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

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

Rank Team Record Points Previous B/R Rank
1 Alabama (55) 4-0 1,495 1 1
2 Oregon (5) 4-0 1,422 2 2
3 Clemson 4-0 1,354 3 4
4 Ohio State 5-0 1,305 4 3
5 Stanford 4-0 1,280 5 5
6 Georgia 3-1 1,171 9 6
7 Louisville 4-0 1,091 7 8
8 Florida State 4-0 1,069 8 7
9 Texas A&M 4-1 1,012 10 9
10 LSU 4-1 979 6 10
11 Oklahoma 4-0 838 14 11
12 UCLA 3-0 834 13 13
13 South Carolina 3-1 812 12 12
14 Miami (FL) 4-0 753 15 14
15 Washington 4-0 665 16 16
16 Northwestern 4-0 550 17 17
17 Baylor 3-0 536 19 15
18 Florida 3-1 481 20 18
19 Michigan 4-0 471 18 19
20 Texas Tech 4-0 264 24 21
21 Oklahoma State 3-1 230 11 20
22 Arizona State 3-1 192 NR 24
23 Fresno State 4-0 187 25 22
24 Mississippi 3-1 132 21 23
25 Maryland 4-0 119 NR NR

*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

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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

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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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