College Football Rankings: Predicting Top 25 After Shocking Alabama Loss

Nathaniel UyFeatured ColumnistOctober 10, 2010

College Football Rankings: Predicting Top 25 After Shocking Alabama Loss

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    COLUMBIA, SC - OCTOBER 9: Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide directs play against the South Carolina Gamecocks October 9, 2010 at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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    After a big loss to Steve Spurrier and the South Carolina Gamecocks, 35-21, the big bad Alabama Crimson Tide will predictably fall as the number one team in the country.

    How far will they fall?  We won’t officially find out until tomorrow morning.  But in case you wanted to get ahead of the official polls, we can break it down right now. 

    Let’s take a look at how the AP poll might look tomorrow. 

    Keep in mind, however, that there’s still some games that need to play out.

    UPDATED: To account for Arizona, Miami (Fl.) and Florida losses.

Just Outside: Northwestern Wildcats

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    EVANSTON, IL - OCTOBER 31: Dan Persa #7 of the Northwestern Wildcats escapes from Devon Still #71 of the Penn State Nittany Lions at Ryan Field on October 31, 2009 in Evanston, Illinois. Penn State defeated Northwestern 34-13. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Ge
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    It’s hard to ignore the potent passing attack of the Wildcats, led by Dan Persa, who should remain unbeaten with a 6-0 record to start the year.

Just Outside: Oregon State Beavers

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    TUCSON, AZ - OCTOBER 09:  Tight end Joe Halahuni #87 of the Oregon State Beavers runs with the football after a 43 yard reception against the Arizona Wildcats during the fourth quarter of the college football game at Arizona Stadium on October 9, 2010 in
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    Oregon State takes an impressive win on the road against Top 10 team, Arizona.

    With that win, they deserve to make it back to the top 25.  If they make it back in this week, they'll be very, very close. 

25. Air Force Falcons

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    AIR FORCE ACADEMY, CO - NOVEMBER 11: Beau Suder #22 of the Air Force Falcons walks on the field during the game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on November 11, 2006 at Falcon Stadium on the Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs, Colorado.  (Photo
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    A 49-27 win against the Colorado State Rams team keeps them rolling this week.

    The Falcons also have a pair of 400 yard rushers in Jared Tew and Asher Clark.

24. Missouri Tigers

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    ST. LOUIS - SEPTEMBER 4: Blaine Gabbert #11 of the University of Missouri Tigers looks to pass against the University of Illinois Fighting Illini during the State Farm Arch Rivalry game on September 4, 2010 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri.
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    With their game yet to finish, it's already looking good for the Tigers.

    They started their off scoring with a big defensive play—a quarterback sack for a safety.   

    This should be another win at home against the Colorado Buffaloes.

23. Oklahoma State Cowboys

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    ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 02:  A general view of the Mississippi Rebels and the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the AT&T Cotton Bowl on January 2, 2010 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    Don’t look now but that’s five in a row for the Oklahamo State Cowboys.   

    Their offense, which is scoring over 50 points per game, is among the best in the nation.

22. Nevada Wolf Pack

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    LAS VEGAS - OCTOBER 02:  Nevada Reno Wolf Pack head coach Chris Ault (C) is flanked by quarterbacks Tyler Lantrip #16 and Mason Magleby #13 as Ault watches his players take on the UNLV Rebels at Sam Boyd Stadium October 2, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Nevad
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    Week 6 brings us a 5-0 Nevada team, playing against a 1-4 San Jose State team, looks like an easy win at home for the Wolf Pack

21. Miami Hurricanes

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    MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 9: Jacory Harris #12 of the Miami Hurricanes warms up prior to the game against the Florida State Seminoles on October 9, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
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    They should beat visiting Florida State in a big rivalry game.

    But it goes the other way around, with the Seminoles giving the Hurricanes a beating.

20. Florida State Seminoles

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    MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 9: Christian Ponder #7 of the Florida State Seminoles runs out of the pocket to pass the ball against the Miami Hurricanes on October 9, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
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    That's a big whooping they served the Hurricanes 45-17 on the road.

    'Noles move up.

