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Week 1 of the 2012 college football season is in the books, so let’s take a look at how the National Football Post stacks up the Top 25 heading into the second week of the season.

As you will see, not much has changed from the preseason version. The biggest adjustments for teams are made from Week 1 to Week 2, so let’s see how this weekend plays out before we make too many quick judgments.

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

1. Alabama (1-0) [1]
True freshman T.J. Yeldon showed on a big stage that he is the truth at running back.

2. LSU (1-0) [2]
The Tigers held North Texas to nine first downs and 219 total yards in their opening win.

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Mike Stoops
US PRESSWIREThe OU defense is expected to make a jump with Mike Stoops back in Norman.

3. Oklahoma (1-0) [3]
The Sooners didn't look great in any way, shape or form against UTEP, so there are a lot of things to work on in Norman in preparation for Week 2.

4. Oregon (1-0) [4]
It's scary to think of how good quarterback Marcus Mariota can be by the time his Ducks career comes to an end.

5. USC (1-0) [5]
Receiver/returner Marqise Lee is one of the most exciting players in America.

6. Arkansas (1-0) [6]
John L. Smith was a winner in his Razorbacks head-coaching debut,

7. Virginia Tech (1-0) [7]
Bud Foster's front seven was nasty in the team's opening win against Georgia Tech.

8. South Carolina (1-0) [8]
Can dual-threat quarterback Connor Shaw stay healthy for a full season for Head Ball Coach?

9. Michigan State (1-0) [9]
Quarterback Andrew Maxwell and the offense still need time to gel after a squeaker over Boise State.

10. Georgia (1-0) [10]
The Bulldogs' rushing attack will be just fine without Isaiah Crowell.

11. West Virginia (1-0) [11]
Geno Smith will be scary good in his second season under Dana Holgorsen.

12. Clemson (1-0) [12]
Can the Tigers repeat as ACC champions? Dabo Swinney's squad started off strong with another win over Auburn.


13. Wisconsin (1-0) [13]
The Badgers were successful in the debut of new starting quarterback Danny O'Brien.

14. Florida State (1-0) [14]
Even with the loss of star end Brandon Jenkins, the Seminoles will be nasty on defense.

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Gary Patterson
US PRESSWIREHow will Gary Patterson's Horned Frogs fare in their first season in the Big 12?

15. TCU (0-0) [15]
The Horned Frogs open up their season at home against Grambling State on Saturday.

16. Kansas State (1-0) [17]
The Wildcats scored 42 unanswered points in their win over Missouri State in the opener.

17. Texas (1-0) [18]
Running backs Joe Bergeron and Malcolm Brown both rushed for more than 100 yards and combined for three touchdowns in an opening win over Wyoming.

18. Stanford (1-0) [19]
Not only does new starting quarterback Josh Nunes need to improve, but the Cardinal defense wasn't as physical and stout as it has been in the past.

19. Nebraska (1-0) [21]
If "T-Magic" continues his impressive passing numbers, the rest of the Big Ten should watch out for the Cornhuskers.

20. Oklahoma State (1-0) [22]
Another season, another prolific offense for the Pokes.

21. Notre Dame (1-0) [25]
The Fighting Irish won easily overseas, but a dangerous Purdue team awaits them Saturday in South Bend.

22. Michigan (0-1) [16]
The Wolverines were thoroughly dominated by Alabama on a neutral site. However, Brady Hoke's team remains one of the better Big Ten squads.

23. Georgia Tech (0-1) [20]
Al Groh's defense had one of its best showings yet, but the Yellow Jackets couldn't put Virginia Tech away on Monday night.

24. Louisville (1-0) [NR]
Jeremy Wright rushed for three touchdowns as the Cardinals took care of business against in-state rival Kentucky.

25. Utah (1-0) [NR]
The Utes never let Northern Colorado cross midfield, holding the Bears to only 114 total yards on 50 plays.

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