It was a wonderful weekend of football. Close games and shootouts, overtime, double overtime, tying/winning field goals as time ran out, upsets, blowouts, it had it all. The upsets will mean a shakeup in the polls this week.
Speaking of which, I’ve added the Selection Committee’s rankings on the left so things may not seem to be in order in this report. In the body of the reports, I’ve left the references to the AP rankings. Just to confuse things more.
Ranks on the left are those of the Selection Committee/AP/Coaches Top 25/CBSSPORTS.COM 128 Polls as reported by CBSSports.com. NR = Not Ranked.
1/1/1/1 Mississippi State (8-0) The Bulldogs came from behind to defeat the Arkansas Razorbacks (4-5) 17-10. It wasn’t pretty and it wasn’t in anyway a “statement” game but the Bulldogs won after falling behind 10-0.
2/2/2/2 Florida State (8-0) The Seminoles had to come from w-a-y back to defeat the Louisville Cardinals (6-3) 42-31 on Thursday night. Louisville jumped out to a 21-0 (could have been more!) lead thanks to three first half INTs before things started bouncing FSU’s way…literally. They fumbled the ball into the endzone with about a minute left in the half and recovered it for a TD. And intercepted pass on the first play of the second half was fumbled by the Louisville defender and recovered by FSU. It was that kind of night.
6/3/3/3 Alabama (7-1) The Tide had this weekend off.
3/4/4/4 Auburn (7-1) The Tigers edged the #7 Ole Miss Rebels (7-2) 35-31. Bo Wallace threw for 341 yards and two TDs and ran for a third, but it was a fumble lost inside the 5 and a fumble by receiver Laquon Treadwell on the goal line as he was tackled from behind and broke his leg and dislocated his ankle, that ended up costing the Rebels dearly. Nick Marshall threw for 254 yards and two TDs and ran for two more for the Tigers.
5/5/6/5 Oregon (8-1) The Ducks whipped the Stanford Cardinal (5-4) 45-16. Marcus Mariota threw for 258 yards and two TDs and ran for 95 yards and two scores.
10/6/7/8 Notre Dame (7-1) The Fighting Irish jumped out to a 21-point lead, lost it and then had to come from behind to defeat the Midshipmen of Navy (4-5) 49-39. Everett Golson threw for 315 yards and three TDs and ran it in three times as well. Tarean Folston rushed for 149 yards and a score for the Irish. Noah Copeland rushed for 138 yards on just 16 carries and Keenan Reynolds threw two TD passes for Navy.
4/7/9/6 Ole Miss (7-2) The Rebels lost a close one to the #4 Auburn Tigers (7-1) 35-31. More above.
8/8/5/9 Michigan State (7-1) The Spartans were idle this week. Next week it’s Ohio State.
11/9/8/7 Georgia (6-2) The Bulldogs fell to the Florida Gators (4-3). Bulldogs jumped out to a 7-0 lead at the end of the first quarter on a Nick Chubb 39-yard run and it looked like it would be another loss for the Gators. Then things went sideways for the Bulldogs. The Gators ran off 31 unanswered points before Chubb would again find the endzone. That score was quickly answered by a 65-yard run by Kevin Taylor. It was Taylor’s second TD of the day in which he carried the ball 25 times for 197 yards. Matt Jones also carried the ball 25 times for the Gators gaining 192 yards and scoring twice as Florida rushed for 418 yards. Nick Chubb did finish the day with 156 yards rushing and the two TDs.
7/10/10/10 TCU (7-1) The Horned Frogs managed to edge the #20 West Virginia Mountaineers (6-3) 31-30 when Jaden Oberkrom kicked a 37-yard field goal as time expired. B.J. Catalon ran for two TDs and Trevone Boykin threw for one and ran for one for the Horned Frogs. Terrell Chestnut returned a fumble 35 yards for a Mountaineer TD.
9/11/11/11 Kansas State (7-1) The Wildcats routed the Oklahoma State Cowboys (5-4) 48-14. The Cowboys marched down the field for a score on the opening drive, but then saw Morgan Burns return the ensuing kickoff 86 yards for a TD. Charles Jones ran for two TDs and Jake Waters threw for two. Oklahoma State’s only other score came on a 38-yard interception return by Ramon Richards.
