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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    DALLAS - OCTOBER 02:  Jeremy Beal #44 and Jamarkus McFarland #97 of the Oklahoma Sooners celebrate a quarterback sack against the Texas Longhorns in the first quarter at the Cotton Bowl on October 2, 2010 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty
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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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    LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 06:  Tail back David Wilson #4 of the Virginia Tech Hokies returns a kickoff against the Boise State Broncos at FedExField on September 6, 2010 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images)
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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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    GAINESVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 16:  Quarterback Chris Relf #14 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs runs for a touchdown against the Florida Gators October 16, 2010 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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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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    AUBURN - OCTOBER 16:  Backup quarterback Tyler Wilson #8 of the Arkansas Razorbacks threw for 332 yards and 4 touchdowns during the game against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on October 16, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama.  The Tigers beat the Razorbac
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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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    LAWRENCE, KS - OCTOBER 14:  Daniel Thomas #8 of the Kansas State Wildcats carries the ball as Olaitan Oguntodu #44 of the Kansas Jayhawks defends during the game on October 14, 2010 at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kansas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Im
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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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    COLUMBIA, SC - OCTOBER 9: Quarterback Stephen Garcia #5 of the South Carolina Gamecocks tosses the football out of the end zone to avoid a sack after a botched snap against the Alabama Crimson Tide October 9, 2010 at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, So
    Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images

    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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    BATON ROUGE, LA - SEPTEMBER 25:  Quarterback Geno Smith #12 of the West Virginia Mountaineers in action against the Louisiana State University Tigers at Tiger Stadium on September 25, 2010 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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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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    LINCOLN, NE - OCTOBER 16: Quarterback Garrett Gilbert #7 of the Texas Longhorns prepares to hand the ball off during their game at Memorial Stadium on October 16, 2010 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Texas Defeated Nebraska 20-13. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Image
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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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    TUCSON, AZ - OCTOBER 09:  Quarterback Nick Foles #8 of the Arizona Wildcats  during the college football game against the Oregon State Beavers at Arizona Stadium on October 9, 2010 in Tucson, Arizona.  The Beavers defeated the Wildcats 29-27.  (Photo by C
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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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    MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 9: Jermaine Thomas #38 pats Christian Ponder #7 on the head as he is held by Andrew Datko #67 of the Florida State Seminoles after scoring a touchdown against the Miami Hurricanes on October 9, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florid
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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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    LINCOLN, NE - OCTOBER 16: Running back Roy Helu Jr. #10 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers runs during their game against the Texas Longhorns game at Memorial Stadium on October 16, 2010 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Texas Defeated Nebraska 20-13. (Photo by Eric Francis
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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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    TUCSON, AZ - SEPTEMBER 18:  Quarterback Ricky Stanzi #12 of the Iowa Hawkeyes prepares to snap the ball during the college football game against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Tucson, Arizona.  The Wildcats defeated the H
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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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    STILLWATER, OK - SEPTEMBER 5: Running back Kendall Hunter #24 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys carries the ball six yards as Rennie Curran #35 of the Georgia Bulldogs tries to stop him during the fourth quarter of the game at Boone Pickens Stadium on Septemb
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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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    MADISON, WI - OCTOBER 16: Scott Tolzien #16 of the Wisconsin Badgers turns to hand-off against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Camp Randall Stadium on October 16, 2010 in Madison, Wisconsin. Wisconsin defeated Ohio State 31-18. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty
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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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    PALO ALTO, CA - OCTOBER 09:  Stepfan Taylor #33 of the Stanford Cardinal runs with the ball against the USC Trojans at Stanford Stadium on October 9, 2010 in Palo Alto, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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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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    ST. LOUIS - SEPTEMBER 4: Blaine Gabbert #11 of the University of Missouri Tigers looks to pass against the University of Illinois Fighting Illini during the State Farm Arch Rivalry game on September 4, 2010 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri.
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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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    MADISON, WI - OCTOBER 16: Terrelle Pryor #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes rushes against Kevin Claxton #37 of the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on October 16, 2010 in Madison, Wisconsin. Wisconsin defeated Ohio State 31-18.  (Photo by Jonathan Da
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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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    FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 14:  David Reed #16 of the Utah Utes celebrates with Jereme Brooks #85 after making a touchdown pass reception in the second quarter of the game against the TCU Horned Frogs at Amon G. Carter Stadium on November 14, 2009 in Fort
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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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    TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 16:  Trent Richardson #3 of the Alabama Crimson Tide rushes upfield against the Ole Miss Rebels at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 16, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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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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    ANN ARBOR, MI - OCTOBER 09:  Steve Nichol #7 of the Michigan State Spartans celebrates a 42 yard pass compleation from Kirk Cousins #8 during the third quarter of the game against the Michigan Wolverines on October 9, 2010 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor
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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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    BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 16:  Richard Murphy #18 of the Louisiana State University Tigers runs the ball against the McNeese State Cowboys at Tiger Stadium on October 16, 2010 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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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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    FORT WORTH, TX - OCTOBER 16:  Head coach Gary Patterson of the TCU Horned Frogs takes to the field with offensive guard Josh Vernon #78 and tackle Zach Roth #70 against the BYU Cougars at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 16, 2010 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (
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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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    AUBURN, AL - OCTOBER 16:  Quarterback Cam Newton #2 of the Auburn Tigers throws a pass during the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Jordan-Hare Stadium on October 16, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
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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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    BOISE, ID - SEPTEMBER 25:  Quarterback Kellen Moore #11 and the Boise State Broncos celebrates a touchdown against the Oregon Stage Beavers at Bronco Stadium on September 25, 2010 in Boise, Idaho.  (Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)
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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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    EUGENE, OR - OCTOBER 2: Wide receiver Jeff Maehl #23, quarterback Darron Thomas #1 and wide receiver Lavasier Tuinei #80 of the Oregon Ducks celebrate after Thomas scored a touchdown in the third quarter of the game against the Stanford Cardinal at Autzen
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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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    DALLAS - OCTOBER 02:  Quarterback Landry Jones #12 of the Oklahoma Sooners drops back to pass against the Texas Longhorns in the fourth quarter at the Cotton Bowl on October 2, 2010 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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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.