College Football Rankings 2012 Week 11: Teams That Will Rise in Polls
With just three weeks left in the regular season, it is money making time in college football. This is a chance for teams to make a strong late push, advance in the BCS rankings and earn a berth in a high-profile and lucrative bowl game.
Here are three teams ready to make that climb.
Check out the Week 11 BCS rankings here.
No. 3 Oregon
The Ducks don't have far to climb, but jumping up just one spot will make all the difference in the world. Oregon is going to do just that and earn a trip to the national championship game.
Let's just get this out of the way first, Oregon has no shot a passing Alabama if the Crimson Tide go undefeated.
No. 2 Kansas State is a different equation. The Wildcats hold less than a .02 lead over the Ducks in the rankings, and they will not be able to hold off the Ducks should Oregon go undefeated.
The Wildcats have three games left and only one is against a ranked opponent in No. 17 Texas. Also, they do not have a conference championship game.
Meanwhile, the Ducks also have three regular-season games left and two of those are against ranked opponents. That includes No. 14 Stanford and No. 11 Oregon State. They will then have the Pac-12 title game. Oregon will run the table with these contests and they will pass Kansas State in the process.
No. 9 Louisville
Hey, Louisville is undefeated! Talk about flying under the radar. Of course, there is a good reason for this. They don't have a win over a single team that is currently ranked.
Still, an undefeated record is tough to ignore, and they have a chance to climb a few more spots and possibly sneak into a BCS bowl game in the process.
The Cardinals have two winnable games next as they play at Syracuse and then host Connecticut. Then comes their biggest test as they play at No. 23 Rutgers.
I like the more balanced Louisville in that game.
No. 14 Stanford
Stanford has three regular season games left and all are against ranked teams. Next week the Cardinal will host No. 11 Oregon State. That should be a fun game, but I like Stanford's defense and the home field advantage to carry it to victory.
Next, it will play at Oregon, and the Cardinal will get run off the field, but losing at Oregon is not going to drop them much in the polls and they will be able to more than make up for that as they end the regular season at No. 18 UCLA.
I like Stanford's defense to carry it in that one as well, and UCLA will also have to play that game a week after taking on USC.
In other words, the Bruins will be ripe for an emotional letdown after playing a game has been scheduled on their calendar all year.
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