bruins to expose this struggling defense.

Unranked team that should be ranked: Brigham Young Cougars (2-0 SU, 1-1 ATS)


The Cougars have dominated their two home contests this season by a combined score of 75-19 including a 30-6 whipping of the Washington State Cougars. Senior QB Riley Nelson has led the charge with 529 yards passing and three TDs despite sitting down in the second half against Weber State on Saturday.

The defense ranked 13th last season, allowing 313.4 ypg, and has their best defenders returning this year. Defensive coordinator Bronco Mendenhall says his group will be "as good or better than last year's unit," and he is correct so far.

The team heads out on the road for the first time in Week 3 to tough Rice-Eccles Stadium to take on the Utah Utes (-4.5). The team was crushed at home against Utah last year and the Cougars will be looking to exact revenge. A big win on the road would surely vault the team into the Top 25.

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Posted by MacAbelly
2 years ago

what about michigan they beat air force barely and moved up...there is no way they are top 25...are u kidding me...and their 45.5 pts favorite against umass...wtf...i know umass is crap but so was appalation st and toledo...what a f n joke.
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Posted by rarafromphilly
2 years ago

byu is lookin like easy money to me.
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Posted by JohnnyJet0023
2 years ago

Love BYU minus 4 at Utah. That defense is stingy and the Utes lost their number 1 QB. Add the revenge factor to what is a heated rivalry and I like my chances with this road chalk.
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Posted by JohnnyJet0023
2 years ago

"Love BYU minus 4 at Utah. That defense is stingy and the Utes lost their number 1 QB. Add the revenge factor to what is a heated rivalry and I like my chances with this road chalk."