College Football Rankings 2013: Most Shocking Changes in Week 4 Poll

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistSeptember 15, 2013

Sep 14, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines safety Jarrod Wilson (22) receives congratulations from defensive end Frank Clark (57) after making an interception in the end zone to stop the Akron Zips from scoring in the second half at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

This weekend featured many thrilling games in the college football world, and the Michigan Wolverines were one of the teams that saw a shocking reflection of it in Week 4's AP Poll.

At this point in the season, most teams that are ranked are undefeated. Determining the rankings is not an exact science. It's usually based on which team beat a quality team, or whoever beat up on a lesser team the most.

There was no change at the top of the poll this week. The top five teams all stayed put, and the top two teams have created some separation from the field.

Whether it's a shocking rise or fall in the polls, a few teams are in a much different spot today than they were at this time last week.

Here is the latest AP Poll along with some of the most shocking changes in the rankings.


No. 8 Florida State Seminoles (2-0)

This doesn't mean that the Seminoles don't deserve to be No. 8, but it is curious to see them jump two SEC schools after beating up on Nevada, box score courtesy of

Quarterback Jameis Winston is showing the world what he can do. He went 15-for-18 with two touchdowns as he continues to lead his team to a strong start. He has thrown only five incompletions through two weeks, and he has gotten the attention of the voters.

Florida State should have already been at least No. 8 entering the week, so it's a little bit surprising to see it jump Georgia, who was idle. A 62-7 victory over the Wolf Pack was impressive, but it wasn't against a tough opponent. 

Winston has been great this season, and he could lead his team into the title picture if he continues to make plays.


No. 10 Texas A&M Aggies (2-1)

There's no shame in losing to a team that has won two straight national championships, even if was at home. Losing by a touchdown to Alabama should not have sent Texas A&M down to No. 10, box score courtesy of

Dropping four spots seems to be a bit much for a team that has the reigning Heisman Trophy winner leading the way. Johnny Manziel nearly led his team all the way back from a 21-point deficit in the second half, but the defense couldn't make a big stop.

Had the Aggies dropped only two or three spots, that would have been understandable. However, they dropped below Georgia, who already has a loss this season. The Bulldogs lost to then-No. 8 Clemson, so the Aggies have a "better" loss. 

Teams in the SEC have been knocking each other off early in the season, and it will be interesting to see how the rankings change each week because of it. This week, Texas A&M was the victim of a recent loss rather than looking at the opponent it lost to. 

Manziel's Heisman chances took a hit this weekend, but he still has a chance to get his team to Pasadena with some help from other SEC teams.


No. 15 Michigan Wolverines (3-0)

Michigan won this weekend and fell four spots. However, it should have fallen even further down the polls. 

The Wolverines escaped an upset bid by Akron, with box score courtesy of The Zips got within a couple yards of pulling off a huge upset and nearly sent Michigan out of the polls.

After beating Notre Dame in Week 2, the Wolverines jumped six spots in the poll. That was an overreaction by the voters, and now they still haven't corrected their original mistake.

Akron entered the game on a 27-game road losing streak. It's shocking that it was even in the game, because it's not even one of the better teams in the Mid-American Conference. The Wolverines can breathe easy right now knowing that they got away with one, but they better turn things around.

Some of the teams right behind Michigan are deserving of higher rankings. Washington and Northwestern have both looked impressive early in the season, and nobody could have argued with the poll had either of those two teams jumped Michigan.

Quarterback Devin Gardner needs to figure things out quickly. The junior has seven touchdowns to six interceptions in three games, and those mistakes could be costly in conference play. He was stellar against Notre Dame, but he has been underwhelming in the two other games.


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