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Cardinal are ranked too high

Evaluating the most overrated and underrated teams heading into bowl season

Updated: December 8, 2011, 2:42 PM ET
By Will Harris | ESPN Insider
Andrew LuckJason O. Watson/US PresswireAndrew Luck and Stanford are worthy of a BCS bowl but not a No. 4 ranking.

With the regular season complete and résumés submitted, we've scoured the penultimate BCS standings for teams that might be getting too much -- or not enough -- credit from the polls and computers. Here's a four-pack of each to consider as we head into the bowl season.

The numbers in parentheses are the BCS rank. Only 40 teams garnered poll votes, so below that the BCS standings are based only on the average of the six computers.

Next week we'll be back with our picks for the first wave of bowl games, and will continue by picking every one of the 35 bowl contests.

Overrated

Stanford Cardinal (4)


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