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Sunday, November 11, 2012
Louisville drops to No. 19 in BCS

By Andrea Adelson

Louisville tumbled 10 spots to No. 19 in the latest BCS standings released Sunday night after a 45-26 loss to Syracuse ended its hopes for an unbeaten season.

Rutgers, meanwhile, crept up one spot to No. 22.

At this point, the BCS standings will serve one purpose for the Big East -- to settle any possible three- or four-way ties at the top of the conference when the season ends. As of now, only Rutgers (4-0), Louisville (4-1), Cincinnati (3-1) and Syracuse (4-2) have any shot at representing the Big East in a BCS bowl. Remember, the final BCS standings determined the BCS bowl representative last year, when West Virginia, Cincinnati and Louisville all finished with the same conference record.

What stands out most about the rankings this week is the computer average for both Louisville and Rutgers. They both rank No. 27 -- worst among all Top 25 teams. And yes, that is even worse than No. 20 Louisiana Tech, which at least has a close loss to No. 8 Texas A&M on its résumé. Neither Louisville nor Rutgers has beaten a high-profile opponent or even played a high-profile ranked opponent.

That has ended up translating into three-loss USC being ranked ahead of both Louisville and Rutgers, which have one loss apiece. Rutgers is actually ranked behind two three-loss teams, as No. 21 Michigan is just ahead of the Scarlet Knights.

Louisville's drop, meanwhile, is the biggest among all Top 25 teams that lost and retained their ranking. Alabama fell three spots to No. 4; Oregon State dropped five spots to No. 16. The Beavers have two losses as well.