19. Michigan Wolverines

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    ANN ARBOR, MI - OCTOBER 09: Jerel Worthy #99 of the Michigan State Spartans rushes Denard Robinson #16 of the Michigan Wolverines during the game on October 9, 2010 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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    The big loss to the Michigan State Spartans will knock them back a few spots. 

    Don't despair, however, with Denard Robinson around, they’re still contenders.

18. Florida Gators

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    TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 02:  Cheerleaders and mascots of the Florida Gators during the game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 2, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    With LSU coming to the Swamp, the Gators are the favorites to win that big SEC game.

    Yet they were upset by the Tigers.

    John Brantley is hurting and Trey Burton might get more minutes.  And that might not be such a bad thing for the Gators.

17. Wisconsin Badgers

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    MADISON, WI - SEPTEMBER 18: John Clay #32 of the Wisconsin Badgers awaits the start of play against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Camp Randall Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Madison, Wisconsin. Wisconsin defeated Arizona State 20-19. (Photo by Jonatha
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    John Clay’s 3 TD’s power the Badgers to a convincing win against the Minnesota Golden Gophers. 

    That's a great way to bounce back after falling to the Spartans last Saturday. 

16. Stanford Cardinal

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    EUGENE, OR - OCTOBER 2: Quarterback Andrew Luck #12 of the Stanford Cardinal calls out signals at the line of scrimmage in the third quarter of the game against the Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium on October 2, 2010 in Eugene, Oregon. Oregon won the game 5
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    This week Stanford is facing a big Pac-10 game against the Trojans.

    Close win near the end of the game keeps them at no. 16.

15. Iowa Hawkeyes

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    TUCSON, AZ - SEPTEMBER 18:  Quarterback Ricky Stanzi #12 of the Iowa Hawkeyes prepares to snap the ball during the college football game against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Tucson, Arizona.  The Wildcats defeated the H
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    Iowa still has a big loss to the Arizona Wildcats hanging over their heads.

    With that loss in mind they’ll get passed over in the polls by the Spartans.

14. Arizona Wildcats

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    TUCSON, AZ - OCTOBER 09:  Quarterback Nick Foles #8 of the Arizona Wildcats celebrates with teammate Keenyn Crier #47 after the Wildcats scored a first quarter touchdown against the Oregon State Beavers during the college football game at Arizona Stadium
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    Oregon State is a very good underrated team but the Wildcats should come back at home and erase a 10 point deficit at the half.

    Apparently they didn't, with that loss, Arizona will likely fall out of the Top 10.

13. Michigan State Spartans

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    ANN ARBOR, MI - OCTOBER 09:  Le'Veon Bell #24 of the Michigan State Spartans scores on a 41 yard touchdown in the second quarter during the game against the Michigan Wolverines during the game on October 9, 2010 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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    The Spartans picked Denard Robinson three times today on their way to a win. 

    Six wins in a row and they are bowl eligible. 

    Is a Big Ten title in their future?

    With Florida and Miami (Fl.) both going down, the Spartans rise all the way to no. 13.

12. Arkansas Razorbacks

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    FAYETTEVILLE - SEPTEMBER 25: Arkansas Razorbacks fans cheer during the game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium on September 25, 2010 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Alabama won 24-20. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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    The Razorbacks played a close game and only won by a touchdown against the Big 12’s Texas A&M, 24-17.

    We know the Hogs played well against the Crimson Tide in Week4 but the Gamecocks beat them this week, and USC will pass them in the rankings this weekend.

11. LSU Tigers

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    BATON ROUGE, LA - SEPTEMBER 25:  Jordan Jefferson #9 of the Louisiana State Univeristy Tigers runs on the field before playing the West Virginia Mountaineers at Tiger Stadium on September 25, 2010 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty
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    A predicted loss to Florida is expected out of this matchup between two SEC teams. 

    But the Tigers come away with a big surprise win at the Swamp.

10. South Carolina Gamecocks

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    COLUMBIA, SC - OCTOBER 9: Coach Steve Spurrier of the South Carolina Gamecocks lines up with players after play against the Alabama Crimson Tide October 9, 2010 at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Image
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    They were ranked as high as no. 12 during Week 3 but have now fallen to number 19.  Their big win against top seed Alabama brings will deservedly give them a big boost.

