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BCS Rankings 2010: The Opponent Most Likely to Beat Each Top 25 Team

Todd KaufmannSenior Writer IOctober 19, 2010

BCS Rankings 2010: The Opponent Most Likely to Beat Each Top 25 Team

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    With the BCS rankings out and the debates hot and heavy around just about every water cooler and chat box around the country, what will only shake up the polls is an upset here or there.

    There are still quite a few games on the schedule for every top 25 team and a few places that each can slip up and cost themselves a chance at either a BCS game or even a spot among the top teams in the country.

    Alabama has fallen, South Carolina fell victim to Kentucky and Ohio State felt the "upset bug" this past Saturday against Wisconsin.

    Who else will join them on that list and who will end up not being prepared enough for any certain game and end up being the one that will talk about "what might have been?"

    So who will fall and who will finish the season strong? Only one way to find out.

    That's where I come in.

No. 25: Virginia Tech

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    Current record: 5-2

    Games left: 5

    Possible fall: Nov. 13th at North Carolina

    Virginia Tech spent the third week of the season as the butt of just about every joke in college football, especially after losing to James Madison at home.

No. 24: Mississippi State

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    Current record: 5-2

    Games left: 5

    Possible fall: Oct. 30th vs. Kentucky

    Hey, if Kentucky can knock off the team that knocked off the top team in the country, no reason they can't do it again on the road against the Bulldogs.

No. 23: Arkansas Razorbacks

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    Current record: 4-2

    Games left: 6

    Possible fall: Nov. 6th at (19) South Carolina

    The Arkansas Razorbacks may be without Ryan Mallett, who suffered a concussion against Auburn last Saturday, when they face Ole Miss this weekend

No. 22: Kansas State Wildcats

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    Current record: 5-1

    Games left: 6

    Possible fall: Oct. 23rd at Baylor

    The Bears are playing well enough to take down Kansas State. Baylor is not the joke of the Big 12 like they used to be.

No. 21: South Carolina Gamecocks

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    Current record: 4-2

    Games left: 6

    Possible fall: Nov. 6th vs. (21) Arkansas

    After knocking off the top team in the country, Alabama, they travel to Kentucky and lose? How many times have you seen that in consecutive weeks?

No. 20: West Virginia Mountaineers

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    Current record: 5-1

    Games left: 6

    Possible fall: Nov. 13th vs. Cincinnati

    I'm not sold on West Virginia hanging around the rankings long. They might get past Syracuse and UConn, but don't look past the Bearcats who could be on a run of their own coming into this one.

No. 19: Texas Longhorns

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    Current record: 4-2

    Games left: 6

    Possible fall: Nov. 13th vs. (17) Oklahoma State

    It's hard for me to figure out which Texas team is going to show up from week to week. The one that got embarrassed by UCLA or the one that upset Nebraska in Lincoln?

No. 18: Arizona Wildcats

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    Current record: 5-1

    Games left: 6

    Possible fall: Oct. 23rd vs Washington

    With starting quarterback Nick Foles out two to three weeks with a sprained knee, the Wildcats could be in trouble on Saturday against the Huskies.

No. 17: Florida State Seminoles

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    Current record: 6-1

    Games left: 5

    Possible fall: Nov. 27 vs. Florida

    As long as the Seminoles play like they did against Miami, they could be hard to beat. But their matchup against Florida at the end of the season could be telling.

No. 16: Nebraska Cornhuskers

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    Current record: 5-1

    Games left: 6

    Possible fall: Oct. 23rd at (17) Oklahoma State

    Nebraska apparently showed their true colors against Texas this past weekend. So much so that it got starting quarterback Taylor Martinez benched. Can they pull it together on the road?

No. 15: Iowa Hawkeyes

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    Current record: 5-1

    Games left: 6

    Possible fall: Oct. 23rd vs. (10) Wisconsin

    The Iowa Hawkeyes have arguably the best defense in the conference and that could be their saving grace as they enter the tough part of their schedule.

