College Football Rankings 2011: The Most Underrated Week 7 Top 25 Teams

The Week 7 Top 25 polls are out and that means it's time to pick out who this week's most underrated teams are.

Here's a look at four squads that deserve a little more love.

No. 8 Clemson

Can someone explain to me how Boise State is ranked ahead of Clemson?

Boise State has beaten one ranked team, Clemson has beaten three. Exactly what formula are these voters using for these rankings?

Clemson has already put together quite a resume, but they are still considered the weakest of the “Elite Eight” teams.

Don’t doubt Dabo’s Tigers, though, because this is one of the fastest and most athletic teams in the country, led by offensive playmakers like RB Andre Ellington, WR Sammy Watkins and TE Dwayne Allen.

QB Tajh Boyd is finally making good on his enormous high school hype and as long as he keeps playing at this level, it’s hard to see any teams knocking off Clemson.

No. 16 Illinois

I tried to tell you that QB Nathan Scheelhasse was a player.

Scheelhaase has been one of college football’s most pleasant surprises this season, as he and the strong Illinois defense have paced the Illini to a 6-0 record to start this season.

It seems like folks still aren’t ready to take this Illinois team seriously, but if Scheelhaase and company can beat up the Buckeyes this weekend, it’s going to be hard not to.

No. 18 Arizona State

Dennis Erickson has done a terrific job of putting together a strong rebound season after going a combined 15-21 over the last three years.

Erickson’s Sun Devils have sprinted out to a 5-1 record and they’ll have a great opportunity to make a statement to the Pac-12 and the entire country this week when they head up to Eugene to face No. 9 Oregon.

If Arizona State can shoot down the Ducks, they might be deserving of the ‘Pac-12 favorite’ title.


No. 19 Virginia Tech

With all due respect to Georgia Tech, the only team in the ACC that really looks like it’s going to give Clemson a challenge this season is Virginia Tech.

The Hokies were outplayed in every single facet of the game when the two met back on Oct. 1, but it’s becoming clear that QB Logan Thomas is developing right before our eyes and RB David Wilson only looks like he’s starting to speed up, not slow down.

If they can get by the Yellow Jackets on Nov. 10, it looks like the Hokies are on course to meet Clemson down in Charlotte for the ACC Championship.

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