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How The Top 25 Fared

September 03, 2000

1. NEBRASKA (1-0) beat San Jose State, 49-13. Cornhuskers roll for 596 yards, but give up 346. Similar effort on defense could mean trouble against Irish. Next: at Notre Dame, Saturday

2. FLORIDA STATE (1-0) did not play. Seminoles began the week only five points behind Nebraska for top spot. Florida State has won 13 consecutive games. Next: at Georgia Tech, Saturday

3. ALABAMA (0-1) lost to UCLA, 35-24. Rolled Tide, Rolled. If not for scores off punt return and interception return, Crimson Tide would have really been embarrassed. Next: Vanderbilt, Saturday

4. WISCONSIN (1-0) did not play. Badgers have much work to do in light of shaky performance in 19-7 victory Thursday over Western Michigan. Oh, and those suspensions. Next: Oregon, Saturday

5. MIAMI (1-0) did not play. Hurricanes, coming off 61-14 victory over McNeese State on Thursday, have visions of a national title. But beware of barking Huskies. Next: at Washington, Saturday

6. MICHIGAN (1-0) beat Bowling Green, 42-7. Wolverines hardly miss Drew Henson as John Navarre, in his first collegiate game, throws four touchdown passes. Next: Rice, Saturday

7. TEXAS (0-0) did not play. Longhorns finished last season with three consecutive losses, but open 2000 against team that was 2-9 in 1999.

Next: Louisiana Lafayette, Saturday

8. KANSAS STATE (2-0) beat Louisiana Tech, 54-10. Temperature on Kansas State field reached 127 degrees. Wildcats nearly as hot against Bulldogs.

Next: Ball State, Sept. 16

9. FLORIDA (1-0) beat Ball State, 40-19. Gators struggle with team that began night with 17-game losing streak and home crowd lets them hear about it. Next: Middle Tennessee, Saturday

10. GEORGIA (1-0) beat Georgia Southern, 29-7. Bulldogs took care of defending I-AA champion, but next face red-hot Gamecocks.

Next: at South Carolina, Saturday

11. VIRGINIA TECH (1-0) beat Akron, 52-23. Will Michael Vick (two touchdowns rushing, two touchdowns passing) stay in school long enough to win three Heismans? Next: at East Carolina, Thursday

12. USC (1-0) did not play. Trojans have a week off and still there RPI rating suffers because of Penn State's 24-6 flop at home against Toledo.

Next: Colorado, Saturday

13. TENNESSEE (1-0) beat So. Mississippi, 19-16. Volunteers' inexperienced defense holds steady until deep into fourth quarter. Victory is 700th in Tennessee history. Next: Florida, Sept. 16

14. WASHINGTON (1-0) beat Idaho, 44-20. Marques Tuiasosopo turns game into his own private Idaho, passing for 223 yards and rushing for 80.

Next: Miami, Saturday

15. PURDUE (1-0) beat Central Michigan, 48-0. Boilermakers put No. 1 defense back into game in closing minutes to preserve first shutout since 1981. Next: Kent, Saturday

16. OHIO STATE (1-0) beat Fresno State, 43-10. Biggest crowd in history of Ohio Stadium (96,583) sees Buckeyes take first step in attempt to rebound from 6-6 season. Next: at Arizona, Saturday

17. CLEMSON (1-0) beat Citadel, 38-0. Nice start for quarterback Woodrow Dantzler, who completes 16 of 17 passes for 192 yards and three touchdowns.

Next: Missouri, Saturday

18. MISSISSIPPI (1-0) beat Tulane, 49-20. With three scores, Deuce McAllister passes Archie Manning as the career touchdown leader (he has 27) for Ole Miss. Next: Auburn, Saturday

19. OKLAHOMA (1-0) beat Texas El Paso, 55-14. Pass-happy Sooners thrive behind quarterback Josh Heupel, who passes for 302 yards and two touchdowns. Next: Arkansas State, Saturday

20. TEXAS CHRISTIAN (0-0) did not play. LaDainian Tomlinson, who set NCAA record with 406 yards rushing against Texas El Paso last season, is back for senior season. Next: at Nevada, Saturday

21. ILLINOIS (1-0) beat Middle Tennessee, 35-6. Illini has two backs, Antoineo Harris and Rocky Harvey, who break the 100-yard mark rushing.

Next: at San Diego State, Saturday

22. SO. MISSISSIPPI (0-1) lost to Tennessee, 19-16. After slow start, quarterback Jeff Kelly finishes 22 of 30 for 232 yards and two touchdowns.

Next: at Alabama, Sept. 16

23. COLORADO (0-1) lost to Colorado State, 28-24. After emotional loss to rival Rams, Buffaloes must prepare for USC team eager to build on Penn State victory. Next: at USC, Saturday

24. MICHIGAN STATE (0-0) did not play. Spartans, coming off 10-2 season and Citrus Bowl win, face Marshall team that has longest winning streak (18 games) in Division I-A. Next: Marshall, Saturday

25. TEXAS A&M (0-1) lost to Notre Dame, 24-10. Aggies had a 10-7 lead late in the third quarter before falling apart and out of the rankings.

Next: Wyoming, Saturday

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