College football had one of its most exciting weeks last week. There were upsets and close games, including a quadruple-overtime shootout and major national title implications with Stanford and Boise State both falling out of the unbeaten ranks.
The BCS rankings had a major shakeup because of all of the games and Week 12 will have a very hard time replicating those results.
However, there are three teams who are primed to move up in the rankings this week and here they are.
There are three games between ranked opponents this week, four if you include USC vs. Oregon, but Michigan has far and away the best chance to pull the upset. The Wolverines take on No. 16 Nebraska at home and they are considered 2.5 point favorites by Vegas for one reason—Denard Robinson.
The Huskers have failed miserably at stopping running quarterbacks, and it has been their only real weakness all season long. They also have never faced Shoelace unlike the rest of the Big Ten, which diminish their odds even further.
Michigan will have the highest ranked win of the weekend and will replace Nebraska at No. 16, just behind Michigan State, against whom they lost earlier in the season.
The Wildcats had a wild victory against Texas A&M last weekend and they have to follow up their performance with a game at No. 23 Texas. The computers absolutely love Kansas State. Its average ranking is seventh, and a road win against a ranked opponent will get them more respect from the voters.
They are only .03 behind South Carolina, so they will easily jump them and they may even jump to 11th if Houston fails to impress against SMU.
Penn State, Baylor and Texas may all lose this weekend and that would be a huge blessing for Auburn and Florida State. But the Seminoles play a 7-3 Virginia team on the verge of being ranked, so they will definitely jump over the Tigers who play Samford.
In a week where there aren’t likely to be many upsets, Florida State takes advantage and moves up to 21st and is the biggest riser of the week.