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College Football Rankings 2012: Ranked Teams Guaranteed to Jump in Week 5 Polls

TALLAHASSEE, FL - SEPTEMBER 15:  Debrale Smiley #21 of the Florida State Seminoles runs for yards against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons during a game at Doak Campbell Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Tallahassee, Florida.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Steven GerwelContributor IIISeptember 23, 2012

In the topsy-turvy world of college football, we know that the current rankings don't last long as new challengers rise into the top 25, while dominate teams are upset and sent into a free fall. 

It happens on a weekly basis and it's what makes NCAA football a pivotal part of our weekend entertainment. 

With Week 4 action in the books, which recognizable teams are guaranteed to see an increase in the rankings, even if it's marginal? 


No. 4 Florida State

Florida State has been the most impressive team in college football, second to none. 

In the first three games, the Seminoles defense has given up just three total points. And as if allowing just one field goal in three weeks isn't impressive enough, the offense has also been top-notch after posting 176 points in those three games. 

The reason Florida State is stuck behind LSU and Oregon in the rankings is because they lack credibility, but nobody can bash them now following their big win vs. Clemson. 

Clemson may have put up a great deal of points, but FSU was able to withstand that punishment and closed out the 49-37 contest by winning the 4th quarter 14-6.

No. 11 Notre Dame 

Whether it's their new association with the ACC or their upset victory over Michigan State, the Notre Dame Irish have been a hot topic in college football. 

The Irish were a borderline top 10 team entering Week 4, but they should break that barrier and finally earn a spot as an elite team after winning a hard-fought battle against Michigan.

It wasn't the prettiest contest, but Notre Dame fans will certainly take a 13-6 win against a Denard Robinson-led squad. 

No. 24 Boise State

It wasn't pretty, but the Boise State Broncos were able to pull off a narrow 7-6 victory over the formerly ranked BYU.

On top of that, Boise nearly upset No. 13 Michigan State during the opening week with a 17-13 score. 

The Broncos' Thursday night victory over BYU was hardly significant, but it's just enough to increase their status and perhaps bump them up a spot or two. 

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