Now that Southern California has knocked off top-ranked Alabama, a number of teams are in the running for the No. 1 ranking in college football this week.

If USC Coach John Robinson had the final say, Michigan, a 28-14 victor over Notre Dame - at South Bend, Ind., Saturday - would be on top.

"I think they are the best team in the country right now," Robinson said of the Wolverines, Robinson's Trojans have a similar 3-0 record, but Robinson said his team is still developing. "Our biggest problem now is that we are still very young," he said. "It is too early for us to start thinking we are the best team in America. We have a long way to go yet."

The way the Trojans went through Alabama, however, makes it hard to imagine there are many teams better.

Taliback Charles White ran for 199 yards in 29 carries and scored on a 40-yard run to lead the Trojans. White, a 183-pound junior, already has rushed for 528 yards in three games this season.

Quarterback Paul McDonald threw two touchdown passes to Kevin Williams in the 24-14 Trojan victory that broke Alabama's 12-game winning streak, longest in the nation.

The victory was revenge of sorts for the Trojans. A little less than a year ago, they were ranked No. 1 and had the longest winning streak in the country at 15, when Alabama came in the Los Angeles Coliseum and upset them, 21-20.

Arkansas, Oklahoma and Penn State probably will give Michigan the toughest run for the top spot this week. Arkansas and Penn State struggled to remain unbeaten, although, while Okahoma buried Rice, 66-7.

The Sooners raced to a 52-0 half-time lead and rolled up 560 yards rushing, 102 of them by quarterback Thomas Lott.

Arkansas was unimpressive in a 19-0 victory over oklahoma State, and Penn State had to come from behind at home to beat SMU, 26-21.

While Southern California is flying high after its big victory, the Pac-10's other two nationally ranked teams UCLA and Washington, fell on hard times.

Kansas, winless until Saturday, scored three touchdowns in a three-minute span of the second quarter and held on to upset the Bruins, 28-24. Washington was surprised at Indians, 14-7.

Washington State's jack Thompson moved closer to the NCAA career record for total offense Saturday, when he passed for 271 yards and ran for 54 more in a 51-26 Cougar victory over Arizona State.

Thompson now has 6,123 career yards and the Cougars are 3-0.

Rick Leach threw three second-half touchdown passes as the Wolverines showed that this could be their best team in years, with their easy victory at South Bend.

In addition to White, other runners who had big days were North Carolina State's Ted Brown, who ran for 158 yards in 33 carries to lead the Wolfpack to a 29-15 victory over West Virginia; Curtis Dickey, who logged 138 yards in 18 carries as Texas A&M dumped Boston College, 37-2, and Charles Alexander of LSU, who churned for 116 yards in 32 carries as the Tigers nipped Wake Forest, 13-11.

Unbeaten Maryland "took a big step in the conference race," noted Coach Jerry Claiborne, whose Terps rallied to beat North Carolina, 21-20.

"I don't think we're back in it (the ACC race). I never felt we were out of it."

Virginia sophomore Tommy Vigorito rushed for 180 yards, the 12th highest total in school history, in 27 carrier and scored the winning touchdown on a fourth-down run as the Cavaliers snapped a six-game losing streak by beating Army for the first time at West Point, 21-17.

Virginia now 1-2, scored its first three touchdowns of the season while raising its career record against Army to 3-5.

"It was a total team victory," said Virginia Coach Dick Bestwick. "Our youngsters proved they had never lost faith in themselves. Both the offense and the defense made the big plays and that was the difference between winning and losing."

In a late Saturday night game, reserve Steve Stamp threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes as visiting Texas Christian rallied for a 14-10 victory over Oregon.

Howard dipped to 0-2 with a 27-0 loss to South Carolina State at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

Howard Wide receiver Steve Wilson sat out the second half with a hip pointer and is questionable for Howard's upcoming game at Florida A & M. Center Charles Richardson is also qestionable with strained knee ligaments.