Heading into Week 11 of the 2012 college football season, teams are now squarely in the home stretch of their schedules, and these last few games can make or break teams' entire seasons.
This past week we saw a handful of Top 25 teams come close to suffering upsets that would have crippled their BCS bowl chances. While teams like Notre Dame and Alabama escaped without a loss, there are plenty of other teams out there who's rankings are not so safe. Here's a look at teams who are likely to slide from their spots in upcoming weeks.
No, it's not surprising that the Trojans fell in the polls afer a loss to No. 4 Oregon, but with some tough games still ahead it's likely the Trojans will drop even further.
Lane Kiffin's group will still be a top-25 team, but the loss to Arizona last week essentially killed their chances at a BCS bowl. USC gets a break against Arizona State, but then has to finish out their season against ranked UCLA and Top 5 Notre Dame.
The Irish were lucky to get out of their game against Pitt with a win, but the latest AP rankings penalized them for their struggles.
Now for the Irish things only get harder. Boston College has been known to spoil a campaign or two for the Fighting Irish. Even if ND escapes them they'll still have to get past a tough USC team. Notre Dame just doesn't feel like an undefeated team and end up with a loss before the season starts.
After starting the season 4-0, the Red Raiders have dropped three of their last five, and though all three losses came against top-25 opponents, the defeats add up to a drop in the rankings for No. 20 Texas Tech.
On Saturday, David Ash led Texas over the Red Raiders, dropping Texas Tech to 3-3 in conference play. So while Texas Tech remains on the edge of the Top 25, there's a good chance they slip out of the picture before the season's end.
They may be able to skirt past Kansas, but tough matchups against Oklahoma State and Baylor will open the door for another team to slide past the Red Raiders and into the Top 25.
Texas has pushed themselves back into the Top 20 but they shouldn't get comfortable there. While the Longhorns schedule isn't daunting over the next couple of weeks, their Dec 2 matchup against Kansas State will be too much for Texas to deal with. Kansas State's potent offense is putting up 40 a game and that will be just enough to hand Texas another loss and a spot outside the Top 20.
3. Kansas State
4. Notre Dame
5. Ohio State
8. Florida State
12. South Carolina
13. Oregon State
15. Texas A&M
20. Louisiana Tech
22. Mississippi State
25. Texas Tech