College Football Rankings 2013 Week 6: Teams That Will Make Big Climbs in Polls

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistSeptember 29, 2013

ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 28: Head Coach Mark Richt of the Georgia Bulldogs celebrates after the game against the LSU Tigers at Sanford Stadium on September 28, 2013 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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It is often hard for top college football teams to stand out at the early part of the year, but a number of squads separated themselves with strong performances on Saturday.

While many schools ranked near the top had relatively easy conference matchups, a few others were truly tested and passed with flying colors. In an otherwise uneventful weekend, that should cause the teams to move up in the rankings.

Even though there were not too many highly ranked teams that suffered losses, these squads should move up in the polls when they are released.


Georgia (44-41 win vs. LSU)

CLEMSON, SC - AUGUST 31: Aaron Murray #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs celebrates after a first half touchdown against the Clemson Tigers at Memorial Stadium on August 31, 2013 in Clemson, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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No one has had a tougher start to the season than the Bulldogs.

After a three-point loss to Clemson in Week 1, the squad came back strong with a wins over South Carolina and most recently LSU.

Against the Tigers, Aaron Murray was as good as ever with four touchdowns and only one interception. His task was even harder when Todd Gurley went down with an ankle injury, but he pulled out a game-winning drive that could become a career-defining moment.

While Zach Mettenberger had a great showing for LSU, Georgia put another impressive win on its resume and remains in the discussion for a bid to the national championship game.

Fortunately, the schedule gets easier for the Dawgs from here on, and they look to win out.


Oklahoma (35-21 win at Notre Dame)

SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 28: Brennan Clay #24 of the Oklahoma Sooners runs against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium on September 28, 2013 in South Bend, Indiana. Oklahoma defeated Notre Dame 35-21.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Ima
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While Oklahoma might not have been convincing in its first three wins, it certainly proved that it is an elite team against Notre Dame.

The Sooners defense forced three early interceptions and displayed a balanced attack on offense to come away with a big road victory. Additionally, Blake Bell solidified his place on top of the depth chart as a starting quarterback for the squad.

Although the Fighting Irish are not the same team that went to the national championship a year ago, they still have a lot of talent on both sides of the ball and are always tough to beat at home.

Despite all of this, Oklahoma came through with a dominant performance on both sides of the ball to prove that this is a top contender for the Big 12 and possibly more. 


Washington (31-13 win vs. Arizona)

SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 27:  Running back Bishop Sankey #25 of the Washington Huskies rushes against the Oregon State Beavers on October 27, 2012 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Although Arizona was not ranked entering the week, the Wildcats had performed well on both sides of the ball to start the year and were on the brink of the Top 25 in both polls.

However, Washington was clearly the better team in this matchup and pulled away in the second half to continue the undefeated season.

Bishop Sankey basically put the squad on his back in this one, carrying the ball 40 times for 161 yards and a touchdown. The junior continues to be a workhorse, and his ability will make it tough for anyone to stop this offense.

Things get much tougher for the Huskies in the next two weeks with a road game at Stanford and a home contest against Oregon. Still, this group has the talent to win at least one of this games in upset fashion.


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