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AP Poll College Football 2013: Most Shocking Drops Entering Week 3

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 7:  Head Coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes offers instructions to quarterback Kenny Guiton #13 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the fourth quarter of a game against the San Diego State Aztecs at Ohio Stadium on September 7, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated San Diego State 42-7.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistSeptember 9, 2013

After a thrilling Week 2 in college football, the Ohio State Buckeyes are one of the teams that have suffered a shocking drop in this week's AP Top 25 Poll.

There has been movement in AP's Top 10 in each new poll so far this season, but this week has a few surprises.

Teams near the top of the poll are expected to run up the score on lesser opponents, but not every team has decided to take that approach. The Oregon Ducks are one team that have had no problem putting up points and making their case to be No. 2.

Below is the latest AP poll, followed by those teams that suffered shocking drops.

 

Ohio State Buckeyes

For the second straight week, the Buckeyes dropped one spot in the polls. The first drop was understandable after they allowed Buffalo to hang around. This week's drop doesn't make much sense.

Ohio State lost starting quarterback and Heisman candidate Braxton Miller on its first series against San Diego State. However, backup Kenny Guiton led the Buckeyes to a 21-0 lead after the first quarter and a 35-0 advantage at the break. Ohio State dominated San Diego State the entire game and won, 42-7.

At one point, the Buckeyes had 35 points and had allowed only 37 yards to the Aztecs. Ohio State fans were never worried, even after the injury to Miller, as the man that they call "Kenny G" came in and performed very well.

Guiton went 19-of-28 for 152 yards passing with two touchdowns and an interception. The senior added 83 rushing yards and another score on nine carries.

The Buckeyes' offense went to sleep in the second half for the second straight game as it just ran the ball. Voters punished Ohio State for not running up the score, so coach Urban Meyer should think about letting his offense put up points the entire game for the rest of the season.

 

South Carolina Gamecocks

The Gamecocks were put in a tough spot. They had to go to Athens to play the Georgia Bulldogs, who faced a must-win game after losing their opener. Georgia led most of the game, but South Carolina hung around in a tough environment.

The Bulldogs won, 41-30.

South Carolina deserved to drop, but seven spots was a little much. The Gamecocks played a pretty clean game, and the offense looked good. The defense couldn't get a key stop late in the game, but Georgia need this game more and was playing at home.

Like Ohio State, South Carolina is only five spots behind the team ahead of it. Oklahoma State jumped up to No. 12, but the Gamecocks should feel robbed.

A loss on the road to a team that was ranked No. 5 in the preseason shouldn't cause a team from the SEC to tumble seven spots. The Gamecocks should've been one or two spots higher, but they will get their chances to move back up in the poll in the coming weeks.

 

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

This was a similar situation to South Carolina. Notre Dame also lost its rivalry game on the road and by the same score. Michigan handled the Fighting Irish in the Big House on Saturday night.

Senior quarterback Tommy Rees had a decent game, but it wasn't enough to beat Michigan, which jumped six spots to No. 11.

Notre Dame also fell seven spots this week to sit at No. 21. Meanwhile, the Florida Gators lost to the previously unranked Miami Hurricanes. That's not taking anything away from the Hurricanes, who make their debut at No. 15 this week, but Florida should have dropped more than six spots and behind Notre Dame. 

Florida has looked sluggish to start the season while Notre Dame lost to a tough opponent in a road game at night. It would have been understandable to see the Irish fall to 17th or 18th, but 21st seems like too big of a drop given who they lost to.

Notre Dame has a couple of weeks before it starts a key four-game stretch at home. Now the Irish must overcome a big drop in the polls.

 

Box scores courtesy of ESPN.com.

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