College Football Rankings 2012 Week 6: Teams That Will Crack Top 10 with Win
Week 6 of the college football season will give several rising teams an opportunity to crack the top 10 in the rankings.
Another exciting week of games has reshaped the college football landscape and the same could happen this upcoming week.
Let's take a look at the AP poll (Per ESPN.com) with the new rankings heading into Week 6 and which teams will breakthrough and end up in the top 10 with a win.
Top 25 AP Poll - Week 6
Texas Longhorns (11)
With a matchup against No. 8 West Virginia, Texas has a golden opportunity to finish Week 6 in the top 10.
Texas was able to survive the offensive onslaught by their Week 5 opponent, Oklahoma State. The Longhorns pulled out their own offensive weapons and accumulated 440 total yards, 304 of which came from the arm of their quarterback, David Ash.
This week, the Longhorns will look to play better defensively, but a matchup with the Mountaineers could prove to be another offensive showdown.
West Virginia dropped 70 points on Baylor, but also allowed an astonishing 63. It was quite the close call for the Mountaineers who showed that they do have some major weaknesses that the Longhorns have the ability to exploit.
If Texas can pull out a victory this week against a top 10 team in West Virginia, there's no doubt they would be deserving of their own top 10 ranking.
Ohio State Buckeyes (12)
A grind-it-out, gritty win for the Buckeyes over the Michigan State Spartans has instantly given Ohio State hope that they can finish this week in the top 10.
The Buckeyes were nowhere near stellar offensively, but quarterback Braxton Miller was able to put the team on his back and carry them to victory. Of the Buckeyes' 383 total yards on the ground, Miller was responsible for 315 of them (179 passing, 136 rushing).
Which team will no doubt move into the top 10 with a victory?
Ohio State's win over Michigan State helped them jump up two spots from last week and a win over No. 21 Nebraska would no doubt move them up further.
Nebraska had its own issues when taking on a Wisconsin team that has been disappointing this season. The Cornhuskers nearly lost to the Badgers after falling behind 27-10, but were able to muster up enough offense to take the lead and, eventually, the game.
Despite winning, Nebraska looked extremely beatable against Wisconsin. Ohio State's signal-caller will have a field day against Nebraska's defense and if he does continue his stellar play, Miller and the Buckeyes will be a top 10 team next week.
Oregon State Beavers (14)
After a hard-fought win over Arizona, 38-35, the Beavers moved up four spots in the AP rankings and are now primed to breakthrough into the top 10.
It's been an impressive start to the 2012 campaign for the Beavers after they beat two ranked teams thus far in Wisconsin and UCLA.
Along with a lethal rushing attack, the Beavers displayed their elite passing attack against the Wildcats. Quarterback Sean Mannion threw for an astounding 433 yards and three scores in the victory over Arizona.
While their next opponent, Washington State, might not look like such a tough game, that couldn't be further from the truth. Washington State gave No. 2 Oregon a run for its money on Saturday and with the exception of one bad quarter, that game was much closer than the score indicated.
Granted, the Beavers beating the Cougars alone might not get it done and Oregon might need some other top 10 teams to lose, but that doesn't erase the fact that the Beavers can put themselves in position to be a top 10 team when the week is said and done.
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