College Football Rankings: Predicting Top 25 After Shocking Alabama Loss

Nathaniel UyFeatured ColumnistOctober 10, 2010

College Football Rankings: Predicting Top 25 After Shocking Alabama Loss

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    After a big loss to Steve Spurrier and the South Carolina Gamecocks, 35-21, the big bad Alabama Crimson Tide will predictably fall as the number one team in the country.

    How far will they fall?  We won’t officially find out until tomorrow morning.  But in case you wanted to get ahead of the official polls, we can break it down right now. 

    Let’s take a look at how the AP poll might look tomorrow. 

    Keep in mind, however, that there’s still some games that need to play out.

    UPDATED: To account for Arizona, Miami (Fl.) and Florida losses.

Just Outside: Northwestern Wildcats

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    It’s hard to ignore the potent passing attack of the Wildcats, led by Dan Persa, who should remain unbeaten with a 6-0 record to start the year.

Just Outside: Oregon State Beavers

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    Oregon State takes an impressive win on the road against Top 10 team, Arizona.

    With that win, they deserve to make it back to the top 25.  If they make it back in this week, they'll be very, very close. 

25. Air Force Falcons

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    A 49-27 win against the Colorado State Rams team keeps them rolling this week.

    The Falcons also have a pair of 400 yard rushers in Jared Tew and Asher Clark.

24. Missouri Tigers

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    With their game yet to finish, it's already looking good for the Tigers.

    They started their off scoring with a big defensive play—a quarterback sack for a safety.   

    This should be another win at home against the Colorado Buffaloes.

23. Oklahoma State Cowboys

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    Don’t look now but that’s five in a row for the Oklahamo State Cowboys.   

    Their offense, which is scoring over 50 points per game, is among the best in the nation.

22. Nevada Wolf Pack

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    Week 6 brings us a 5-0 Nevada team, playing against a 1-4 San Jose State team, looks like an easy win at home for the Wolf Pack

21. Miami Hurricanes

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    They should beat visiting Florida State in a big rivalry game.

    But it goes the other way around, with the Seminoles giving the Hurricanes a beating.

20. Florida State Seminoles

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    That's a big whooping they served the Hurricanes 45-17 on the road.

    'Noles move up.

19. Michigan Wolverines

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    The big loss to the Michigan State Spartans will knock them back a few spots. 

    Don't despair, however, with Denard Robinson around, they’re still contenders.

18. Florida Gators

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    With LSU coming to the Swamp, the Gators are the favorites to win that big SEC game.

    Yet they were upset by the Tigers.

    John Brantley is hurting and Trey Burton might get more minutes.  And that might not be such a bad thing for the Gators.

17. Wisconsin Badgers

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    John Clay’s 3 TD’s power the Badgers to a convincing win against the Minnesota Golden Gophers. 

    That's a great way to bounce back after falling to the Spartans last Saturday. 

16. Stanford Cardinal

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    This week Stanford is facing a big Pac-10 game against the Trojans.

    Close win near the end of the game keeps them at no. 16.

15. Iowa Hawkeyes

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    Iowa still has a big loss to the Arizona Wildcats hanging over their heads.

    With that loss in mind they’ll get passed over in the polls by the Spartans.

14. Arizona Wildcats

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    Oregon State is a very good underrated team but the Wildcats should come back at home and erase a 10 point deficit at the half.

    Apparently they didn't, with that loss, Arizona will likely fall out of the Top 10.

13. Michigan State Spartans

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    The Spartans picked Denard Robinson three times today on their way to a win. 

    Six wins in a row and they are bowl eligible. 

    Is a Big Ten title in their future?

    With Florida and Miami (Fl.) both going down, the Spartans rise all the way to no. 13.

12. Arkansas Razorbacks

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    The Razorbacks played a close game and only won by a touchdown against the Big 12’s Texas A&M, 24-17.

    We know the Hogs played well against the Crimson Tide in Week4 but the Gamecocks beat them this week, and USC will pass them in the rankings this weekend.

11. LSU Tigers

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    A predicted loss to Florida is expected out of this matchup between two SEC teams. 

    But the Tigers come away with a big surprise win at the Swamp.

10. South Carolina Gamecocks

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    They were ranked as high as no. 12 during Week 3 but have now fallen to number 19.  Their big win against top seed Alabama brings will deservedly give them a big boost.

    From 19 last weekend all the way to number 10. 

9. Utah Utes

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    They had a scary start falling behind 7-0 to the Cyclones.    

    But the Utes are a much better team and should easily bounce back with the win.

8. Alabama Crimson Tide

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    From number one team in the nation to the number eight team. 

    They stay in the top 10 and have plenty of time to regain lost ground.

7. Oklahoma Sooners

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    After a bye week, they’ll fall back a few spots in the standings. 

    The Sooners have played in too many close games to unranked teams this year to warrant such a high ranking. 

    After seeing Nebraska explode this week, it’s hard to keep Oklahoma ranked ahead of them.

6. Auburn Tigers

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    Considering the Tigers defeated the Gamecocks, 35-27, during Week 4.  The same South Carolina team that just upset no. 1 Alabama,

    Auburn should become the highest ranked SEC team in the polls.

5. Nebraska Cornhuskers

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    Taylor Martinez has been impressive and has ignited the ‘Husker offense.   

    They’re looking like a title contender and will be right behind BCS-busters TCU and Boise State.

4. TCU Horned Frogs

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    The Horned Frogs regain ground and recapture the number four spot after Alabama gets upset and falls out of the Top 5.  

    TCU won handily this weekend against Wyoming 45-0.

3. Boise State Broncos

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    The Broncos could be at number two if the AP didn’t love the Pac-10 so much.  

    But the Pac-10 is definitely a tough conference that has earned their respect.   Such is the drawback of playing in the WAC. 

    More likely than not the Broncos will trounce the visiting Toledo Rockets and stay at number three.

2. Oregon Ducks

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    If it wasn’t for a lot of Pac-10 love from the AP, the heavily hyped Ducks should stay at number 3. 

    Although they haven’t really been impressive against the unranked Cougars, who are within thirteen points in the third quarter, there’s nowhere else to put them but at two.

1. Ohio State Buckeyes

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    Now that the Crimson Tide have lost, Ohio State and Terrelle Pryor are the best team in the nation.

    Were there even any doubts?