NCAA Football Rankings 2013: Teams That Surged Up Latest AP Top 25 Poll

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVOctober 7, 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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Another week of the college football season unfolded over the weekend, and with a handful of big-time matchups and intriguing results comes a major shakeup in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.

While the Top Five teams remain unchanged, there are plenty of moves to be noticed among the final 20 teams in the poll. 

Let's take a look at the Week 7 AP Top 25 and the teams that are surging fast.


No. 6 Florida State

CHESTNUT HILL, MA - SEPTEMBER 28: P.J. Williams #26 of the Florida State Seminoles celebrates his interception with Jalen Ramsey #13 against the Boston College Eagles in the second half at Alumni Stadium on September 28, 2013 in Chestnut Hill, Massachuset
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Florida State had already climbed up the rankings into the Top 10, but its 63-0 shutout victory over No. 25 Maryland on Saturday put the Seminoles on a whole new level.

That's right. They beat a ranked team 63-0. 

Jameis Winston is continuing the trend of Heisman-contending redshirt freshmen after Johnny Manziel's 2012 campaign, but Saturday was his best performance yet, with 393 yards through the air and five touchdowns—both career highs. 

It wasn't against a slouch defense, either. Maryland shut out West Virginia the week prior, and the Mountaineers upset then-No. 11 Oklahoma State already this season. 

And if the defense was ever in question, the Seminole D completely shut down the Terrapins—who were outgained by nearly 400 total yards. At this point, it's hard to argue against the notion that Florida State is a serious national title contender.



No. 15 Baylor

Oct 5, 2013; Waco, TX, USA; Baylor Bears cornerback Xavien Howard (18) and safety Orion Stewart (28) break up a pass intended for West Virginia Mountaineers wide receiver Kevin White (11) during the second half at Floyd Casey Stadium. The Bears defeated t
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Boasting an incredibly potent offense is nothing new to the Baylor Bears, but hanging 73 on a team that upset a Top 15 team is nothing short of eye-opening. 

Sure, West Virginia hasn't looked too great this season outside of its win over Oklahoma State. But the Bears set a Big 12 record over the weekend with 864 total yards of offense. 

Running back Lache Seastrunk continued his Heisman Trophy campaign with 15 carries for 175 yards and two touchdowns.

On the season, he's earned 11.1 yards per carry. He's averaging a first down each time he touches the ball.

If that continues, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech better watch out in the Big 12. 


No. 25 Missouri 

Oct 5, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Missouri Tigers running back Marcus Murphy (6) stiff arms Vanderbilt Commodores safety Javon Marshall (31) during the first half at Vanderbilt Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports
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Very few 4-0 teams were less talked about than the Missouri Tigers, but that was mostly due to the quality of teams they beat. 

After Saturday's 51-28 win over Vanderbilt, one of the more promising teams in the middle of the SEC, that changed quickly, and voters rewarded the Tigers with the last spot on the poll for Week 7. 

Nashville, Tenn. wasn't the only place Missouri won over the weekend. Indiana's 20-point home win over Penn State also helped Missouri's cause, as the Tigers traveled to Bloomington and beat the Hoosiers two weeks ago. 

Things don't get much easier for Missouri, with three straight contests against No. 7 Georgia, No. 17 Florida and No. 14 South Carolina coming up. But the voters' confidence in the Tigers gives them at least an outside shot in each of those contests.