College Football Rankings 2013: Teams That Will Shoot Up Top 25 Poll

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIOctober 6, 2013

TALLAHASSEE, FL - OCTOBER 5: Jameis Winston #5 of the  Florida State Seminoles winds up for a pass against the Maryland Terrapins during the first half on October 5, 2013 at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida. The Seminoles went to beat the Terrapins 63-0. (Photo by Jeff Gammons/Getty Images)
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It was a wild day of football on Saturday, with a number of big and exciting games that went down to the wire, and there are a couple of teams that played great games and will shoot up the rankings for this upcoming week.

The game of the night had to be Ohio State taking on Northwestern.  Despite being down by 10 in the third quarter and Braxton Miller fumbling at the goal line, the Buckeyes found a way to pull out the big 40-30 win over their Big Ten rival.

There were a few teams that had really solid games, and based off how other ranked teams played, they should be able to climb up the AP Top 25 poll for this week.


No. 8 Florida State Seminoles

Sure, Florida State is already a top-10 team, but based off how well they played on Saturday, they deserve to move up closer to the top five.

It was all Florida State in the 63-0 win over No. 25 Maryland.  Jameis Winston was absolutely incredible, going 23-for-32 with 393 yards and five touchdowns in the game.  The receivers had a heck of a great game too, putting up 431 yards and averaging 16.6 yards per catch.

At this point, it doesn't look like anyone is capable of stopping this team.  The Seminoles have put up at least 41 points in every single game, including two games now where they've put up over 60 on the board.

The real test will come on October 19, with Florida State heading to Clemson to take on the Tigers in what will easily be the game of the week.

For now, however, the Seminoles are 5-0 and 3-0 in the ACC and dominated a ranked opponent, so they certainly deserve to move up the rankings.


No. 17 Baylor Bears

Oct 5, 2013; Waco, TX, USA; Baylor Bears wide receiver Antwan Goodley (5) and running back Shock Linwood (32) celebrate the touchdown against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the first half at Floyd Casey Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA T
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It's hard to play as well offensively as the Baylor Bears did this week, as they completely tore West Virginia apart in a blowout win.

Baylor won the game 73-42 over the Mountaineers, putting up 864 total yards of offense.  This was a Big 12 record and ironically enough the previous record was held by West Virginia after putting up 807 yards against Baylor just last season.

Strangely enough, there wasn't one player who just had a jaw-dropping performance.  Lache Seastrunk had 172 yards and two touchdowns on just 15 carries, but there were six different players who had rushing touchdowns on the day.

Oh, and they could have possibly broken 1,000 total yards, but they had four turnovers on the day.

With a loss by No. 15 Washington and some closer games by Miami and South Carolina, the Bears should be able to leapfrog over a couple of teams to possible make it into the top 15.


No. 23 Fresno State

Sep 28, 2013; Honolulu, HI, USA; Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr (4) reacts after losing his helmet in a tackle against Hawaii in the fourth quarter of the NCAA college football game at Aloha Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marco Garcia-USA TODAY Sports
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Yes, you heard it right.  A Mountain West team not named Boise State should find itself moving up this week's AP poll by quite a bit.

The Bulldogs dominated Idaho with a 61-14 win.  Derek Carr had another big game, throwing for 419 yards and five touchdowns.

Fresno State is now 5-0 and 2-0 in the MWC, and it has had some solid wins over Boise State and Rutgers.  The Bulldogs may not be getting a whole lot of love right now, but that offense is averaging 47.4 points per game and they really have one of the most entertaining offenses in the country right now.

No. 22 Arizona State lost to Notre Dame and No. 21 Oklahoma State barely came away with a win over Kansas State, so it makes sense to see Fresno State move up this week.  As long as that offense keeps putting up numbers like this, the Bulldogs will keep rising up the rankings.