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|
|1||Alabama Crimson Tide||6-0|
|4||Ohio State Buckeyes||6-0|
|5||Florida State Seminoles||5-0|
|7||Texas A&M Aggies||5-1|
|11||South Carolina Gamecocks||5-1|
|16||Texas Tech Red Raiders||6-0|
|17||Fresno State Bulldogs||5-0|
|19||Virginia Tech Hokies||6-1|
|21||Oklahoma State Cowboys||4-1|
|23||Northern Illinois Huskies||6-0|
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
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
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.
Statistics courtesy of NCAA.com.
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