College Football Rankings Preview: Arkansas, Wisconsin To Plummet

LITTLE ROCK, AR - SEPTEMBER 8: Fans of the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks celebrate after the a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at War Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2012 in Little Rock, Arkansas. The Warhawks defeated the Razorbacks 34-31. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Arkansas losing to Louisiana-Monroe was the biggest shocker of Week 2 of the college football season, with Wisconsin, Nebraska and Oklahoma State also suffering big defeats to Oregon State, UCLA and Arizona respectively. Check the national college football scoreboard right here, and look through SB Nation's many excellent college football blogs to find your team's community.

There was plenty of significant shifts in the 2012 college football rankings on Saturday. Four Top 25 teams suffered major upsets in varying degrees of embarrassing fashion. Arkansas lost at home in the biggest shocker of them all, while Wisconsin struggled to score, Nebraska struggled to stop their opponent from scoring and Oklahoma State struggled to stop shooting themselves in the foot in allowing opposing scores.

Let's run through the Top 25 scores as we wait for the new AP Top 25 to come out around noon, with the Coaches Poll and computer polls also coming out at some point Sunday.

No. 1 Alabama 35, Western Kentucky 0. Nick Saban probably believes the Crimson Tide underachieved in this one. A.J. McCarron didn't underachieve, throwing four TDs.

No. 2 USC 42, Syracuse 29. Hardly the most impressive win for the Trojans, but Matt Barkley wouldn't let USC stop scoring when they needed to score.

No. 3 LSU 41, Washington 3. Which means it's Alabama and LSU at Nos. 1 and 2 next week. So here come the Tigers, who utterly throttled an overmatched Husky squad in Death Valley.

No. 4 Oregon 42, Fresno State 25. The Ducks piled up an early 35-3 lead as the offense wouldn't let the pressure off, but the defense started conceding long drive after long drive in the second half. Still a lot of rust to work off for Oregon.

No. 5 Oklahoma 69, Florida A&M 13. Oklahoma slogged through sand last week at UTEP, and someone had to pay. Poor Rattlers never knew what hit them.

No. 6 Florida State 55, Savannah State 0. Game was called at third quarter due to a mix of weather, mercy, and deep self-loathing by all the parties responsible for organizing this public homicide.

No. 7 Georgia 41, Missouri 20. Aaron Murray rallied the Bulldogs to a huge road victory in Columbia with a strong second half, spoiling Mizzou's welcome to the SEC.

Louisiana-Monroe 34, No. 8 Arkansas 31. An injury to Tyler Wilson pretty much crippled the Razorback offense, who surrendered a three touchdown lead, a fourth down game-tying touchdown conversion, and a fourth down overtime game-winning touchdown scramble. Oy.

No. 9 South Carolina 48, East Carolina 10. Dylan Thompson let it loose on the Pirates, who managed to contain Marcus Lattimore but had little success containing South Carolina's signal-caller.

No. 9 West Virginia Vs. Bye Week : Involves Dana Holgorsen and a bit too much table shuffleboard.

No. 11 Michigan State 41, Central Michigan 7. Michigan State eliminates one contender for the title of being the best in Michigan.

No. 12 Clemson 52, Ball State 27. The Tigers had no trouble unleashing the pass with Tajh Boyd blowing open proceedings in the first half, and Cole Stoudt doing similar things soon thereafter.

Oregon State 10, No. 13 Wisconsin 7. The Beavers front seven overwhelmed a Badger front that dominated them almost a year ago, and Montee Ball could do absolutely nothing to power Wisconsin forward.

No. 14 Ohio State 31, UCF 16. The Buckeyes piled on plenty of yards, but their defense also conceded plenty on the other side. Urban Meyer still has plenty of tinkering to do this season.

No. 15 Virginia Tech 42, Austin Peay 7. Logan Thomas had an effective game, and Virginia Tech pounded it on the ground with methodical running from seven ball-carriers.

UCLA 36, No. 16 Nebraska 30. The Bruins compiled 653 yards of total offense in this contest to overwhelm the Huskers in the Rose Bowl. After allowing Nebraska to get into a shootout with UCLA, the Bruins eventually shut down the Huskers in the second half.

No. 17 Texas 45, New Mexico 0. Some shocking news for you. The Lobos have a long way to go before they're ready to be competitive with the Longhorns.

Arizona 59, No. 18 Oklahoma State 38. Rich Rod's Arizona offense pummelled the Cowboys defense for 501 yards, but it was Jeff Casteel's defense that was the difference maker, negating 636 yards of offense by OSU by forcing four turnovers.

No. 19 Michigan 31, Air Force 25. Denard Robinson had 426 yards of offense, outgaining the complete total of both teams (Michigan had 422. Air Force had 417). I'll go out on a limb and say this isn't sustainable.

No. 20 TCU 56, Grambling St. 0. The Horned Frogs completed all 17 of their passes between Casey Paschall and Trevone Boykin, while also throwing up four touchdowns.

No. 21 Kansas State 52, Miami (FL) 13. Bill Snyder wins a lot, and usually makes fans of the opposition cry while doing so.

No. 22 Notre Dame 20, Purdue 17. Oh how Notre Dame tried to give this one away. But eventually Tommy Rees came in and pulled them away from the ledge with a final drive.

No. 23 Louisville 35, Missouri St. 7. Teddy Bridgewater has a spectacular name, and a spectacular ability to complete footballs. Nearly nine yards a pass attempt and three of every four passes completed will generally nab you a win.

No. 24 Florida 20, Texas A&M 17. The Aggies ended up in a new conference, scored on their first three drives, then ended up punting on all six of their second half drives to surrender a second half lead. The more things change...

No. 25 Stanford 50, Duke 13. The Cardinal looked like they needed a lot of work after Week 1. Thankfully, they got Duke this week.

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