NCAA Football Rankings 2012: Teams Who Won't Finish in Top 25 by Season's End

Pete Schauer@@Pete_SchauerCorrespondent IOctober 14, 2012

PALO ALTO, CA - OCTOBER 06:  Quarterback Josh Nunes #6 of the Stanford Cardinal passes against the Arizona Wildcats during the fourth quarter at Stanford Stadium on October 6, 2012 in Palo Alto, California. The Stanford Cardinal defeated the Arizona Wildcats 54-48 in overtime.(Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
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Another thrilling week of college football has Alabama atop USA Today's national poll.

While it's impressive to see teams like Rutgers and Michigan in the Top 25, there are a few teams who likely won't be nationally ranked when the season comes to an end.

Here are three teams who will not find themselves in the national poll when the season comes to a close:


Arizona State

After the Sun Devils lose to Oregon this Thursday night, they still have two ranked teams on the schedule and close the season against an Arizona squad that ranks No. 5 in college football in passing yards.

I'm predicting losses to Oregon, Oregon State and USC, as well as an upset in the last game of the season against Arizona to keep the Sun Devils out of the Top 25.

Sophomore QB Taylor Kelly has yet to face the type of defenses that he's going to endure during the latter portion of the season.

The Sun Devils are a good football team, but they do not have enough to sustain a stout second-half schedule.


Boise State

The Broncos aren't playing the type of football Boise State fans are used to seeing.

They're barely scoring 25 PPG, while their defense is allowing 14.7 PPG.

The problem for Boise is that it doesn't play another ranked squad for the rest of the season, making it difficult for them to have the type of resume that deserves a national ranking.

When all is said and done at the end of the season, there will be plenty of teams with wins against ranked teams who deserve the spot over Boise State.



Stanford has a rough schedule ahead, making it extremely tough to finish in the Top 25.

After losing to No. 7 Notre Dame on Saturday, the Cardinals dropped to No. 23 in USA Today's polls and still have a rough road ahead of them.

Stanford has Oregon State and Oregon back-to-back in November and finishes the season against a UCLA team that can throw the football.

I think the Cardinal will remain in the Top 25 over the course of the next few weeks—given the fact that they're playing California, Washington State and Colorado three weeks in a row—but by season's end, you won't see the Cardinals nationally ranked.

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