College Football Rankings 2012: Top 25 Predictions After Oregon and Kansas State

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College Football Rankings 2012: Top 25 Predictions After Oregon and Kansas State
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It was a wild Week 12 in college football that will surely lead to some big shake-ups atop the BCS standings. Sunday night can’t come soon enough.

Why wait? Let’s talk what teams will be on the move, who will fall out of the Top 25 and which newcomers will crack the bottom of the rankings.

Obviously, there will be a new No. 1 team in the nation. On Sunday night, despite voters' dismay, the Notre Dame Irish will assume the No. 1 spot as the only remaining unbeaten team in the FBS. Well, with exception to Ohio State, but that’s another story for a different day.

With the Irish sliding up into the No. 1 slot, that gives Alabama the push it needed to return to the national championship discussions after losing a disappointing Week 11 matchup to Johnny Manziel and the Texas A&M Aggies.

Redemption, if attained, will taste sweet for Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide. But they still have a rivalry game next week against the lowly Auburn Tigers and then the SEC championship game against Georgia before they punch their ticket to the title game.

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Unranked Baylor's upset of Kansas State won't be forgotten anytime soon, especially in Waco.

A trip to Miami is not guaranteed for the Irish, either. They must go through rival USC at the Coliseum in Southern California next week to finish their perfect season and earn their chance for glory.

Both Oregon and Kansas State will drop after suffering losses in Week 12, but they won’t be completely removed from the national title discussions. If Oregon wins next week and Kansas State can survive Texas in two weeks, they may play themselves back into contention if Notre Dame and Georgia or Alabama lose.

Crazier things have happened.

For now, take a look at where things likely stand as we finish off this crazy 12th week of college football.

 

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Kent State is 10-1 and the only MAC school in the Top 25.

New to Top 25: Boise State (No. 23), Arizona (No. 24), Kent State (No. 25)

Dropped out of Top 25: Louisiana Tech (No. 20), USC (No. 21) and Texas Tech (No. 23)

 

Projected Week 13 BCS Standings

1.) Notre Dame Irish (11-0)

2.) Alabama Crimson Tide (10-1)

3.) Georgia Bulldogs (10-1)

4.) Oregon Ducks (10-1)

5.) Florida Gators (10-1)

6.) Kansas State Wildcats (10-1)

7.) LSU Tigers (9-2)

8.) Texas A&M Aggies (9-2)

9.) Stanford Cardinal (9-2)

10.) South Carolina Gamecocks (9-2)

11.) Florida State Seminoles (10-1)

12.) Clemson Tigers (10-1)

13.) Oklahoma Sooners (8-2)

14.) Nebraska Cornhuskers (9-2)

15.) Texas Longhorns (8-2)

16.) Oregon State Beavers (8-2)

17.) UCLA Bruins (9-2)

18.) Louisville Cardinals (9-1)

19.) Michigan Wolverines (8-3)

20.) Rutgers Scarlet Knights (9-1)

21.) Oklahoma State Cowboys (7-3)

22.) Washington Huskies (7-4)

23.) Boise State Broncos (9-2)

24.) Arizona Wildcats (7-4)

25.) Kent State Golden Flashes (10-1)

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