Put it behind you, or it happens again
Rebounding isn't easy. College football teams taking their first loss while ranked in the Top 10 this season have been a combined 6-8 in their next games, more likely to lose again than to right their ship immediately after a loss.
Of those eight teams that lost back-to-back, five went from the top 10 to being unranked in a span of two weeks. In all eight instances, the first loss was to an unranked opponent; only Florida and Rutgers have the consolation that their second loss came against a ranked opponent.
Here are the big-name programs that have lost and lost again already this season, with their rankings before and after the back-to-back losses. USF tries to avoid joining this group Saturday against unranked Connecticut.
Team Rank Losses New rank
California 2 Oregon State, UCLA 18
Florida 4 Auburn, LSU 13
Michigan 5 Appalachian St., Oregon NR
Wisconsin 5 Illinois, Penn State NR
Texas 7 Kansas State, Oklahoma 23
Louisville 9 Kentucky, Syracuse NR
Penn State 10 Michigan, Illinois NR
Rutgers 10 Maryland, Cincinnati NR