NCAA Football Rankings 2013: Predicting Squads That Will Crack Top 25

Richard LangfordCorrespondent ISeptember 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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Ranking college football teams early in the season is always a crapshoot. This season is no different, and we are headed for a shake-up of the rankings after an entertaining Week 1. 

Losses by No. 25 Oregon State, No. 20 TCU and No. 19 Boise State will likely send those teams out of the Top 25, which means teams will be taking their spots. 

I've figured out which teams will make the jump into the Top 25. 

Have a look at the rankings on ESPN, and then check out the three teams I have pegged for making their debut in the rankings this week. 

Check out the latest rankings at ESPN. 


Washington Huskies

Few teams in the nation made as loud of a statement in their opener as the Washington Huskies. Opening up their newly remodeled stadium, the Huskies dismantled No. 19 Boise State, 38-6.

At the heart of all the success was quarterback Keith Price. This is great news for the Huskies. 

Price entered last season with legitimate Heisman hopes. However, his numbers dipped from his outstanding sophomore season. Last season, Price posted a quarterback rating of 122.4. This was well below the 161.9 rating he posted the season before. 

On Saturday, he was outstanding. Well, after his first pass. He was picked off the first time he let the ball fly. For the rest of the game he went 23-of-30 with 324 yards and two touchdowns. 

While Price was the biggest bright spot, he certainly wasn't a one-man show. The Huskies, behind 161 yards from Bishop Sankey, gained 268 yards rushing at five yards per carry. 

Combine that with a defense that held Boise State to one field goal per half, and the Huskies handed Boise State its worst loss under Chris Petersen

Washington will undoubtedly be rewarded with a spot in the Top 25. 


Baylor Bears

While the Huskies enjoyed opening their redone stadium, Baylor celebrated the last home opener at Floyd Casey Stadium, and it did so in style.

Baylor was scoring like its basketball team in this one as it steamrolled its way to a 69-3 victory over lower-division Wofford.

Sure, it is dangerous to read too much into a big win over an obviously inferior team, but it's clear the Bears' offense is going to be a lot to handle.

Lache Seastrunk stomped his way to 111 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Meanwhile, junior quarterback Bryce Petty made sure the defense couldn't key in on Seastrunk and threw for 312 yards and two touchdowns.

What was also impressive was that Baylor's defense held Wofford to 2.9 yards per carry, and Wofford was an excellent rushing team last season.

Look for Baylor to make the leap into the polls after this one. 


Miami Hurricanes

Miami is another team that beat up on a lesser opponent but was still impressive enough to make a jump into the Top 25.

It didn't start out that way for the Hurricanes. Miami got off to a sloppy start. Nowhere was that more apparent than when the Hurricanes were flagged for delay of game before ever getting a play off from scrimmage.

Miami wound up only putting three points on the board for the first quarter. However, that sloppiness faded in a flash, and the Hurricanes put a hurting on Florida Atlantic.

They put up 31 over the next two quarters en route to a 34-6 victory. 

Most of this damage was done on the ground. Miami rushed for 303 yards at eight yards per carry.

The Hurricanes will still have to prove themselves, but enough eyes were already on them that this win will push them into the rankings.