College football teams sitting high and mighty in the 2013 NCAA football rankings heading into Week 3 won’t be during the same time the following week.
Whether by upset or an untimely matchup with a juggernaut, expect several squads in the Top 25 to watch their rank dip before Week 4. Here are those squads and why they will come up on the losing end of the scoreboard.
No. 20 Wisconsin
Wisconsin will fly south, deep into the desert to face off against Arizona State on Saturday. The Badgers and Sun Devils boast the No. 1-ranked scoring defense in the nation, neither having surrendered a single point this season. Of course, the teams that they’ve played include Sacramento State, Massachusetts and Tennessee Tech.
Something has to give, and the Arizona State offense led by Taylor Kelly will outgun Wisconsin’s, led by Melvin Gordon. Not only do the Sun Devils have an entire extra week to prepare for the showdown than the Badgers, but they’re at home and Wisconsin will struggle to adapt to Phoenix’s summer heat.
No. 23 Nebraska
Who knows how the Cornhuskers managed to pull off five-straight home games to start the season, but they still only beat Wyoming by three points in Week 1.
UCLA, who Nebraska has the pleasure of playing, thrashed its Mountain West Conference foe Nevada 58-20. The No. 15 Bruins, the Pac-12 South favorites, with their seventh-ranked rushing attack, will expose a Nebraska defense that has surrendered 47 points to sub-par competition.
No. 6 Texas A&M
Which outcome is more likely?
If the Aggies surrendered a total of 59 points against Rice and Sam Houston State, Alabama could blow them out on Sept. 14. A.J. McCarron, T.J. Yeldon and Amari Cooper form one of the most talented QB-HB-WR combinations in the nation—the former being a three-year starting senior, and the latter two accumulating 1,000 yards as freshman.
Johnny Manziel is special. He’s already racked up 552 yards from scrimmage and seven total touchdowns this season. He also upset the Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium last season.
However, last season Texas A&M had a respectable defense. That’s debatable this year after it lost Damontre Moore, Sean Porter, Spencer Nealy, Dustin Harris, Steven Terrell, C.J. Jones and Jonathan Stewart to the 2013 NFL Draft and/or graduation.
David Daniels is a breaking news writer at Bleacher Report and news editor at Wade-O Radio.