College Football Rankings 2013 Week 6: Teams with the Most to Gain on Saturday

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IOctober 5, 2013

Sep 21, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Maryland Terrapins quarterback CJ Brown (16) leads the offensive huddle during the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports
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Every game is critical for top-ranked teams like Alabama, Oregon, Clemson and others. But in Week 6, a handful of teams outside of the top 10 will be playing with everything to gain. 

Whether there's a resume-boosting win on the line or an uplifting upset to be had, these teams are staring down golden opportunities in Week 6.

Below, I'll highlight three ranked teams with the most to gain on Saturday. 

 

2013 College Football Rankings Week 6 - AP Poll

RankTeamRecordPointsPreviousB/R Rank
1Alabama (55)4-01,49511
2Oregon (5)4-01,42222
3Clemson4-01,35434
4Ohio State5-01,30543
5Stanford4-01,28055
6Georgia3-11,17196
7Louisville4-01,09178
8Florida State4-01,06987
9Texas A&M4-11,012109
10LSU4-1979610
11Oklahoma4-08381411
12UCLA3-08341313
13South Carolina3-18121212
14Miami (FL)4-07531514
15Washington4-06651616
16Northwestern4-05501717
17Baylor3-05361915
18Florida3-14812018
19Michigan4-04711819
20Texas Tech4-02642421
21Oklahoma State3-12301120
22Arizona State3-1192NR24
23Fresno State4-01872522
24Mississippi3-11322123
25Maryland4-0119NRNR

*Poll courtesy of The Associated Press

 

No. 16 Northwestern Wildcats

A loss to No. 4 Ohio State on Saturday night won't derail Northwestern's chances of reaching the Big Ten Championship Game at season's end, but a win would have the Wildcats rising fast in the rankings and in position to run the table in 2013.

After Ohio State, the only ranked opponent on Northwestern's schedule is No. 19 Michigan, and that's a home game in mid-November.

No, road games at Wisconsin and Nebraska aren't easy, but Urban Meyer's undefeated Buckeyes are by far the Wildcats' biggest obstacle in 2013. A sixth consecutive home win on Saturday would make Northwestern the cream of the crop in the Big Ten. Well, at least for a week.

 

No. 17 Baylor Bears

Sep 21, 2013; Waco, TX, USA; Baylor Bears Josh Benenoch (37) and running back Lache Seastrunk (25) and linebacker Travon Blanchard (48) celebrate the win over the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks at Floyd Casey Stadium. The Bears defeated the Warhawks 70-7. Mand
Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The undefeated Baylor Bears will play host to West Virginia in Week 6, and though the Mountaineers are just 3-2 through September, they're coming off a win over Oklahoma State, which was ranked No. 11 coming into last weekend. 

In addition to boosting West Virginia's resume, that win helps any team that beats them.

And seeing as the Mountaineers are 0-2 away from Morgantown in 2013 and 28.5-point underdogs at Baylor in Week 6, according to Covers.com, it's difficult to imagine the Bears not being able to beat them on Saturday night. 

Although Baylor has faced underwhelming competition to start the year, the Bears have been awfully impressive, ranking tops in the nation in passing yards and scoring offense through five weeks. A win over West Virginia would have the electric Baylor offense 4-0 and ultra confident heading into the teeth of its schedule.

 

No. 25 Maryland Terrapins

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 21:  Quarterback C.J. Brown #16 of the Maryland Terrapins throws a pass against the West Virginia Mountaineers durng the first quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on September 21, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Im
Rob Carr/Getty Images

Thanks to some improved health at quarterback, Maryland is just two wins away from becoming bowl eligible and one away from surpassing last season's win total.

But Terps fans have much higher hopes in 2013, and for good reason. Maryland's defense has been flat-out dominant to start the yearranking sixth-best in Americaand the offense has consisted of a balanced attack.

On Saturday, Maryland will be in Tallahassee to take on No. 8 Florida State. And while most expect the Seminoles to cruise to victory at homeFlorida State is a 17-point favorite, according to Covers.com and has owned Maryland in the past, per ESPN Stats & Info—an upset win for the Terps would have them in position to challenge for the ACC this fall.

It sounds crazy until you look at the schedule. Four of Maryland's last seven games are at home and only one is against a ranked opponent (No. 3 Clemson).

Therefore, Randy Edsall's underrated squad has nothing to lose but everything to gain this weekend. 

 

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