NCAA Football Rankings 2012: How Week 2's Worst Showings Will Play Out in Polls
The Week 2 scoreboard was full of high highs and low lows—and it proved to us that some teams are due for an imminent reality check.
We're going to see plenty of things shift around when the Week 3 polls come out on Sunday, and it won't be good news for some of those teams that were once projected to do big things in 2012.
Here are a few of the teams due for disappointments when the most recent polls are revealed.
No. 18 Oklahoma State (1-1)
We all knew it would happen sooner or later: The other shoe would drop, and the Cowboys would finally see what life would be like without Justin Blackmon and Brandon Weeden.
But the problem for Oklahoma State on Saturday wasn't exactly the offense; it was the fact that the defense crumbled monumentally in a 59-38 loss to Arizona. It's hard to say whether we just didn't know how bad the Cowboys were, or whether we didn't know how good Arizona was. But given the fact that both of these defenses were horrendous in Week 2, it's probably a safe bet to go with the former.
One week after posting an 84-0 victory over Savannah State—a win that looks less and less impressive, given the fact that the Tigers were shut out for a second straight week, this time by FSU, 55-0—the Cowboys turned the ball over four times, and freshman QB Wes Lunt threw three picks and four touchdowns in a brutal loss to an unranked opponent.
This could very well drop the Cowboys out of the Top 25 completely.
In other news: Is Savannah State the worst team in college football history?
No. 8 Arkansas (1-1)
Many of us expected Arkansas to struggle in 2012 in the wake of the Bobby Petrino scandal. And after escaping Week 1 with a 49-13 win over Jacksonville State, it seems as though the chickens have come home to roost: Mighty Louisiana-Monroe stunned the Razorbacks in overtime, 34-31.
This loss all but eradicated any hope the Razorbacks had of a BCS title. You cannot lose at home to Louisiana-Monroe, plain and simple. On top of that, in a season when we've already seen so many impenetrable defenses—even after just two weeks—you can't get away with a top-10 ranking and a defense that has allowed 58 total points, at home, to such weak opponents.
Given the way the rest of the top 10 fared in Week 2, Arkansas can expect a steep drop in the polls. Very steep. Good teams don't lose to Louisiana-Monroe in Week 2 at home.
No. 13 Wisconsin (1-1)
Which team will drop the farthest in the rankings?
The Badgers' 10-7 loss to Oregon State wasn't quite as bad as Arkansas' loss—was anything this week?—but it's not the kind of loss the 13th-ranked team in the country should be sustaining in Week 2.
Wisconsin had the opposite problem of most of the top-25 teams who were upset in Week 2. Whereas most of the offenses in the Top 25 were rolling but some of the defenses struggled, the Badgers' defense was just fine, if not good. Their offense, however, was pathetic. A Top-25 team shouldn't be shut out in the first three quarters against an unranked opponent—even if it was a Pac-12 opponent.
Even if you're playing on the road in the second game of the season, against a team that comes from a legitimate conference, you shouldn't be unable to score more than a touchdown if you're in the Top 25. The Badgers should drop to the low-teens, or maybe even the high 20s, when the polls are released.
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