Country's most underrated team?

The new polls show many changes, and some teams are being slighted

Originally Published: October 8, 2012
By Mel Kiper & Todd McShay | ESPN Insider
Johnthan Banks and Zach MettenbergerUS PresswireMississippi State will be looking for a measure of respect when they battle Tennessee.

Each week during the college football season, Mel Kiper and Todd McShay kick off the week by settling a debate, then will discuss emerging NFL prospects and look ahead to next week.

The discussion: Which team is the nation's most underrated?

Todd McShay: I'll go with the 19th-ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs for this one. I'm not ready to call them a top-10 team, but they deserve to be higher than where they are now.

I can understand why MSU isn't soaring up the rankings. The Bulldogs haven't played anybody yet, and they were overlooked in the preseason after failing to meet expectations in 2011. But there are several reasons I think this team could have a very good season.


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