College Football Rankings 2013 Week 3: Rising Teams That Will Continue to Shine

Jesse Reed@@JesseReed78Correspondent ISeptember 9, 2013

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 07:  Stephen Morris #17 of the Miami Hurricanes passes during 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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After a wild weekend of college football that featured a huge upset, there was plenty of movement in the rankings heading into Week 3. 

The big upset of the day occurred when the Miami Hurricanes forced five turnovers on their way to defeating the No. 12-ranked Florida Gators 21-16. As a result of the loss, Florida was bumped down to No. 18, losing six spots in the rankings, and Miami jumped from No. 26 all the way up to No. 15. 

Georgia outlasted South Carolina at home to move to 1-1 and back up into the top 10, while the Gamecocks dropped seven spots from No. 6 to No. 13. 

The big prime-time matchup between Notre Dame and Michigan didn't disappoint, as the Wolverines outscored the Golden Domers 41-30 to move up from No. 17 to No. 11. Notre Dame fell from No. 14 to No. 21 and is in danger of falling out of the top 25 with another loss. 

Here's a look at the AP poll and Bleacher Report's rankings, followed by a closer look at a few rising teams that will continue to excel going forward.

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

 *Full BR poll can be found here


Clemson (No. 3)

The Clemson Tigers look more like an SEC powerhouse than an ACC team this year.

Led on offense by Tajh Boyd—a Heisman hopeful and dynamic dual-threat quarterback—and receiver Sammy Watkins, Clemson has put up 90 points its first two games. 

South Carolina State wasn't supposed to beat the Tigers on Saturday, but the way in which the team rallied behind backup quarterback Cole Stoudt showed the depth and talent on Clemson's roster.

The next few weeks should result in wins for the Tigers. The next real big test on the schedule is No. 10-ranked Florida State. 


Michigan (No. 11)

Quarterback Devin Gardner looked a wee bit shaky in Week 1 against Central Michigan, throwing two interceptions.

Despite his poor performance through the air, the Wolverines still managed to destroy their in-state rivals 59-9. The team's defense and running game both put forth dominant efforts in that game, but many wondered how Michigan would fare against Notre Dame in Week 2. 

Gardner looked like a completely different player in Week 2, playing with poise while displaying excellent judgement for the most part against a tough Notre Dame defense. 

The impressive 41-30 victory over the Fighting Irish sets Michigan up nicely heading into the rest of the season. The program has a relatively easy schedule from now until Week 8 when it travels to face Michigan State.


Miami (No. 15)

The Hurricanes shocked the Gators this past weekend and shot up the rankings as a result.

Sophomore sensation Duke Johnson made a few big plays with his feet, while senior quarterback Stephen Morris made just enough plays with his arm to secure the win. 

Florida's defense is not easy to score points on, but Miami's defense was the one that shined on Saturday, forcing five turnovers—including two Jeff Driskel interceptions in the red zone. 

Going forward, Miami has an easy schedule. The team doesn't face a legitimate threat to its undefeated record until it faces No. 10 Florida State in Week 9. Miami will continue to impress until that time, and there's a real chance this team could go undefeated heading into bowl season. 


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