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With two games left, we are entering the final stages of the college football regular season. That doesn’t mean things will get easier or the picture any clearer as far as the playoffs are concerned. Prepare for more chaos as conference title games are to be determined. Here is the latest Top Ten:
1) LSU Tigers (10-0) defeated Ole Miss Rebels 58-37
The Tigers didn’t have a hangover from last week and easily handled the Rebels for the win. Quarterback Joe Burrow was great, going 32 of 42 for 489 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions. Running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire ran for 172 yards and a touchdown. Wide receivers Ja’Marr Chase (227 receiving yards/three touchdowns) and Justin Jefferson (112 receiving yards/two touchdowns) were hard to cover. The defense had its moments but can’t be pleased with giving up 37 points and over 400 rushing yards to Ole Miss.
Next game- vs. Arkansas Razorbacks
2) Ohio State Buckeyes (10-0) defeated Rutgers Scarlet Knights 56-21
The Buckeyes destroyed the Scarlet Knights in a yawner for the victory. Quarterback Justin Fields was near perfect, going 15 of 19 for 305 yards with four touchdowns. Wide receiver Chris Olave had 139 receiving yards. The defense had no trouble putting the clamps on Rutgers, holding them to 231 total yards and forced three turnovers.
Next game- vs. #9 Penn State Nittany Lions
3) Clemson Tigers (10-0) defeated Wake Forest Demon Deacons 52-3
The Tigers demolished the Demon Deacons for a no doubt win. Quarterback Trevor Lawrence was on his game, going 21 of 27 for 272 yards with four touchdowns. Running back Travis Etienne rushed for 121 yards and a touchdown. The defense held Wake Forest’s offense to a paltry 105 total yards and forced two turnovers.
Next game- at South Carolina Gamecocks
4) Georgia Bulldogs (9-1) defeated #12 Auburn Tigers 21-14
The Bulldogs survived a tough contest against the Tigers for an important win. Quarterback Jake Fromm was ordinary, going 13 of 28 for 110 yards with three touchdowns. Running back D’Andre Swift ran for 106 yards. The defense was stingy early and held on late to preserve the win.
Next game- vs. Texas A&M Aggies
5) Alabama Crimson Tide (9-1) defeated Mississippi State Bulldogs 38-7
The Crimson Tide won the game against the Bulldogs but lost the season. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was brilliant, going 14 of 18 for 256 with two touchdowns. Just before the first half ended, he was tackled awkwardly and suffered a season ending hip injury. Wide receivers Jerry Jeudy (114 receiving yards) and Devonta Smith (92 receiving yards) were productive. The defense held Mississippi State under 300 total yards and forced a turnover.
Next game- Western Carolina Catamounts
6) Oregon Ducks (9-1) defeated Arizona Wildcats 34-6
The Ducks made quick work of an average Wildcat team to secure the PAC 12 North title. Quarterback Justin Herbert was awesome, going 20 of 28 for 333 yards with four touchdowns and an interception. Wide receivers Justin Johnson (93 receiving yards/one touchdown) and Johnny Johnson III (89 receiving yards/one touchdown) were tough to cover coming up with big catches. The defense held Arizona’s offense to 240 total yards and had six sacks.
Next game- at Arizona State Sun Devils
7) Utah Utes (9-1) defeated UCLA Bruins 49-3
The Utes looked impressive in trouncing the Bruins for the victory. Quarterback Tyler Huntley was excellent, going 14 of 18 for 335 yards with two touchdowns. Running back Zach Moss rushed for 127 yards and two touchdowns. Wide receiver Brant Kuithe had a big day with 132 receiving yards and a touchdown. The defense was swarming, holding UCLA’s offense under 300 total yards and forced five turnovers.
Next game- at Arizona Wildcats
8) Oklahoma Sooners (9-1) defeated #10 Baylor Bears 34-31
The Sooners used a huge comeback to stun the previously unbeaten Bears for the season saving win. Quarterback Jalen Hurts was special, going 30 of 42 for 297 yards with four touchdowns and an interception. He also ran for 114 yards. The defense had trouble containing Baylor’s offense early but tightened up late to secure the victory.
Next game- vs. TCU Horned Frogs
9) Penn State Nittany Lions (9-1) defeated Indiana Hoosiers 34-27
The Nittany Lions scored late to pull out a needed win over the Hoosiers to keep their season alive. Quarterback Sean Clifford was awful passing, going 11 of 23 for 179 yards with a touchdown. He did add two rushing touchdowns. Running back Journey Brown ran for 100 yards and a touchdown. The defense forced two turnovers and made enough plays in the fourth quarter to seal the win.
Next game- at #2 Ohio State Buckeyes
10) Baylor Bears (9-1) lost to #8 Oklahoma Sooners 34-31
The Bears missed a golden opportunity to throw chaos into the college football playoff picture when they let the game slip away against the Sooners. Quarterback Charlie Brewer was pedestrian, going 18 of 29 for 194 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Wide receiver Denzel Mims was a tough cover with 92 receiving yards and two touchdowns. The defense collapsed in the second half, allowing Oklahoma to come back and steal the game.
Next game- vs. Texas Longhorns