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College Football Rankings: 5 Schools Ready To Hang it Up For the Season

Matt BauerCorrespondent IIOctober 31, 2011

College Football Rankings: 5 Schools Ready To Hang it Up For the Season

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    Some college football teams' seasons were nightmares from the beginning, and basketball season couldn't start soon enough.

    But for teams with BCS aspirations, much has changed over the last couple weeks, and the upcoming basketball season holds more hope.

    The 2011 college football season is more than half over, and a handful of teams with dreams of a BCS birth have lost their way. 

    Those teams' seasons could already be considered busts, and there's still over a month left in the regular season.

Honorable Mention: Kansas Jayhawks

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    The Kansas Jayhawks football team never sniffed the Top 25, and nothing is going to change with that. 

    KU has lost six straight games, and they've given up over 40 points in their last seven contests.

    It's safe to say Jayhawks nation can't wait to pack Allen Fieldhouse for another exciting college basketball season in Lawrence, KS.

Wisconsin Badgers

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    The Wisconsin Badgers had dreams of reaching the national championship this year after a solid 6-0 record to start the season. 

    Things have changed drastically in Madison over the last two weeks.

    After falling short to the Michigan State Spartans on a miracle Hail Mary pass to end the game two weeks ago, the Badgers looked to bounce back this past weekend against the Ohio State Buckeyes.

    No chance could the Badgers drop two straight games.  No way could the Badgers lose on a Hail Mary pass two weeks in a row. 

    Wrong.

    With less than a minute left this past Saturday, Buckeyes QB Braxton Miller completed a wide open 40-yard pass to WR Devin Smith which would result in the game-winning score.

    Two weeks in a row, Wisconsin has lost on Hail Mary passes. Their dreams of reaching the national championship remain a dream and not reality.

West Virginia

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    The West Virginia Mountaineers had a solid season going until a couple of weeks ago.  WV had just one loss prior to traveling to Syracuse for a Friday night game. 

    Syracuse ended up embarrassing West Virginia by 26 points.

    West Virginia bounced back this past weekend by beating Rutgers 41-31, but the Mountaineers' second loss the previous week killed their BCS aspirations.

    West Virginia is going to need some serious luck to wind up in a meaningful bowl game, but it doesn't seem like that will happen. 

    They barely squeaked by Rutgers, and their play has not been too promising.

Texas Longhorns

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    The Texas Longhorns are coming off their worst season under Mack Brown after finishing under .500 with a record of 5-7 in 2010.

    Prior to putting a whooping on the Kansas Jayhawks this past weekend, the Longhorns were coming off two straight losses to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

    Texas also had a QB controversy at the beginning of the season, which ended in Case McCoy taking Garrett Gilbert's starting job.

    It seems like Texas finds a way to remain in the Top 25 each week, but the Longhorns' season won't end with any significance like the UT faithful expect year after year.

Kansas State Wildcats

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    Just like I suspected, the Kansas State Wildcats' undefeated season ended when they hosted the Oklahoma Sooners. 

    Not only did it end this past Saturday, the Sooners beat up on the Wildcats in front of their own fans.

    Kansas State plays two ranked opponents in two of their next three weeks, and I strongly believe both will result in losses. 

    The Wildcats will also lose to the Texas A&M Aggies.

    Kansas State definitely deserves some respect for the success they've generated on the field the first half of the 2011 college football season, but they got a reality check Saturday.

    The people in Manhattan, KS, should get used to witnessing losing performances the rest of the season.

Michigan State Spartans

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    The Michigan State Spartans converted a miracle Hail Mary pass two weeks ago to beat the Wisconsin Badgers, but Sparty's luck ran out this past week when the team traveled to Lincoln, NE.

    Michigan State ended up losing to the Nebraska Cornhuskers by a score of 24-3. 

    Just when Michigan State had hopes of being in a BCS bowl game, those hopes came crashing down.

    Now, residents around the East Lansing area can't wait to watch Tom Izzo and the MSU hoops team do what they do on the hardwood.

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