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BCS Rankings: Top-Ranked Teams on Upset Alert in Week 14

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 24:  AJ McCarron #10 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs onto the field after their 49-0 win over the Auburn Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 24, 2012 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Pete SchauerCorrespondent INovember 26, 2012

With so many different storylines in college football—whether it's Lane Kiffin's game mismanagement or Notre Dame's climb to the top—this truly is the most thrilling time to be a college football fan.

As we head into Week 14, there are numerous matchups with BCS implications on the line. A loss by a ranked team could move it down in the rankings, or worse, knock it out of a BCS bowl opportunity.

Let's examine three ranked teams who could be on upset alert this week:

 

No. 17 Kent State

The Golden Flashes draw a very dangerous No. 21-ranked Northern Illinois team on Friday night, and if they're not careful, they could lose their impressive ranking in the BCS.

You could argue that the Huskies should be ranked higher—which is just what I did—given the fact that they've rattled off 11 straight wins since dropping the first game of the season to Iowa.

Not to take anything away from Kent State, who is on an impressive winning streak of its own, but the Huskies should not be taken lightly in this one.

Quarterback Jordan Lynch is one of the most dangerous players in college football, scoring a combined 39 touchdowns with his arm and legs, and that mediocre Golden Flashes defense will be put to the test.

 

No. 23 Oklahoma State

Saturday afternoon will see the Cowboys travel to the unranked Baylor Bears, who had no trouble beating then No. 1 Kansas State a few weeks back.

Led by senior QB Nick Florence, the Bears sport one of the most lethal passing attacks thanks in large part to the connection between Florence and senior wideout Terrance Williams, who has 12 touchdowns and 1,693 receiving yards on the season.

This one figures to be a shootout, as neither defense holds opponents to fewer than 28 PPG.

Let's not forget—this is an Oklahoma State team that lost to Kansas State, whereas Baylor took down the Wildcats.

Oklahoma State should win this one, but don't sleep on the Bears.

 

No. 2 Alabama

A No. 2-ranked squad losing to No. 3 Georgia doesn't seem like much of an upset at first glance, but according to Bet Online, the Bulldogs are 7.5 point underdogs heading into Saturday afternoon's contest with No. 2 Alabama.

With Kenny Bell out for this game (h/t ESPN), A.J. McCarron and the Crimson Tide offense will be put to the test against a rock solid Georgia defense.

On defense, Alabama will have to stop junior QB Aaron Murray (3,201 yards, 30 TD, 7 INT) and freshman RB Todd Gurley (1,138 yards, 14 TD), who have helped lead Georgia to an 11-1 record.

The winner of this game will likely see Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship Game, and I think it's fair to say that either team has a legit shot at clinching that feat on Saturday.

 

BCS Standings

1. Notre Dame

2. Alabama

3. Georgia

4. Florida

5. Oregon

6. Kansas State

7. LSU

8. Stanford

9. Texas A&M

10. South Carolina

11. Oklahoma

12. Nebraska

13. Florida State

14. Clemson

15. Oregon State

16. UCLA

17. Kent State

18. Texas

19. Michigan

20. Boise State

21. Northern Illinois

22. Northwestern

23. Oklahoma State

24. Utah State

25. San Jose State

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