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There was some shifting in the top five and a new entry into the top ten. Make no mistake, there is still plenty of unrest approaching with more important games to be played and statements to be made. Just when you thought things would get easier to figure out… think again. Here is the latest college football top ten.
1) LSU Tigers (9-0) defeated #1 Alabama Crimson Tide 46-41
The Tigers went to Tuscaloosa and got an impressive win over the Crimson Tide. Quarterback Joe Burrow was special, going 31 of 39 for 393 yards with three touchdowns. Running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire ran for 103 yards and three touchdowns. Wide receiver JaMaar Chase had 140 receiving yards and one touchdown. The defense pressured the Alabama quarterback all game and forced two turnovers.
Next game- at Ole Miss Rebels
2) Ohio State Buckeyes (9-0) defeated Maryland Terrapins 73-14
The Buckeyes dismantled an overmatched Terrapins team for the easy victory. Quarterback Justin Fields was excellent in a half of work, going 16 of 25 for 200 yards with three touchdowns. Running back Master Teague III rushed for 111 yards. The defense held Maryland’s offense to 139 total yards and had seven sacks.
Next game- at Rutgers Scarlet Knights
3) Clemson Tigers (10-0) defeated North Carolina State Wolfpack 55-10
The Tigers destroyed the Wolfpack for a resounding win. Quarterback Trevor Lawrence was outstanding, going 20 of 27 for 276 yards with three touchdowns. Running back Travis Etienne ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns. The defense held North Carolina State’s offense under 300 total yards and forced four turnovers.
Next game- vs. #24 Wake Forest Demon Deacons
4) Alabama Crimson Tide (8-1) lost to LSU Tigers 46-41
The Crimson Tide lost a heartbreaker to the Tigers in a classic battle. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa looked rusty early but came on late, going 21 of 40 for 418 yards with four touchdowns and an interception. Running back Najee Harris rushed for 146 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Devonta Smith had a big day with 213 yards and two touchdowns. The defense had too many breakdowns and miscommunications that LSU took full advantage of.
Next game- at Mississippi State Bulldogs
5) Georgia Bulldogs (8-1) defeated Missouri Tigers 27-0
The Bulldogs had no trouble handling the Tigers on their way to an easy victory. Quarterback Jake Fromm was pedestrian, going 13 of 29 for 173 yards with two touchdowns. The defense held Missouri’s offense under 200 total yards and pitched a shutout.
Next game- at #12 Auburn Tigers
6) Oregon Ducks (8-1) Bye week
Next game- vs. Arizona Wildcats
7) Utah Utes (8-1) Bye week
Next game- vs. UCLA Bruins
8) Minnesota Golden Gophers (9-0) defeated #4 Penn State Nittany Lions 31-26
The Golden Gophers jumped on the Nittany Lions early and held on for a huge statement win. Quarterback Tanner Morgan was exceptional, going 18 of 20 for 339 yards with three touchdowns. Wide receiver Rashod Bateman had a huge day with 203 receiving yards and a touchdown. The defense had a hard time containing Penn State’s offense but did force three turnovers.
Next game- at Iowa Hawkeyes
9) Oklahoma Sooners (8-1) defeated Iowa State Cyclones 42-41
The Sooners barely escaped with a narrow win over the Cyclones. Quarterback Jalen Hurts came up big again, accounting for 341 yards with five touchdowns and an interception. Running back Kennedy Brooks ran for 132 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver CeeDee Lamb had 167 receiving yards and two touchdowns. The defense held on and made the stops to end a late rally attempt by Iowa State.
Nect game- at #10 Baylor Bears
10) Baylor Bears (9-0) defeated TCU Horned Frogs 29-23
The Bears needed three overtimes to outlast a feisty Horned Frogs team to pull out the win. Quarterback Charlie Brewer was ordinary, going 27 of 41 for 195 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. The defense held strong in the overtime sessions and forced three turnovers.
Next game- vs. #9 Oklahoma Sooners