College Football Rankings 2012: Teams That Will Skyrocket Up Polls After Victory

Alex BallentineFeatured ColumnistOctober 7, 2012

GAINESVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 06:  Mike Gillislee #23 of the Florida Gators runs for yardage during the game against the LSU Tigers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on October 6, 2012 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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The landscape of college football is known to experience a seismic shift from week-to-week. After some of the performances turned in this week there are a few teams that are certain to be shooting up the polls.

A pair of SEC matchups between top-ten schools made the early BCS picture a bit more clearly while a certain Big Ten team that isn't eligible to be included in the USA Today Poll posted a dominant victory over a top-25 foe.

Here's a look at the teams that should make the biggest jumps in the Top 25 poll after Saturday's action.


Florida Gators

The Gators came into this week ranked No. 10 in the AP poll and No. 11 in the USA Today Coaches' poll but stunned the No. 3 LSU Tigers in the Swamp on Saturday. An upset of that magnitude makes the Gators a legitimate top ten team and one that is in store for a big leap up the polls.

The Gators won a few games ugly this season—struggling to put away Bowling Green in the season opener and falling behind against Texas A&M but they've righted the ship since then. Brent Pease has this offense improving every week and the playcalling continues to get more and more creative.

The Gators proved to be too much for the Tigers and rode a great performance from running back Mike Gillislee to a 14-6 win at home against an LSU team that was considered to be the only competition to Alabama in the SEC.

After this week, Alabama may have a new challenger in the form of Will Muschamps Gators. Expect the Gators to make a sizable jump.


North Carolina State Wolfpack

The Wolfpack may not be soaring up the top 25, but they should come from nowhere to be ranked after a huge upset against the No. 4 Florida State Seminoles.

NC State has had an up-and-down season but have shown that they can beat just about anybody when the defense comes to play. After surrendering 16 points to the Seminoles in the first half, the Wolfpack shut out Florida State in the second half while putting up just enough points to pull off the 17-16 upset.

Two losses to Tennessee and Miami (FL) hurt their case, but a win of this caliber can't be understated as Florida State had previously looked like a National Championship contender.


Ohio State Buckeyes

The Buckeyes are not allowed to be included in the USA Today Coaches' Poll, but they should be a big mover in the AP Poll this week.

Urban Meyer's team put on quite the display of offensive prowess in a 63-38 thrashing of the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Although the Buckeyes aren't allowed to play in the Big Ten championship game or the postseason, they established themselves as the top team in the Big Ten with this win as Nebraska was one of the few Big Ten teams included in polls.

Braxton Miller didn't do much through the air, but his performance on the ground was once again outstanding. He ran for 185 yards on 16 carries to supplement the Buckeyes 368 yards on the ground. Considering the relative weakness of the Big Ten this year, the Bucks look ready for a quality conference run after this victory.