College Football Rankings 2013: Teams That Deserved to Move Up in Top 25 Poll

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent ISeptember 3, 2013

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 02:  Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles drops back to pass in the first half against the Pittsburgh Panthers during the game on September 2, 2013 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Week 1 of the 2013 college football season is in the books, so let the rankings debate begin.

While we know it's far too early to tell which two teams are most deserving of a trip to play in the BCS Championship Game, we did learn a thing or two on opening weekend, besides the fact that Jadeveon Clowney is human after all and Alabama's defense is still really, really good.

Clemson showed that it could deliver in prime time with the entire country tuning in, LSU proved it has a dangerous offense to go along with its defense in 2013 and Florida State introduced us to Jameis Football.

Below, we'll examine three teams that deserved to move up in the rankings following strong Week 1 performances.


No. 4. Clemson Tigers

Clemson finally lived up to the hype on Saturday night, beating Georgia 38-35 at home to move to 1-0 and all the way up to No. 4 in the latest AP rankings.

The victory even earned the Tigers a shout-out from ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit on Twitter:

It was certainly refreshing to see one of the ACC's top programs step up and deliver a big win over the SEC. Although it wasn't Alabama, the Bulldogs were ranked fifth in the nation coming in. Though Georgia's offense played up to its potential, the defense had no answers for Clemson's high-octane attack.

Heisman Trophy candidate Tajh Boyd was huge in the narrow victory, tossing three touchdowns and running for two more. He would finish the game with over 310 total yards to go along with his five scores.

The Tigers will have to avoid suffering a letdown in the weeks leading up to their showdown with ACC Atlantic division rival Florida State, but all indications are that Clemson will be a perfect 6-0 heading into that game.


No. 9. LSU Tigers

Another winner in prime time on Saturday night, LSU proved too much for fellow top-15 program TCU, beating the Horned Frogs by 10 points in Arlington, Texas to rise from No. 12 to No. 9 in the AP rankings.

The Tigers controlled time of possession and forced two turnovers in the win, showing why the SEC is the most dominant conference in football. Although TCU narrowed the gap to just three points midway through the fourth quarter, LSU's game-clinching drivewhich ended in a 20-yard touchdown pass from Zach Mettenberger to Jarvis Landryproved that it's a Top 10 team worthy of moving up three spots in the poll.

LSU still has some tough questions to answer at Georgia and at Alabama later this season, but credit the Tigers for opening with a bang and taking out a Top 20 team in Week 1.


No. 10. Florida State Seminoles

Although they didn't rise far after opening weekend, the Florida State Seminoles did jump up a spot from No. 11 to No. 10, and deservedly so.

The ACC powerhouse made it look easy against Pittsburgh on the road on Labor Day, blowing out the Panthers 41-13 behind a remarkable performance from freshman quarterback Jameis Winston, who accounted for all five of the Seminoles' touchdowns in the win.

Defensively, Florida State was up to the task as well, holding Pittsburgh to just 297 total yards and forcing two turnovers. 

The 'Noles won't truly be tested until Oct. 19 at Clemson, but for now, there's no denying that this is a Top 10 team with legitimate BCS hopes.



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