1. Sooners Up
Oklahoma faced its first real challenge of the season in its 34-27 victory over Texas on Saturday. This was very much a game heading into the second half, a rarity for the Sooners for most of this season. Offenses for both teams picked up in the second half, with Texas tying the game at 10-10 just before midway through the third quarter. Jalen Hurts had an awesome stat line, throwing for 235 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 131 yards and another TD.
2. Here Come the Broncos
The cream of the crop from the Group of Five looks to be the Boise State Broncos who topped Hawaii 59-37. Boise’s offense set the tone early, outscoring Hawaii 31- 14 and cruised through most of the second half. John Hightower caught seven passes for 141 yards and two scores.
3. Minnesota Making Moves
PJ Fleck and company took another step for challenging Wisconsin for the Big Ten West title with a dominant 34-7 win over Nebraska. The Gopher defense was particularly dominant, shutting out the Huskers over the first three quarters and allowing just 299 yards of total offense.
1. Down go the Dawgs
Georgia lost an ugly, ugly home game to unranked South Carolina 20-17 in double overtime. Jake Fromm tossed three picks and lost a fumble. The offense as a whole was underwhelming outgaining Carolina 468-297 and scoring just 17 points. Ultimately it was a missed field goal from the usually solid Rodrigo Blankenship that would have extended the game to triple overtime had it been good.
2. Ugly in Miami
Even with just the one loss to Notre Dame, things looked up for UVA entering the week. The Cavaliers should have had a comfortable game at Miami, but failed to record a single touchdown in the eventual 17-9 loss. It was a particularly embarrassing loss given that UVA had the ball longer and out-gained Miami, yet never led at any point.
3. Starkville Stink
The Mississippi State offense could do nothing in a 20-10 road loss to Tennessee. MSU produced more interceptions, three, then touchdowns, one. It wasn’t as though Tennessee played flawlessly either, with two turnovers of their own.
- Alabama-Texas A&M, although billed as a marquee game, was anything but that. The Aggies got the first score of the game, but it was all Bama after that. Tua Tagovailoa was distributor in the win, tossing a touchdown pass to four different receivers.
- Things got a little dicey this weekend for the Irish in their 30-27 victory. They trailed after one quarter and after scoring what should have been a game icing touchdown with just over three minutes remaining, USC scored a touchdown with 1:04 remaining. Then on the ensuing onside kick, Brian Kelly was clearly on the field, but with the call not being reviewable, the penalty went unnoticed.
- It was a Big 12 game in the ACC when Louisville topped previously undefeated Wake Forest 62-59. Strangely, it was not all that competitive game with the Cardinals holding a multi score lead through most of the game. Wake mounted a furious fourth quarter charge, scoring 21 points in the final five minutes of the game. Also one of the rare times one might see each team have two different quarterbacks throw for multiple touchdowns in a single game.
- With weeks of criticism following some underwhelming performances, Clemson came firing against Florida State. Trevor Lawrence accounted for four touchdowns and Travis Etienne posted 127 yards on the ground in the 45-14 win over the Seminoles.