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Q: With all of the changes in this week’s top 25 polls, which team do you think is the most overrated and which is the most underrated? – Eric.
A: That’s been a hot-topic most of this week. To be honest, I think the Florida Gators are a little overrated in my estimation. Not to take anything away from what they have done on the football field, but the idea that voters put them at No. 4 in the Associated Press poll was insane. I know Florida beat the No. 4 team in the nation in LSU, but after watching the Tigers in person I don’t think they were as good as advertised. So, to jump the Gators six spots this week was a big leap of faith. I think Florida should have been at least at No. 7 or No. 8. We will see just how good the Gators are next week against No. 3 South Carolina. Beat the Gamecocks and we can talk. On the flip side, Notre Dame is underrated at No. 7 in this week’s poll especially considering the strength of its schedule and its performance on the field. The Fighting Irish haven’t played this well on the defensive side of the ball since Reagan years and wins over Michigan, Michigan State and Miami should have moved them into the top five. A victory over Stanford Saturday should alleviate that discrepancy.
A: Whoa! Ease up there. Before we start engraving the plaque on the Heisman Trophy with Geno Smith’s name let’s give it a couple of weeks. West Virginia will get a big test at home next week against Kansas State as well as games against Oklahoma State and Oklahoma. If he continues to perform at the same level and WVU pulls out wins, it would be hard not to make him a guarantee by mid-November.
Q: Who would be your first-half coach of the year? I think Will Muschamp deserves some recognition for what he’s done so far at Florida. – Erin.
A: I would agree that Muschamp has done a pretty solid job in his second season at Florida. If the Gators beat Vanderbilt, they will start out 6-0 for the first time since the 2009 season. Along with Muschamp, I would like Penn State’s Bill O’Brien as well as Louisville’s Charlie Strong. Penn State was surrounded by a cloud of uncertainty only punctuated by NCAA sanctions that have crippled the football program. Throw in an exodus of talented players and an 0-2 start and Penn State appeared headed down a losing path. However, the Nittany Lions have won four straight games including a 39-28 victory over Northwestern. In Strong’s case, Louisville is 5-0 for the first time since the 2006 season when the Cardinals went to the Orange Bowl. The team has wins over Kentucky and North Carolina this season and looks to contend for the Big East crown.
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