College Football Rankings 2012: Top Teams That Will Plummet After Week 14

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College Football Rankings 2012: Top Teams That Will Plummet After Week 14
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No. 3-ranked Georgia will drop in the BCS standings after Saturday afternoon's SEC Championship clash with No. 2-ranked Alabama, but the Bulldogs won't plummet quite as far as some other top-ranked programs in Week 14.

Rivalry weekend may be over, but that doesn't mean the struggle for conference bragging rights is finished. A trio of intriguing conference tilts this weekend are sure to send some of college football's top dogs on a free fall down the rankings.

Let's take a look at three BCS Top 25 teams set to plummet after championship weekend.

 

No. 16 UCLA

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The Bruins were thoroughly beaten down by Stanford in their regular season finale last Saturday in Pasadena, and will be faced with the challenge of trying to avenge their defeat just six days later in Palo Alto. 

But after a suffering an 18-point loss at home, don't expect Jim Mora's Pac-12 South division champion Bruins to bounce back so quickly on the road.

Stanford ended UCLA's five-game winning streak in Week 13, and made it look easy, shutting down senior running back Johnathan Franklin and running wild on the Bruins in front of their home crowd. Stanford out-rushed UCLA 221-73, and committed half as many penalties as the Bruins.

Expect David Shaw's Cardinal to emerge as Pac-12 conference champions this Friday night, sending UCLA to its second straight loss after being 9-2 just two weeks ago.

 

No. 17 Kent State

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Although the Kent State Golden Flashes have won 10 straight games this season, their Week 14 opponent, Northern Illinois, has won 11 in a row since losing 18-17 to Iowa at Soldier Field in its season opener back in September. 

The Huskies are also ranked No. 21 in the current BCS standings, in addition to boasting the nation's ninth-ranked rushing attack, 12th-ranked offense and 15th-ranked defense in terms of scoring.

The two teams will play for the MAC Conference Championship on Friday night at Ford Field in Detroit. Expect Northern Illinois to pull it out this weekend as the Huskies boast a superior offense capable of outscoring Kent State, while fielding one of the nation's best defenses in terms of keeping opponents off the board. 

Look for Huskies' junior quarterback Jordan Lynch to shine on Friday night. Lynch leads the team in passing and rushing this season, and has accumulated more than 4,300 yards of offense and accounted for 39 total touchdowns.

 

No. 20 Boise State

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After a tough season-opening loss at Michigan State in August, the Broncos have gone 9-1 over their last 10 games, losing at home to San Diego State in early November.

Unfortunately for Boise State, its current two-game winning streak will come to an end this Saturday at Nevada. The Wolf Pack never fails to give the Broncos a tough time, and beat Boise State the last time it came to Reno in 2010.

This season, Nevada is 7-4 and boasts the country's seventh-best rushing attack led by Stefphon Jefferson, who has rushed for over 1,500 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2012. Jefferson has rushed for over 100 yards and at least one touchdown in eight of the Wolf Pack's first 11 games this season.

Boise State's defense is its strongest unit, but the Broncos' post-Kellen Moore offense has been somewhat disappointing this fall. With Nevada feasting on a major home-field advantage Saturday afternoon, look for the Wolf Pack to drop Boise State for the third time this season, and send the Broncos plummeting in the rankings. 

 

WEEK 14 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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