College Football Rankings 2013 Week 7: Projecting Highest Risers After Big Wins
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.
Chris Roling's Projections
No. 8 Florida State
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
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
The Baylor Bears continue to sneak up the ranks each week—courtesy of an explosive offense led by running back Lache Seastrunk—but 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.
Lache Seastrunk (130) has now rushed for 100 yards in 8 consecutive games, the nation's longest active streak. #SicWVU— Baylor Football (@BUFootball) October 6, 2013
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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