College Football Rankings 2013: Teams with Most to Gain in Week 11

Ryan DavenportContributor INovember 3, 2013

EUGENE, OR - OCTOBER 26:  Quarterback Marcus Mariota #8 of the Oregon Ducks runs against the UCLA Bruins  on October 26, 2013 at the Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

The 2013 college football season has presented us with no shortage of upsets and shocking results, so needless to say, there are a handful of unexpected schools near the top of the rankings heading into Week 11. 

In Week 10, Florida State demolished a previously undefeated University of Miami squad, while Oklahoma State and Michigan State scored victories over teams that entered the weekend ranked higher. 

Heading into a pivotal week of clashes, here's a look at the latest AP Top 25 rankings, followed by a closer look at three teams that have the most to gain if they can secure wins during Week 11 play. 

AP Poll
1Alabama (52)8-01,4911
2Oregon (2)8-01,4182
3Florida State (6)8-01,4093
4Ohio State9-01,3154
11Texas A&M7-286112
13South Carolina7-276914
14Miami (FL)7-17377
15Oklahoma State7-166218
17Fresno State8-049316
18Michigan State8-147824
22Northern Illinois9-032221
23Arizona State6-219725
24Notre Dame7-2164NR
25Texas Tech7-210215
Associated Press


Baylor, No. 5

Thus far, the Baylor Bears haven't faced an elite opponent, but this 7-0 squad will get its first real test of the season in Week 11 when it takes on the University of Oklahoma. 

In the No. 12 Sooners, the Bears and their top-ranked offensive attack will finally get an opportunity to show the nation how good they really are, as Oklahoma is coming off a very impressive victory over then-No. 10 Texas Tech two weeks prior. 

WACO, TX - OCTOBER 19: Bryce Petty #14 of the Baylor Bears throws a pass against the Iowa State Cyclones on October 19, 2013 at Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco, Texas.  (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)
Cooper Neill/Getty Images

But even if Baylor gets a victory over Blake Bell and the Sooners, things won't get much easier for Bryce Petty and company, as the Bears will have a pair of challenging tilts on tap with Texas Tech and Oklahoma State next up. 

Assuming they defeat the Sooners, Baylor will begin to build a convincing case to be considered a surprise candidate to challenge Alabama, Florida State and Oregon for national supremacy. 


Oregon, No. 2

All year long, it seemed that it was only inevitable that the Oregon Ducks and Alabama Crimson Tide would play for the BCS National Championship at season's end. 

The emergence of Florida State as a truly elite team has put that in jeopardy, but if Oregon can come up with a victory over No. 6 Stanford on Thursday night, Marcus Mariota and company will move that much closer to locking up a berth in the national title game. 

BOULDER, CO - OCTOBER 05:  Quarterback Marcus Mariota #8 of the Oregon Ducks walks to the bench against the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field on October 5, 2013 in Boulder, Colorado. The Ducks defeated the Buffs 57-16.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Ima
Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

The Ducks came away with an important win over UCLA in Week 10, but this game against Stanford will mark the first time Oregon will face a legitimate national power, so a win is a necessity. 

If triumphant, the Ducks will further cement their status as the country's No. 2 squad, and at least hold off the surging Seminoles for another week.


LSU, No. 10

So far, it's been an up-and-down season for Les Miles' Tigers, as Louisiana State has posted both impressive victories and demoralizing losses. 

The high points include wins over then-No. 20 TCU and No. 17 Florida, but the lows are just as dizzying, with losses to No. 9 Georgia and unranked Ole Miss. 

Now, the Tigers' last shot at remaining a contender for a BCS bowl is defeating No. 1 Alabama, but obviously that won't be easy. 

OXFORD, MS - OCTOBER 19:  Zach Mettenberger #8 of the LSU Tigers drops back to pass against the Ole Miss Rebels during a game at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on October 19, 2013 in Oxford, Mississippi.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Stacy Revere/Getty Images

The Crimson Tide have been the class of the college football world for five years now, so Zach Mettenberger's boys will have their work cut out for them against Nick Saban's vaunted defense. 

That being said, if the Tigers find a way to win, they'll undoubtedly gain ground in the Top 10 in next week's rankings. 


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