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The Times' college football top 25: Stanford stays on top

It's tough for Alabama to defend giving up 42 points and almost 700 yards.

September 18, 2013|By Chris Dufresne
  • Stanford topped Army, 34-20, to stay perfect at 2-0 on the season and stay No. 1 The Times' college football top 25.
Stanford topped Army, 34-20, to stay perfect at 2-0 on the season and stay… (Mike Groll / Associated…)

Stanford remains on top despite howls from Alabama fans who point out their crimson heroes gave up fewer than 700 yards and 50 points against Texas A&M. UCLA jumps six spots to No. 12, but this is where fame gets dicey for the Bruins. They were No. 11 in 2007 and came home from Utah a 44-6 loser. Rankman cordially welcomes Mississippi to the top 25 after Hugh Freeze's Rebels cold-blasted Texas at Austin. Ole Miss plays at Alabama on Sept. 28.

1; Stanford 2-0; If nothing else, Gaffney's year in minor league baseball taught him the infield fly rule. (1)

2; Alabama 2-0; Saban assures everyone the defense will not be holding a 628 yards sale at his house. (2)

3; Oregon 3-0; Tennessee bar debate ended after one Duck made 59 unanswered points. (3)

4; Clemson 2-0; Don't worry; NC State hasn't upset a top-10 team since Florida State last October. (4)

5; Ohio State 3-0; Urban Meyer is combined 27-0 counting Ohio State and 2004 Utah. (5)

6; Louisville 3-0; Now we know: health-nut AD replaced all the meat on schedule with tofu. (6)

7; Louisiana State 3-0; Known in SEC as the best regular-season opponent standing in Alabama's way. (10)

8; Georgia 1-1; Uga rolls over and yawns after learning North Texas has lost 34 straight to ranked schools. (7)

9; Florida State 2-0; Jimbo must convince team that Bethune-Cookman (3-0) isn't nearly as bad as it sounds. (12)

10; Texas A&M 2-1; Manziel had best performance in losing effort since Tom Hanks in "Larry Crowne." (8)

11; Northwestern 3-0; Before Urban('s) Ohio State on Oct. 5 must get past rural Maine (3-0) on Saturday. (11)

12; UCLA (2-0); Baseball champs marvel at team's hot comebacker at Nebraska. (18)

13 South Carolina 2-1; Warning light flashes when Rankman learns next game is at Central Florida. (13)

14; Miami 2-0; Will improve to 3-0 for first time since '03 after Saturday's win over Savannah State. (14)

15; Florida 1-1; Gators fully expect to get "Tennessee's best shot" and extra playing time for the reserves. (15)

16; Michigan 3-0; Appalachian (2007) toasts champagne after Akron upset bid falls short at Big House. (9)

17; Oklahoma State 3-0; SI continues exhaustive scrutiny of state with five-part series on Will Rogers. (16)

18; Washington 2-0; Idaho State can't look past this one with big UC Davis game on Sept. 28. (19)

19; Wisconsin 2-1; Kicker can someday tell grandkids about the kick he would have made to beat ASU. (21)

20; Arizona State 2-0; Pac-12 refs told Sun Devils last 18 seconds were so exciting it felt like slow motion. (17)

21; Oklahoma 3-0; It's "Revenge (Off) Week" in Norman as Sooners look to Sept. 28 game at Notre Dame. (22)

22: Mississippi 3-0; Hey everyone, say hello to last February's top-five recruiting class. (NR)

23; Baylor 2-0; Team is averaging 69.5 points, 736 yards, and 12 blown tires per game. (24)

24; Notre Dame 2-1; Dropped one spot for losing to the team that almost lost to Akron. (23)

25; Fresno State 2-0; Boise's visit this week an All-American matchup of red, white and blue. (25)

Dropped out: Nebraska (20).

Moved in: Mississippi.

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