College Football Rankings 2011: 5 Teams Who Won't See Top 25 Again After Week 2
These five teams can kiss their season goodbye because they’ll never see the top 25 again this year.
After disappointing mightily the first two weeks of the season, these five teams stand no chance at redeeming themselves the rest of the way. Their fans will be crying the rest of the year because their team crumbled to begin the season.
The only thing left to fight for is pride because the hardware will be long out of reach.
5. Auburn Tigers
Auburn was, as expected, pathetic to open the season. This team doesn’t have any legitimate threats except for Michael Dyer. The team went up in smoke when Cam Newton and Nick Fairley left for the NFL.
The only reason they were even ranked in the top 25 to start the season was out of respect for their 2010 Championship campaign. The Tigers will be blown out by Mississippi State Week 2 and never heard from again.
4. USC Trojans
USC almost lost to Minnesota Week 1. Utah presents a much bigger threat offensively and defensively for the Trojans. The Utes were a surprise team last season and will look to crack the top 25 this year with a big win over the up-and-down Trojans.
Marc Tyler is expected to start, but he won’t be enough to keep the Trojans from disappointing again. Even if they manage to win, they won’t see the top 25.
3. Missouri Tigers
James Franklin’s Tigers didn’t impress Week 1 and will be upset by Vontaze Burfict’s Arizona State Sun Devils. The Sun Devils should have been ranked inside the top 25 to start the season and are now looking for blood led by the one man you don’t want to face.
Burfict is the best defensive prospect in the nation and the emotional leader of the Sun Devils. He’ll have Arizona State prepared for epic destruction on national TV.
2. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Tommy Reese is an upgrade from Dayne Christ, but he won't be enough. Notre Dame needs a heavier dose of Cierre Wood if they want to win, but the Fighting Irish seem determined to throw the rock.
It’s all about Denard Robinson, who despite limited touches, is still one of the most dangerous playmakers. Head coach Brady Hoke is looking at Robinson to make better decisions with the ball and we saw that Week 1. Notre Dame travels to hostile environment and will suffer another defeat to ensure they stay out of the top 25.
1. Georgia Bulldogs
Aaron Murray’s Bulldogs were given the short end of the stick this year. Georgia had to start the season with the most difficult opening two duels of any team in the nation. They battled Boise State tough in Week 1, but still fell out of the top 25.
After suffering another loss to the championship caliber South Carolina Gamecocks, we won’t see Georgia in the top 25 until next season. The Bulldogs will bounce back from their murderer’s row schedule and win a BCS Bowl game this year, but they won’t rank inside the top 25 with two losses under their belt.
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