College Football Rankings: 5 Teams That Will Drop out of the BCS by November

Randy ChambersAnalyst IOctober 15, 2012

College Football Rankings: 5 Teams That Will Drop out of the BCS by November

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    With the way people act after the first BCS rankings are released, you would think the order isn't going to change throughout the season. Believe it or not, there are also new teams that will get a chance to crack the Top 25, as some teams will lose and open up spots for others.

    With the new rankings coming out recently, there are many clubs that just barely made the Top 25. You could make a case that some teams deserved a spot over others, while some of the teams in the poll haven't shown us enough to be considered an elite squad.

    But the great thing about college football is each program will have to prove themselves each and every week, and with conference play tightening up, some aren't going to be able to handle the increased competition. 

    Here are five teams that are currently in the BCS standings, but probably won't be when the month of November rolls around.

Iowa State

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    Current BCS Ranking: No. 24

    Rest of the October Schedule: At Oklahoma State; Baylor

    Iowa State has become the underdog football team nobody else in the country wants to play. The Cyclones have already knocked off TCU this season and gave Kansas State a run for its money as well. That doesn't include beating a ranked Texas Tech last year and upsetting the No. 2 team in the country in Oklahoma State.

    Speaking of the Cowboys, that loss is not something the team has forgotten and they should be ready this week when the Cyclones come to town. Oklahoma State is one of the more balanced offenses in the country and is currently averaging the most points in the Big 12.

    Iowa State is the worst offensive team in the conference and has lost three of the last four meetings in Stillwater, OK.

    Iowa State will have trouble against the Cowboys, and Baylor is not a team to sleep on either. Expect to see this Cyclones club fall out of the BCS after just one week of action.


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    Current BCS Ranking: No. 23

    Rest of the October Schedule: Texas Tech; at Oklahoma State

    I don't think anybody needs to see any more of Texas Tech to know the Red Raiders are a legit contender in the Big 12. When you hold West Virginia to 14 points and only 408 total yards, you tend to turn heads.

    Texas Tech is also capable of scoring points as well with quarterback Seth Doege and a running game that averages close to five yards a carry.

    As if playing the Red Raiders wasn't hard enough, the Horned Frogs will have to do so without starting quarterback Casey Pachall, as he will miss the remainder of the season according to USA Today.

    TCU is a tough defensive club that should keep them in a lot of games, but you need to be able to score points in this conference to earn victories. Without an experienced quarterback, it's going to be tough—especially against a team that can play defense like Texas Tech.

Texas A&M

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    Current BCS Ranking: No. 18

    Rest of the October Schedule: LSU; at Auburn

    Texas A&M has played surprisingly well and appears to have a head start over Missouri, as far as which SEC newbie will be the most competitive. The defense has been able to hold its own for the most part, and quarterback Johnny Manziel is quickly becoming one of the more exciting offensive players this conference has to offer.

    But let's be serious for a second.

    LSU showed last week it's a program that should still be taken seriously as a national championship contender, while taking a trip to Auburn is never easy—regardless of how bad the Tigers seem to be playing this year.

    One loss is nearly guaranteed for the Aggies, while two wouldn't be much of a shocker.


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    Current BCS Ranking: No. 20

    Rest of the October Schedule: At California; Washington State

    For a team that lost so much talent during the offseason, Stanford hasn't been a team that others have been able to just rollover in 2012. Despite suffering an upset to Washington, the Cardinal knocked off USC and took Notre Dame down to the wire last weekend.

    For a team that struggles mightily to put points on the board, I like Cal in an upset this weekend. The Golden Bears only lost to this team by three points last season and seem to be finding their rhythm, upsetting UCLA and dropping over 500 yards of offense in a victory over Washington State.

    Cal was supposed to be a dark horse in the conference this year and with it being a trip to California Memorial Stadium, things could get interesting—especially for a team coming off an emotional game last week.

    Not to mention, playing a Mike Leach-coached team is never an easy task either.


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    Current BCS Ranking: No. 25

    Rest of the October Schedule: Baylor; at Kansas

    Texas is lucky to even be a ranked team after losing two straight conference games. The defense has been absolutely brutal, and it will take a great performance against Baylor this weekend to prove the voters didn't make a mistake.

    The problem is that starting quarterback David Ash injured his wrist last week, and it may cost him playing time. According to ESPN, the sophomore says he is going to play, but the injury appeared to be serious, as backup Case McCoy had to finish the game against Oklahoma.

    The Longhorns defense has already shown it can't slow down a parked car, so stopping a Baylor offense that averages almost 48 points per contest seems impossible at the moment. If Ash isn’t 100 percent, the chance Texas remains ranked heading into next week seems that much more unlikely.