NFP Top 25

Week 2 of the 2012 college football season is in the books, and it was quite memorable.

Arkansas shockingly fell to Louisiana-Monroe at home, the Big Ten endured a painful Saturday and UCLA moved to 2-0 under first-year head coach Jim L. Mora.

With the rankings shaken up, let’s take a look at how the National Football Post stacks up the Top 25 heading into the third week of the season.

2012 record in parentheses and last week’s ranking in brackets.

1. Alabama (2-0) [1]
AJ McCarron showed that the passing game is alive and well in Tuscaloosa, throwing four touchdown passes in a 35-0 victory over Western Kentucky.

2. LSU (2-0) [2]
The Tigers won their 39th straight against non-conference opponents in the regular season to tie an FBS record in a thorough win over Washington.

3. Oklahoma (2-0) [3]
Junior-college transfer Damien Williams ran for 156 yards and four touchdowns in his record-setting Owen Field debut in OU’s 69-13 win over Florida A&M.

Kenjon BarnerUS PRESSWIREKenjon Barner helped Oregon move to 2-0 with a win over Fresno State.

4. Oregon (2-0) [4]
Kenjon Barner ran for 201 yards and three touchdowns to lead Oregon to a 42-25 victory over Fresno State.

5. USC (2-0) [5]
Matt Barkley threw a school-record six touchdown passes in a 42-29 victory over Syracuse.

6. Virginia Tech (2-0) [7]
The Hokies used excellent special teams play to beat Austin Peay 42-7.

7. South Carolina (2-0) [8]
Dylan Thompson threw for 330 yards and three touchdowns in place of the injured Connor Shaw as the Gamecocks rolled to a 48-10 win over East Carolina.

8. Michigan State (2-0) [9]
Quarterback Andrew Maxwell threw for 275 yards and two touchdowns as the Spartans beat Central Michigan 41-7.

9. Georgia (2-0) [10]
The Bulldogs rudely welcomed Missouri to the SEC by scoring 32 second-half points in a 41-20 victory.

10. West Virginia (1-0) [11]
The Mountaineers had a bye this week and will play James Madison next Saturday in Landover, Maryland.

11. Clemson (2-0) [12]
DeAndre Hopkins and Andre Ellington combined for five touchdowns in Clemson’s 52-27 victory over Ball State.

12. Florida State (2-0) [14]
The Seminoles defense held Savannah State to 28 total yards in a rain-shortened romp.


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