College Football Rankings 2013 Week 6: Top Teams on Upset Alert

Jesse ReedCorrespondent ISeptember 30, 2013

Sep 28, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller (5) looks to pass during the fourth quarter against the Wisconsin Badgers at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State Buckeyes defeated Wisconsin Badgers 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
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After a relatively uneventful weekend for most of the top 25 college football teams, Week 6 presents a few intriguing matchups that could bode poorly for some top schools. 

As usual, the Associated Press released its Top 25 on Sunday, Sept. 29. There were no changes to the top five teams after Week 5. 

Georgia moved up three spots after knocking off LSU, which wasn't a huge surprise, and LSU dropped from No. 6 all the way to No. 10 after the loss. 

Oklahoma moved up three spots after beating Notre Dame, which fell out of the top 25 altogether. 

Oklahoma State suffered the biggest drop of all the teams still in the AP rankings, dropping to No. 21 from the No. 11 spot in Week 5 after getting beaten by West Virginia.

With that in mind, here's a look a the teams that are in danger of suffering a similar fate in Week 6.  

 

Ohio State (No. 4) at Northwestern (No. 16)

Braxton Miller answered a lot of questions in Week 5 against Wisconsin after sitting out the last two games with an injury. 

He ran an efficient offense, tossing four touchdown passes without throwing an interception. His flawless play was needed, as the Buckeyes won by just seven points over the pesky Badgers.

Miller will need to be at the top of his game once again in Week 6 against Northwestern—as will his teammates and coaches—or Ohio State's perfect season will disappear in a cloud of tears.

The Wildcats run an incredibly balanced offense that has put up 41.3 points per game this year. Led by running back Treyvon Green and quarterback Kain Colter, Northwestern can put up points in a hurry, which puts more pressure on Miller to play a flawless game this weekend.

This is a game Ohio State should win, but if Miller struggles with turnovers, then Northwestern will make the Buckeyes pay. 

 

Stanford (No. 5) vs. Washington (No. 15)

Stanford is like a tank that bullies its opponents into submission, but Washington won't be easily bullied.

Led by senior quarterback Keith Price, the Huskies feature one of the nation's most exciting offenses—and it's one that is capable of doing a bit of bullying itself against the Cardinal this upcoming Saturday.

Price has been brilliant behind center this year, completing 72.3 percent of his passes for 1,044 yards with nine touchdowns and just two interceptions. He's not the only big-time playmaker on offense for the Huskies, though.

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Running back Bishop Sankey has rushed for 608 yards with five touchdowns, averaging 5.3 yards per carry this year.

Stanford has given up some big plays on defense this year and allowed 28 points to Arizona State earlier in the season.

If junior quarterback Kevin Hogan isn't on his game for Stanford and gives the ball away to Washington's stingy defense, then the Cardinal will lose.  

 

Baylor (No. 17) vs. West Virginia 

Think Baylor has zero chance of being upset?

Think again. 

West Virginia gave Oklahoma a run for its money in Week 2 and shocked Oklahoma State last weekend.

Baylor has cruised to its 3-0 record by defeating three cupcake opponents by huge margins. Those opponents have ill prepared this team for the dogfight it's about to engage in when West Virginia comes to town. 

The Mountaineers feature a punishing rushing attack and are adept at chewing up the clock while generating points on long scoring drives. 

Baylor could easily get punched in the mouth a few times before it knows what happened. 

 

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