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Bleacher Report's College Football Top 25 Poll: Week 3

Bleacher Report PollsFeatured ColumnistSeptember 9, 2012

Bleacher Report's College Football Top 25 Poll: Week 3

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    Although most of the games were decided by halftime this week, there were still a few surprises out there.

    The first upset was the one in Corvallis, where Oregon State upset No. 13 Wisconsin, 10-7. The Badgers had a 33-game winning streak against non-conference opponents snapped in the loss.

    Wisconsin wasn't the only team bitten by the upset bug, as No. 8 Arkansas lost to Louisiana-Monroe, 31-34, in overtime. The loss wasn't the only bad news on the night for the Razorbacks, however, as quarterback Tyler Wilson sat out the entire second half due to concussion-like symptoms.

    Not good, especially with Alabama coming to town next week.

    Speaking of the Crimson Tide, did they do enough to take over No. 1 after USC's defensive struggle against Syracuse?

    Read on to find out our latest Top 25 teams!

Others Receiving Votes

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    BYU: 59

    Tennessee: 54

    UCLA: 49

    Boise State: 25

    Baylor: 12

    Mississippi State: 11


    Missouri: 9

    South Florida: 5

    Arizona State: 5

    Louisiana-Monroe: 4

    Washington: 3

    Wake Forest: 2

No. 25: Oklahoma State Cowboys

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    Poll Points: 74                                 

    Record: 1-1 (0-0, Big 12)                   

    Last Game: Sept. 8, lost to Arizona, 59-38

    Next Game: Sept. 15 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns      

    Previous Ranking: 20

    Cowboy quarterback Wes Lunt threw for 440 yards and four touchdowns, but it wasn't enough, as Oklahoma State was upset by Arizona.

    The Cowboys put up 636 yards of total offense, but the turnovers eventually did them in. Oklahoma State finished with four turnovers (three interceptions by Lunt). Arizona had none.

    Joseph Randle ran for 123 yards for the Cowboys in the loss.

No. 24: Nebraska Cornhuskers

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    Poll Points: 83                              

    Record: 1-1 (0-0, Big Ten)                 

    Last Game: Sept. 8, lost to UCLA, 36-30     

    Next Game: Sept. 15 vs. Arkansas State Red Wolves       

    Previous Ranking:  14

    The Cornhuskers struggled Saturday night against the UCLA rushing attack and eventually went down in defeat. The Nebraska defense allowed 344 yards on the ground.

    Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah and quarterback Taylor Martinez rushed for a combined 229 yards and three touchdowns. But it wasn't enough to get past a very underrated Bruins team.

No. 23: Wisconsin Badgers

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    Poll Points: 85                           

    Record: 1-1 (0-0, Big Ten)                  

    Last Game: Sept. 8, lost to Oregon State, 10-7

    Next Game: Sept. 15 vs. Utah State Aggies        

    Previous Ranking:  13

    Wisconsin couldn't get its offense rolling in its three-point loss to Oregon State.

    Badger running back and Heisman hopeful Montee Ball only had 60 yards on 15 carries, as Wisconsin was held to just 206 total yards.

    Badgers QB Danny O'Brien completed 20 of 39 passes for 171 yards and one touchdown. He also had an interception.

No. 22: Stanford Cardinal

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    Poll Points: 106                             

    Record: 2-0 (0-0, Pac-12)                  

    Last Game: Sept. 8, beat Duke, 50-13

    Next Game: Sept. 15 vs. USC Trojans    

    Previous Ranking: 23

    Quarterback Josh Nunes completed 17 of 31 passes for 280 yards and three touchdowns as Stanford beat Duke.

    The Cardinal defense created four turnovers in the lopsided win.

No. 21: Florida Gators

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    Poll Points: 113                                 

    Record: 2-0 (1-0, SEC)                       

    Last Game: Sept. 8, beat Texas A&M, 20-17              

    Next Game: Sept. 15 at Tennessee Volunteers                         

    Previous Ranking: 25

    Florida running back Mike Gillislee ran for 83 yards and two touchdowns in the Gators' win at College Station.

    Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel completed 13 of 16 passes for 162 yards.