    From 19 last weekend all the way to number 10. 

9. Utah Utes

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    FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 14:  Shaky Smithson #1 of the Utah Utes celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown in the first quarter of the game against the TCU Horned Frogs at Amon G. Carter Stadium on November 14, 2009 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Phot
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    They had a scary start falling behind 7-0 to the Cyclones.    

    But the Utes are a much better team and should easily bounce back with the win.

8. Alabama Crimson Tide

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    COLUMBIA, SC - OCTOBER 9: Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide directs play against the South Carolina Gamecocks October 9, 2010 at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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    From number one team in the nation to the number eight team. 

    They stay in the top 10 and have plenty of time to regain lost ground.

7. Oklahoma Sooners

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    DALLAS - OCTOBER 02:  Quarterback Landry Jones #12 of the Oklahoma Sooners fumbles the ball against D.J. Grant #18 of the Texas Longhorns in the fourth quarter at the Cotton Bowl on October 2, 2010 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
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    After a bye week, they’ll fall back a few spots in the standings. 

    The Sooners have played in too many close games to unranked teams this year to warrant such a high ranking. 

    After seeing Nebraska explode this week, it’s hard to keep Oklahoma ranked ahead of them.

6. Auburn Tigers

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    LEXINGTON, KY - OCTOBER 09:  Cam Newton #2 of the Auburn Tigers throws a pass as he warms up before the SEC game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium on October 9, 2010 in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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    Considering the Tigers defeated the Gamecocks, 35-27, during Week 4.  The same South Carolina team that just upset no. 1 Alabama,

    Auburn should become the highest ranked SEC team in the polls.

5. Nebraska Cornhuskers

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    LINCOLN, NEBRASKA - SEPTEMBER 25: Nebraska Cornhuskers quarterback Taylor Martinez #3 hands the ball to running back Roy Helu Jr. #10 during second half action of their game at Memorial Stadium on September 25, 2010 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska Defeated
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    Taylor Martinez has been impressive and has ignited the ‘Husker offense.   

    They’re looking like a title contender and will be right behind BCS-busters TCU and Boise State.

4. TCU Horned Frogs

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    DALLAS - SEPTEMBER 24:  Quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the TCU Horned Frogs at Gerald J. Ford Stadium on September 24, 2010 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    The Horned Frogs regain ground and recapture the number four spot after Alabama gets upset and falls out of the Top 5.  

    TCU won handily this weekend against Wyoming 45-0.

3. Boise State Broncos

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    BOISE, ID - SEPTEMBER 25:  Quarterback Kellen Moore #11 and the Boise State Broncos celebrates a touchdown against the Oregon Stage Beavers at Bronco Stadium on September 25, 2010 in Boise, Idaho.  (Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)
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    The Broncos could be at number two if the AP didn’t love the Pac-10 so much.  

    But the Pac-10 is definitely a tough conference that has earned their respect.   Such is the drawback of playing in the WAC. 

    More likely than not the Broncos will trounce the visiting Toledo Rockets and stay at number three.

2. Oregon Ducks

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    EUGENE, OR - OCTOBER 2: Quarterback Darron Thomas #1 of the Oregon Ducks looks out onto the field before the start of the game against the Stanford Cardinal at Autzen Stadium on October 2, 2010 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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    If it wasn’t for a lot of Pac-10 love from the AP, the heavily hyped Ducks should stay at number 3. 

    Although they haven’t really been impressive against the unranked Cougars, who are within thirteen points in the third quarter, there’s nowhere else to put them but at two.

1. Ohio State Buckeyes

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    COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 9:  Quarterback Terrelle Pryor #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes makes a pass as his offensive line holds back the Indiana Hoosiers at Ohio Stadium on October 9, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Indiana 38-10.   (Photo by Jam
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    Now that the Crimson Tide have lost, Ohio State and Terrelle Pryor are the best team in the nation.

    Were there even any doubts?