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AP College Football Poll 2012: Complete Week 3 Standings Released

LITTLE ROCK, AR - SEPTEMBER 8:   Head Coach John L. Smith of the Arkansas Razorbacks watches his team before a game against the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks 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)
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Richard LangfordCorrespondent ISeptember 9, 2012

The Arkansas Razorbacks and their fans must be gobbling up motion sickness remedies Sunday morning, because they have taken a fall for the ages.

They entered Saturday as the No. 8 team in the nation, but after an embarrassing 34-31 overtime loss to Louisiana-Monroe, they are no longer a Top 25 team.

It was the second-largest drop in the history of the poll. 

Other than the Razorbacks' safety-net-less plunge, there was little change in the Top 10 of the poll. The SEC and the Pac-12 alternate the top four spots just like last week, with Alabama, USC, LSU and Oregon coming in Nos. 1-4, respectively.

Alabama did receive three more first-place votes at the expense of USC.

Florida State moved into a tie with Oklahoma at the fifth spot, and a host of teams moved up one spot thanks to Arkansas.

While the Razorbacks' fall is the most notable, it certainly was not the only one. Nebraska, Wisconsin and Oklahoma State are all gone from the poll, and they can all thank the Pac-12 for that. 

UCLA took down Nebraska 36-30, Arizona beat Oklahoma State 59-38 and Oregon State beat Wisconsin 10-7 in what proved to be, other than the Washington Huskies' 41-3 loss to LSU, a great week for the conference.

Both UCLA and Arizona moved into the Top 25 with their efforts, while Oregon State received the fourth-most votes of teams not in the Top 25.

BYU took the other open Top 25 position.

Here are the fresh AP rankings as found on


WEEK 3 AP RANKINGS (First-place votes)
 1. Alabama (48)
 2. USC (8)
 3. LSU (4)
 4. Oregon
 5. Florida State
 5. Oklahoma
 7. Georgia
 8. South Carolina
 9. West Virginia
 10. Michigan State
 11. Clemson
 12. Ohio State
 13. Virginia Tech
 14. Texas
 15. Kansas State
 16. TCU
 17. Michigan
 18. Florida
 19. Louisville
 20. Notre Dame
 21. Stanford
 22. UCLA
 23. Tennessee
 24. Arizona
 25. BYU

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