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With three top ten teams with a bye week, it was a relatively slow and uneventful week of college football. However, there was a change at the top of the rankings. Alabama took over the number one spot after routing it’s opponent coupled with Clemson barely getting by theirs. Here’s a look at this week’s Top Ten:
1) Alabama Crimson Tide (5-0) defeated Ole Miss Rebels 59-31
The Crimson Tide jumped out to a big halftime lead and cruised to an easy victory over the Rebels. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was sensational, going 26-36 for 418 yards with 6 touchdowns. He also added a rushing touchdown. Wide receiver Devonta Smith had a career day with 11 catches for a school record 274 yards and five touchdowns. The defense was solid throughout. A couple of late touchdowns made the final score look respectable but it wasn’t this close.
Next game- at #25 Texas A&M Aggies
2) Clemson Tigers (5-0) defeated North Carolina Tar Heels 21-20
The Tigers narrowly escaped being upset in Chapel Hill with a close win. Quarterback Trevor Lawrence looked average, going 18-30 for 206 yards with a touchdown. Wide receiver Tee Higgins came up big with 129 receiving yards and a touchdown. The defense had some trouble stopping the Tar Heels’ rushing attack. But they made the play of the game, stopping Carolina’s two point conversion try to preserve the victory.
Next game- vs. Florida State Seminoles
3) Georgia Bulldogs (4-0) Bye week
Next game- at Tennessee Volunteers
4) LSU Tigers (4-0) Bye week
Next game- vs. Utah State Aggies
5) Oklahoma Sooners (4-0) defeated Texas Tech Red Raiders 55-16
Tbe Sooners’ offense keeps humming along as it steam rolled the Red Raiders. Quarterback Jalen Hurts continued his brilliant play, going 17-24 for 415 yards with three touchdowns and an interception. He also added 70 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown. Wide receivers CeeDee Lamb (185 receiving yards/three touchdowns) and Charleston Rambo (122 receiving yards) had big games. The defense looked much improved, containing Texas Tech’s high flying passing attack.
Next game- at Kansas Jayhawks
6) Auburn Tigers (5-0) defeated Mississippi State Bulldogs 56-23
The Tigers used a balanced attack to rout the Bulldogs. Quarterback Bo Nix finally looked like the top recruit the team and fans has been waiting to see, going 16-21 for 335 yards with two touchdowns. He also added a rushing touchdown. The defense did it’s job, containing Mississippi State’s offense.
Next game- at #8 Florida Gators
7) Ohio State Buckeyes (5-0) defeated Nebraska Cornhuskers 48-7
The Buckeyes made it look easy against an average Cornhusker team. Quarterback Justin Fields was very solid, going 15-21 for 212 yards with three touchdowns. He also added a rushing touchdown. Running back J.K. Dobbins ran for 177 yards. The defense had little trouble stopping a predictable Nebraska offense.
Next game- vs. #24 Michigan State Spartans
8) Florida Gators (5-0) defeated Towson Tigers 38-0
The Gators had no trouble dispatching the overmatched Tigers. They could have easily overlooked Towson in anticipation of the showdown next Saturday against Auburn. Quarterback Kyle Trask looked sharp, going 18-20 for 188 yards with two touchdowns. He also added a rushing touchdown. The defense wasn’t tested at all in their domination of the Tigers’ offense.
Next game- vs. #6 Auburn Tigers
9) Wisconsin Badgers (4-0) Bye week
Next game- vs. Kent State Golden Flashes
10) Notre Dame Fighting Irish (3-1) defeated #18 Virginia Cavaliers 35-20
The Fighting Irish used a late surge to comeback and beat a solid Cavalier team. Quarterback Ian Book was average, going 17-25 for 165 yards. Running back Tony Jones Jr. carried the offense with 131 rushing yards and three touchdowns. The defense was stingy in the second half, which allowed the offense to mount the comeback.
Next game- vs. Bowling Green Falcons