College Football Rankings Week 5: How Far Will Texas A&M Fall After Loss?

Daniel BrommerCorrespondent ISeptember 25, 2011

COLLEGE STATION, TX - SEPTEMBER 24:  Quarterback Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Texas A&M Aggies looks for a receiver as he throws against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Kyle Field on September 24, 2011 in College Station, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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If the Big 12 is going to break up, the fans are sure going to miss games like yesterday's contest between Oklahoma State and Texas A&M. The game was wild and exciting, and it showcased two of the best teams in the country battling until the final second on the clock.

Texas A&M went up 20-3 at halftime and looked to have the game in order, but Oklahoma State, behind the arm of Brandon Weeden, continued to fight and chip away at the deficit. The result was a great comeback win and a chance for Oklahoma State to stay undefeated and look the part of the only team standing in Oklahoma's way.

So how far will Texas A&M drop because of this? They did lose to the seventh-ranked team and they were ranked eighth, so the drop might not be as far as expected. 11th-ranked Florida State lost to Clemson, who was ranked 21st.

Arkansas and West Virginia both lost as well, and they were ranked 14th and 16th. A&M should fall to around 17 or 18. Clemson is expected to make a big jump, as are Florida and Baylor for their blowout wins.

A&M still has a lot to look forward to. They still have games against Oklahoma and Texas. They have opportunities to finish strong and could possibly finish in the top 10 and go to a BCS bowl game.

A&M showed they have a legitimate star in quarterback Ryan Tannehill, and this team can put up points in a hurry as well as play defense. This loss is going to bring them back to the video room to make some adjustments, but holding Oklahoma State to 30 points isn't an easy task.

Texas A&M is still a top 10 in comparison to some of the other teams in the top 25. They are a much better team than the teams that will surely jump them, but unfortunately for them, that one loss is what shoots them down the polls, and now they will have to work to get back up them.