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."
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).