College Football Rankings 2012 Week 3: Ohio State and Teams That Failed to Shine

Steven Gerwel@Steve_GerContributor IIISeptember 15, 2012

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 15:  Chris Harper #6 of the California Golden Bears stretches to catch a tipped pass in the second half as John Simon #54 of the Ohio State Buckeyes moves in to defend at Ohio Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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After watching the formerly eighth-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks fall victim to Louisiana-Monroe in Week 2 in what will surely be remembered as the biggest upset of the season, it's going to be hard for college football to top that in Week 3. 

But with No. 20 Notre Dame facing No. 10 Michigan State and No. 2 USC playing No. 21 Stanford, there's still plenty of time for the BCS rankings to go through a complete makeover. 

As far as the early Saturday action, there haven't been any major, earth-shattering events, but there are a handful of teams that underperformed and will surely have felt the wrath of the voters by Monday.

Here are three teams that didn't play up to par and will suffer as a result.

Rankings based on AP Top 25


No. 13 Virginia Tech Hokies 

The Virginia Tech Hokies were surely enjoying their status as a borderline Top 10 team, but unfortunately for them, the party didn't last long. 

After a 20-17 overtime win over Georgia Tech and a 42-7 thumping against a small school in Austin Peay, it seemed as though the Hokies had some momentum working in their favor. 

But after falling to unranked Pittsburgh in a 35-17 nightmare, it's clear that Virginia Tech was merely an early season mirage and that they pose no real threat to the top-tier teams. 

It's bad enough that a 13th-ranked team lost to an unranked team, but to have the unranked team double the former's score is a disaster. 

The Hokies may not suffer the same fate as the Arkansas Razorbacks and fall out of the rankings altogether, but if they do remain a ranked team, they will certainly be in the back end of the Top 25. 


No. 16 TCU Horned Frogs

The TCU Horned Frogs were able to dominate the irrelevant Grambling State Tigers in a 56-0 victory, which was a solid way to perform during their first game as a Big 12 team. 

But in their first game against a fellow Big 12 opponent, the Horned Frogs were not very impressive. 

Unlike Virginia Tech, TCU was able to come away with a win over its unranked opponent—but it wasn't as thorough a victory as it should have been. 

The Horned Frogs took on the Kansas Jayhawks, who were coming off a hilarious 25-24 loss to Rice University, but the Frogs only managed to piece together a 20-6 victory. 

On one hand, it's somewhat encouraging that the defense kept the Jayhawks out of the end zone all day and limited them to just two field goals.

However, to put up only 20 points against a clearly inferior opponent is disappointing. 

For a team that's ranked 16th, the Horned Frogs should have been able to put together a more convincing win. 


No. 12 Ohio State Buckeyes

The California Golden Bears are seldom a powerhouse team in college football, but they are typically a competitive team, especially in recent years. 

But in the first two weeks, Cal was only able to accumulate a 1-1 record, after a discouraging 31-24 loss to Nevada in the season opener. 

So while Cal is not some invisible small-school opponent, it still shouldn't have challenged Ohio State the way it did.

The 12th-ranked Buckeyes had home-field advantage against a much weaker opponent, and they nearly blew it.

Cal took a 21-20 lead early in the fourth quarter. The game was tied 28-28 in the final minutes with Cal in possession and looking for a game-winning drive, but the Buckeyes were able to come up with a big interception and eventually put the game away with a 72-yard touchdown pass.

However, the fact that the Golden Bears were still in the game by the fourth quarter, combined with the fact that they had a chance to actually pull off a win, does not do any favors for the Buckeyes. 

Ohio State came up with a win, but this game will hurt its ranking.