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College Football Rankings 2012: Teams Set to Move Up with Wins

EUGENE, OR - SEPTEMBER 1: De'Anthony Thomas #6 of the Oregon Ducks celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the second quarter against the Arkansas State Red Wolves on September 1, 2012 at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon.  (Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer/Getty Images)
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Ryan DavenportContributor INovember 17, 2012

For college football teams across the country, these next two weeks will go a long way towards determining whether their seasons will ultimately be deemed as successes or failures.

With a number of teams in contention to receive invitations to BCS bowl games, a win over an elite team or a loss to rather pedestrian program can make or break their chances at finishing in the Top 10.

Heading into the weekend slate of Week 12, here's a look at teams that will move up in the rankings with wins.

 

Oregon

Ranked No. 2 in the BCS rankings, the undefeated Oregon Ducks have done everything in their power to earn the top spot—or at least an invitation to the BCS National Championship Game.

After Alabama's loss last weekend, the Ducks now have a strong chance of ending the season at No. 1, assuming they stay undefeated.

With only two games remaining on their schedule, both against Top 15 teams in Stanford and Oregon State, the Ducks have an opportunity to cement their status as the best team in the country, and that starts tonight against No. 13 Stanford.

 

UCLA

The UCLA Golden Bears haven't gotten many opportunities to prove themselves against elite teams this season, but they've won their only two games against Top 25 teams with victories over Arizona and Nebraska. 

Now at No. 17, UCLA has a chance to move up in the rankings when they take on No. 18 USC in a crucial Pac-12 showdown this afternoon.

If UCLA can come away with a victory on home field against the Trojans, they'll have made a strong case for themselves to be a Top15 team heading into their season finale against No. 13 Stanford.

 

Texas Tech

The Red Raiders have been somewhat inconsistent for a Top 25 team, as they've come away with big wins over then-No. 5 West Virginia and No. 23 TCU, while dropping games to Oklahoma, Kansas State and Texas.

Heading into Texas Tech's all-important Big 12 matchup against No. 24 Oklahoma State, the Red Raiders could move up a few spots from No. 23 with a road win over the Cowboys.

With the nation's top-ranked offense, the Red Raiders have the personnel to make a strong late-season push and climb the BCS rankings, but it all starts today.

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