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

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BCS Rankings Predictions 2013: Teams That Will See Biggest Jump in Top 20
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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
Rank Team Conference Pvs
1 Alabama SEC 1
2 Oregon Pac-12 3
3 Florida State ACC 2
4 Ohio State Big Ten 4
5 Stanford Pac-12 6
6 Baylor Big 12 8
7 Miami (Fla.) ACC 7
8 Clemson ACC 9
9 Missouri SEC 5
10 Oklahoma Big 12 15
11 Auburn SEC 11
12 LSU SEC 13
13 Texas Tech Big 12 10
14 Texas A&M SEC 16
15 Northern Illinois MAC 18
16 South Carolina SEC 21
17 UCLA Pac-12 12
18 Fresno State MWC 17
19 Oklahoma State Big 12 19
20 Louisville American 20

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

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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