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BCS Rankings Week 14: Projecting the Top 25 in the Latest Poll

OXFORD, MS - NOVEMBER 19: Sam Montgomery #99, Bennie Logan #93, Michael Brockers #90 and Kendrick Adams #94 of the LSU Tigers huddle up against the Ole Miss Rebels on November 19, 2011 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Mississippi. LSU beat Mississippi 52-3. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)
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Johnathan CaceCorrespondent INovember 26, 2011

With six games between ranked opponents this weekend—seven if you include No. 5 Virginia Tech and Virginia, which is ranked in the AP, Coaches’ and Harris Poll—there will be a lot of movement in the Week 14 BCS Top 25.

Unfortunately for people who don’t want to see a rematch in the national championship, the biggest upset of the weekend will No. 22 Notre Dame over No. 6 Stanford and not No. 24 Auburn over No. 2 Alabama. The Tide’s defense is just way too good for any great stand the Tigers can put up against Trent Richardson.

Stanford has given up an average of 40 points to the three best offensive teams they’ve played this season, losing one of those games and sending the other to triple overtime, and Notre Dame is better at scoring than Washington.

The other Top 10 upset of the weekend will be Tulsa over No. 8 Houston. The Cougars have yet to play a team with eight wins on the season and have only seen two defenses not ranked in the bottom third in the country in total defense. Tulsa has eight wins, has a solid defense and the game is in Oklahoma.

But those won’t be the only upsets of the weekend. Ohio State will go up to the Big House and beat No. 15 Michigan because it has the number of Denard Robinson—the Buckeyes held him and the rest of the offense to just seven points in their meeting last year.

Also, No. 17 Clemson is going to beat No. 12 South Carolina because the Gamecocks will be without their star offensive playmaker Marcus Lattimore. The defense got torched by the passing attack of Arkansas and the Tigers will use last week’s loss as motivation to come out and get a win on the road.

Here’s what the Top 25 will look like factoring those upsets in as well as the other wins around the country.

1. LSU

2. Alabama

3. Oklahoma State

4. Virginia Tech

5. Arkansas

6. Boise State

7. Oklahoma

8. Oregon

9. Kansas State

10. Stanford

11. Georgia

The Bulldogs get a solid win over in-state rival Georgia Tech and move past Michigan State after it has a close game with Northwestern.

12. Michigan State

13. Wisconsin

Wisconsin soundly beats Penn State and moves up to three spots to 13th.

14. Clemson

15. Houston

16. South Carolina

17. Notre Dame

18. Baylor

19. TCU

20. Michigan

21. Nebraska

22. Penn State

23. Tulsa

24. West Virginia

25. Rutgers

 


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