MSU is most overrated, ESPN's McShay says

The Detroit News
Connor Cook

ESPN college and NFL expert Todd McShay says Michigan State is the most overrated team in the national polls.

Michigan State (8-0) is ranked No. 6 in the AP poll and No. 5 in the coaches' poll.

"I've really enjoyed watching Michigan State play this season," McShay says (pay site). "The Spartans are an exceptionally well-coached team, with an elite college QB in Connor Cook and a good WR corps led by Aaron Burbridge. They rank fourth in the FBS with a plus-10 turnover margin, and they've won all four of their games that have come down to one score.

"This past Saturday, they let Indiana hang around -- it was a two-point game at the end of the third quarter before Michigan State blew the game open. The Spartans nearly blew a 21-0 lead to Purdue, which is currently 1-6. And while their home win against Oregon was highly touted at the time, it's hard not to view that a little differently in hindsight, given the Ducks' 4-3 record. I'm looking forward to seeing how the Spartans fare at Ohio State."

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McShay's pick for most underrated is Clemson (7-0), ranked No. 3 by the AP and No. 6 by the coaches.

McShay's debate partner, Mel Kiper, elected to address the question in a slightly different manner, suggesting that the sample size for an overrated / underrated evaluation is too small.

Kiper instead picked a current playoff team in danger of exposure (Baylor) and a non-playoff team that could wreck some seasons (Mississippi).