College Football Rankings: 10 Teams That Could Make Big Week 2 Moves

Tom KinslowFeatured ColumnistSeptember 8, 2010

College Football Rankings: 10 Teams That Could Make Big Week 2 Moves

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    With week two comes some major matchups on the schedule and the chance for some teams to make a statement.

    Victories would propel certain teams closer toward their dreams of a national championship by downing some teams that are in prime position to contend.

    With week two quickly approaching, here are 10 teams that could make a big move up the polls with wins this weekend.

No. 10: UCLA

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    This Saturday, the Bruins will take on No. 25 Stanford and a win could help boost UCLA back up after a disappointing season opening loss against Kansas State.

    Last year, UCLA lost to the Cardinal by 12 and are hoping to reverse the trend this weekend. I'm not sold on the Bruins whatsoever, but a win would mean big things for their national standing.

    Stanford is coming off of a 52-17 pounding of Sacramento State so the Cardinal haven't been tested this year and the Bruins may be able to give them that challenge.

No. 9: Vanderbilt

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    SEC play is getting underway early for two teams as LSU travels to take on Vanderbilt.

    The Commodors lost to the Tigers 23-9 last year but LSU looked pretty weak in my eyes against North Carolina last weekend.

    When a team suspends 13 players before a game, you should pound them into the dirt and they didn't and that's because Les Miles has overstayed his welcome as coach of the Tigers. Vanderbilt may be able to take advantage of a weaker LSU team and make a splash in the top 25.

No. 8: South Florida

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    South Florida made a splash in the college football world a few years ago in 2007 and they have hung around since and beaten a few ranked teams along the way.

    Florida could be the next victim to lose to the Bulls as South Florida will travel to the swamp to take on the Gators. The Gators did not look impressive at all last week, especially the offense, which sputtered for most of the afternoon.

    The Bulls could sneak up on Florida and present it with a lot of the challenges it faced last week and give us our first upset in the top 10 of the polls.

No. 7: Virginia

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    The Cavaliers haven't had a true marquee win since an upset of Florida State in 2005 but Virginia could return to the national spotlight this weekend against USC.

    This is the second game of a home-and-home set that started two years ago when the Trojans pummeled the Wahoos 52-7 in Charlottesville.

    However, this isn't 2008 and Pete Carroll and company aren't walking through the door. USC looked awful on defense, giving up 588 yards of offense. The Trojans were also undisciplined, committing 11 penalties for 100 yards.

    USC has weaknesses and maybe Virginia can exploit them this Saturday.

No. 6 And No. 5: Notre Dame and Michigan

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    One of the bigger games this weekend doesn't feature a team ranked in the top 25 this week.

    Notre Dame will play host to Michigan as both teams clash in South Bend. Both are coming off of solid wins as the Fighting Irish downed Purdue and the Wolverines took care of business against UConn.

    The game will be on a national stage and a win for either will result in a jump into the polls. Both received votes this week and both are big time programs.

    Notre Dame will look to avenge a four point loss last season and Michigan will look to continue it's explosiveness on offense with Denard Robinson under center.

    There's a lot on the line in this game and it'll be a fun one to watch.

No. 4: Tennessee

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    The first-ever meeting between Oregon and Tennessee could be a big one for the Vols.

    Oregon is ranked seventh in the nation after a 72-0 beatdown of New Mexico while Tennessee is coming off of a 50-0 victory over Tennessee-Martin.

    Tennessee has struggled since the departure of Philip Fulmer as head coach and is now transitioning after Lane Kiffin's unceremonious exit to USC last year. A win here would be a huge statement and building block for the program going forward, especially with how good Oregon looked last weekend.

No. 3: Florida State

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    The Jimbo Fisher era got underway with a bang last week as the Seminoles defeated Samford 59-6 in the opener. Meanwhile, their opponent this week, Oklahoma, struggled out of the gate.

    The Sooners only beat Utah State by a touchdown and look really weak coming into this week's game. If Florida State can win this week, it'll be a great win for Fisher and send the Seminoles up the polls from 17th.

    I like Florida State to win this week by at least two touchdowns. I'm not sold on Oklahoma in the least and don't think last week's performance was a fluke.

No. 2: Miami

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    In one of the biggest matchups of the weekend Miami will travel to Columbus to take on the second-ranked Buckeyes.

    It's a national championship rematch from a few years back and it's two major programs going head to head. Miami is already high profile, but beating a national title contender in their house will send the Hurricanes skyrocketing up in the polls.

    It's going to be a battle in the Horseshoe and if Miami wins, it'll change how we look at the Hurricanes and the national title picture.

No. 1: Penn State

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    We've got an old school battle on our hands in primetime Saturday night as the Nittany Lions will travel to take on the Crimson Tide.

    Penn State is currently ranked 18th and defeating the top-ranked defending national champions would be yet another feather in Joe Paterno's cap and give the Nittany Lions serious bragging rights and a lot of recognition from the pollsters.

    It'll be tough for Penn State to win starting a true freshman in Robert Bolden at quarterback but the Nittany Lions are well coached and could pull off the upset with Mark Ingram not playing and defensive end Marcell Dareus serving out the rest of his suspension.