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With the top two teams off this weekend, other teams had a chance to make a case for themselves as a serious threat to win a National Championship. No team took that baton and ran with it.
There was one top ten and a top 25 matchup. The top ten teams stayed the same but there was a slight shuffle in the order. Here is a look at the latest Top Ten:
1) Alabama Crimson Tide (5-0) Bye week
Next game- at #25 Texas A&M Aggies
2) Clemson Tigers (5-0) Bye week
Next game- vs. Florida State Seminoles
3) Georgia Bulldogs (5-0) defeated Tennessee Volunteers 43-14
The Bulldogs took a half to get going but eventually took control of the game and beat the Volunteers. Quarterback Jake Fromm was on his game, going 24-29 for 288 yards with two touchdowns. The defense took Tennessee’s initial punch but settled down and played well. They also forced two turnovers.
Next game- vs. South Carolina Gamecocks
4) LSU Tigers (5-0) defeated Utah State Aggies 42-6
The Tigers made quick work of an overmatched Aggie team. Quarterback Joe Burrow was outstanding, going 27-38 for 344 yards with five touchdowns and an interception. He also added a rushing touchdown. Wide receiver Justin Jefferson had a big game with nine catches for 155 yards and two touchdowns. The defense held Utah State’s offense to 159 total yards and forced three turnovers.
Next game- vs. #7 Florida Gators
5) Oklahoma Sooners (5-0) defeated Kansas Jayhawks 45-20
The Sooners dominated the first three quarters and cruised to an easy victory over the Jayhawks. Quarterback Jalen Hurts looked mortal, going 16-24 for 228 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. He did rush for two more touchdowns. Running back Rhamondre Stevenson rushed for 109 yards on only five carries and scored a touchdown. The defense was good in containing Kansas’ offense.
Next game- at #11 Texas Longhorns
6) Ohio State Buckeyes (6-0) defeated #25 Michigan State Spartans 34-10
The Buckeyes used a big second quarter to put the Spartans on ice and get the victory. Quarterback Justin Fields was ordinary this game, going 17-25 for 206 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. He added a rushing touchdown. Running back J.K. Dobbins was a workhorse, rushing for 172 yards with a touchdown. The defense took away Michigan State’s ability to run and forced three turnovers.
Next game- at Northwestern Wildcats
7) Florida Gators (6-0) defeated #7 Auburn Tigers 24-13
The Gators had a tough time against the Tigers but pulled away late for a huge conference win. Quarterback Kyle Trask was just good enough, going 19-31 for 234 yards with two touchdowns. Running back Lamical Perine had 130 rushing yards with a touchdown. Wide receiver Freddie Swain had 146 receiving yards with a touchdown. The defense held Auburn’s offense under 300 total yards and forced four turnovers.
Next game- at #4 LSU Tigers
8) Wisconsin Badgers (5-0) defeated Kent State Golden Flashes 48-0
The Badgers crushed the Golden Flashes and did not break a sweat doing it. Quarterback Jack Coan was efficient, going 12-15 for 134 yards with two touchdowns. Running back Jonathan Taylor was the offense again, rushing for 186 yards with five touchdowns (one receiving). The defense was stout in holding Kent State’s offense to a mere 124 total yards.
Next game- vs. #25 Michigan State Spartans
9) Notre Dame Fighting Irish (4-1) defeated Bowling Green Falcons 52-0
The Fighting Irish destroyed the Falcons in dramatic fashion for the win. Quarterback Ian Book was sharp, going 16-20 for 261 yards with five touchdowns. Running back Tony Jones Jr. ran for 102 yards. Wide receiver Javon McKinley had 104 receiving yards with a touchdown. The defense had no trouble shutting out Bowling Green’s underwhelming offense.
Next game- vs. USC Trojans
10) Auburn Tigers (5-1) lost to #10 Florida Gators 24-13
The Tigers had a chance late but couldn’t make the necessary plays and lost a tough one to the Gators in the swamp. Quarterback Bo Nix had a terrible game, going 11-27 for 145 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions. They couldn’t get their rushing game going either. The defense played well but gave up a late long touchdown run that sealed their fate.
Next game- at Arkansas Razorbacks