AP College Football Poll 2012: Teams That Deserve Top 25 Consideration

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AP College Football Poll 2012: Teams That Deserve Top 25 Consideration
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Some may view the Baylor Bears' win over Louisiana-Monroe as an escape, but that reference doesn't give the Warhawks enough respect. This is the same team that knocked off the Arkansas Razorbacks at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock on September 8.

The following week they took the Auburn Tigers to OT before succumbing 34-31. The Bears 47-42 win over the War Hawks in Monroe, LA is a solid win. Baylor sits at 3-0 for the season despite losing Robert Griffin III, Kendall Wright and Josh Gordon to the NFL.

The offense looks just as formidable as it was with those aforementioned stars. The Bears are sixth in the nation in scoring. They are averaging a whopping 51.3 points per game. This year the man under center is Nick Florence, and he is quietly having a stellar season.

He's already thrown for 1,004 yards and 11 touchdowns. The Bears take on No. 8 West Virginia on Friday. If they can pull the upset in Morgantown, the Associated Press has no other choice but to recognize their fast start. 

 

Oregon State

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It is easy to see why the Beavers aren't ranked. Coming into Saturday's matchup with previously undefeated UCLA, the Beavers had only played one game. It was an impressive 10-7 victory over Wisconsin. The Badgers were ranked No. 13 at the time, but the Beavers defense shut them down.

The 2011 Heisman trophy finalist Montee Ball couldn't get anything going against the Beavers. They held him to just 61 yards on the ground, and they gutted out the tough win.

On Saturday, the Beavers validated that win and their hot start by knocking off No. 19 UCLA 27-20 on the road. The defense was again on display.

Holding Jonathan Franklin under 100 yards was key. They also got two big touchdown passes from Sean Mannion to drive the offense. Oregon State sits at 2-0 with both wins coming over ranked opponents.

They should be a no-brainer inclusion in the top 25.

 

Northwestern

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The Wildcats haven't exactly played Notre Dame's schedule up to now, but don't disregard the way this team has played. Pat Fitzgerald's squad has gotten progressively better each week, and they are playing with a ton of confidence.

They are 4-0 after destroying South Dakota 38-7 on Saturday. Their quarterback tandem of Kain Colter and Trevor Siemian has been sharp and nearly mistake free. Neither man has thrown an interception, and together they have orchestrated an offense that is scoring more than 30 points per game.

Of the three teams listed here, they have weakest chance at being ranked this week, but they are building their resume as a solid team.

 

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