NCAA Football Rankings 2013: Teams That Deserve Biggest Boost After Saturday

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NCAA Football Rankings 2013: Teams That Deserve Biggest Boost After Saturday
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Although many college football fans are looking toward the Alabama-LSU clash on Saturday night, there were plenty of ranked teams that strengthened their resumes earlier in the day.

With the unpredictability of college football and Oregon's loss to Stanford earlier in the week, fans can sometimes take for granted a good team getting the job done and beating a weaker opponent handily.

Since that was the majority of Saturday's action, it's appropriate to wade through the aftermath and determine just which schools benefited the most and should see a rise in the polls.

As a point of reference, here's what the AP poll looked like coming into this week, with the team's record updated to reflect Saturday's results.

AP Poll—Week 11
Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Alabama (52) 8-0 1,491 1
2 Oregon (2) 8-1 1,418 2
3 Florida State (6) 9-0 1,409 3
4 Ohio State 9-0 1,315 4
5 Baylor 8-0 1,234 5
6 Stanford 8-1 1,214 6
7 Auburn 9-1 1,082 8
8 Clemson 8-1 1,059 9
9 Missouri 9-1 956 10
10 LSU 7-2 863 11
11 Texas A&M 7-2 861 12
12 Oklahoma 7-2 816 13
13 South Carolina 7-2 769 14
14 Miami (FL) 7-1 737 7
15 Oklahoma State 8-1 662 18
16 UCLA 6-2 515 17
17 Fresno State 8-0 493 16
18 Michigan State 8-1 478 24
19 UCF 6-1 472 19
20 Louisville 7-1 385 20
21 Wisconsin 7-2 342 22
22 Northern Illinois 9-0 322 21
23 Arizona State 7-2 197 25
24 Notre Dame 7-2 164 NR
25 Texas Tech 7-3 102 15

Associated Press

These three teams helped themselves the most during Saturday's early action.

 

No. 7 Auburn Tigers

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It says a lot about your running game when you can throw for 35 yards and still score 55 points.

The Auburn Tigers rushed for 444 yards and five touchdowns as a team. Nick Marshall led Auburn in rushing with 214 yards and two touchdowns. Marshall is, of course, the Tigers' starting quarterback. His rushing output is the third-highest rushing total for an SEC quarterback in the last 10 years, via ESPN Stats & Info.

Tre Mason added 117 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

The Tigers were getting what they wanted, when they wanted it on the ground.

Tennessee isn't a bad team. Sure, the Volunteers are in a down period, but anytime you can go into Knoxville and win by 32 points, you're doing something right.

 

No. 21 Wisconsin Badgers

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Normally one single call by the officials doesn't have a monumental effect on a team's season. But that terrible call at the end of Wisconsin's 32-30 loss to Arizona State on Sept. 14 may well cost the Badgers a chance at a BCS bowl.

Voters would look at Wisconsin much differently if it had an 8-1 record, rather than 7-2. Unfortunately, the Badgers will be left on the outside looking in.

At the very least, they've looked very good since that loss to the Sun Devils, with their only other loss coming to unbeaten Ohio State in Columbus. That's all they can do.

Wisconsin handled a tough BYU team on Saturday, winning 27-17. While the Cougars aren't ranked, they came in with a 6-2 record and a win over the Texas Longhorns on their resume. The Badgers dominated the game on the ground, with James White rushing for 147 yards and two touchdowns.

 

No. 3 Florida State

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Florida State would've been a big winner this weekend by default. The Seminoles were bound to be No. 2 following the Ducks' defeat at the hands of the Cardinal on Thursday. There was no way Ohio State was going to vault over FSU.

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Rather than coming out and laying an egg, the 'Noles jumped on Wake Forest early and didn't let up. The Demon Deacons were down 21-0 after the first quarter and then 42-0 at the half. The Seminoles called off the dogs in the second half, settling for a 59-3 win.

Florida State got just 296 total yards the entire game, but it was helped out by the six—yes, six—interceptions it forced against Wake Forest's quarterbacks.

As voters try and look for whatever they can to knock down FSU, Jimbo Fisher made sure not to allow any room for criticism. He had his players ready.

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