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College Football Rankings 2013 Week 3: Top 25 Teams That Will Fall on Saturday

COLLEGE STATION, TX - SEPTEMBER 07:  Johnny Manziel #2 of the Texas A&M Aggies avoids being tackled by Tanner Brock #35 of the Sam Houston State Bearkats in the second quarter at Kyle Field on September 7, 2013 in College Station, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Austin GreenCorrespondent ISeptember 8, 2013

A few of college football’s top teams inevitably fall every Saturday, and Week 3 will be no different.

 

Week 2 was particularly rough for AP Top 25 teams, as five ranked programs went down. South Carolina, Florida, Notre Dame, Texas and USC all lost on Saturday, opening the door for several other teams to slide into the polls.

 

While I’m not expecting five more ranked teams to crumble in Week 3, the following teams are definitely in trouble.

 

No. 6 Texas A&M

 

The Aggies have started the season predictably strong, cruising to easy victories over Rice and Sam Houston State. Unfortunately for Johnny Manziel and crew, their championship hopes will take a hit this week against Alabama.

 

The Tide will be well-rested after their off week, and they should be hungry for revenge after Manziel and A&M handed them their only loss of 2012. Although Manziel is one of the best quarterbacks in the country, no player is safe when Nick Saban and the Alabama defense have had nearly two weeks to plan for them.

 

Alabama’s offense struggled in their 45-10 season-opening victory over Virginia Tech, but their defense and special teams picked up the slack by scoring three touchdowns. If AJ McCarron and TJ Yeldon return to their usual form on Saturday, the Tide will avenge last season’s loss to A&M.

 

No. 23 Nebraska

 

The Cornhuskers dominated Southern Mississippi on Saturday, winning 56-13. However, they will face a much more capable opponent in Week 3.

The 16th-ranked UCLA Bruins boast one of the best running attacks in the country thanks to running back Jordon James and quarterback Brett Hundley. In UCLA's win over Nevada, James carried the ball 21 times for 155 yards and one touchdown. Hundley added 63 yards and two touchdowns on the ground in addition to 274 yards and two more touchdowns through the air.

Against a Nebraska defense that allowed 602 yards of total offense to Wyoming, look for James and Hundley to dominate.

 

No. 19 Washington

The Huskies impressed in their season opener, but I’m expecting them to lose a shootout to Illinois on Saturday.

The Fighting Illini’s explosive offense has put up 42 and 45 points this season behind the arm of Nathan Scheelhaase. The senior quarterback has completed 54-of-73 passes this season, and he ranks in the top 10 in the nation in both passing yards (728) and touchdowns (six).

With a balanced receiving corps and the home crowd behind him, look for Scheelhaase to lead Illinois to the upset.

Here are the complete 2013 AP Top 25 rankings for Week 3:

 

RankingTeamPointsPrevious RankingB/R Ranking
1Alabama1,49411
2Oregon1,38522
3Clemson1,32245
4Ohio State1,32733
5Stanford1,27154
6Texas A&M1,13377
7Louisville1,10588
8LSU1,07596
9Georgia1,036119
10Florida State1,0111010
11Michigan8721712
12Oklahoma State8341313
13South Carolina829611
14Oklahoma6751614
15Miami (FL)615NR15
16UCLA4881816
17Northwestern4521918
18Florida4051221
19Washington3922023
20Wisconsin3782120
21Notre Dame3331419
22Baylor2952322
23Nebraska2772217
24TCU1702424
25Ole Miss78NRNR

Associated Press

 

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