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Arkansas plunges in AP Top25; K-State surges

Associated Press Modified: September 9, 2012 at 5:02 pm •  Published: September 9, 2012
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Breaking down the AP college football poll after Week 2 of the regular season.

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MAKING A STATEMENT

Arkansas took the plunge. The Razorbacks went from eighth to out of the rankings after a 34-31 overtime loss to Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday night in Little Rock.

To make matters worse for the Razorbacks, star quarterback Tyler Wilson was knocked out of the game with a possible concussion. And, oh by the way, Arkansas hosts Alabama on Saturday.

The Crimson Tide held firm to the stop spot in the rankings, followed by Southern California, LSU and Oregon. The top 10 was virtually unchanged, except for Arkansas.

The Razorbacks' dive was the second-largest of any team to fall out of the Top 25, trailing only Michigan's fall from preseason No. 5 after its historic loss to Appalachian State in the opening week of the 2007 season.

Arkansas might have Wilson back next week. Coach John L. Smith said Sunday the prognosis on the senior was good.

But what a year it's been for the Razorbacks.

After winning the Cotton Bowl in January and finishing last season ranked No. 5 in the country, Arkansas fans were thinking their team could contend for a national title in 2012.

Then coach Bobby Petrino was fired in a scandal in April, and now two games into the season the Razorbacks look more like a Music City Bowl candidate than a BCS contender.

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MOVING UP

Collin Klein and Kansas State are demanding to be taken seriously — again.

The Wildcats were surprising upstarts last season, winning 10 games and getting to the Cotton Bowl after being picked to finish in the bottom half of the Big 12. Kansas State won eight games by seven points or less. Luck or skill?

The Wildcats are making a case for the latter. Klein accounted for four touchdowns in a 52-13 victory over Miami in Manhattan, Kan. The rout moved them up six spots in the AP Top 25 to No. 15.

Klein has a Tebow-esque style. He ran for 27 touchdowns last season, but wasn't a consistent passing threat.

Against, Miami he ran for three scores and 71 yards, but passed for 210 yards.

"He's improved at everything, because he works diligently to get better at everything," coach Bill Snyder said. "He's better in the passing game, he's gotten better in leadership, managing the game. I mean, he's just a guy who works diligently to get better, and he's done that across the board."

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MOVING DOWN

All the teams that moved down, also moved out. Joining Arkansas, were Wisconsin, Nebraska and Oklahoma State.

All three lost on the road, though none in a more startling fashion than the Badgers.

Wisconsin fell 10-7 at Oregon State, managing only 207 yards of offense. Montee Ball, last year's Heisman Trophy finalist, had his streak of games with a touchdown snapped at 21 and was held to 61 yards on 15 carries.

"Any loss absolutely disturbs me to no end," Wisconsin coach Brett Bielema told reporters after the game.

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