AP College Football Poll 2013: Biggest Surprises from Week 3 Rankings

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent ISeptember 8, 2013

CLEMSON, SC - SEPTEMBER 7: Tajh Boyd #10 of the Clemson Tigers drops back for a pass during the game against the South Carolina State Bulldogs at Memorial Stadium on September 7, 2013 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Tyler Smith/Getty Images)
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College Football's Week 3 rankings are out, and while the usual suspects are still sitting comfortably atop the AP Top 25 poll, there were handful of surprises in the wake of Week 2's action.

Alabama remains on the throne following a bye week, but will face its first real test in Week 3 when it travels to College Station to take on Johnny Football and the No. 6 Texas A&M Aggies.

No. 2 Oregon is still sitting shotgun after trouncing Virginia on the road, but the shakeups start at No. 3, where ACC favorite Clemson finds itself at the expense of No. 4 Ohio State, who somehow dropped after a 35-point win over San Diego State.

Here we'll break down the new-look Top 25 and highlight the most notable surprises from Week 3's rankings.  

Week 3 AP Top 25 College Football Rankings
RankingTeamPointsPrevious RankingBR Ranking
4Ohio State1,32733
6Texas A&M1,13377
10Florida State1,0111010
12Oklahoma State8341313
13South Carolina829611
15Miami (FL)615NR15
21Notre Dame3331419
25Ole Miss78NRNR

*Poll information courtesy of Associated Press. 

Clemson Leapfrogs Ohio State for No. 3

Alabama was on a bye in Week 2, but each of the other four teams in the Top Five won, which makes Clemson leaping Ohio State for the No. 3 spot in the poll somewhat shocking.

The Buckeyes took out San Diego State 42-7 at home on Saturday while Clemson won big over South Carolina State at home, 52-13. While both wins were impressive, at least Ohio State's blowout victory came over an FBS team.

While the argument can be made that Clemson deserved to move up to No. 3 after beating Georgia in Week 1, why put them ahead after Week 2?

Both teams won big in front of their home crowd and if anything, Ohio State beat the more dangerous of the two opponents. 

Miami (FL) Goes From Unranked to No. 15

What a difference a week makes for the Miami Hurricanes.

Blasting Florida Atlantic on opening weekend wasn't even enough to elevate Miami into the Top 25 rankings. But after beating Florida at home on Saturday, the Hurricanes aren't just ranked, they're all the way up to No. 15 in the poll.

But it's difficult not to feel like voters overreacted to Miami's Week 2 victory.

Keep in mind that the Gators turned the ball over five times on the road and still only lost by five points.

South Carolina, Notre Dame Each Drop Seven Spots

South Carolina and Notre Dame both lost to excellent teams on the road on Saturday, but you wouldn't know that based on where they stand just one week after looking dominant in their season openers.

Jadeveon Clowney and the Gamecocks lost by 11 points on the road at Georgia and fell from No. 6 all the way to No. 13. Meanwhile, Notre Dame dropped from No. 14 to No. 21 after a 41-30 loss to Michigan at the Big House.

Georgia was No. 11 in the poll heading into the weekend while Michigan was No. 17.

Therefore, it's a bit surprising how far they plummeted considering that Florida only fell six spots after losing to a previously unranked Miami team on the road. 

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