BCS Rankings: Top 25 Teams Who Don't Belong Among Nation's Elite

Rick Weiner@RickWeinerNYFeatured ColumnistDecember 3, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 01:  Taylor Martinez #3 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers wacthes the action on the sidelines during the third quarter of the Big Ten Championship game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 1, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Thankfully, the BCS is coming to an end in 2014, because the more you look at the weekly standings, the more you find yourself scratching your head.

Being named as one of the 25 best college football teams in the nation is both an honor and a privilege, one that puts a school's football program among the elite in the country.

Yet when we look at the resumes of some of the teams in the Top 25 after 14 weeks, well, it's clear that they don't belong.

Not sure who I'm talking about?

Take a look.


No. 15 Northern Illinois (12-1)

Everyone loves rooting for the underdog, myself included.

But Northern Illinois, while they are the champions of the MAC conference and have one of the more prolific offenses in the country—statistically speaking—are not one of the 25 best football teams in the country.

Their two big non-conference games this season? Iowa and Kansas, who went a combined 5-19 on the season.

Sorry, but the Huskies just don't belong—and they are going to be thoroughly embarrassed by the No. 13 Florida State Seminoles in the Orange Bowl.


No. 16 Nebraska (10-3)

No team in the Top 25 is there more because of the allure of their name than the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

This is a team that didn't lose to an unranked Wisconsin team in the Big Ten Championship Game, they got crushed, 70-31, in a game that wasn't even that close.

No Top 25 team should be surrendering 70 points to the opposition, especially when the opposition isn't ranked themselves.

But that wasn't the first time a team has put up big numbers on Nebraska—Ohio State dropped 63 points on them at the beginning of October.

They've only beaten one ranked team, No. 18 Michigan, and they simply haven't shown they are worthy of being called one of the 25 best college football teams in the nation.


No. 21 Louisville (10-2)

What exactly has Louisville done to garner a spot in the Top 25?

Did they beat a handful of ranked teams? 

Louisville hasn't faced a ranked team all year.

Have they gone on an impressive winning streak against the best teams that the Big East has to offer?

Negative—Louisville has lost two of its last three games, leading to the Cardinals not clinching the Big East title for themselves.

Against No. 3 Florida in the Sugar Bowl, Louisville is going to be exposed as a fraud in the Top 25.


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