The early part of the college football season means topsy-turvy and volatile AP polls.
Teams are ranked largely on reputation and guesswork, and then play non-conference games against unfamiliar opponents which pit teams against each other in what could almost be considered unfair matchups.
For instance, Clemson and Michigan both found themselves in the polls entering this week's play for the first time this year. While Michigan defended its new ranking against San Diego State, the Tigers had to face the Florida State Seminoles who were ranked No. 11, and No. 5 just a week ago.
Although both teams won, the Tigers clearly faced a tougher test. On the flip side, the win should benefit Clemson's climb up the rankings this week.
As always, the early season allows unranked teams to take advantage of opportunities. These three teams should find their way into the AP Top 25 this week.