The beauty of preseason college football polls, if there's any beauty at all, is that it won't take long for them to exposed for what they are: educated guesses based largely on preseason hype, and things like returning players and new coaching acquisitions. People put stock in preseason rankings, probably more than is deserved. There are always teams ranked much too high, others ranked far too low. There are teams ranked in the top 10 that will finish outside the top 25 -- hello 2008 Clemson. And teams ranked outside the top 25 that could finish in the top 10 -- hello 2008 TCU. But why wait until after the games are played to find out which teams are overrated and which are underrated? We'll take care of it for you, right here and right now. Without further delay, the most overrated and underrated teams entering the 2009 season: Overrated Ohio State Rank: No. 6 Why overrated: Let me know if you've seen this play before: Ohio State beats up on mediocre Big Ten competition, gets crushed in its only meaningful non-conference game and comes up short against a marquee opponent in a BCS bowl game. Yep, sounds about right. Again. Mississippi Rank: No. 8 Why overrated: Jevan Snead might just be the best pure quarterback in the Southeastern Conference but does anyone really believe the hype surrounding the Rebels? This could be the breakout season this program has been seeking, especially given the soft schedule. Or Ole Miss could continue to be Ole Miss. Oklahoma State Rank: No. 9 Why overrated: Without a defense, you can't be taken seriously. Florida won the national title last season with its defense, not its offense. The great LSU teams earlier this decade had great defenses. USC, same thing. Oklahoma State's defense doesn't scare anyone, and it's the primary reason why the Cowboys aren't a legitimate top-10 team. LSU Rank: No. 11 Why overrated: Among the teams that ended last season unranked, no team is ranked higher this preseason than LSU. And yes, there's talent aplenty in Baton Rouge, as always. But the schedule is also brutal and the same thing that hurt the Tigers last season--suspect quarterback play--could again this season. Notre Dame Rank: No. 23 Why overrated: Because it's Notre Dame, and Notre Dame is always overrated. The bad thing about the Fighting Irish is that even if they win a lot of games, no one will know how good they are given their weak schedule. Underrated California Rank: No. 12 Why underrated: RB Jahvid Best leads an ensemble that has the talent necessary to beat out USC to win the Pac-10. The Golden Bears are probably as skilled as any team in the country but past disappointments make people wary. Georgia Rank: No. 13 Why underrated: The Bulldogs were a preseason national title favorite and then disappointed last season. Now a bit under the radar, Georgia could be better than it was in 2008. Yes, Knowshon Moreno and Matthew Stafford are gone, but the Dawgs still have plenty of gifted skill players and should be nasty defensively. Georgia Tech Rank: No. 15 Why underrated: Remember how everyone thought it would take a while for Paul Johnson to make his triple-option offense work at the BCS level? Well, it took less than a season. And the Yellow Jackets, led by underrated RB Jonathan Dwyer, should be even better in this, Johnson's second season. Florida State Rank: No. 18 Why underrated: The 'Noles have questions--but talent--on defense. But FSU should be loaded on offense. The entire offensive line is back and nobody should be surprised if the Seminoles win the ACC and find themselves back in a BCS bowl game. Houston Rank: NR Why underrated: Led by QB Case Keenum, the Cougars are explosive on offense. Keep an eye on them on Sept. 12 at Oklahoma State. That could be one of the more entertaining games of the season, and if Houston can somehow pull the upset, it could realistically crash the BCS. .