    The Gators defense gave up 334 total yards, but only 64 came after the half.


No. 20: Louisville Cardinals

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    Poll Points: 126                             

    Record: 2-0 (0-0, Big East)                       

    Last Game: Sept. 8, beat Missouri State, 35-7           

    Next Game: Sept. 15 vs. North Carolina Tar Heels             

    Previous Ranking: 24

    Teddy Bridgewater continued to impress, completing 30 of 39 passes for 344 yards and two touchdowns as Louisville beat Missouri State.

    Bridgwater has completed 49 of 60 passes so far this season.

    Running back Senorise Perry rushed for 72 yards and a touchdown for Louisville.

No. 19: Arkansas Razorbacks

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    Poll Points: 135                               

    Record: 1-1 (0-0, SEC)                  

    Last Game: Sept. 8, lost to Louisiana-Monroe, 34-31

    Next Game: Sept. 15 vs. Alabama Crimson Tide      

    Previous Ranking: 9

    Arkansas couldn't overcome an injury to starting quarterback Tyler Wilson and suffered a stunning  overtime defeat to the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks.

    Wilson never came out for the second half after experiencing concussion-like symptoms. He completed 11 of 20 passes for 196 yards and a touchdown.

    The Razorbacks gave up 557 yards of total offense to the Warhawks.

No. 18: Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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    Poll Points: 151                                

    Record: 2-0                   

    Last Game: Sept. 8, beat Purdue, 20-17      

    Next Game: Sept. 15 at Michigan State Spartans      

    Previous Ranking: 22

    Notre Dame's Kyle Brindza kicked a game-winning 27-yard field goal with seven seconds left, and the Fighting Irish held off Purdue.

    Irish quarterback Everett Golson completed 21 of 31 passes for 289 yards and a touchdown.

    Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert had four receptions for 98 yards.

No. 17: Michigan Wolverines

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    Poll Points: 184                                 

    Record: 1-1 (0-0, Big Ten)                  

    Last Game: Sept. 8, beat Air Force, 31-25      

    Next Game: Sept. 15 vs Massachusetts Minutemen        

    Previous Ranking: 18

    Wolverine quarterback Denard Robinson accounted for 426 yards of offense and all four touchdowns as Michigan held off Air Force.

    Robinson threw for 208 yards and two touchdowns while running for an additional 218 yards on 20 carries. His two rushing TDs included a 58-yarder in the third quarter.

No. 16: Texas Longhorns

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    Poll Points: 246                                 

    Record: 2-0 (0-0, Big 12)                  

    Last Game: Sept. 8, beat New Mexico, 45-0     

    Next Game: Sept. 15 at Ole Miss Rebels       

    Previous Ranking: 19

    Quarterback David Ash completed 16 of 22 passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns as Texas thumped New Mexico.

    Texas finished with 431 yards of total offense to the Lobos' 241.

No. 15: Kansas State Wildcats

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    Poll Points: 264                                

    Record: 2-0 (0-0, Big 12)                  

    Last Game: Sept. 8, beat Miami, 52-13    

    Next Game: Sept. 15 vs. North Texas Mean Green        

    Previous Ranking: 21

    Kansas State scored more than 50 points for the second straight week in beating the Miami Hurricanes.

    Wildcat quarterback Collin Klein rushed for three touchdowns as Kansas State ran for 289 yards.

    The Wildcat defense held Miami to 43 yards rushing on 29 carries.

No. 14: Ohio State Buckeyes

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    Poll Points: 265                                

    Record: 2-0 (0-0, Big Ten)                  

    Last Game: Sept. 8, beat UCF, 31-16    

    Next Game: Sept. 15 vs. California Golden Bears       

    Previous Ranking: 15

    Quarterback Braxton Miller ran for three touchdowns and threw for another as Ohio State beat Central Florida.

    Miller finished with 155 yards passing and 141 yards rushing on 27 carries.

    Miller had 296 of the team's 411 yards on offense.

