NCAA Football Rankings 2013: Predicting the Top 25 After Week 6

David KenyonFeatured ColumnistOctober 6, 2013

Another week of the college football season is in the books, and most Top 25 teams emerged unscathed during the solid weekend slate.

Leading off the three ranked-vs-ranked games, No. 8 Florida State absolutely dismantled 25th-ranked Maryland by a staggering 63-0 margin.

No. 4 Ohio State scored 20 fourth-quarter points to overcome a stingy No. 16 Northwestern team 40-30 in Evanston, IL.

Fifth-ranked Stanford welcomed No. 15 Washington to Palo Alto, CA, and the Cardinal sent its PAC-12 foe packing with a 31-28 victory.

No. 6 Georgia, on the other hand, struggled mightily against an unranked Tennessee squad, but the Bulldogs survived a handful of injuries to pull out a 34-31 overtime win.

The Top 10 should see little, if any, movement, but some shakeup for the remainder of the AP poll is to be expected, so where will your team wind up?

Note: Previous rankings based on Week 6 AP Top 25.


Fun Facts

Separated by conference, the SEC has the most ranked teams with six member schools listed, and each of the ACC, Big 12 and PAC-12 have four ranked programs.

Each listed SEC team has been ranked for at least 17 consecutive weeks, led by Alabama with 88, followed by LSU (71), South Carolina (54) Georgia (32) Florida (23) and Texas A&M (17).

The last time a ranked team scored 60-plus points on another ranked opponent was when Oregon outlasted USC in a 62-51 track meet during Week 10 last year. Florida State hung 63 points on Maryland, amassing 614 total yards on offense.

Should the Hokies enter the Top 25, it would be the first time Virginia Tech, Miami and FSU have been ranked in the same AP poll since Week 9 of the 2010 season.


Falling: Washington Huskies

The Washington Huskies had one final opportunity to spring the biggest upset of the day, but the Cardinal handed UDub its first loss of the year.

Keith Price threw for 350 yards and a score, but Washington lost 31-28 after failing to convert on 4th-and-10 near midfield with under 90 seconds to play.

Bishop Sankey paced the Huskies with 125 yards and two scores, but Stanford's Ty Montgomery gained 290 all-purpose yards, including a 99-yard kick return and 39-yard reception for touchdowns.

Washington heads home, awaiting a matchup with No. 2 Oregon next week.


Rising: Baylor Bears

So far this season, Baylor has taken "high-powered offense" to a new level.

Bryce Petty completed 16-of-24 passes for 342 yards and three touchdowns, connecting with Antwan Goodley seven times for 170 yards and a score. Lache Seastrunk scampered for 172 yards and two touchdowns, and Glasco Martin added 63 rushing yards and a pair of scores for the Bears.

617 offensive yards later, it was time for the second-half kickoff.

Baylor steamrolled West Virginia 73-42, and the Bears will take advantage of a couple losses by teams above them in the polls.

Art Briles' squad has now scored at least 69 points in every game this season, improved to 4-0 and will travel to Kansas State for its first road contest of 2013.


Falling: Arizona State Sun Devils

Currently, Arizona State is a little kid on a teeter-totter.

Up and down, up and down.

The Sun Devils jumped into the rankings with a strange win over Wisconsin but dropped out of the polls following a loss to Stanford. They beat USC and jumped to No. 22 before falling to Notre Dame 37-34 on Saturday night.

Taylor Kelly threw for 300 yards and two touchdowns, but a pick-six with under two minutes to play sealed Arizona State's fate.

Now at 3-2 on the year, the Sun Devils will host PAC-12 South Division opponent Colorado next weekend.


Rising: Northern Illinois Huskies

Welcome back, you BCS buster, you.

With a 38-24 win over Kent State, Northern Illinois notched its first conference win of the 2013 campaign and improved to 5-0 for only the second time in school history.

Though his longest run was just 23 yards, Cameron Stingily racked up 266 yards and two scores. Senior quarterback Jordan Lynch tallied 338 total yards (244 passing, 94 rushing) and tossed two touchdowns.

The Huskies have already beaten a pair of Big 10 teams in Iowa and Purdue, and now—as Akron, Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan are next on the schedule—Lynch and Co. are in prime position to steadily climb up the polls during October.


Falling: Ole Miss Rebels

For the second consecutive week, Ole Miss fell to an SEC opponent. But this time, unfortunately for the Rebels, the loss was not to the nation's top-ranked team.

Auburn defeated Ole Miss by a final of 30-22, stalling the Rebels' final possession by sacking Bo Wallace on both third and fourth down.

Wallace threw for 336 yards and two scores, but one of his two interceptions cost the team dearly. The Tigers' Robenson Therezie intercepted a pass and returned it 78 yards for a touchdown.

Ole Miss falls to 3-2 (1-2 SEC) on the season, and with Texas A&M on its way to Oxford, Miss. next weekend, there is no rest for the weary Rebels.


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