NCAA Football Rankings 2013: Teams That Will Soar in Week 3 Polls

Austin GreenCorrespondent ISeptember 8, 2013

ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 7: Aaron Murray #11 and Kolton Houston #75 of the Georgia Bulldogs celebrate after the game against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Sanford Stadium on September 7, 2013 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Week 2 was a wild one in college football, as several teams shook up the Top 25 picture by upsetting ranked opponents.

Four teams in the Top 15 fell on Saturday, including SEC giants South Carolina and Florida. Powerhouse programs Texas and Notre Dame also suffered devastating early-season losses.

With each of those teams dropping at least a few spots, look for the following three to help fill the void. Whether they relied on excellent quarterback play, explosive wide receivers or an opportunistic defense, these three squads impressed on Saturday.


No. 11 Georgia Bulldogs

The Bulldogs sent a message to the rest of the country this weekend, dispatching No. 6 South Carolina 41-30.

Quarterback Aaron Murray was clinical against the vaunted Gamecocks defense, completing 17 of 23 passes for 309 yards and four touchdowns. He set the tone early with a first-quarter touchdown pass, then capped off the victory by hooking up with Justin Scott-Wesley for an 85-yard score in the fourth.

Murray spread the ball around beautifully, hitting eight different receivers on the day.

Running back Todd Gurley also made his presence felt, rushing for 134 yards and one touchdown on 30 hard-nosed carries.

With the win, the Bulldogs helped make up for their 38-35 loss to then-No. 8 Clemson in the opening week of the season. Look for them to rise back into the Top 10 when the polls are released tonight.


No. 17 Michigan Wolverines

Like the Bulldogs, Michigan upset a higher-ranked rival on Saturday, taking down Notre Dame 41-30.

Wide receiver Jeremy Gallon was the star for the Wolverines, catching eight passes for 184 yards and three touchdowns. The 5'8" receiver shredded the Irish secondary throughout the game, finding gaps in the coverage and using his speed to burn Notre Dame defenders.

Michigan also got major contributions from quarterback Devin Gardner and running back Fitzgerald Toussaint. Gardner produced 376 total yards and five total touchdowns, while Toussaint racked up 71 yards on 22 carries. He also caught one pass for 31 yards.

After their impressive display, look for the Wolverines to rise at least five or six spots this week.


Miami Hurricanes

Following an offseason full of negative press, the Miami Hurricanes needed to make a statement against No. 12 Florida. They did exactly that, forcing five Gator turnovers on their way to a 21-16 victory.

The Hurricanes struggled throughout the game offensively, converting only one of 11 third-down opportunities and producing just 212 total yards.

However, their defense capitalized on numerous Florida mistakes and running back Duke Johnson's two-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter provided all the cushion they needed.

Miami still has some issues, but with an easy remaining schedule, it should definitely improve on last year's 7-5 record.

The Hurricanes don't play again until Sept. 21, but look for Miami to climb into the Top 25 on Sunday evening.