No. 13: TCU Horned Frogs

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    Poll Points: 270                                 

    Record: 1-0 (0-0, Big 12)                  

    Last Game: Sept. 8, beat Grambling State, 56-0     

    Next Game: Sept. 15 at Kansas Jayhawks       

    Previous Ranking: 16

    TCU held Grambling State to just 70 yards of total offense, and the Horned Frogs blanked the Tigers.

    TCU quarterback Casey Pachall completed all nine of his passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns. Backup Trevone Boykin did likewise, completing all eight of his passes for 75 yards and a touchdown.

    TCU had 531 yards of total offense in the blowout.

No. 12: Virginia Tech Hokies

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    Poll Points: 300                                

    Record: 2-0 (1-0, ACC)                  

    Last Game: Sept. 8, beat Austin Peay, 42-7   

    Next Game: Sept. 15 at Pittsburgh Panthers       

    Previous Ranking: 17

    The Hokie defense limited Austin Peay to 221 yards of total offense as Virginia Tech beat the Governors.

    For the Hokies, quarterback Logan Thomas threw for 212 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score, while wideout Michael Holmes had nine receptions for 40 yards and two touchdowns.

No. 11: Clemson Tigers

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    Poll Points: 377                                

    Record: 2-0 (0-0, ACC)                  

    Last Game: Sept. 8, beat Ball State, 52-27      

    Next Game: Sept. 15 vs. Furman Paladins      

    Previous Ranking: 12

    Clemson gained 526 yards of total offense as the Tigers destroyed Ball State. The Tigers built a 35-10 lead before going into their depth chart.

    Tiger quarterback Tajh Boyd completed 19 of 23 passes for 229 yards and three touchdowns, while DeAndre Hopkins caught six passes for 105 yards, including all three of Boyd's touchdown passes.

No. 10: South Carolina Gamecocks

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    Poll Points: 407                                 

    Record: 2-0 (1-0, SEC)                  

    Last Game: Sept. 8, beat East Carolina, 48-10     

    Next Game: Sept. 15 vs. UAB Blazers        

    Previous Ranking: 11

    Gamecock quarterback Dylan Thompson completed 21 of 37 passes for 330 yards and three touchdowns as South Carolina beat East Carolina.

    Thompson started the game due to an injury to Connor Shaw last week against Vanderbilt.

    South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore only had 40 yards on 13 carries, but did rush for a TD.

    The Gamecocks defense created five turnovers.

No. 9: Michigan State Spartans

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    Poll Points: 419                                 

    Record: 2-0 (0-0, Big Ten)                  

    Last Game: Sept. 8, beat Central Michigan, 41-7     

    Next Game: Sept. 15 vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish        

    Previous Ranking: 10

    Le'Veon Bell ran for two touchdowns and teammate Andrew Maxwell completed 20 of 31 passes for 278 yards and two TDs in Michigan State's rout of Central Michigan.

    Spartan receiver Bennie Fowler chipped in with eight receptions for 100 yards. Michigan State had 496 yards of total offense.

No. 8: West Virginia Mountaineers

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    Poll Points: 457                                 

    Record: 1-0 (0-0, Big 12)                  

    Last Game: Sept. 1, beat Marshall, 69-34    

    Next Game: Sept. 15 vs. James Madison Dukes       

    Previous Ranking: 8


No. 7: Georgia Bulldogs

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    Poll Points: 477                               

    Record: 2-0 (1-0, SEC)                  

    Last Game: Sept. 8, beat Missouri, 41-20     

    Next Game: Sept. 15 vs. Florida Atlantic Owls      

    Previous Ranking: 7

    Missouri gave Georgia all it could handle for three quarters, but it wasn't enough, as the Bulldogs eventually prevailed.

    Quarterback Aaron Murray completed 22 of 35 passes for 242 yards and three touchdowns for Mark Richt's Bulldogs.

No. 6: Oklahoma Sooners

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    Poll Points: 484                                 

    Record: 2-0 (0-0, Big 12)                   

    Last Game: Sept. 8, beat Florida A&M, 69-13   

    Next Game: Sept. 22 vs. Kansas State Wildcats        

    Previous Ranking: 6

    Quarterback Landry Jones completed 19 of 28 passes for 252 yards and two scores as Oklahoma beat Florida A&M.

