College Football Rankings 2012 Week 3: Teams That Will Keep Sliding

Jeff Langridge@@JeffLangridge1Correspondent IIISeptember 19, 2012

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 15:  Denard Robinson #16 of the University of Michigan Wolverines leads his team to the field before a Big Ten College football game against the Univerity of Massachusetts Minutemen at Michigan Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
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The college football season is only four weeks old and we've already seen some dramatic changes in the rankings. We've seen teams that were ranked in the Top 10 to begin the season fall out of the Top 25 altogether. There have also been teams that didn't start out ranked climb into the Top 10.

While the rankings change every week and one win can have you jump up in the standings, you also drop down in the standings with just one loss. The teams on this list have dropped in the rankings and will only continue to this week.


Michigan is riding a two-game winning streak and as a result, only fell in the rankings by one spot for this week. Unfortunately for them, they are running into one of the hottest teams in college football in the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Michigan's defense is ranked 77th overall and it's running into an offense that has done well in a hard schedule. Notre Dame's defense is also one of the best in the game in the season so far, being ranked eighth.

Try as they may, Michigan will have a tough time against the No. 11 ranked Fighting Irish and will end up sliding more than one spot in next week's rankings.


Arkansas began the season being ranked No. 10. After Week 1, they moved up to No. 8. After Week 2 however, they completely dropped off the Top 25 rankings. Things didn't get any better in Week 3 as they were skunked 52-0 by the No. 1 ranked Alabama.

This week they face the 3-0 Rutgers. The Rutgers defense has only given up a total of 25 points in three games and already have a shut-out against Howard.

Things are not looking good for Arkansas as they look to be heading towards their third straight loss.

Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State is the best team in college football when it comes to offense. Having scored an average of 62.3 per game, it's surprising that they have lost a game by more than 20 points. Although they are 2-1, the two teams that the Cowboys have beat aren't exactly the best teams out there, so their record could be a bit misleading.

Going up against the No. 12 ranked Texas Longhorns will not be good for their chances of improving their record to 3-0. As Texas' offense is also in the Top 10 at No. 8 and their defense is much better, Texas should be able to handle anything that Oklahoma State throws at them.