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College Football Rankings 2011: Which Bubble Teams Are Top 25 Bound After Week 2

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 03:  Quarterback Matt Barkley #7 of the USC Trojans throws a pass against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 3, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. USC won 19-17.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Joey HnathCorrespondent ISeptember 6, 2011

After the first week of the college football season, there are still a couple teams outside of the rankings that are poised to make a leap sooner rather than later.

Here are three teams that will be Top 25 bound after Week 2.

Arizona State Sun Devils

 

Arizona State has the most direct path to reaching the Top 25 next week.

Not only were they the first team left out of the rankings after Week 1, but their Week 2 opponent is No. 21 Missouri.

When the Tigers go to Tempe on Friday night, they will face a very good Arizona State squad that is poised to break through.

The Sun Devils will defeat the Tigers and knock them out of the rankings, while vaulting themselves into the Top 25.

Michigan Wolverines

 

After faltering a bit in the first quarter, the Michigan Wolverines found their stride in Week 1, defeating Western Michigan 34-10.

In Week 2, the Wolverines face rival Notre Dame in the first ever night game in Michigan Stadium.

Michigan is expecting a record crowd at the Big House, and the atmosphere will be electric.

With the Irish already benching their starting quarterback, the Wolverines will pounce on Notre Dame and kick them while they’re down.

Michigan will be 2-0 after beating Notre Dame, and, since they’re Michigan, will get an extra bump in the polls and jump back into the rankings.

USC Trojans

 

Though the Trojans have one more year without a postseason, they can still be ranked in the AP Poll and even win the media national championship.

The Trojans host the Pac-12 newcomer, Utah, on Saturday night, and they should give the Utes a brutal welcome to their new conference.

USC is very tough to beat at home, and even harder to defeat at night. The Trojans welcome Utah to the Pac-12 in grand fashion, winning at home and propelling themselves back into the Top 25.

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