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College Football Rankings 2012 Week 3: Ranked Teams That Will Fall

PALO ALTO, CA - SEPTEMBER 08:  Stepfan Taylor #33, Levine Toilolo #11 and David Yankey #54 of the Stanford Cardinals celebrate after Taylor rushes thirteen yard for a touchdown against the Duke Blue Devils during the second quarter of an NCAA football game at Stanford Stadium on September 8, 2012 in Palo Alto, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Justin WeltonAnalyst IISeptember 15, 2012

We are already three weeks into the college football season and we haven't been disappointed. Upsets, unbelievable moments and memorable finishes—exactly what we expect from college football.

Week 3 has seen one ranked team fall (Virginia Tech), but that was only the beginning. Here are three more ranked teams that will fall Saturday:

Notre Dame loses to Michigan State

Notre Dame will receive a heavy dose of Le'Veon Bell, Michigan State's best offensive player. He already has 62 carries, proving that he is an absolute workhorse out of the backfield. 

Bell has recorded 280 yards and four touchdowns in two games. 

Michigan State has been a dominant home team over the years. They have made Spartan Stadium one of the toughest venues to play in college football.

The Spartans have won 15-of-17 games at home since 2010. 

Michigan State will ride Le'Veon Bell and that great home crowd to victory. 

Florida loses to Tennessee

Tennessee's offense has been stellar through two games of the 2012 season. The Volunteers have put up 86 points compared to 34 points for its opponents.

Tyler Bray is a stud at quarterback, standing 6'6" tall. He has completed 45-of-61 passes for 643 yards and six touchdowns. He has yet to throw an interception.

Against North Carolina State, in the opener, Bray completed 27-of-41 passes for 333 yards and two touchdowns. 

He's the real deal.

Florida will be a difficult challenge, but the Volunteers have the offense to outscore the Gators in another classic rivalry game.

Stanford loses to USC

It's going to take more than a year to replace Andrew Luck at quarterback and we will find that out in this matchup at Stanford. The Cardinal struggled to defeat San Jose State (20-17) to kick off the year, and their preparation for this showdown playing two lousy teams (Duke being the other team) will come back to bite them. 

USC has too much talent, too many weapons and is destined to make a legitimate run at a national championship.

If not this year, when? USC has a dynamic offense led by Heisman candidate Matt Barkley, top-flight receivers led by Marqise Lee and Robert Woods and an experienced running back in former Penn State star Silas Redd.

Barkley has already passed for 559 yards and 10 touchdowns. Lee and Woods have combined for 37 receptions, 398 yards and eight touchdowns. Redd is averaging 6.8 yards on 24 attempts.

USC's offense is a legitimate threat to score 40 or more points every game.

If they can get a better effort from their defense (gave up 29 points to Syracuse) USC will be on track to the BCS National Championship Game.

 


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