College Football Rankings 2013: Where Most Impressive Teams Rank in Week 3 Poll

Richard LangfordCorrespondent ISeptember 8, 2013

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - SEPTEMBER 7: De'Anthony Thomas #6 of the Oregon Ducks celebrates after rushing for a one-yard touchdown in the first quarter of the game against the Virginia Cavaliers at Scott Stadium on September 7, 2013 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Just two weeks into the college football season, there have been enough telling games for some teams to make a big impression.

Some of those teams, like the Miami Hurricanes after their Week 2 win over Florida, have made positive impressions. Then there are those—I'm looking at you Southern California—that have made negative impressions. 

For this list, I'm going to stick with the teams that have stood out for the right reasons after an impressive start to the 2013 college football campaign. 

*Full BR poll can be found here. 


No. 2 Oregon 

The Oregon Ducks have made explosive offense so commonplace that it is difficult for them to wow many folks anymore. However, I, for one, have still been blown away with the Ducks in their first year under Mark Helfrich. 

In two games, the Ducks have outscored their opponents by a combined score of 125-13. The opening win was a 66-3 triumph over Nicholls State. That was all well and good, but not as impressive as what they did to Virginia this Saturday. 

With a step up in competition, the Ducks abused their opponent in the same fashion with a 59-10 win.

Quarterback Marcus Mariota and running back De'Anthony Thomas form a potent one-two punch for the Ducks, and as always, Oregon's team speed is downright frightening.


No. 15 Miami

Taking on in-state rival Florida, the Miami Hurricanes turned some heads. The Gators entered this game as the nation's No. 12 team while Miami was not ranked.

The Gators feature a suspect offense but an intimidating defense that most anticipate to be one of the nation's best. 

Early in the game, the Hurricanes made it look pedestrian. Miami exploded for 14 first-quarter points, both off of passes from Stephen Morris, and then picked up another score in the fourth to notch the 21-16 win. 

While it was the offense that turned heads early, the defense sealed the deal. Florida possessed the ball for over 38 minutes in this game, and the Hurricanes still held Florida to 16 points—forcing five turnovers certainly helped that effort. 


No. 19 Washington 

The Washington Huskies were idle this past week. However, they still managed to get a little more impressive. 

In Week 1, the Huskies dismantled then-No. 19 Boise State 38-6. That was the Broncos' worst loss in the Chris Petersen era. 

Washington quarterback Keith Price took apart the Broncos' proud secondary in that game. He threw for 324 yards and two scores. The Huskies also rushed for 268 yards. Meanwhile, with the Broncos looking for big plays to get back into the game, the Huskies held them to 3.8 yards per pass. 

So, what has gotten more impressive about this performance is that the Broncos came out in Week 2 and proved they are still a formidable opponent. 

The Broncos beat Tennessee-Martin 63-14. Sure, Tennessee-Martin is not a stiff test, but the Broncos showed that they could still put up points and play solid defense. That added legitimacy to the Huskies' impressive win.