BCS Rankings: 5 Teams That Completely Fell Apart Down the Stretch

Sean LansingContributor INovember 27, 2011

BCS Rankings: 5 Teams That Completely Fell Apart Down the Stretch

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    The college football regular season is 12 weeks per-team for a reason.

    Every year, teams that weren't on anybody's radar or that were just plain overrated get off to a super fast start, sparking talk of national titles and dream seasons.  Then, a few weeks later, the wheels fall off and those teams are fighting just to play in a meaningful bowl game. 

    Here are five teams from this year that wish the season was just a little shorter. 

Clemson

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    Earlier this year, Tiger fans were convinced that this was going to be the season the wheels didn’t fall off.

    In fact, as late as the last weekend in October, Clemson had hopes of a national title season.

    Fast forward to the end of the month, and the Tigers have lost three of the last four and fallen to No. 17 in the BCS rankings.

    If they don’t beat Virginia Tech in the ACC championship game, they might not even make a BCS bowl. 

Nebraska

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    In their first-ever Big Ten season, Bo Pelini and the Cornhuskers had high hopes. 

    Nebraska started the year as a favorite to win the conference, and there was talk in Lincoln of a run to the Rose Bowl. 

    Instead, the Huskers have been wildly inconsistent, and a 45-17 late-season thrashing at the hands of Michigan was the nail in their BCS coffin. 

Georgia Tech

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    Georgia Tech got off to a 6-0 start this season, and experts nationwide were wondering if an option team could run the table. 

    Apparently not. 

    The Yellow Jackets lost four of six to close out the regular season. 

Kansas State

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    What Bill Snyder has accomplished during his second stint as head coach at Kansas State is remarkable, but it doesn't take the sting out of a couple of late season losses. 

    In mid-October, the Wildcats were 7-0 and atop the college football world. 

    Back-to-back losses to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State dampened expectations, although Kansas State has rebounded nicely by winning their last two. 

Texas A&M

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    At the start of the season, Texas A&M was a legitimate national title contender.

    After suffering four losses in their last five games, the 6-6 Aggies are just hoping for the chance to play one more.