College Football Rankings 2012: 4 Teams Proving Everyone Wrong

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College Football Rankings 2012: 4 Teams Proving Everyone Wrong
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With impressive wins reflected in the release of the newest BCS standings, college football fans can see that teams like the Kansas State Wildcats have hung around in the top five and are serious threats to crash the BCS Championship this year.

While USC fell (again) this week, several unexpected teams have turned in undefeated records to push themselves toward the top of the rankings, proving everyone wrong.

 

Kansas State Wildcats

Kansas State beat No. 14 Texas Tech on Saturday, and their 55-24 win has kept them undefeated in the Big 12.

If the season ended today, the Wildcats would be going to the BCS Championship Game.

This is quite simply a team that nobody saw coming this season. 

Led by the incredible play of Heisman-candidate quarterback Collin Klein, the Wildcats are just a few wins away from playing for BCS glory.

Klein, who has thrown for 1,630 yards and 12 touchdowns this season, has fueled an offense that is fourth in the nation with an average of 44.4 points-per-game. 

The Wildcats are no slouch on defense, though.  They only give up an average of 17.1 points against.

With impressive wins over Oklahoma, West Virginia and Texas Tech, Kansas State has shown that they are for real this season.

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They must now face Oklahoma State and Texas at home and TCU and Baylor on the road. 

One thing is for sure: They are not going to sneak up on anyone for the remainder of this season. 

 

Notre Dame

Many thought that the Irish were a couple seasons away from regaining the national spotlight.

Many, including myself, were wrong.

Behind what is surely one of the best defenses in the nation, Notre Dame has marched to an 8-0 record against what is statistically the toughest schedule in college football.

Week after week, it seemed like everyone was picking the Irish to lose.  Week after week, everyone, including myself, was wrong.

Manti Te’o has led the Irish to wins over four ranked opponents: Michigan State, Michigan, Stanford and Oklahoma. It would appear that the only remaining challenge to their perfect season is the two-loss USC.

Notre Dame is currently third in the BCS standings.

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The Irish certainly are not going to surprise anyone else this season because nobody, including myself, is going to pick against them again this year. 

 

LSU

LSU had a couple of shaky weeks that culminated in a loss to Florida this season.

This could have been much worse, though.

LSU had trailed both Auburn and, if you’d believe it, Towson, at one point.

These games were converted into wins because of a staunch Tigers defense that is ranked ninth in the nation in average points against with just 14.6.

LSU currently sits fifth in the BCS standings. This week, they face the mighty, top ranked Alabama team that are the favorite to win the BCS Championship this season.

This challenge should be seen more as an opportunity to streak up the rankings. 

If the Tigers can knock off top ranked Alabama this week and win out, they will have beaten four ranked teams, two of which were top three teams.

The Tigers looked vulnerable, but they are proving their strength, one win at a time.

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USC

The Trojans are proving everyone wrong in a different way.

With the return of Matt Barkley and a loaded offense, many were all but crowning USC champions and awarding Barkley with the Heisman. 

USC, however, has been incredibly disappointing this season.

The Trojans, who are often considered one of the best offenses in college football, rank only 29th in average points-per-game.

After their loss to Stanford, analysts warned fans against counting the Trojans out.  Fans were told to not be surprised if USC rallied behind Barkley and figured out the winning formula in time for the BCS Championship Game.

Fans were not surprised.

The Trojans can officially be counted out after their second loss of the season at the hands of Arizona.

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