13/12/12/12 Baylor (7-1) The Bears trounced the Kansas Jayhawks (2-6) 60-14. Bryce Petty threw for 277yards and three TDs in just three quarters of play. The Bears couldn’t convert Kansas fumbles into TDs early or it would have been much. Much worse. Instead, those turnovers became field goals as Chris Callahan kicked four from 27, 33, 33, and 37 yards out as the Bears held a 39-7 halftime advantage.
16/13/13/15 Ohio State (8-1) The Buckeyes routed the Fighting Illini of Illinois (4-5) 55-14. J.T. Barrett tossed two TDs before Cardale Jones entered the game and threw two more. Next up: Michigan State.
12/14/15/13 Arizona (6-2) The Wildcats got pawned by the #25 UCLA Bruins (7-2) 17-7. The Wildcats got out to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter and held a 7-3 lead at the half only to get shut out in the second half and see the Bruins score twice in the third quarter and make them count.
14/15/14/16 Arizona State (7-1) The Sun Devils came from behind to edge the #18 Utah Utes (6-2) in overtime, 19-16. Zane Gonzalez hit field goals of 20 and 45 yards in the first quarter then watched as Andy Phillips hit from 50, 36 and 44 yards out to give Utah a 16-13 lead as time was running out. (The teams traded TDs in there, too.) Gonzalez came back on the field to hit from 30 yards out to tie the game. Phillips then missed from 35 yards in the first possession in OT but Gonzalez hit it from 36 yards for the win.
19/16/17/17 LSU (7-2) The Tigers had this weekend off.
15/17/16/14 Nebraska (8-1) The Cornhuskers beat the Purdue Boilermakers (3-6) 35-14. Cornhuskers did it without Ameer Abdullah who tweeked his knee after just six carries for one yard. Tommy Armstrong threw for 118 yards and a TD and ran for 70 yards and a second TD. .
17/18/18/18 Utah (6-2) The Utes are on the road to face the #15 Arizona State Sun Devils (7-1) in overtime, 19-16. More above.
18/19/20/20 Oklahoma (6-2) The Sooners had an easy time defeating the Iowa State Cyclones (2-6) 59-14. Trevor Knight threw for three TDs and ran for three more to lead the Sooners who had 510 yards rushing and another 241 passing.
20/20/22/21 West Virginia (6-3) The Mountaineers fell to the #10 TCU Horned Frogs (7-1) 31-30 on a closing second field goal. More above.
23/21/19/22 East Carolina (6-2) The Pirates fell to the Temple Owls (5-3) 20-10. Tavon Young returned a fumble 63 yards for the first Temple score, Kenneth Harper ran for the next two to give the Owls a 20-3 lead going into the fourth quarter. The Pirates didn’t score a TD (Marquez Grayson from 2 yards out) until the final minutes. Chris Hairston rushed for 153 yards and Shane Carden threw for 217 yards for the Pirates who had 432 yards net offense to Temple’s 135. But they decide who wins by what’s on the scoreboard and that’s where Temple had the edge.
21/22/21/23 Clemson (6-2) The Tigers were idle this weekend.
NR/23/23/19 Marshall (8-0) The Thundering Herd had the weekend off.
24/24/24/24 Duke (7-1) The Blue Devils needed two OT periods to defeat the Pittsburgh Panthers (4-5) 51-48. A missed 26-yard field goal attempt as time ran out by the Panthers’ Chris Blewitt could have won the game in regulation. James Conner rushed for 263 yards and three TDs for the Panthers. Anthony Boone three for three TDs for the Blue Devils as the two teams combined for over 1000 yards of net offense.
22/25/25/NR UCLA (6-2) The Bruins beat the #14 Arizona Wildcats (6-1) 17-7. More above.
My Rutgers Scarlet Knights (5-4) have had a couple of tough weeks (Ohio State and then Nebraska) only to get shut out this week by the (6-2) Wisconsin Badgers 37-0. Melvin Gordon ran for 128 yards and two TDs. Corey Clement rushed for 131 yards and two more scores. Meanwhile the defense held Rutgers to just 139 yards net offense.