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|
|4||Ohio State||Big Ten||4|
|13||Texas Tech||Big 12||10|
|19||Oklahoma State||Big 12||19|
|via Bleacher Report's Sam Chi|
No. 11 Auburn Tigers
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
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
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.