AP Polls College Football 2013: Teams That Made Biggest Jump in Week 3 Rankings

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistSeptember 8, 2013

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 07:  Stephen Morris #17 of the Miami Hurricanes celebrates winning a game against the Florida Gators at Sun Life Stadium on September 7, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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There is always a lot of movement in the polls early in the college football season, and the Miami Hurricanes were one of the teams that made the biggest jumps in the AP Poll after Week 2.

Early polls don't always mean much, but teams are starting to gain the advantage for later in the season. Teams like the Oregon Ducks have jumped up in the polls early in the season and are seemingly in control of their own destiny.

Beating a higher ranked team early on often shoots a team up the rankings, and Miami was the latest team to take advantage of a big win.

Voters reward teams that play meaningful games in the first few weeks. It's a risky strategy for schools, but it can pay off.

Below is the latest AP Poll, courtesy of collegefootball.ap.org, followed by a breakdown of the teams that made the biggest jumps.


Biggest Jumps

No. 9 Georgia Bulldogs (Previous ranking: 11)

Not many teams face must-win games in Week 2, but Georgia was in danger of being knocked out of title contention after just two weeks.

An opening loss to Clemson sent the Bulldogs down six spots to No. 11, but they were able to get a big win to save their season. A 41-30, with box score courtesy of ESPN.com, victory over then-No. 6 South Carolina gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 start in conference play.

It was senior quarterback Aaron Murray's first win over the Gamecocks in four attempts.

Had Georgia lost, it would have still been fine in the SEC, but they would likely not have been able to get back into the national championship hunt.

A win against a top SEC opponent was enough to bump the Bulldogs back in the Top 10.


No. 11 Michigan Wolverine (Previous ranking: 17)

The second-biggest jump in the polls belongs to the Michigan Wolverines. Like Georgia, Michigan won 41-30, with box score courtesy of ESPN.com, against a higher ranked opponent.

Beating Notre Dame in the Big House was a big win for this squad. Devin Gardner has replaced Denard Robinson at quarterback and has started the season 2-0.

Michigan needed this win in order to stay in the hunt for a national title, but it still has some issues to work on. Gardner threw three interceptions in the first two weeks, and he will need to take care of the football better if the Wolverines are going to continue to climb the polls.


No. 15 Miami Hurricanes (Previous ranking: Unranked)

The Miami Hurricanes made the week's biggest jump after knocking off then-No. 12 Florida. A 21-16 victory, with box score courtesy of ESPN.com, over the Gators took the Hurricanes from unranked to No. 15.

It was a home game for the Hurricanes, so it wasn't a huge upset. Miami has some talent on its roster, and Florida has looked sloppy early in the season. The Hurricanes forced five turnovers in this game and held a 21-9 lead with only a few minutes left in the game.

Miami has only one more ranked opponent, No. 10 Florida State, on its schedule, so it'll be tough for them to get to the top of the polls even if they continue to win.

Running back Duke Johnson is the leader of the offense, but senior quarterback Stephen Morris has shown that he can contribute to the team.

Look out for the Hurricanes after their big win over the Gators. They are a talented team, and the voters gave them the respect that they deserve by putting them in the Top 15.