College Football Rankings 2012 Week 15: Teams That Got Screwed in Latest Polls

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistDecember 2, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 01: Head coach Mark Richt of the Georgia Bulldogs motions from the sidelines against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the second quarter of the SEC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome on December 1, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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After the final regular season games and conference championship games, the rankings are the only thing left to determine the bowl schedule.

Notre Dame and Alabama will rightfully be No. 1 and No. 2 respectively in the BCS, and they will likely face each other in the national championship game.

However, there are a number of other teams that are dependent on the rankings to decide where they will be playing their final game of the year.

While the computer rankings are still important, these teams were hurt the most by the coaches' poll.

No. 5 Georgia

This was not the fault of the voters so much as it was the situation, but it's disappointing nonetheless. 

Georgia dropped from No. 3 to No. 5 in the latest polls after narrowly losing to Alabama in the 2012 SEC Championship Game. 

Had the team won, the Bulldogs would have played for a national championship. With the loss, however, the squad will likely be behind Florida on the pecking order for a BCS bowl game and be relegated to a much less prestigious contest.

This is despite the fact that both teams finished with equal regular season records on the year and the Bulldogs won the head-to-head matchup.

A few plays caused such a massive difference in the way Georgia will finish this year.

No. 15 Boise State

Nebraska, Texas and UCLA all lost this week, but it still might not be enough for Boise State to sneak into the all-important No. 16 spot.

This is because Boise State remained in the exact same spot from last week in the coaches' poll.

If Boise State is the highest ranking non-AQ team, is ranked in the Top 16 and is higher than Louisville, it will get a chance to reach a BCS game.

However, Louisville also got a big boost in the poll after defeating Rutgers. 

It seems that the Broncos will once again be forced to play in a lesser bowl game.

No. 21 Nebraska

Playing in the 2012 Big Ten Championship Game against 7-5 Wisconsin should have given the team an easy road to the Rose Bowl. However, the defense completely collapsed and allowed 70 points in a loss.

There could have been a consolation if the team had been selected for an at-large bid, but that is no longer possible with a huge drop in the latest polls.

The team has had solid computer numbers all year with wins over Michigan and Northwestern, but the eight-spot drop in the polls give the team little-to-no chance of remaining eligible for one of these top bowl games.

Nebraska was so close to a great season, but will now have to settle for something much worse.

Week 15 Coaches' Poll (via ESPN)

1 Notre Dame (56)
2 Alabama (3)
3 Oregon
4 Florida
5 Georgia
6 Kansas State
8 Stanford
9 Texas A&M
10 South Carolina
11 Oklahoma
12 Florida State
13 Clemson
14 Oregon State
15 Boise State
16 Northern Illinois
17 Northwestern
18 Louisville
20 Utah State
21 Nebraska
22 Michigan
23 Wisconsin
24 San Jose State
25 Texas



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