College Football Rankings 2013: Teams That Will Move Up in Poll After Week 5
There are a number of potential upsets in Week 5 of the college football season. Because of that, there are a few teams that will move up in the rankings after the week's games.
Which teams will put on good showings and move up in the polls?
Read on to find out.
|8.||Florida State||at Boston College|
|10.||Texas A&M||at Arkansas|
|11.||Oklahoma State||at West Virginia|
|12.||South Carolina||at UCF|
|14.||Oklahoma||at Notre Dame|
|15.||Miami (FL)||at South Florida|
|21.||Ole Miss||at Alabama|
|23.||Wisconsin||at Ohio State|
|24.||Texas Tech||at Kansas|
Wisconsin takes on Ohio State in a Big Ten battle that should prove to be fantastic.
Wisconsin leads the Big Ten in rushing yards per game with 350, and got there on the strength of their three-headed rushing monster.
Melvin Gordon leads the way, rushing for 156 yards per game, which is top in the nation. James White, who is the starter, averages 110 yards per game, and Corey Clement averages 83.5 yards per game. The Badgers are third in the nation in rushing yards per game.
Ohio State does have a good defense, as the only give up 15.3 points per game. But this is the first quality offense the Buckeyes are facing, and they will struggle with the Badgers' ground game.
Wisconsin has a really good defense, giving up just 10.5 points per game.
The Buckeyes are trying to re-integrate Braxton Miller back into the offense. Kenny Guiton ran the offense capably, but the pressure will be on Miller to perform to his usual standards. Returning from a knee injury against such a stingy defense is not an ideal situation.
This is the best offense Wisconsin has had in years. Ohio State has had a very easy non-conference schedule and have not had to face anyone like Melvin Gordon, who averages nearly 10 yards per carry. It's always tough to win in Columbus, but this is the year the Badgers will do it.
Wisconsin is going to win this game and move into the Top 15.
No, I don't think that Ole Miss is going to beat Alabama. I do think, however, that they will put up a good enough showing to move up in the polls.
Ole Miss has been really good this season. They have an electric offense led by quarterback Bo Wallace, who has thrown for 648 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions. He has a number of really good weapons in Jeff Scott, Evan Engram, Donte Moncrief and Laquon Treadwell.
While they are young, Ole Miss has the type of offense that could give Alabama trouble. Texas A&M had a field day against the Alabama defense, and while the Rebels aren't as good as the Aggies, they are both speedy offenses that play with tempo and have a lot of skill.
The Alabama defense is no longer invincible—they gave up 42 points to Texas A&M.
It's too much to ask Ole Miss to go into Tuscaloosa and pull off an upset against the far more experienced team. Ole Miss is still a few years from really contending.
That said, they have the talent to give Alabama fits. Consider this—Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans gained 279 yards against Alabama on just seven receptions.
Evans is one of the best receivers in college football, but it means that the trio of Engram, Moncrief and Treadwell are going to be able to get open. Other than Vinnie Sunseri, the ball-hawking safety, the Alabama secondary is simply mediocre.
Alabama should win this game. They are more experienced, and have more talent throughout the roster. But Ole Miss is good enough to keep this really close. It could even come down to the final minutes.
The Rebels will impress voters enough to move them into the Top 20.
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