The third edition of the USA Today Coaches Poll has been released, via the company’s website, after an exciting Week 3 of college football.
Let’s take a closer look at this week’s Top 25, compare it to last week's rankings and see if the Coaches Poll looks similar to our official Bleacher Report poll.
Obviously, Alabama remains on top, as the Crimson Tide took a week off to get ready for a much-anticipated matchup with No. 6 Texas A&M. Johnny Manziel and his Aggies decimated Sam Houston State on Saturday in what amounts to a warm-up in preparation for ‘Bama.
Oregon continued to show there are no issues in the post-Chip Kelly era, as the No. 2 Ducks made things ugly against Virginia. They would coast to a 59-10 win and gain a spot in the rankings.
Despite superstar Braxton Miller’s troublesome injury, No. 3 Ohio State had no issues against San Diego State, rolling past the Aztecs in a 42-7 victory. The Buckeyes still dropped a spot due to Oregon's impressive showing.
Stanford and Clemson once again round out the Top Five, with the No. 4 Cardinal trouncing San Jose State and the No. 5 Tigers obliterating South Carolina State.
Georgia saved its season with a much-needed win over South Carolina, and could signal the start of the No. 10 Bulldogs' ascent back into Top Five. The No. 14 Gamecocks will need to rebound next Saturday against Vanderbilt to get back above .500.
Things truly start to get interesting in the poll when you factor in the upsets that took place this weekend.
Florida fell significantly after a loss to Miami, as the No. 20 Gators' turnover-happy offense allowed the Hurricanes to walk away with a 21-16 victory in front of the home crowd and gain some ground in the rankings.
No. 21 Notre Dame also dropped down a few pegs after the vaunted Fighting Irish defense gave up too many points during a 41-30 loss to rival Michigan. The Wolverines jumped to No. 12, while Notre Dame's chances of back-to-back national title appearances are now in serious jeopardy.
Texas took a tumble in Week 3, as the Longhorns simply couldn’t handle emerging BYU superstar Taysom Hill. UT fell out of the polls after the Cougars quarterback ran for 259 yards and three touchdowns in a 40-21 win.
USC was exposed as a fraudulent Top 25 squad by Washington State, as the Cougars ground out a 10-7 victory against their Pac-12 rival. Barring a miracle, that is likely the last anyone will see of this Trojans squad in the Coaches Poll during the 2013 season.
While Week 2 did an excellent job of weeding out a few pretenders from the list of contenders inside the Top 25, next week should be even better.
There are plenty of marquee matchups between some of college football’s elite programs, so make sure you tune in and watch for the Week 4 USA Today Coaches Poll release this time next Sunday.
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