BCS Rankings Week 9: Say Goodbye to These 5 Teams

Colby LanhamCorrespondent IOctober 23, 2011

BCS Rankings Week 9: Say Goodbye to These 5 Teams

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    College football fans didn't have to wait very long for the BCS Rankings to receive shake-ups; it only took six days, a pretty quick time period.

    Wisconsin and Oklahoma fell from the ranks of the unbeaten, while teams like Georgia Tech and Auburn have let one loss beat them twice, and are effectively in danger of being put out of the BCS Rankings. While the likes of Wisconsin and Oklahoma will undoubtedly remain in the Top 25, there will be those that will be kicked out to make room for those who want an opportunity to gain some BCS recognition. Several key teams lost and will be saying goodbye to the BCS for Week 9.

Auburn

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    Suffering the sharpest decline of any team this year, Gene Chizik's Auburn Tigers, one year removed from winning a National Championship, are looking mediocre on both sides of the ball, failing to score and to make stops on defense.

    Benched quarterback Barrett Trotter was clearly not the source of the problem against LSU, who easily dismantled the Tigers 45-10, and made Auburn's once proud offense look average. While LSU's defense is very good, Auburn was not even competitive and failed to make LSU concerned in any facet of the game.

    Sorry Auburn, but looks like it's goodbye from the BCS for Week 9.

Georgia Tech

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    Oh how the mighty have fallen.

    Once a proud unbeaten, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, whose offense has been under consistent praise all season, was knocked from the unbeaten ranks last week against the Virginia Cavaliers. Now the team's woes have snowballed, as the Miami Hurricanes shocked the Jackets with a surprising 24-7 victory, shutting down the option attack of the Yellow Jackets.

    Once undefeated, the Yellow Jackets will be lucky to even get out of the ACC Coastal Division, which is now wide open thanks to Georgia Tech's two consecutive losses.

    Sorry Yellow Jackets, but it's time to say goodbye to the BCS Rankings for Week 9.

Illinois

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    Yet another team that must say goodbye are the Illinois Fighting Illini.

    After losing in consecutive weeks against a struggling Ohio State Buckeye team and against fellow Big Ten rival Purdue, the Fighting Illini cannot be saved from their inevitable fate of being dropped from the BCS national rankings. The team has quickly sunk from the top of the Big Ten, struggling to stand up against the competition.

    Heading into Penn State, things do not look good for Ron Zook and his team at this point in the season. Now they must play to improve their bowl game standings and finish the season on a good note.

    Sorry Illinois. It was a fun ride while it lasted.

Washington

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    It was a pretty quick ride for the Washington Huskies, who just recently broke into the Top 25, but after their Week 8 loss against the likes of Stanford, they'll drop out of the rankings to make room for the next best teams right behind them. They have to say goodbye due to their low ranking in the polls and will try to salvage their season and get back to Washington Huskies football.

    Sorry, Washington. It was nice while it lasted.