College Football Rankings 2012 Week 10: Top Teams That Will Continue to Roll

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College Football Rankings 2012 Week 10: Top Teams That Will Continue to Roll
Jamie Rhodes-US PRESSWIRE

Upsets are a guarantee every weekend during the college football season, but in Week 10, front page-worthy ones will be few and far between. 

With only five postseason contenders still undefeated as the calendar flips to November, the best and most consistent teams in the country are beginning to separate themselves from the pack. Nick Saban's Alabama Crimson Tide is the current face of this elite group of 2012 college football powers.

So, which top BCS contenders will not only win, but roll this weekend?

Let's take a look at top teams set for more dominating performances in Week 10.

 

No. 1 Alabama

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The last time Alabama and LSU met, the Crimson Tide pummeled the Tigers 21-0 in the BCS National Championship Game.

Some think the No. 1-ranked team in the nation is on upset alert this weekend in Baton Rouge. If you ask me, the Crimson Tide are a lock to move to 9-0 this Saturday night.

Let me explain.

Alabama boasts the top defense in college football, shutting down the pass, stifling the run and keeping opponents off the scoreboard. The Crimson Tide is allowing a tad over eight points per game this season and will take on an LSU offense that has underwhelmed all year long. 

In a game destined to be a defensive struggle, Alabama has the better offense—led by quarterback A.J. McCarron—and that's why I'm not only on the bandwagon, but driving it in Week 10.

 

No. 3 Notre Dame

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Manti Te'o and the Irish are firing on all cylinders defensively in 2012.

If Notre Dame is 17 points better than Oklahoma in Norman, then they are plenty better than Pittsburgh in South Bend. 

Never mind the fact that the Irish are 8-0 this season and sporting the country's second-best scoring defense. That's irrelevant when you consider the fact that the Panthers are 1-2 on the road this season and have a home loss to Youngstown State on their resume.

Purdue, Michigan, Stanford and BYU were all game at Notre Dame Stadium earlier this year, but Pittsburgh will be Notre Dame's first blowout victim at home in 2012. Sure, Pitt has won two in a row, but Buffalo and Temple aren't in nearly the same league as Notre Dame.

This is the week the Irish's offense plays up to the level of the defense.

 

No. 10 Louisville

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Louisville has had some close calls in recent weeks, but should have no problem taking down Temple for its ninth win of the year.

The most overlooked undefeated team left standing this season is Louisville. The Cardinals possess a perfect record, along with only five other teams in the country (Ohio State is 9-0, but banned from the postseason), but find themselves behind three one-loss teams and even a two-loss South Carolina squad in the current BCS standings. 

Expect Charlie Strong's bunch to turn that disrespect from the computers into motivation this Saturday against Temple. 

The Owls have lost two in a row by a combined 55 points and are just 1-2 on the road this season. Look for Louisville's offensive balance and sophomore quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to wear down Temple's defense and ultimately turn this weekend's Big East matchup into a rout.

Louisville's two biggest tests will come next week at Syracuse and in its season finale against Rutgers.  

 

WEEK 10 BCS STANDINGS
 1. Alabama
 2. Kansas State
 3. Notre Dame
 4. Oregon
 5. LSU
 6. Georgia
 7. Florida
 8. South Carolina
 9. Florida State
 10. Louisville
 11. Oregon State
 12. Oklahoma
 13. Clemson
 14. Stanford
 15. Mississippi State
 16. Texas A&M
 17. USC
 18. Texas Tech
 19. Boise State
 20. Nebraska
 21. West Virginia
 22. Arizona
 23. Texas
 24. Oklahoma State
 25. Louisiana Tech

 

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