BCS Rankings Week 12: 5 Top 25 Teams That Will Plummet in the Rankings
Another week of college football, another week of upsets.
This week, some huge teams making BCS noise went down in a big way.
This week marked the end of a BCS championship quest for two teams, and may have knocked them out of contention for even a BCS game.
We certainly have seemed to have moved on from What do we do with three undefeated teams? to Will anyone go undefeated this season?
Some of the losses in the top 25 were egregious enough that it may drop at least two teams from the rankings completely and open the door for new blood in the BCS standings.
It should be very interesting to see how far these five teams drop this week...
No. 20 Auburn
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How is this team still even ranked?
This is just the ultimate respect to a defending national champion. Realistically, this team had to have been dropped from the rankings two weeks ago when they were destroyed by LSU.
This weekend, the Tigers were blown out by Georgia, 45-7.
No. 4 Stanford
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Stanford came in No. 4 in the BCS and seemed poised to take the second spot if it could dispatch of No. 7 Oregon in a home game in front of a national TV audience on Saturday night.
However, not only did Stanford lose, they were flat out dominated by the Ducks.
The Ducks rolled up 53 points and lit up the Stanford defense for 387 yards of offense, including a staggering 232 on the ground.
The game highlighted a huge weakness in the Stanford defense that analysts had been overlooking or ignoring: the lack of team speed in the Stanford secondary.
When an Oregon player got loose, he was gone for six on Saturday night.
The Ducks had scoring plays of 58, 41 and 59 yards last night.
No. 5 Boise State
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How low will the Broncs go?
BSU came into the game with the nation's No. 4 BCS ranking and lost at home to a solid but not spectacular TCU team.
The game will beg the question for voters as to how overrated Boise was at this point in the season?
The team had one big win, an opening week win against Georgia, and it is always easier to pull that kind of win early in the season.
I mean, would BSU be able to beat Georgia now that Georgia has hit its stride?
TCU was un-ranked, and when they had stepped up in competition, they lost to Baylor and SMU. Boise should slip out of the top 10.
No. 16 Texas
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Five points? Really, Texas? Against Mizzou?
Awful doesn't begin to describe this performance. No idea how Texas even remains in the top 25.
Here are some of the awful numbers: Texas had 247 total yards of offense, and was 5-of-17 on third down.
The team averaged 2.6 yards per rush and didn't score their fifth point until forcing a safety with just over three-and-a-half minutes to play.
This is a far cry from a team that once had an offense that featured Colt McCoy not too long ago.
No. 12 Penn State
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Amid scandal and controversy, the BCS' No. 12 team dropped its home game to Nebraska.
They may suffer the biggest drop of any team that lost for several reasons.
First, they lost a home game to a team they were ranked behind in the polls, and secondly, I can't help but wonder how a human voter would feel about voting for PSU in the polls that contribute to the BCS.