College Football Rankings 2013: Predicting Surprise Entrants into Top 25

Chris Roling@@Chris_RolingFeatured ColumnistSeptember 3, 2013

Aug 31, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Washington Huskies quarterback Keith Price (17) celebrates with Washington Huskies running back Bishop Sankey (25) after Sankey ran the ball in for a touchdown against the Boise State Broncos during the 2nd half at Husky Stadium. Washington defeated Boise State 38-6. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports
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The landscape of college football has drastically changed after just one week of exciting action.

While the focus of the world may be atop the rankings, it is teams quietly sneaking into the bottom of the Top 25 that fans should also pay attention to after big wins.

Breaking into the Top 25 is a big deal, as it can create momentum that parlays into greater leaps for schools.

There were not many surprises inside the Top 25, with most teams playing tune-up games, but surprises will abound near the bottom of the Top 25 after some lesser-publicized action.

Here's a prediction of the Week 2 AP Top 25 poll, highlighted by surprise entrants after strong performances.


For the current AP Top 25 Poll, via ESPN, click here


Baylor Bears

Record: 1-0 (0-0 Big 12)

Week 1 Result: Def. Wofford, 69-3

No Robert Griffin III here, but Baylor is set to sneak back into the Top 25 already, as Lache Seastrunk puts the team on his back and possibly himself into Heisman consideration.

Baylor by no means handled stiff competition against Wofford, but the margin of victory certainly is not a typo. A 66-point margin is something to behold and a sign of greater things to come for the Bears.

Seastrunk carried the ball just 11 times in the warm-up contest, but he turned it into 111 yards and two touchdowns.

Baylor has some help sneaking into the Top 25, with fellow Big 12 team and former No. 20 TCU being upended by No. 12 LSU. The Bears also have two more cupcake games in the coming weeks, against Buffalo and Louisiana-Monroe.

It's safe to say that things are looking up for the resurgent program.


Miami Hurricanes

Record: 1-0 (0-0 ACC)

Week 1 Result: Def. FIU, 34-6

Duke Johnson is the name to know in college football. 

The sophomore running back exploded for the Hurricanes against FIU, racking up a ridiculous 186 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. The touchdown came on a 53-yard scamper, and he also added a 38-yard reception for good measure.

In reality Miami should have been ranked in the Top 25 to begin the year based on talent alone. The Hurricanes will have a chance to truly prove that they belong next week against the No. 9 Florida Gators.

If Miami wants to pull off the upset and stay ranked, improving on its horrific 4-of-14 third-down-conversion rate against FIU is imperative.

That won't fly against the Gators.


Washington Huskies

Record: 1-0 (0-0) Pac-12

Week 1 Result: Def. No. 19 Boise State, 38-6

Washington is the definition of a sleeper team. Well, "was" is a better verb after Week 1.

Leaving the week of games, the Huskies are now being talked about as contenders for the Pac-12 title.

There is a reason for that, as Washington downed a ranked opponent in Boise State that had figured to make a run at a title.

Quarterback Keith Price had his way with the defense, throwing for 324 yards and two touchdowns, while star running back Bishop Sankey rushed for 161 yards and two scores of his own.

It's sweet revenge for a Washington team that lost to Boise State back in December when the two sides met in the Maaco Bowl Las Vegas, which saw the Broncos escape with a two-point victory.

Not only did Washington get revenge, but it also blew out the Broncos, likely knocked Boise State out of the rankings and took a spot in the Top 25 for itself.

Not bad for an opener.


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