College Football Rankings 2012: Top Teams at Risk of Falling in Week 11

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent INovember 4, 2012

LINCOLN, NE - OCTOBER 27: Running back Ameer Abdullah #8 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers celebrates a touchdown against the Michigan Wolverines during their game at Memorial Stadium on October 27, 2012 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska beat Michigan 23-9. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
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Every Saturday the targets on the backs of the nation's top teams grow larger, and BCS landscape-altering upsets become unavoidable. 

In the case of three top-ranked programs this coming weekend, the combination of a can't-miss bullseye on their back and a unfavorable matchup will spark an untimely fall from grace. So, who's on upset alert for the second weekend of November?

Let's take a look at the top teams at biggest risk of falling in Week 11.


No. 10 Louisville

Charlie Strong's Cardinals will be on the road this coming weekend, looking to escape Syracuse with a win. The Orange have won three straight at the Carrier Dome since losing their season opener there to Northwestern.

Syracuse senior quarterback Ryan Nassib leads the nation's 16th-ranked passing attack, and will be a nightmare to deal with for Strong's defense, especially inside a hostile dome.  

The pressure will be even greater considering Louisville enters this matchup 9-0 on the year.

As if Syracuse needs any more motivation to knock off Big East rival Louisville, the Cardinals have won three straight over the Orange. You can bet Doug Marrone's squad will be out to avenge their previous losses to Louisville in Week 11.


No. 11 Oregon State

The Beavers will travel to Palo Alto in Week 11 to take on Pac-12 rival Stanford. The Cardinal have been unlucky in their two losses on the road this season, and are a formidable squad despite their lack of notoriety. 

Oregon State hasn't beaten Stanford since 2009 and hasn't won at Stanford since 2006. The Cardinal is a perfect 5-0 at home this year and even beat USC at Stanford Stadium back in September. 

The Beavers deserve plenty of credit for their fast start this fall, but I'm not sure that can save them from the wrath of Stepfan Taylor this November. The senior back is almost unstoppable and is on pace for another career year with Stanford. 


No. 20 Nebraska 

Bo Pelini's Cornhuskers have done well to bounce back from a pair of losses this season and maintain a solid grip on the Big Ten Legends Division. But despite their strong play at home this season, the Huskers will be at risk of dropping their third game of the year this weekend when they host Penn State.

The Nittany Lions have looked stellar over the last few weeks after starting the season 0-2 and are certainly capable of pulling off the shocker in Lincoln. 

As long as senior quarterback Matt McGloin continues to make smart decisions to lead Penn State's balanced offensive attack, then Taylor Martinez and company will be in danger of suffering a tough setback in the Big Ten race. 

Other than Ohio State, no team in the Big Ten is invincible in 2012.


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