Big Ten, Big 12 take big hits

Craig James
Yahoo! Sports

Craig's new Top 25

Last week's rank in parentheses.
1. USC (1)
2. Oklahoma (2)
3. Georgia (3)
4. Texas (5)
5. Miami (FL) (6)
6. California (11)
7. LSU (8)
8. West Virginia (12)
9. Florida (10)
10. Florida State (7)
11. Michigan (4)
12. Iowa (9)
13. Tennessee (13)
14. Ohio State (14)
15. Auburn (19)
16. Utah (20)
17. Purdue (22)
18. Virginia (23)
19. Minnesota (25)
20. Fresno State (-)
21. Southern Miss (-)
22. Georgia Tech (-)
23. Wisconsin (17)
24. Maryland (-)
25. Alabama (-)

Kansas State (15)
Missouri (16)
Oregon (18)
Oregon State (21)
Nebraska (24)

The Big Ten and Big 12 took big hits this weekend. How about Michigan (loss at Notre Dame), Ohio State (narrow win over Marshall), even Iowa (narrow win over Iowa State)?

The Hawkeyes struggled with their offensive line and didn't run the ball very well. The Buckeyes got very lucky to get a win over Marshall. The Wolverines showed they obviously weren't as good as I thought, failing to handle a team that was on the ropes.

For the Big 12, Kansas State (blowout loss to Fresno State), Missouri (Thursday loss at Troy) and Nebraska (home loss to Southern Miss) took a shot. It makes you wonder who is going to win the Big 12 North. In the South, Texas escaped luckily with a 22-20 win at Arkansas. If the Razorbacks don't have a late fumble, they more than likely kick a field goal near the end of that game to win it.

Tips of the cap

1. Darius Walker, Notre Dame RB – Walker didn't play in the Irish's season-opening loss at Brigham Young, but the true freshman rushed for 115 yards on 31 carries against Michigan to breathe life into a program on the brink.

2. Fresno State – The Bulldogs took Manhattan by storm, dominating a Big 12, top-15 team in Kansas State. The 45-21 margin was FSU's biggest ever over a ranked team, and the Bulldogs have piled up some nice non-conference wins through the years.

3. Kyle Orton, Purdue QB – Orton completed his first 15 passes and finished 23-for-26 with five touchdowns and no interceptions. Orton already has nine touchdown passes, and Purdue has outscored its two opponents 110-7.

4. Santonio Holmes, Ohio State WR – Holmes' incredible talent is helping young QB Justin Zwick early in the season. His 10 catches for 218 yards and two big touchdowns helped the Buckeyes hang in the game against Marshall.

5. Antrel Rolle, Miami (Fla.) CB – Rolle is carrying on the legacy of great defensive backs at Miami. There may be no bigger hitter and more talented cover corner in college football.

BONUS. Antonio Perkins, Oklahoma PR – Perkins deserves congratulations for tying the NCAA record with his eighth career punt return touchdown in the Sooners' rout of Houston. Perkins' special-teams prowess adds that third powerful dimension to the OU machine.

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