Wisconsin (5-2, 2-1 in the Big 10)
The Badgers picked up a much needed second conference win as they begin the rough back stretch of their schedule. Melvin Gordon rushed for 122 yards and three touchdowns, but more importantly, Wisconsin's quarterbacks combined to complete 15/23 passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions.
Sam Houston State (4-4, 3-1 in the FCS Southland Conference)
Bearkats get back to .500 with a 38-21 win over Abilene Christian.
ULM (3-4, 2-2 in the Sun Belt)
The Warhawks blew an 18-7 lead in the final seven minutes to Texas State to drop their second Sun Belt game of the year, 22-18.
Mississippi State (7-0, 4-0)
Don't underrate the Bulldogs' 45-31 win in Lexington. The Wildcats caught some breaks early and were a hungry team that kept fighting, but State rushed for 326 yards, stayed calm and pulled away in the fourth quarter in large part thanks to Josh Robinson, who rushed for 198 yards including this ridiculousness:
New Mexico State (2-6, 1-3 in the Sun Belt)
Bye week for the Aggies.
Auburn (6-1, 3-1 in SEC play)
Held on for a wild 42-35 win in Columbia over South Carolina, in a game that featured more than 1,000 yards of offense between the two teams. Nick Marshall threw just 15 passes, but Cameron Artis-Payne rushed for 167 yards.
In a curious piece of minutia, South Carolina's last-ditch Hail Mary should have been replayed due to an illegal procedure penalty on Auburn for having two players with the same number on the field.
Florida (3-3, 2-3)
Hey, Florida can't lose to a bye week, can they? No, no it does not appears that they can.
I'm as surprised as you.
Kentucky (5-3, 2-3)
The Wildcats gave a game effort against State but couldn't close. I watched most of this game from the hotel room, and I still came away from this feeling like Kentucky's a pretty solid football team, with some real playmakers. Part of what made Robinson's crazy run is that he trucked Josh Forrest, who's a pretty good linebacker.
A Sea of Blue is lamenting the missed opportunities.
Ole Miss (7-1, 4-1)
Not gonna lie, typing that "one" felt pretty damn good.
And then there was this. I'm not unconvinced this is staged, but still, funny.
Alabama (7-1, 4-1)
Amari Cooper's school record 224 yards receiving powered the Tide to a seventh win over Tennessee, 34-20. Cooper's insane year is on pace to shatter school records.
Arkansas (4-4, 0-4)
It wasn't that elusive conference win, but it was a needed victory nonetheless for Arkansas, 45-17 over UAB. Not surprisingly, offensive lineman Sebastian Tretola was honored with SEC lineman of the week for this:
Texas A&M (5-3, 2-3)
Bye week for the Second Aggies.