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The Times' top 25 college football rankings

Chris Dufresne keeps USC as his No. 1 team, and four other Pac-12 teams (Stanford, UCLA, Arizona and Oregon State) make their way into the rankings.

September 12, 2012|Chris Dufresne
  • Quarterback Matt Barkley and the Trojans are still sitting at the top of Chris Dufresne's top 25 college football rankings.
Quarterback Matt Barkley and the Trojans are still sitting at the top of… (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles…)

Captain Larry Scott's armada entered Rankman Bay and stole half the rum. Four Pac-12 schools are new to the poll and helped cover embarrassing Utah and Colorado losses to Utah State and Sacramento State. Swashbuckling, Errol Flynn-like No. 1 USC is trying to fight off No. 2 Alabama with one hand as it heads to No. 18 Stanford. No. 25 Louisiana Monroe, which stands dash free after having its "hyphen" surgically removed by a panel of stylebook editors, is still reveling in the afterglow of the epic win Saturday over No. 8 Arkansas. The Warhawks' victory has inspired T-shirts that hail: "The Shock in Little Rock." We say: Shock on!

1; USC 2-0; Matt Barkley is 0-3 vs. Stanford but has never lost to Samford or Stamford. (1)

2; Alabama 2-0; Saban & Smith meet in battle of SEC coaches who have lost to Louisiana Monroe. (2)

3; Oregon; 2-0; Forecast "drizzly" for Ducks after losing Boyett and York to season-ending injuries. (3)

4; LSU 2-0; We hear Miles scheduled Washington/Idaho back to back only to pick up fly-fishing tips. (4)

5; West Virginia 1-0; Team can recite by memory all U.S. presidents up to this week's opponent: James Madison. (12)

6; Oklahoma 2-0; Sooners pass eye-chart tests UTEP and FAMU with TCU to come later in season. (7)

7;Texas 2-0; Horns still 262 votes short in electoral college after wins over Wyoming (3) and New Mexico (5). (8).

8; Florida State 2-0; My name is Jimbo Rankman and I approve this Seminole message. (9)

9; Ohio State 2-0; Columbus will offer booster shots to ward off Saturday invasion of Berkeley free radicals. (6)

10; Georgia 2-0; Bulldogs left their extended SEC footprint on backs of Missouri players. (12).

11; South Carolina 2-0; Gamecocks able to revive passing game after equipment man finds air pump for ball. (11)

12; Michigan State 2-0; Time flies: Spartans' epic 2010 win over Notre Dame seems like only two years ago. (14)

13; Clemson 1-0; Furman Paladins is: A) this week's opponent, or B) a plastics salesman from Greenville. (16)

14; Louisville 2-0; No one really expects the Cardinals to be academically tested by North Carolina. (19)

15; Kansas State 2-0; Made Miami look like team it will be after the NCAA puts Canes on probation. (20)

16; Notre Dame 2-0; Manager Kelly moves QB Rees to bullpen to face left-side cornerbacks in save situations. (22)

17; Michigan 1-1; Will no longer play opponents starting with "A" after Appalachian, Alabama and near miss against Air Force. (17)

18; Stanford 2-0; Does not technically own USC since 2006 but has lease with an option to buy. (NR)

19; UCLA 2-0; Sgt. Mora tells Gomer Pyle (BMOC) to quit gushing about one win over Nebraska. (NR)

20; Arizona 2-0; RichRod says Tucson just like Michigan except for the delusional hecklers and arrogant know-it-alls. (NR)

21; Oregon State 1-0; Beavers are on pace to become first school with more off weeks than games during season. (NR)

22; Texas Christian 1-0; Frogs make Big 12 debut at Kansas unless they change leagues before Saturday. (24)

23; Virginia Tech 2-0; Last week it was 1-AA AP (Austin Peay). This week it's 1-A AP (Austin Pittsburgh). (25)

24; Boise State 0-1; Has scored as many offensive touchdowns this year (zero) as your car and a steak knife. (23)

25; Louisiana Monroe 1-0; Look out Auburn Tigers, they're coming after you next! (NR)

Dropped out: Arkansas (10), Nebraska (13), Oklahoma State (15), Wisconsin (18), Utah (21).

Moved in: Stanford, UCLA, Arizona, Oregon State, Louisiana Monroe.

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