BCS Rankings Week 8: 5 Who Will Rise, 5 Who Will Fall out

William PenfieldCorrespondent IIOctober 16, 2011

BCS Rankings Week 8: 5 Who Will Rise, 5 Who Will Fall out

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    After an exciting Saturday of college football there is sure to be some shake up in the Top 25 rankings.

    Despite some blowouts by the nations top teams, we saw six ranked teams go down yesterday, including No. 12 Georgia Teach.

    With the first set of BCS rankings set to be released tonight, we are sure to see some movement in the rankings.

Moving Up: Michigan State Spartans

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    Since losing to Notre Dame four weeks ago, the Michigan State Spartans have reeled off three consecutive victories to improve to 5-1.

    Its most recent victory over in-state rival Michigan will catapult them up the rankings when they are released today.

    Ranked No. 23 headed into the weekend, the Spartans should move up into the teens, but it may not last long as they head to Madison next Saturday to take on the No. 4 Wisconsin Badgers.  

Moving Up: Kansas State Wildcats

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    With a win over Texas Tech on Saturday, the Kansas State Wildcats improved to 6-0 on the season and should get a bump in the rankings.

    The surprise team of 2011, the Wildcats already have some impressive victories over Miami and Baylor, and should be rewarded in the rankings for its most recent victory at Texas Tech.

    Headed into the week, the Wildcats were ranked No. 17 and should see a slight jump as one of the remaining undefeated team's in college football.

    Unfortunately for the Wildcats, their glory won't last long as they are headed into a four-week stretch against Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Texas.

Moving Up: Texas A&M Aggies

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    With an impressive, 55-28 victory over the Baylor Bears, the Texas A&M Aggies should see a boost in rankings when they are released later today.

    Ranked No. 21 headed into the game against the Bears, they won't regain their Top 10 position from a few weeks ago, but they should jump into the mid-teens.

    It has been a roller-coaster season for the Aggies, losing by a combined five points in their two losses.

    The Aggies should enjoy small jumps in the rankings for the next couple weeks until the matchup against Oklahoma on Nov. 5, in a make or break game.

Moving Up: Oklahoma State Cowboys

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    With their second win over a ranked team Saturday, the Oklahoma State Cowboys are poised to jump Boise State for the No. 5 spot in the rankings.

    Wins over the Texas Longhorns and Texas A&M Aggies have given the Cowboys a more impressive résumé than the Broncos, warranting a jump in the rankings.

    The Broncos haven't played a meaningful opponent since Georgia in Week 1, and they shouldn't be allowed to coast.

    If Oklahoma is able to be jumped by LSU and Alabama without losing, the Cowboys should jump the Broncos for the No. 5 spot when the rankings are released later today. 

Moving Up: Notre Dame Irish

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    After starting of the season 0-2, the Notre Dame Irish have reeled off four wins in a row to improve to 4-2.

    Despite the off week, the Irish should sneak their way into the Top 25 with losses by teams like Baylor and Arizona State.

    The Irish always seem to get love from the rankings based on their storied history, so a move into the Top 25 after an off week shouldn't surprised anyone. 

    With a win over USC next Saturday, the Irish could cement their position in the Top 25 for the remainder of the season.

Falling Out: Texas Longhorns

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    With a second straight loss, the Texas Longhorns will find themselves on the outside, looking in, when the rankings are released later today.

    The young Longhorn's showed some promise early on in the season, but they just proved to be too young and too inexperienced in matchups against Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

    Ranked No. 22 headed into the weekend, the Longhorns should find themselves out of the Top 25 completely. 

Falling Out: Arizona State Sun Devils

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    When Oregon quarterback Darren Thomas went down in last night's game, the Arizona State Sun Devils had an opportunity at a statement win, but the Ducks proceeded to run all over them in Thomas' absence for a 41-27 win.

    The Sun Devils have shown some promise this year with big wins over Missouri and USC, but they failed to come up big in Eugene last night and will drop in the rankings because of it.

    Ranked No. 19 headed into the weekend, the Sun Devils could keep a spot in the Top 25 but could also drop out of the rankings completely. 

Falling Out: Baylor Bears

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    The Baylor Bears and Robert Griffin III showed early season promise, but their most recent loss to Texas A&M should drop them out of the Top 25.

    They opened up their season with a statement win over TCU but have lost two of their last three Big 12 matchups. 

    Ranked No. 20 headed into the weekend, the loss should knock the Bears out of the Top 25, opening up a spot for a team like Notre Dame or Florida. 

Falling Out: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

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    With a loss to the Virginia Cavaliers, Georgia Tech proved it was not worthy of the No. 12 ranking it held headed into the weekend. 

    The Yellow Jackets were 6-0 headed into Saturday but had a letdown game against the Cavaliers, losing 24-21 on the road. 

    Things may not get any better for the Yellow Jackets as they head to Miami to face the Hurricanes and then welcome Clemson and Virginia Tech to Atlanta in consecutive weeks. 

    The loss could mark a significant drop for the Yellow Jackets in the rankings, and they should eventually wind up out of the Top 25 in the coming weeks. 

Falling Out: Illinois Fight Illini

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    Like Georgia Tech, the Illinois Fighting Illini proved they were more pretender than contender on Saturday with a loss to Ohio State at home. 

    Without a true test headed into the weekend, the Illini showed their true colors on Saturday losing to a reeling Buckeye team who completed just one pass on four attempts.

    Ranked No. 16 headed into the weekend, the Illini should drop into the 20s when the rankings are released, but they really belong among the unranked's.