Teams with numbers next to their names in the 2013 college football rankings have targets on their backs.
While some of them—if not most—are able to carry those targets and still thrive, others will feel the heat from their opponent. Here are three ranked teams that will be tested to the fullest in Week 4, followed by the complete AP Top 25 Poll alongside Bleacher Report's.
3. No. 19 Florida
The Gators showed more than enough vulnerability against the Miami Hurricanes in Week 2, losing by a score of 21-16—enough to warrant concern over their matchup against Tennessee. The Volunteers were abused by No. 2 Oregon 59-14 this Saturday, but they showed that they’re a competent football team by blowing out their first two opponents by 77 total points.
At Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Florida should be favored, but it’s not immune to another upset.
2. No. 23 Arizona State
Out of the three teams on this list, the Sun Devils are the only ones who will enter their Week 4 matchup as an underdog.
They’ll face off against No. 5 Stanford on Saturday, and while they proved that they’re capable of edging ranked opponents in a 32-30 victory over then-No. 20 Wisconsin, the Cardinal are a different animal. They've won both of their games by multiple touchdowns this season and will be extremely difficult to defeat at Stanford Stadium.
1. No. 22 Notre Dame
The Fighting Irish could realistically swap spots with Week 4 opponent Michigan State, who has the 26th most points in the AP Poll, according to ESPN.
The Spartans are undefeated at 3-0 and boast the 12th-ranked defense in the nation for fewest points allowed. Notre Dame isn’t nearly the same defensive force that it was last season, currently ranked 57th in the country, and it cost the club against Michigan in Week 2 as it surrendered 41 points.
|Ranking||Team||Points||Previous Ranking||B/R Ranking|
|23||Arizona State||229||NR (26)||21|
Source: Associated Press
David Daniels is a breaking news writer at Bleacher Report and news editor at Wade-O Radio.