This week is the kind of week that every college football fan relishes. Rivalries abound, with No. 10 Florida State hosting No. 4 Florida, No. 11 Clemson hosting No. 12 South Carolina and various other games with BCS implications.
Here are some bold predictions for this week's impact on the top standings.
No. 10 Florida State Will Enter the Top Five
Florida State has been dominant in nearly every game this season, but it lacks the kind of signature win that Top-Five teams need. Beating the fourth-ranked Florida Gators, though, would qualify.
Both teams feature top-tier defenses, but only the Seminoles have an offense that inspires fear.
E.J. Manuel would be under Heisman consideration if he played in the SEC, but he is still an elite quarterback in the ACC. His yards per attempt of 9.44 is absolutely stellar. The Seminoles also sport a running game that averages well over five yards per carry, showing they can dominate through the air and on the ground.
Florida simply can't match that kind of offensive efficiency. Star running back Mike Gillislee hasn't managed over 100 yards against an FBS opponent since the beginning of October, and Jeff Driskel can't carry the offense by himself.
This is Florida State's chance to enter BCS National Championship Game consideration. Expect the Seminoles to come through at home.
Several Teams Will Fall Out of Top 25
Every week features some teams falling out of the Top 25, and this week will be no different.
Expect No. 21 Oklahoma State to fall after a defeat at No. 13 Oklahoma. The Sooners are a more talented and battle-tested team, and they simply have more to play for at this point in the season.
Another potential faller is No. 23 Kent State, who hosts Ohio. Aside from an upset of Rutgers, Kent State has few quality wins, both in terms of opponent and in terms of margin of victory. Kent State has nothing to play for at this point, with a MAC Championship Game berth guaranteed, so expect it to fall at home.
Finally, a Rutgers team that has failed to dominate this season could fall to a suddenly tough Pitt. The Panthers gave Notre Dame and Connecticut all they had in recent weeks, and they will certainly do the same against the vulnerable Scarlet Knights.
Oklahoma should join the Top 10 after a win over Oklahoma State.
No. 5 Oregon, who should take care of business against No. 15 Oregon State, should rise once Florida or Georgia are guaranteed to be absent from the SEC Championship Game.
Finally, Texas Tech could join the Top 25 if it defeats Baylor at home, a win that would take on new significance after the Bears' upset of No. 1 Kansas State.