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College Football Rankings 2012: Boise State To Be On Outside Of Top 25?

The Boise State Broncos are face a drastic turnover with the 2012 roster by losing many standout players, including quarterback Kellen Moore and defensive tackle Billy Winn.

BOISE, ID - DECEMBER 03: Kellen Moore #11 of the Boise State Broncos passes against the New Mexico Lobos at Bronco Stadium on December 3, 2011 in Boise, Idaho.  (Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)
BOISE, ID - DECEMBER 03: Kellen Moore #11 of the Boise State Broncos passes against the New Mexico Lobos at Bronco Stadium on December 3, 2011 in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)
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The 2012 BCS National Championship Game hasn't been played yet between LSU and Alabama, but an early 2012 college football rankings has already come out. NationalChamps.net has, for the last 10 seasons, put out an early 2012 rankings set eight months before the AP poll releases its own preseason one. The top three of LSU, Alabama and USC is unsurprising, but there's nary a sight of the Boise St. Broncos in this early prediction.

That's because the team comes in at No. 26. The Broncos could easily move into the top 25 again during its last season as a member of the Mountain West Conference. However, there is going to be plenty of turnover. The graduating senior class includes quarterback Kellen Moore, running back Doug Martin, tackle Nate Potter, defensive tackle Billy Winn and safety George Iloka. The loss of the winning quarterback and senior class in NCAA history will surely big a big obstacle to overcome, but at this point there is no team in the background ready to jump out and overtake the Broncos as the top team in the conference.

Here is the projected top 25:

1. Louisiana State
2. Alabama
3. Southern California
4. Oregon
5. Georgia
6. South Carolina
7. Baylor
8. Oklahoma
9. Stanford
10. Oklahoma State
11. Arkansas
12. Clemson
13. Kansas State
14. Wisconsin
15. Michigan State
16. TCU
17. Virginia Tech
18. Michigan
19. Florida State
20. Nebraska
21. West Virginia
22. Notre Dame
23. Auburn
24. Ohio State
25. Brigham Young

For more on the Broncos, visit Boise State blog One Bronco Nation Under God. For more college football news and notes, visit SB Nation NCAA Football.