Current College Football Teams Ranked in Top 10 Who Are Guaranteed to Lose

Ian Berg@@ShugJordanPkwyCorrespondent IOctober 9, 2012

Current College Football Teams Ranked in Top 10 Who Are Guaranteed to Lose

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    The college football Top 10 has been very fluid throughout the first few weeks of the season. There have been some major upsets across the game and a lot of teams that have fallen. There are five more that are guaranteed to lose.

    A shift in power has occurred in college football this season. The Big 12 has once again recaptured the spotlight with West Virginia destroying defenses, and the SEC has shifted heavily to the favor of the East.

    The Pac-12 is riding high on Oregon, but the rest of the conference looks to be a long way off from the skill level of the Ducks. Add in no Big Ten teams being a part of the discussion, and this is a very different scene than was expected in August.

    Looking ahead at the schedules that finish the year, here are the five Top 10 teams guaranteed to lose. 

No. 10: Oklahoma Sooners

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    Oklahoma is consistently found in the preseason Top 10, but the Sooners have failed to live up to expectations consistently. This year will be no different.

    The Sooners have already lost to Kansas State, and there are three games that lay ahead that will spell disaster for this team's hope for a BCS bid.

    This week the Sooners face off against No. 15 Texas, then No. 7 Notre Dame and No. 5 West Virginia before the season ends. They also close out against a struggling TCU team, but it will be at TCU with the Horned Frogs' Casey Pachall likely back in the fold.

    Oklahoma could have two to three more losses. This will be a tough finish to another hopeful Sooners season.

No. 9: USC Trojans

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    The Trojans are not as good as originally thought. Between Oklahoma and the Trojans, the expectations could win thousands of hopeful championships.

    Matt Barkley is a very good quarterback and there are some great skill players around him, but the defense has issues. This team also lacks serious consistency.

    USC still has games against No. 2 Oregon and No. 7 Notre Dame remaining. Both will come in Los Angeles, but the Ducks and the Irish are playing much better than the Trojans right now.

    A game against UCLA can’t be pushed to the side, and neither can the Rich Rodriguez-led Arizona Wildcats. Both games come on the road for USC and will be against tough teams that have shown flashes this year.

    USC will finish with two more losses before this season concludes. 

No. 8: LSU Tigers

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    LSU is having some serious offensive issues at the midpoint of this season. The expectations for Zach Mettenberger have fallen hard and fast with his last few performances for the Bayou Bengals.

    LSU has a gauntlet ahead of it with four ranked opponents in the next four weeks. No. 3 South Carolina takes the trip to Baton Rouge this week in a game that will test Mettenberger’s resolve. Carolina has one of the best pass-rush units in the country.

    After Carolina, the Tigers will face off against No. 22 Texas A&M, No. 1 Alabama and No. 19 Mississippi State.

    The A&M game will be on the road, while the others will fall as home games. Despite the advantage that comes with the Death Valley crowd, LSU will struggle to find wins against these four teams.

    LSU ends this four-game stretch 2-2. 

No. 6: Florida Gators

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    Florida has been one of the most surprising rises in college football so far this fall. The Gators started the season with a major concern at quarterback, but have since settled on a very efficient and consistent sophomore in Jeff Driskel.

    The Gators have also fielded one of the best defenses in the country. It seems nearly impossible for the undefeated run to continue.

    Florida faces off against No. 3 South Carolina in two weeks, then follows that game with a battle against No. 14 Georgia in Jacksonville. The Gators also conclude their season against No. 12 Florida State in Tallahassee.

    Even if by some amazing way the Gators stay undefeated, they will face a tough SEC championship game against LSU, Alabama or Mississippi State. Undefeated doesn’t look to be in the cards for the Gators in 2012. 

No. 1: Alabama Crimson Tide

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    Alabama is the clear-cut No.1 at this point in the season. The Tide have defeated every opponent handily, but they did struggle a bit against Ole Miss nearly two weeks ago.

    Before you get all wound up about this prediction, look at the realities. The Alabama team lost a very big contributor in DeAndrew White to injury. The Tide also lost Demetrius Hart in the same week.

    The backfield has not produced the consistency that it has in the past with Eddie Lacy and freshman T.J. Yeldon carrying the load.

    Alabama faces a tough three-week stretch where it travels to No. 9 LSU in between home games against No. 19 Mississippi State and No. 22 Texas A&M. The Tide has not traveled a tough road to this point to become undefeated, but it does finish with one.

    Even if the Tide make it into the SEC title game, a contest against No. 3 South Carolina likely awaits. At this point, the Gamecocks have proven more and played better than Alabama. 

    Alabama is the runaway No. 1 with the votes right now, but with a tough road ahead and questions facing the offense, the Tide get picked off by year’s end.