College Football Rankings 2013 Week 3: Biggest Surprises from Latest AP Poll
As per the norm, the latest AP poll does not disappoint.
Hits and misses abound in the latest rankings, where some teams garnered unwarranted hype from the pollsters, while others took a dip in the rankings for no apparent reason.
Like always, the poll won't please everyone. Deserving teams are still sitting on the outside looking in, while overrated squads sit pretty in the rankings. The good news is it's early, and the powers controlling the polls have plenty of time to figure things out.
For now, here are the biggest surprises from the latest AP poll.
Oklahoma Keeps Rising Despite Disappointment
The Sooners waxed Louisiana-Monroe in Week 1 to the tune of 34-0 but then went out in Week 2 and laid an egg against West Virginia.
Did Oklahoma deserve to move up?
Oklahoma posted 435 yards of total offense against the Mountaineers but only mustered 16 points in a horrendous 16-7 victory. That's only 16 points against a defense that allowed almost 40 points per game a year ago.
For some inexplicable reason, the Sooners actually moved up in the polls despite a horrible performance. While there is something to be said for actually winning the game, the actual performance within the victory needs to be taken into account as well.
Oklahoma forced four turnovers but committed four of its own. Against a West Virginia team that narrowly escaped the William & Mary Tribe 24-17 in Week 1, Oklahoma's performance hardly justified any movement in the polls.
Miami's Ridiculous Ranking
Yes, Miami scored a major victory when the Florida Gators came to town. Major rivalry aside, Miami was deserving of being ranked in the polls weeks ago.
Is Miami worthy of No. 15?
But not this high.
The Hurricanes downed Florida, but it was more the Gators doing favors for Miami than the Hurricanes actually earning it. Gators quarterback Jeff Driskel was the MVP of the game with his two interceptions, but Florida outgained Miami 413-212.
Miami wins the game for doing a great job at taking advantage of Florida's mistakes, but the contest was dominated by the Gators.
Like the polls themselves, this is a matter of perception. The better team did not win, but credit to Miami for capitalizing. But is Miami a top-15 team in the country? Nope.
Ohio State Takes a Tumble
Scenario—Ohio State loses its starting quarterback and still dominates the opposition by 35 points with a backup quarterback under center yet loses its ranking in the polls.
That's a travesty, right?
Did OSU deserve to dip in the rankings?
Well that's exactly what happened this week when Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller left the game in the first half with an MCL sprain. Kenny Guiton proceeded to enter and throw for 152 yards and two scores as Ohio State downed San Diego State 42-7.
The movement partially makes sense. Clemson hops the Buckeyes after its Week 1 victory over a Georgia team that looks even stronger with the Bulldogs rebounding and defeating South Carolina.
Fine, but there's something to be said about the amount of quality depth and sheer talent that was on display for the Buckeyes. It was not top-tier competition by any stretch of the imagination, but Ohio State's victory with a backup at the most important position says a lot about the legitimacy of the Buckeyes in 2013.
The polls will catch on sooner or later.
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