The college football rankings 2010 for Week 12 could have been unpredictable. Instead, the college football rankings 2010 in Week 12 practically stayed the same, with even less room for change this coming Saturday. After yesterday, Oregon, Auburn and TCU will rest up, so yesterday was the last chance for change until Thanksgiving. Today, the only questions are whether the USA TODAY, AP and BCS will keep Oregon ahead of Auburn, and TCU ahead of Boise State. Although the Week 12 college football rankings changed slightly on that end, the four undefeated teams are still in control.
In the AP and USA TODAY, there has already been a change, as Boise State jumped right back ahead of TCU for No. 3 in both polls. After the Horned Frogs barely defeated San Diego State, and the Broncos throttled Idaho, Boise State has a chance to be the next in line again.
The very top of the college football rankings 2010 in Week 12 haven’t changed so far, however. In the AP and USA TODAY, Oregon remains No. 1, despite barely surviving against California. Auburn stayed at No. 2, after rallying back against Georgia.
LSU, Wisconsin, Stanford, Ohio State, Nebraska and Alabama round out the rest of the top 10 for the AP. The USA TODAY has Wisconsin at No. 5, while Oklahoma State rounds out their top 10. Since Oregon, Auburn and TCU are all off this Saturday, their challengers will get the spotlight to themselves, as they jockey for position.
The rest of the college football rankings 2010 for Week 12 didn’t shake up too much, since few ranked teams lost. Utah dropped to the bottom of both polls, while Central Florida and Florida dropped out. Miami entered the top 25, while Northwestern got into the USA TODAY poll.
With Oregon still No. 1 in the human polls, they should maintain that spot in the BCS standings tonight. However, with TCU falling to No. 4 in both polls, the big question for tonight will be whether Boise State returns to No. 3 in the BCS. Since the Broncos have quality WAC opponents on the horizon, and TCU only has New Mexico left on their schedule, Boise State could be the mid-majors best hope again.
The top three teams in the college football rankings 2010 could have all lost yesterday, but they all narrowly survived – although TCU stands to pay for it more than the others. Although the national title picture should stay the same after Week 12, there is still room for some movement before Thanksgiving.
With both the AP and USA TODAY polls now out, fans will wait to see if the BCS has any slight movement, starting at 8:15 pm est on ESPN.
USA TODAY- “Top 25: Boise State jumps TCU for No. 3 spot; Oregon still No. 1”
Yahoo Sports- “Rankings: Week 12”