College Football Rankings 2013 Week 7: Projecting Highest Risers After Big Wins

Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistOctober 6, 2013

Oct 5, 2013; Waco, TX, USA; Baylor Bears running back Lache Seastrunk (25) leaps over the West Virginia Mountaineers defensive line during the first half at Floyd Casey Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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There is no better way for a ranked team to build on its positive momentum than to obliterate the competition.

Bonus points if the competition is also ranked.

Saturday's Week 6 action saw plenty of ranked teams score victories as they should, but a select few notched impressive victories by wide margins that, when paired with certain ranked teams losing, will factor into a nice jump in rankings.

Let's take a look.


No. 8 Florida State

Oct 5, 2013; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston (5) warms up before the start of the game against the Maryland Terrapins at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports
Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

One such team that obliterated a ranked opponent was the Florida Seminoles after the Maryland Terrapins decided to not show up.

Alright, No. 25 (soon to be unranked) Maryland showed up, but the end result wasn't pretty.

Behind the arm of freshman quarterback and Heisman candidate Jameis Winston and his 393 yards and five touchdowns, the Seminoles destroyed the Terrapins to the tune of 63-0.

In case fans have been asleep for the first five weeks, Winston is pretty good:

That's an outcome fans could expect from a small school, but for a ranked team from the ACC, it's an utter embarrassment. Winston and Florida State are helped in the rankings by a poor showing from No. 8 Georgia.


No. 19 Michigan

Oct 5, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines running back Fitzgerald Toussaint (28) runs the ball avoiding Minnesota Golden Gophers defensive back Derrick Wells (13) in the third quarter at Michigan Stadium. Michigan won 42-13. Mandatory Credit: R
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Michigan has plummeted down the ranks in recent weeks despite a pristine record, which is thanks to close encounters with questionable opposition such as Akron and Connecticut.

Quarterback Devin Gardner and Co. managed to not turn the ball over for the first time in seemingly forever in its contest against Minnesota as the Wolverines destroyed the Golden Gophers 42-13.

This time, there was not much in the way of struggle for Michigan, as running back Fitzgerald Toussaint scored a touchdown on the first drive of the game, allowing the Wolverines to never look back.

Michigan is getting back on track just in time. From here on out, the schedule is extremely difficult beginning with a date at Penn State next week.


No. 17 Baylor

Oct 5, 2013; Waco, TX, USA; Baylor Bears quarterback Bryce Petty (14) drops back to pass against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the first half at Floyd Casey Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Baylor Bears continue to sneak up the ranks each weekcourtesy of an explosive offense led by running back Lache Seastrunkbut many voters seem to be taking a wait-and-see approach with Baylor's victories coming over small schools such as Wofford. 

The time to doubt the Bears is over.

Baylor destroyed a credible West Virginia opponent 73-42. Quarterback Bryce Petty put up 347 yards and two touchdowns, but Heisman candidate Seastrunk stole the show once again.

Seastrunk rattled off 130 yards in the first quarter alone before finishing with 172 yards and two touchdowns on just 15 carries. As of now, Seastrunk is far and away the best back in college football.

Now is the time for Baylor to take a massive leap up the ranks, as it is long overdue.



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