    Wide receiver Kenny Stills had 10 receptions for 120 yards and a touchdown for the Sooners.

    Oklahoma racked up 662 yards of total offense and held its FCS foes to 235.

No. 5: Florida State Seminoles

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    Poll Points: 504                                 

    Record: 2-0 (0-0, ACC)                 

    Last Game: Sept. 8, beat Savannah State, 55-0     

    Next Game: Sept. 15 vs Wake Forest Demon Deacons       

    Previous Ranking: 5

    Seminole quarterback E.J. Manuel completed 11 of 13 passes for 161 yards and three touchdowns in Florida State's rout of Savannah State.

    The game was delayed due to a thunderstorm late in the second quarter for 59 minutes and again for 41 minutes in the third quarter.

    Instead of waiting for the weather to pass, the coaches and ACC officiating crew agreed to call the game with 8:59 remaining in the third quarter.

    The Florida State defense held Savannah State to 28 total yards before the premature, though official, end to the contest.

No. 4: Oregon Ducks

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    Poll Points: 541                                 

    Record: 2-0 (0-0, Pac-12)                  

    Last Game: Sept. 8, beat Fresno State, 42-25     

    Next Game: Sept. 15 vs. Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles       

    Previous Ranking:  4

    Running back Kenjon Barner had 201 yards rushing and three touchdowns in Oregon's win over Fresno State.

    De'Anthony Thomas rushed for 102 yards and two touchdowns on just seven carries for the Ducks.

    Oregon finished with 532 yards of total offense.

No. 3: LSU Tigers

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    Poll Points (first-place votes): 572 (2)                                

    Record: 2-0 (0-0, SEC)                  

    Last Game: Sept. 8, beat Washington, 41-3     

    Next Game: Sept. 15 vs. Idaho Vandals        

    Previous Ranking: 3

    The Tigers used a stout defense to beat Washington on Saturday night. LSU limited Washington's high-powered offense to 183 yards of total offense.

    Running back Alfred Blue rushed 14 times for 101 yards and a touchdown, while Kenny Hilliard added 50 yards and had two rushing touchdowns for the Tigers.

No. 2: USC Trojans

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    Poll Points (first-place votes): 599 (7)                                

    Record: 2-0 (0-0, Pac-12)                  

    Last Game: Sept. 8, beat Syracuse, 42-29  

    Next Game: Sept. 15 at Stanford Cardinal       

    Previous Ranking: 1

    Even a thunderstorm delay couldn't slow down Matt Barkley. The Trojans QB completed 23 of 30 passes for 186 yards and six touchdowns to help guide his team to a victory over Syracuse at MetLife Stadium.

    Wide receivers Robert Woods and Marqise Lee caught a combined 21 passes for 158 yards and five touchdowns for USC. Woods ran for 76 yards on a reverse in the fourth quarter.

    Running back Silas Redd rushed for 107 yards on 15 carries for the Trojans.

No. 1: Alabama Crimson Tide

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    Poll Points (first-place votes): 616 (16)                                 

    Record: 2-0 (0-0, SEC)                  

    Last Game: Sept. 8, beat Western Kentucky, 35-0     

    Next Game: Sept. 15 at Arkansas Razorbacks       

    Previous Ranking: 2

    A.J. McCarron completed 14 of 19 passes for for 219 yards and four touchdowns in Alabama's shutout of Western Kentucky.

    Crimson Tide receivers Kevin Norwood and Christion Jones combined for 139 yards and four touchdowns, while the Tide defense held the Hilltoppers to 224 total yards.


    Bleacher Report Voters: David Mayer (Poll Coordinator), Adam Jacobi, Adam Kramer, Alex Joseph, Alex Callos, Amy Daughters, Barrett Sallee, Carl Stine, Chad Robb, Daniel Hudson, David Luther, Rich Thomaselli, Eric Bowman, Ian Berg, James Brown, Jason Fraychineaud, John Greely, Jonathan McDanal, Kay Jennings, Luke Pashke, Marty Sondermann, Max Rausch, Michael Felder, Sanjay Kirpalani, Zach Dirlam.

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