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Week 3 of the 2012 college football season is in the books, and it was quite eventful.

Matt Barkley once again came up short against Stanford, Arkansas was obliterated by Alabama and Brian Kelly earned his signature win at Notre Dame.

With the rankings shaken up, let’s take a look at how the National Football Post stacks up the Top 25 heading into the fourth week of the season.

2012 record in parentheses and last week’s ranking in brackets.

1. Alabama (3-0) [1]
Eddie Lacy ran for three touchdowns, and the Crimson Tide defense forced five turnovers in a 52-0 beat down of Arkansas.

2. LSU (3-0) [2]
Ronald Martin and Lavar Edwards each had interception returns for scores as the Tigers notched a 63-14 victory over Idaho.

3. Oklahoma (2-0) [3]
The Sooners were off this weekend and will host Kansas State next Saturday.

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DeAnthony Thomas
US PRESSWIREDe'Anthony Thomas is a touchdown waiting to happen.

4. Oregon (3-0) [4]
De’Anthony Thomas had 222 all-purpose yards on 10 touches as the Ducks rolled Tennessee Tech 63-14.

5. South Carolina (3-0) [7]
Quarterback Connor Shaw injured his throwing shoulder once again in the Gamecocks’ 49-6 win over UAB.

6. Georgia (3-0) [9]
Aaron Murray passed for a career-best 342 yards and accounted for four touchdowns as the Bulldogs notched a 56-20 win over Florida Atlantic.

7. West Virginia (2-0) [10]
Geno Smith threw five touchdown passes in the Mountaineers’ 42-12 win over James Madison.

8. Clemson (3-0) [11]
Sammy Watkins had a 58-yard touchdown run in the Tigers’ 41-7 victory over Furman.

9. Florida State (3-0) [12]
A healthy Chris Thompson ran for 197 yards on nine carries in a 52-0 rout of Wake Forest.

10. Stanford (3-0) [16]
The Cardinal defeated USC four times in a row for the first time ever, using Stepfan Taylor’s 153 yards and a stout defense.

11. Kansas State (3-0) [13]
Tyler Locket had a 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown as the Wildcats beat North Texas 35-21.

12. TCU (2-0) [14]
Casey Pachall threw for 335 yards and two touchdowns as the Horned Frogs overcame four turnovers in a 20-6 victory over Kansas.

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13. Texas (3-0) [15]
Quarterback David Ash threw for a career-high 326 yards and four touchdowns as the Longhorns throttled Ole Miss 66-31.

14. Notre Dame (3-0) [17]
The Fighting Irish are off to their best start in 10 years after recording a 20-3 win over Michigan State.

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Jeff Driskel
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15. Florida (3-0) [24]
Jeff Driskel threw two touchdown passes and Trey Burton ran for a pair of scores as the Gators scored the game’s final 24 points to beat Tennessee 37-20.

16. Ohio State (3-0) [18]
Braxton Miller threw a 72-yard touchdown pass to Devin Smith with 3:26 left as the Buckeyes recorded a 35-28 win over Cal.

17. USC (2-1) [5]
Matt Barkley has not beaten Stanford in his career, as the Cardinal physically dominated the Trojans on both sides of the ball in Palo Alto.

18. Michigan State (2-1) [8]
Andrew Maxwell was harassed all night by the Notre Dame front as the Spartans fell to Notre Dame 20-3 in East Lansing.

19. Michigan (2-1) [20]
Denard Robinson completed 16 of 24 passes for 291 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for another score in less than a full game as the Wolverines routed Massachusetts 63-13.

20. Louisville (3-0) [21]
Teddy Bridgewater and the Cardinals nearly blew a 36-7 halftime lead before holding on to beat North Carolina.

21. UCLA (3-0) [23]
Redshirt freshman Brett Hundley passed for 320 yards and two touchdowns as the Bruins beat Houston 37-6.

22. Georgia Tech (2-1) [22]
The Yellow Jackets held Virginia to 98 rushing yards in an easy 56-20 win.

23. Nebraska (2-1) [25]
The Cornhuskers overcame losing head coach Bo Pelini, who was taken by ambulance to a hospital in the middle of a 42-13 victory over Arkansas State.

24. Arizona (3-0) [NR]
Matt Scott threw for 288 yards and three touchdowns on 30-of-36 passing as the Wildcats took care of South Carolina State 56-0.

25. Virginia Tech (2-1) [6]
The Hokies had their 13-game true road winning streak snapped in a 35-17 loss to Pittsburgh.

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