College Football Rankings 2012: Teams Headed for Big Plunge in New Standings

Richard LangfordCorrespondent INovember 11, 2012

COLUMBIA, MO - OCTOBER 13:  Head coach Nick Saban watches from the sidelines during the game against the Missouri Tigers at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium on October 13, 2012 in Columbia, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Week 11 didn't feature a ton of upsets, but the ones it did offer up counted. 

As you are probably well aware, national No. 1 Alabama fell to Texas A&M on Saturday, and the entire landscape near the top of the rankings will change as a result.

These changes were not just limited to the top of the rankings, either. Take a look at the following three teams headed for a free fall down the rankings. 

View the current BCS standings here

No. 1 Alabama

Week 11 Outcome: Texas A&M 29, Alabama 24

The Crimson Tide are not in line for a huge plunge down the rankings. After all, they only have one loss, and they still have an excellent resume. Also, the Aggies entered that game as the nation's No. 15 team. So it's not like they lost to a bunch of scrubs. 

However, that loss did come at home, which never looks good, and considering Alabama was No. 1, they had no room for error. 

It seems likely that they will be the top-ranked non-undefeated team, although Georgia can put together a good case as well. The Bulldogs are coming off a 38-0 thrashing of Auburn, and they have won four straight, which includes a big win over current No. 6 Florida. 

A case could be made for either team being No. 4 next week, and frankly, it doesn't really matter which, as Alabama and Georgia will likely settle it on the field in the SEC title game. 

Projected Ranking: 4

No. 9 Louisville

Week 11 Outcome: Syracuse 45, Louisville 26

Louisville did the BCS a gigantic favor by losing. They entered this game at a perfect 9-0, but they were just No. 9 in the BCS standings. 

There was a good reason for that low ranking for a perfect record. They hadn't played anyone. Louisville has yet to play a team that is ranked in the Top 25. 

That made an appropriate ranking extremely difficult, and it set up for a future problem. Unproven, undefeated teams are a nightmare for the BCS selection committee. 

Well worry no more, BCS. Louisville fell and they fell big. They will now be looking at a severe drop in the polls. 

Projected Ranking: 21

No. 11: Oregon State

Week 11 Outcome: Stanford 27, Oregon State 23

After a spectacular and undefeated start to the season, the Beavers have now lost two of their last three.

There was no shame in the loss this week. They fell by just four to No. 14 Stanford, and this was a well-played affair. The Beavers were also on the road. 

However, the fact remains the Beavers are suffering from diminishing returns, and voters will certainly notice. They also have plenty of teams directly behind them that picked up wins this week and are ready to move up. 

Projected Ranking: 17