College Football Rankings 2013 Week 6: Rising Teams That Aren't Done Climbing
Week 5 of the college football season saw a host of Top 25 teams go a long way toward changing how they are perceived.
For some, like the Oklahoma Sooners, this came through big wins. Then there are teams, like the Sooners' in-state rival Oklahoma State, that changed perceptions by suffering sound defeats.
Well, I'm feeling positive this Sunday, so I decided to focus on teams that have a lot to be excited about. Here are three teams that jumped up in the rankings and aren't done moving up.
No. 6: Georgia
Georgia and LSU waged an entertaining showdown in Athens on Saturday that saw Georgia eek out a win in a typical SEC defensive struggle. You know, just an old-fashioned 44-41 struggle.
In their win, the Bulldogs put up at least 10 points in every quarter. They went for 494 yards of total offense, 196 of those yards coming via the rushing game.
It was an absolutely dominant offensive performance. Of course, the defense won't exactly strike fear into any of Georgia's future opponents. Speaking of its future opponents, however, Georgia is in great shape.
The only currently ranked team remaining on its schedule is Florida, and Florida's offense isn't in a position to exploit any defense.
With three games against teams ranked in the Top 10 already under its belt, Georgia is in great position to run the table.
No. 11: Oklahoma
Oklahoma ran for 212 yards at an average of 5.0 yards per carry against Notre Dame on Saturday en route to a 35-21 victory. While the Irish's defense is proving to be a shell of last year's excellent version, that rushing total is still supremely impressive. Don't forget that last year the Sooners only ran for 15 yards in a loss to Notre Dame.
Meanwhile, in just his second start, quarterback Blake Bell went 22-of-30 passing for 232 yards and two touchdowns. This followed up Bell's stellar 400-plus-yard and four-touchdown performance in his debut against Tulsa, and it proved the junior signal-caller can go on the road and handle a big environment.
Oklahoma's defense was shredded on the ground in this game, but that defense was also protecting a lead all game, and the Sooners weren't letting Tommy Rees get any work done in the passing game.
The remaining schedule for the Sooners is favorable. They have three games against ranked teams remaining, but two of those are at home, and No. 17 Baylor is the highest-ranked team of the bunch.
An undefeated season for the Sooners is not out of the question.
No. 15: Washington
The Washington Huskies opened their Pac-12 schedule by handing Arizona its first defeat of the season, and it was a sound 31-13 defeat.
Keith Price and the Huskies passed for just 165 yards, but Price was still 14-of-25 with two touchdowns and an interception. What really limited the Huskies' passing attack was their success running the ball. They didn't have to pass very often.
Washington carried the ball 61 times for 244 yards in this game. This team lined up when Arizona knew the run was coming and was still able to churn out positive yards. In the process, this balanced offense proved it was going to be tough to stop.
Still, Washington's ascent up the rankings may not continue immediately. In their next three games, the Huskies will travel to take on No. 5 Stanford, host No. 2 Oregon and then travel to play No. 22 Arizona State.
That is a brutal stretch, but just win one of those three and Washington will still be in decent shape in the polls and will then be ready to finish the season strong with another climb up the rankings.
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