Overrated and underrated in first Top 25

Updated: August 8, 2012, 12:01 PM ET
By Travis Haney

All too often, even ardent college football fans want to do away with preseason polls. Why? It's August, and it's providing us with fodder for conversation.

Concerned that your team will not be properly positioned for the postseason as a result of these preseason rankings? No matter, really. There's plenty of time to get from Point A to Point B. Or in some cases, for teams reversing course, from Point B to Point A.

It isn't perfect, but what is?

Let's look at some misses in last season's coaches' poll in order to help us identify what might be similarly off in the 2012 version -- and here is that first poll. We'll work off the assumption that the coaches (or their SIDs or ops guys, or whomever is filling out those ballots) will again overrate three teams and underrate five.