College Football Rankings: 5 Teams Poised To Jump in the Rankings

Alex Callos@@alexcallosCorrespondent IOctober 9, 2011

College Football Rankings: 5 Teams Poised To Jump in the Rankings

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    With the polls set to come out in a few hours, and that there were no major upsets in college football over the weekend means there may not be too many changes. 

    Some teams were rather impressive yesterday, however, and are making their case to move up in the rankings. 

    Here are five teams that are poised to move up when the new USA Today poll comes out later today. 

Kansas State

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    The Wildcats are currently ranked No. 21 in the latest USA Today Coaches' poll. They pulled off another impressive win yesterday against Missouri, taking down the Tigers 24-17. 

    That is the third straight win for Kansas State against some solid competition. They are 5-0 overall and 2-0 in Big 12 play. 

    Led by the dual-threat capabilities of quarterback Collin Klein, Kansas State is a tough matchup for anybody and may continue to soar up the rankings over the next few weeks. 

West Virginia

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    The way LSU has been dominating opponents as of late does nothing but help the cause for the Mountaineers. 

    At No. 19, West Virginia is almost certain to move up a few spots this week after manhandling Connecticut yesterday.

    After Florida (directly ahead of West Virginia) lost this week and the way Texas was dismantled should open the door for West Virginia to climb up the rankings this week. 

Texas A&M

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    The Aggies have played one of the more challenging schedules so far this season, and after nearly falling out of the Top 25 this week, they should climb up a few spots today.

    They defeated previously undefeated Texas Tech on the road. 

    The only two losses all season for the Aggies came against Oklahoma State and Arkansas, who are two of the Top 10 teams in the country. 

    Texas A&M should be able to leapfrog Auburn and Florida State, who are just a few spots ahead of the Aggies, after both lost over the weekend. 


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    Arkansas has been as impressive as anybody this season, with the exception of the defeat they suffered at the hands of Alabama. 

    The No. 12 Razorbacks took down No. 15 Auburn yesterday to the tune of 38-14. 

    A win like that is certain to move the Razorbacks up the rankings, particularly with the loss by No. 10 Texas. With the way Michigan struggled for most of the game to beat Northwestern, Arkansas could also jump the Wolverines. 

    Head coach Bobby Petrino and the Razorbacks have already played three teams in the Top 15, and should be rewarded for that. 

South Carolina

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    South Carolina had one of the most impressive showings over the weekend, albeit Kentucky was the competition. 

    The No. 14 Gamecocks put 54 points up on the board against Kentucky. The Wildcats are perhaps the weakest team in the SEC, but 54 points in an SEC game is something to take notice of. 

    Like Arkansas, South Carolina is almost certain to jump over Texas. There is also the possibility that they could jump No. 13 Georgia Tech, who struggled in the second half yesterday.

    Georgia Tech ultimately  squeaked out a five-point win against Maryland.

    At 4-1, with their only blemish being a three-point loss against Auburn, South Carolina should see a rise from No. 14 this week.