College Football Rankings 2013: Where Underrated Teams Will Stand After Week 3

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College Football Rankings 2013: Where Underrated Teams Will Stand After Week 3
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The 2013 college football season is underway, and the AP’s rankings have already seen huge changes heading into Week 3.

There are underrated programs that will continue to shine this week, and this is where each will stand in the rankings after another big victory.

 

No. 11 Michigan Wolverines

The loss of versatile quarterback Denard Robinson this offseason was thought to be the deathblow to the chances of contending in 2013 for the Michigan Wolverines, but the transition to Devin Gardner under center has resulted in a 2-0 start, including a 41-30 victory over Notre Dame in Week 2.

Michigan has looked tough to start the season, and with a matchup against the Akron Zips this Saturday, the Wolverines will continue to round into elite form before the heart of the Big Ten schedule begins.

Akron will prove to be little more than a warm-up game, and Michigan will thoroughly dominate throughout this matchup. With another lopsided win on the resume, the Wolverines would climb into the AP’s Top 10 in Week 3.

Prediction: Michigan 48, Akron 17 (will move to No. 9 in the AP rankings)

 

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No. 15 Miami (FL) Hurricanes

The Miami Hurricanes started the season just off the radar of many college football fans, but a decisive win against Florida Atlantic to start the year and a huge victory over the Florida Gators last week has catapulted the program into the Top 25.

Now that the Hurricanes are on the big stage and under the microscope, the best way for a program to answer the questions about consistency will be playing the Savannah State Tigers and utterly dominating them.

This should be an easy win for Miami, but this matchup is the perfect opportunity to get everyone on the same page and playing well before the team is forced to play its ACC foes in the toughest portion of the Hurricanes’ schedule.

Prediction: Miami 41, Savannah State 10 (will move to No. 13 in the AP rankings)

 

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No. 22 Baylor Bears

One of the biggest surprises of the season is the play of the Baylor Bears through the first two games. Baylor has outscored its opponents 139-16 and has looked stellar on both sides of the ball.

With junior Bryce Petty under center and the tandem of Lache Seastrunk and Shock Linwood running the ball, this week’s matchup with the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks should be another one-sided victory for the Bears.

The key for Baylor will be gaining as much momentum and building elite chemistry now before the program faces the toughest portion of the Big 12 schedule that includes matchups against Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and TCU.

Baylor will be a serious threat to shock the Big 12 this season.

Prediction: Baylor 58, Louisiana-Monroe 6 (will move to No. 18 in the AP rankings)

 

Week 3 AP College Football Rankings

Rank

Team (first-place votes)

Record

Votes

Previous

1

Alabama (57)

1-0

1,494

1

2

Oregon (1)

2-0

1,385

2

3

Clemson (1)

2-0

1,332

4

4

Ohio State (1)

2-0

1,327

3

5

Stanford

1-0

1,271

5

6

Texas A&M

2-0

1,133

7

7

Louisville

2-0

1,105

8

8

LSU

2-0

1,075

9

9

Georgia

1-1

1,036

11

10

Florida State

1-0

1,011

10

11

Michigan

2-0

872

17

12

Oklahoma State

2-0

834

13

13

South Carolina

1-1

829

6

14

Oklahoma

2-0

675

16

15

Miami (FL)

2-0

615

Not Ranked

16

UCLA

1-0

488

18

17

Northwestern

2-0

452

19

18

Florida

1-1

405

12

19

Washington

1-0

392

20

20

Wisconsin

2-0

378

21

21

Notre Dame

1-1

333

14

22

Baylor

2-0

295

23

23

Nebraska

2-0

277

22

24

TCU

1-1

170

24

25

Mississippi

2-0

78

Not Ranked

 

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