College Football Rankings 2013: Top 25 Teams That Will Be Tested in Week 4

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College Football Rankings 2013: Top 25 Teams That Will Be Tested in Week 4
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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

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The Gators showed more than enough vulnerability against the Miami Hurricanes in Week 2, losing by a score of 21-16enough 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

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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

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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.

 

Week 4 AP Top 25 College Football Rankings
Ranking Team Points Previous Ranking B/R Ranking
1 Alabama 1499 1 1
2 Oregon 1413 2 2
3 Clemson 1347 3 4
4 Ohio State 1330 4 3
5 Stanford 1241 5 5
6 LSU 1134 8 6
7 Louisville 1092 7 9
8 Florida State 1058 10 T-7
9 Georgia 1051 9 T-7
10 Texas A&M 1001 6 10
11 Oklahoma State 848 12 12
12 South Carolina 821 13 11
13 UCLA 757 16 13
14 Oklahoma 692 14 14
15 Michigan 672 11 16
16 Miami (FL) 641 15 15
17 Washington 496 19 18
18 Northwestern 487 17 17
19 Florida 412 18 19
20 Baylor 355 22 20
21 Ole Miss 300 25 23
22 Notre Dame 277 21 22
23 Arizona State 229 NR (26) 21
24 Wisconsin 87 20 24
25 Texas Tech 60 NR NR

Source: Associated Press

 

David Daniels is a breaking news writer at Bleacher Report and news editor at Wade-O Radio.

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