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Another Saturday with more upsets. Two more teams not only lose, but fall from the undefeated ranks. A couple of other top ten teams survived scares from you guessed it, unranked teams. There is an unexpected newcomer to the top ten as well. Here’s a look at this week’s rankings:
1. Georgia Bulldogs (9-0 defeated Missouri Tigers 43-6
The Bulldogs dominated the Tigers for another easy win. Quarterback Stetson Bennett was sharp, going 13-19 for 255 yards and two touchdowns. The defense was terrific, holding Missouri to 273 total yards.
Next game- at Tennessee Volunteers
2. Oklahoma Sooners (9-0) Idle
Next game- at Baylor Bears
3. Alabama Crimson Tide (8-1) defeated LSU Tigers 20-14
The Crimson Tide survived against a wounded Tiger team to get the victory. Quarterback Bryce Young went 24-37 for 302 yards and two touchdowns. Wide receiver Jameson Williams had 160 receiving yards and a touchdown. The defense had two major breakdowns but was otherwise solid, holding LSU under 300 total yards and forced two turnovers.
Next game- vs. New Mexico State Aggies
4. Cincinnati Bearcats (9-0) defeated Tulsa Golden Hurricanes 28-20
The Bearcats held on to beat the Golden Hurricanes in another unimpressive performance. Quarterback Desmond Ridder went 15-23 for 274 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Wide receiver Alec Pierce had 113 receiving yards and a touchdown. The defense saved the game with a goal line stand at the end to preserve the win.
Next game- at South Florida Bulls
5. Ohio State Buckeyes (8-1) defeated Nebraska Cornhuskers 26-17
The Buckeyes outlasted the Cornhuskers to get the victory. Quarterback C.J. Stroud aired it out, going 36-54 for 405 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Running back Treveyon Henderson ran for 92 yards. Wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba had a super performance with 240 receiving yards and a touchdown. The defense bent but didn’t break, had five sacks and forced a turnover.
Next game- vs. Purdue Boilermakers
6. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (8-1) defeated Navy Midshipmen 34-6
The Fighting Irish made easy work of the Midshipmen for the win. Quarterback Jack Coan was efficient, going 23-29 for 269 yards and a touchdown. Running back Kyren Williams ran for 95 yards and two touchdowns. Wide receiver Kevin Austin Jr. had 139 receiving yards and a touchdown. The defense held Navy to 184 total yards.
Next game- at Virginia Cavaliers
7. Oregon Ducks (8-1) defense Washington Huskies 26-16
The Ducks overcame a slow start to beat the Huskies for the win. Quarterback Anthony Brown went 10-20 for 98 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Running back Travis Dye was dynamic, rushing for 211 yards and a touchdown. The defense held Washington to 166 total yards and forced a turnover.
Next game- vs. Washington State Cougars
8. Oklahoma State Cowboys (8-1) defeated West Virginia Mountaineers 24-3
The Cowboys avoided a letdown to easily beat the Mountaineers for the victory. Quarterback Spencer Sanders went 21-31 for 182 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. The defense was stingy in holding West Virginia to 133 total yards, had eight sacks and forced two turnovers.
Next game- vs. TCU Horned Frogs
9. Michigan Wolverines (8-1) defeated Indiana Hoosiers 29-7
The Wolverines bounced back to get the win against the Hoosiers. Quarterback Cade McNamara went 10-18 for 168 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Hassan Haskins ran for 168 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Cornelius Johnson had 108 receiving yards. The defense held Indiana to 195 total yards and forced a turnover.
Next game- at Penn State Nittany Lions
10. UTSA Roadrunners (9-0) defeated UTEP Miners 44-23
The Roadrunners jumped on the Miners early and cruised to a victory. Quarterback Frank Harris went 22-34 for 286 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Sincere McCormick ran for 169 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Zakhari Franklin had 114 receiving yards and two touchdowns. The defense made UTEP one dimensional and got enough stops to secure the win.
Next game- vs. Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles