BCS Rankings Predictions 2013: Teams That Will See Biggest Jump in Top 20

Maxwell Ogden@MaxwellOgdenCorrespondent IIIOctober 27, 2013

NORMAN, OK - OCTOBER 26:   Members of the Oklahoma Sooners pose for photographs after the game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders October 26, 2013 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Texas Tech 38-30. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

Week 9 of the 2013 college football season was nothing short of dramatic. Some of the top teams in the nation struggled to get by surprisingly tough opponents, multiple Top-15 teams were defeated and the BCS rankings were reshaped.

The question is, which squads will see the biggest jump in the Top 20?

Projected BCS Rankings
3Florida StateACC2
4Ohio StateBig Ten4
6BaylorBig 128
7Miami (Fla.)ACC7
10OklahomaBig 1215
13Texas TechBig 1210
14Texas A&MSEC16
15Northern IllinoisMAC18
16South CarolinaSEC21
18Fresno StateMWC17
19Oklahoma StateBig 1219
via Bleacher Report's Sam Chi


No. 11 Auburn Tigers

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Record: 7-1, 3-1 SEC

Week 9: 45-10 win vs. Florida Atlantic Owls

Key Statistic: 37.0 PPG

The Auburn Tigers entered Week 9 as the No. 11 team in the nation. Florida Atlantic wasn't an extraordinary opponent, but Auburn erupted with a 45-10 victory that further established its explosive offense.

With both No. 5 Missouri and No. 10 Texas Tech losing, the Tigers should have no trouble cracking the Top 10.

The Tigers are now 7-1 overall and 3-1 in the heavily favored SEC. Auburn's only loss was on the road against the LSU Tigers, which are ranked No. 13 in the country.

On top of having a quality loss, Auburn has two high-profile victories that the computers will love.

The Tigers defeated the Ole Miss Rebels 30-22, which bodes well considering Hugh Freeze's group has won two straight, including one over LSU. It was yet another display of Auburn's high-octane rushing offense, but that wasn't the most important win.

Auburn defeated Johnny Manziel and the Texas A&M Aggies on the road by a score of 45-41. It was a case of Nick Marshall outdueling Manziel, thus providing the Tigers with a signature victory that the computers will recognize.

It's been a marvelous first season under Gus Malzahn. 


No. 15 Oklahoma Sooners

Oct 26, 2013; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma quarterback Blake Bell (10) hands off the ball to running back Damien Williams (26) during the third quarter against the Texas Tech at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Oklahoma won 38-30.  Mandatory Credi

Record: 7-1, 4-1 Big 12

Week 9: 38-30 win vs. No. 10 Texas Tech Red Raiders

Key Statistic: 21.9 Opponent PPG

Things couldn't have worked out any better for the No. 15 Oklahoma Sooners. No. 5 Missouri, No. 10 Texas Tech, No. 12 UCLA and No. 14 Virginia Tech all lost games, and Oklahoma achieved victory against a ranked opponent.

Most importantly, Oklahoma redeemed itself after a tough loss to the Texas Longhorns by defeating Texas Tech.

Oklahoma defeated the Red Raiders 38-30 during Week 9, using a balanced offensive attack to take down the No. 10 team in the nation. It was a win that Oklahoma needed after losing by double digits to Texas just two weeks earlier.

Blake Bell was 14-of-22 for 249 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions, Damien Williams had 97 yards and two scores on 19 carries, and Lacoltan Bester had a 35-yard score on his only rush during the Sooners' win.

This marked Oklahoma's second consecutive victory since its Week 7 meltdown, and that should be enough to achieve a full recovery. Seeing as four teams that were ahead of Oklahoma fell, with the Sooners beating one of them, a major rise in the rankings is on the horizon.

Oklahoma's next game will come on the road against the high-octane Baylor Bears.


No. 23 UCF Knights

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Record: 6-1, 3-0 AAC

Week 9: 62-17 win vs. Connecticut Huskies

Key Statistic: 19.3 Opponent PPG

If you're not sold that a team from the American Athletic Conference should see a significant rise up the BCS rankings, I won't pose much of an argument. What I will say, however, is that the UCF Knights are much better than their current ranking of No. 23.

Two wins against high-quality opponents and a close loss to an SEC power provides enough evidence to back that claim.

UCF owns a 38-35 road win over Teddy Bridgewater and the No. 20 Louisville Cardinals and a 34-31 road victory against the Penn State Nittany Lions. The Knights also lost 28-25 to the South Carolina Gamecocks, helping to pass the eye test as a young team.

During Week 9, UCF followed its huge upset of Louisville by defeating the Connecticut Huskies 62-17.

Connecticut is far from a college football power, but a 45-point win is a 45-point win. Even on a day in which star running back Storm Johnson struggled to run the football, Blake Bortles was nearly flawless as he continued his rise to collegiate stardom.

With a scoring defense that's allowing less than 20.0 points per contest, the 6-1 Knights should see a major rise from outside of the Top 20.


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