AP College Football Poll 2012: Bubble Teams That Will Be Ranked After Week 1

Ethan Grant@DowntownEGAnalyst ISeptember 2, 2012

PROVO, UT - AUGUST 30:  Quarterback Riley Nelson of BYU looks to pass during the second half of an college football game against Washington State on August 30, 2012 at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah. BYU beat Washington State 30-6. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
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Apparently, the teams that didn't squeeze into the AP Top 25 poll took offense.

While Kansas State, Florida, Stanford and Boise State should all drop from the rankings after this week's results, Notre Dame, Tennessee and BYU should find themselves in great position to be ranked heading into Week 2.

Here are teams that made their case with impressive Week 1 victories. For a complete list of the AP Top 25 list going into opening weekend, click here.

 

Notre Dame

The Brian Kelly era took a turn for the best on opening weekend in Dublin, Ireland. Notre Dame's 50-10 victory over with Navy revealed two things: Navy doesn't have the athletes to compete with the speed of the Irish, and Notre Dame is going to have a potent offense this season. 

Quarterback Everett Golson was solid in his first start, but it was the running game that ruled the day for Notre Dame, putting up 293 yards.

Prediction: No. 19

 

BYU

 

With a solid set of returning players and an underrated defense, the Cougars dominated Mike Leach's new offense at Washington State en route to a 30-6 victory. Quarterback Riley Nelson threw for 285 yards and two touchdowns, and freshman Taysom Hill joined the party with a touchdown pass of his own.

Because of its formidable schedule, BYU will have a chance to prove its worth almost every week.

Prediction: No. 23

 

Tennessee

Tyler Bray and Justin Hunter look like the new QB-WR duo in the SEC, and Tennessee's defense intercepted Mike Glennon four times in a 35-21 victory over North Carolina State. 

In the SEC, it won't get any easier for the Vols, but this performance should vault them ahead of Boise State and Florida.

Prediction: No. 25