College Football Rankings 2013: Teams That Deserve to Make a Jump in Week 4

Alex Ballentine@Ballentine_AlexFeatured ColumnistSeptember 15, 2013

Sep 14, 2013; Lincoln, NE, USA; UCLA Bruins quarterback  Brett Hundley (17) runs away from Nebraska Cornhuskers defender Thad Randle (53)  in the third quarter at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports
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College football's Week 3 action proved one thing for sure: Alabama is the outright No. 1 team in the country right now. 

The Tide's 49-42 victory over a very game Texas A&M Aggies squad was one of the most impressive victories of the week and secured their spot atop the polls. 

Nick Saban's team wasn't the only one that made a big statement though. UCLA, Arizona State and Texas Tech all made big statements this week and should have secured a solid move up the polls when they are revealed for Week 4. 

Here's a look at where all the teams could wind up when the polls are released and a closer look at the teams that really helped their stock this week. 


UCLA Finishes Strong Against Nebraska

Facing a 21 point deficit halfway through the second quarter, it would be easy to understand if Bruins fans felt like it was going to be a long day against Taylor Martinez and Co. It appeared the Huskers were going to be the ones making a statement in Los Angeles. 

But Brett Hundley had other ideas.

The Bruins star quarterback threw three second half touchdowns. UCLA scored 38 consecutive points to beat Nebraska 41-21. 

This was definitely among the most impressive showing of any team this week. The Bruins were going into hostile territory against a fellow ranked team and faced an uphill battle. There's something to be said for a team that can overcome challenges to pick up a dominant win. 

UCLA's offensive balance was impressive. It ran for 210 yards while passing for another 294. Defensively, shutting down Taylor Martinez is no easy task and they were able to contain him to 13 rushing yards on 10 carries. 

With two blowout wins to their name, it's time the Bruins make a move up the polls. 


Arizona State Defends Home Turf Against Wisconsin

Sticking with Pac-12 teams that picked up clutch wins against Big 10 teams, the Sun Devils should undoubtedly be included in the Top 25 polls after being left off last week. 

There's sure to be some controversy over how this game ended. Wisconsin was able to move the ball to Arizona State's 15-yard-line with 15 seconds left, but the refs never got the ball set in time for the Badgers to attempt a game winning field goal. 

Despite the bizarre ending, this was a really impressive showing for the Sun Devils. Wisconsin is a talented team that is going to do good things under Gary Andersen. This isn't like their shutout win over Sacramento State. Taylor Kelly threw for 350 yards, and Marion Grice punched in four touchdowns. 

It's that kind of explosive offense that Arizona State will need to compete in a deep Pac-12 conference this season.

The real test comes against Stanford next week, but this was one of the most impressive performances of the week. 


Texas Tech Makes Ugly Statement with Win Over TCU

It wasn't pretty, but Kliff Kingsbury ran his record as a head coach to 3-0 on Thursday night. The Red Raiders won 20-10 at home against the No. 24 TCU Horned Frogs.

Much like Arizona State's win, this one had its fair share of controversy. But that shouldn't take away from the fact that the Red Raiders were able to take advantage of numerous mistakes by the Horned Frogs. 

The 20 points aren't surprising from Tech. It's a program that has been known for high-octane offenses and Kingsbury is known for his days as the Raiders' quarterback. What is surprising is the defense that's being played in Lubbock. 

Tech held TCU to just 10 points and has been defensively solid in getting off to a 3-0 start. Looking ahead, the schedule is highly favorable for Tech. It doesn't play another ranked team until it meets Oklahoma on Oct. 26. 

There's a good chance they will be a perfect 7-0 when that game rolls around. If the Raiders aren't in the Top 25 next week, they're definitely a team to keep an eye on as the season progresses.