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Preseason College Football Rankings 2012: Teams That Will Quickly Move Up Top 25

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 04:  Geno Smith #12 of the West Virginia Mountaineers looks to pass against the Clemson Tigers  during the Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 4, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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Alex KayCorrespondent IAugust 25, 2012

The 2012 college football season begins next week, and there will be a number of AP Top 25 teams taking the field trying to prove that they were underrated in the initial preseason poll.

Let’s take a look at three teams that have a chance to move up from their spot in quick order and should be in the top 10 within a few weeks and positioning themselves for a national championship run.

 

No. 11: West Virginia

The Mountaineers open the season against Marshall, and then take two weeks off before a stretch that includes James Madison, Maryland and Baylor before facing their first ranked team in No. 15 Texas.

Expect WVU to be well within the top 10 and undefeated by the time that matchup takes place. They would vault up even higher if they win on the road against the Longhorns.

The remainder of the newest Big 12 member’s tough schedule includes K-State, OK State and Oklahoma. Somehow getting past these teams would almost assuredly see the Mountaineers in the national title game.

 

No. 12: Wisconsin

Camp Randall should be rocking this year when the Michigan State Spartans come to face the Badgers. In 2011, Wisconsin suffered a two-game losing streak to both the Spartans and the Ohio State Buckeyes, on the road, to derail their championship dreams.

Now they have a chance to redeem themselves at their home stadium, but first have to get past No. 17 Nebraska in Cornhusker territory on Sept. 29. The Badgers should easily be 4-0 leading into that game and in the top 10. If they leave Lincoln unscathed, this powerhouse will not have to face another preseason ranked team on the road for the rest of the season.

That could mean an undefeated campaign for Wisconsin.

 

No. 23: Boise State

While the Broncos will have to move on from the Kellen Moore era, they shouldn’t suffer any notable setbacks.

However, the Mountain West team will once again test themselves in the first game of the season by traveling to East Lansing to match up against No. 13 Michigan State.

A win would be absolutely huge and would vault Boise State right up the Top 25. Should they win out, they’d have to be in the discussion for a national championship game appearance.

 

Full AP Top 25 (via ESPN)

1

USC (25)

2

Alabama (17)

3

LSU (16)

4

Oklahoma (1)

5

Oregon

6

Georgia

7

Florida State

8

Michigan (1)

9

South Carolina

10

Arkansas

11

West Virginia

12

Wisconsin

13

Michigan State

14

Clemson

15

Texas

16

Virginia Tech

17

Nebraska

18

Ohio State

19

Oklahoma State

20

TCU

21

Stanford

22

Kansas State

23

Florida

24

Boise State

25

Louisville

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