No. 14: Oklahoma State Cowboys

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    Current record: 6-0

    Games left: 6

    Possible fall: Nov. 13th at (19) Texas

    When Oklahoma State travels to Austin to take on the Longhorns, it should be an epic battle in the Big 12. Whether the Cowboys can survive depends on the Texas team that shows up.

No. 13: Wisconsin Badgers

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    Current record: 6-1

    Games left: 5

    Possible fall: Nov. 20th at Michigan

    The Wisconsin Badgers celebrated a big time win over top-ranked Ohio State. But when they go to the Bighouse, can they prove they can win big on the road or will they fall victim to their own success?

No. 12: Stanford Cardinal

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    Current record: 5-1

    Games left: 6

    Possible fall: Nov. 6th vs. (18) Arizona

    Stanford has looked like one of the top teams in the Pac-10 all season long had it not been for Oregon. That said, if they can get past Washington State and Washington, they'll have a showdown with Arizona looming.

No. 11: Missouri Tigers

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    Current record: 6-0

    Games left: 6

    Possible fall: Oct. 23rd vs. (1) Oklahoma

    Missouri should have lost to San Diego State had it not been for a horrible defensive lapse by the Aztecs. This weekend they won't be so lucky as they'll have to face the best team in the nation. Allegedly.

No. 10: Ohio State Buckeyes

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    Current record: 6-1

    Games left: 5

    Possible fall: Nov. 13th vs. Penn State

    Ohio State got a little too far ahead of themselves this past weekend and got upset on the road at Wisconsin. They'll survive a few more weeks but watch out for their matchup against Penn State.

No. 9: Utah Utes

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    Current record: 6-0

    Games left: 6

    Possible fall: Nov. 6th vs. (5) TCU

    Utah hasn't been challenged all season long but they're about to face the tough part of their schedule, including games against Air Force and then a showdown for the top spot in the Mountain West against TCU.

No. 8: Alabama Crimson Tide

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    Current record: 6-1

    Games left: 5

    Possible fall: Nov. 6th at (6) LSU

    Alabama was the first No. 1 team to fall this season but the falling may not be over just yet. They still have games against LSU, Mississippi State and Auburn before them.

No. 7: Michigan State Spartans

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    Current record: 7-0

    Games left: 5

    Possible fall: Oct. 30th at (15) Iowa

    Michigan State has looked good so far but with a road game at Iowa still coming up, one has to wonder just how good they could become.

No. 6: LSU Tigers

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    Current record: 7-0

    Games left: 5

    Possible fall: Oct. 23rd at (4) Auburn

    LSU has snuck away twice with wins they shouldn't have received. Taking on Auburn on the road will be a true test of just how good they really are. My take: They won't get close.

No. 5: TCU Horned Frogs

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    Current record: 7-0

    Games left: 5

    Possible fall: Nov. 6th at (9) Utah

    TCU is the other Mountain West team that continues to display their offense but also has one of the best defenses to go along with it. It makes them all the more dangerous but they'll get a real test when they take on Utah in three weeks.

No. 4: Auburn Tigers

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    Current record: 7-0

    Games left: 5

    Possible fall: Nov 26th at (8) Alabama

    The Auburn Tigers are playing like one of the best teams in the nation thanks in part to quarterback Cam Newton. They might be able to be beaten but it might not be until the end of their season when they take on Alabama.

No. 3: Boise State Broncos

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    Current record: 6-0

    Games left: 6

    Possible fall: Nov. 6th vs. Hawaii

    Don't underestimate Bryant Moniz and the Hawaii Warriors. Moniz is one of the nation's best passers and if Boise State's defense isn't ready for them, they may suffer their first loss of the season.

No. 2: Oregon Ducks

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    Current record: 6-0

    Games left: 6

    Possible fall: Oct. 30th at USC

    Say what you want about the Trojans but they're always dangerous at home. If Oregon takes them the slightest bit lightly, then the Ducks could fall.

No. 1: Oklahoma Sooners

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    Current record: 6-0

    Games left: 6

    Possible fall: Nov. 13th vs. Texas Tech

    Yes I said Texas Tech. They may not be up to the standards of Oklahoma or seem as good, but when a team gets up for a game, they can win at any time.

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