College Football Rankings 2011: Three Teams with the Most to Lose
Just before conference schedules kick off, teams have ironed out their wrinkles and hammered out the kinks for the portion of the season that matters the most.
But just as there is plenty to gain by creeping into the top 25, there is plenty to lose.
Here are the three teams with the most to lose coming up this weekend.
No. 21 Clemson
Clemson is coming off a good win at home against Auburn, slipping into the top 25 in the process. But there isn't much time for celebration as the Tigers open their ACC schedule as hosts to no. 11 Florida State, which is coming off a 23-13 loss to the top-ranked Sooners.
The emotional win over Auburn essentially would go all for naught if the Tigers drop their conference opener.
No. 19 Texas
Whether or not UCLA is considered a good team or not is irrelevant. The Longhorns came out on to the field at the Rose Bowl ready to play, and they never looked back.
This is a youthful and dangerously talented team, but there is still tons of room for growth.
Texas is still in the process of regaining some respect in the college football landscape, and after a statement 49-20 win over the Bruins, confidence should be high. But the higher it goes, the harder the fall.
No. 24 Illinois
The Illini don't exactly have the most impressive list of wins so far in 2011, with their most recent victory coming over then-no.22 Arizona State.
Illinois will need all the momentum it can get as the brunt of its Big Ten schedule comes in the final quarter of the season.
It is definitely up for debate, the the Illini could be undefeated going into the weekend of Oct. 15 when they host Ohio State.
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