College Football Rankings 2012: Over-Ranked Teams in Trouble This Weekend

Ben ChodosCorrespondent IISeptember 19, 2012

EAST LANSING, MI - SEPTEMBER 15:  Everett Golson #5 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish throws a third quarter pass as he is hit while playing the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium Stadium on September 15, 2012 in East Lansing, Michigan. Notre Dame won the game 20-3. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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A few teams in the most recent AP Top 25 poll have inflated rankings due to recent victories and will face disappointing results as they run into difficult opponents this weekend.

With USC and Arkansas already dropping in upsets thus far, the Trojans and Razorbacks showed that they did not deserve the high rankings they received at the start of the season.

Now that the rankings have been mixed up, teams that have recently risen must prove that they are worthy of the spot they have been given.

Here are the teams that will plummet down the rankings after losing this weekend.


No. 11 Notre Dame

The Fighting Irish are coming off an inspiring victory over Michigan State. 

Senior linebacker Manti Te’o played just days after losing both his grandmother and his girlfriend. He led a fantastic defensive effort with 12 tackles, and the Irish held the Spartans to just three points.

Notre Dame now faces another tough opponent this week in No. 18 Michigan, and it will be extremely difficult for the team to match the emotion of last week’s performance. 

The Wolverines are looking for redemption after getting blown out in the season opener against Alabama, and they will find it while exposing the Irish.


No. 15 Kansas State

Kansas State is a competitive team, but the Wildcats are facing an elite team this week as they travel to Norman to take on No. 6 Oklahoma. 

The Sooners are a national title contender, and are simply in a different class from their Big 12 opponent.

Both Collin Klein and Landry Jones are prolific passers, but Jones has a significantly better supporting cast and will have the advantage of 80,000 manic fans on his side.

The Sooners will beat the Wildcats, and this game will not be close. A convincing victory by Oklahoma will cause Kansas State to fall from the No. 15 ranking.


No. 10 Clemson 

Clemson has explosive talent on the offensive side of the ball, but is not one of the top-10 teams in the country.

The Tigers have started to make late-season disappointments a pattern in recent years with a blowout loss to West Virginia in last year’s Orange Bowl and a loss to South Florida in the Meineke Car Care Bowl in 2010.

Clemson will now face Florida State in Tallahassee. The Seminoles have looked incredible on both sides of the ball in their first three games, and while this is their first true test of the season, FSU will defeat the Tigers handily.

When Clemson is unable to compete with Florida State, it will be abundantly clear that they are not one of the top teams in the country.