College Football Rankings 2013: Teams That Will Take Biggest Jump This Weekend

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistOctober 17, 2013

BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 12:  Tyler Murphy #3 of the Florida Gators drops back to pass against the LSU Tigers during a game at Tiger Stadium on October 12, 2013 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  LSU won the game 17-6.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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This week could shake up the entire 2013 season.

There are so many great games on the schedule featuring Top 25 teams, the results of which will have a major effect on the polls.

It's weekends like this one that make college football the spectacle that it is. Such a small sample size could end up having sweeping effects on how the rest of the year plays out. Either Clemson or Florida State will be taking itself out of national title consideration.

Here's what the AP poll looks like at the moment:

AP Top 25
1Alabama Crimson Tide6-0
2Oregon Ducks6-0
3Clemson Tigers6-0
4Ohio State Buckeyes6-0
5Florida State Seminoles5-0
6LSU Tigers6-1
7Texas A&M Aggies5-1
8Louisville Cardinals6-0
9UCLA Bruins5-0
10Miami Hurricanes5-0
11South Carolina Gamecocks5-1
12Baylor Bears5-0
13Stanford Cardinal5-1
14Missouri Tigers6-0
15Georgia Bulldogs4-2
16Texas Tech Red Raiders6-0
17Fresno State Bulldogs5-0
18Oklahoma Sooners5-1
19Virginia Tech Hokies6-1
20Washington Huskies4-2
21Oklahoma State Cowboys4-1
22Florida Gators4-2
23Northern Illinois Huskies6-0
24Auburn Tigers5-1
25Wisconsin Badgers4-2

The following three teams should be taking the biggest jump after big upsets.

No. 5 Florida State Seminoles

Experience can be an invaluable trait. However, there's something to be said for inexperience as well. Younger players might not be burdened as much by expectations and don't carry the weight of past failures on their shoulders. They can also be a bit oblivious to the circumstances.

The idea that Jameis Winston will struggle just because he's a freshman seems to be off base. Playing on the road didn't preclude Johnny Manziel from having a huge game in Tuscaloosa last year.

The Seminoles have been rolling. Their last game was a 63-0 demolition of Maryland on Oct. 5 during which the Terrapins were held to just 234 yards.

FSU has had a week to prepare for Clemson. That could be huge for a team that's second in passing yards allowed and 22nd in pass defense efficiency. If Jimbo Fisher and Jeremy Pruitt figure out a way to limit Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins, it would be a fatal blow for Clemson.

No. 13 Stanford Cardinal

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - OCTOBER 12: Tyler Gaffney #25 of the Stanford Cardinal jumps over LT Tuipulotu #58 and Davion Orphey #33 of the Utah Utes to score a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA football game October 12, 2013 at Rice Eccles Stadium in S
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The Stanford Cardinal might have been guilty of looking ahead when they lost to the Utah Utes last week. Rather than focusing on that game, the Cardinal instead looked to be keying on this Saturday's matchup with the UCLA Bruins.

That could almost be the worst thing for UCLA.

David Shaw will have his players itching to set the record straight and avoid losing two in a row. Stanford seemed to be caught in a funk over the last two weeks and maybe that loss to Utah was the thing that will jolt the team into reaching its full potential.

There's too much talent on the Cardinal to imagine the defense and offense both underwhelming again, especially with zero margin for error the rest of the season.

The players know they'll have to be at their best to keep any national title or BCS bowl hopes alive.

The Bruins had a hard time protecting Brett Hundley against the Cardinal last year. After shifting in some youth on the right side of the line, that could prove to be the difference again in 2013.

No. 22 Florida Gators

Oct 12, 2013; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers running back Jeremy Hill (33) is tackled by a multiple Florida Gators defenders during the first quarter of their game at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

At the risk of contradicting myself, a freshman quarterback just may be the biggest reason Missouri tumbles down the standings.

To clarify, there's a difference between Winston and Maty Mauk. Winston has proven himself so far, while Mauk has attempted six passes so far in 2013. Now he'll be getting the start against a Florida Gators defense that ranks second in passing efficiency.

The Florida secondary has never been in doubt this season. As the offense sputtered along, the Gators were able to hover near the top 20 as a result of having one of the best defenses in the country.

With James Franklin on the field, the Tigers would be the favorites here. However, Mauk is too much of a question mark to have any faith in Missouri.

Florida's offense is also looking better with Tyler Murphy under center. He'll be happy to have gotten past the tough LSU Tigers defense. Missouri isn't dominant on that side of the ball, so Murphy should have a much easier time and take some of the pressure off his defense.

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