Originally Posted by Molitoth
just because they are penalized doesn't mean they aren't a top 25 team. If another team beats them, it should help propel their rank.
However, rankings also affect the BCS rankings. So you have a team taking up a spot that could go to an eligible team that would help improve their bowl prospects.
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