BCS Standings 2011: 5 Teams That Could Plummet When It's All Said and Done

William PenfieldCorrespondent IIOctober 17, 2011

BCS Standings 2011: 5 Teams That Could Plummet When It's All Said and Done

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    The college football world is abuzz with the first BCS rankings released earlier tonight.

    There is still a lot of football to be played, so some teams should cherish their spot in the BCS rankings while they still have them.

    With seven weeks remaining, a lot will change in the BCS rankings.

    Here are five teams who could plummet when it is all said and done. 

No. 14 South Carolina Gamecocks

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    South Carolina has been a shaky team all year. Things only got worse for them on Saturday in their 14-12 victory over Mississippi State.

    Star running back Marcus Lattimore went down with a knee injury in the game and it is now being reported that he will miss the remainder of the season.

    Lattimore was the rock of this Gamecock team, as former quarterback Stephen Garcia was ineffective and recently released from the program.

    In his first start, replacement quarterback Connor Shaw was shaky, throwing two interceptions. 

    With tough matchups at Tennessee and Florida and then against Clemson at home, the Gamecocks could find themselves out of the rankings completely if players cant step up and fill the void.

No. 11 Kansas State Wildcats

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    The Kansas State Wildcats have been the surprise team of the 2011 season thus far, but don't expect them to keep it up.

    Having yet to face the brunt of their Big-12 schedule, the Wildcats could be in for a rude awakening in the upcoming weeks. 

    They could potentially lose four in a row with upcoming games against Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Texas.

    Bill Snyder in the Wildcats better enjoy their time in the BCS rankings because it wont last forever. 

No. 13 Nebraska Cornhuskers

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    With a blowout loss in the only game they have played against a ranked team this season, the Nebraska Cornhuskers could be in for a rude awakening when they hit the meat of their Big Ten schedule.

    Taylor Martinez is struggling at the quarterback position with just as many interceptions and touchdowns, six.

    The Huskers host Michigan State in two weeks, which should be a telling game as to which direction the rest of their season will go in.

No. 18 Michigan Wolverines

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    The Michigan Wolverines got a shot of reality on Saturday when they lost to Michigan State 28-14.

    With a 5-0 start to the season, the Wolverines looked as if they could be on a fast track to the Big Ten title game, but that isn't as certain anymore with the loss to the Spartans.

    They still have remaining games against Illinois, Nebraska and Ohio State and could find themselves unranked when the season comes to a close. 

No. 20 Auburn Tigers

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    The defending National Champions find themselves in the BCS rankings now, but that could all change by the end of the season.

    A matchup against LSU on the road next weekend is a likely loss for the Auburn Tigers. They also host the Alabama Crimson Tide in late November, another likely loss.

    The Tigers have been shaky all season and could suffer a few more losses before seasons end–that could very well knock them out of the BCS rankings completely.