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What a wild day for college football. Four teams in the Top Ten lost. Alabama and Georgia have clearly separated themselves from everyone else as the two best teams in the country. Cincinnati helped themselves the most with a huge victory over previously unbeaten Notre Dame in hopes of making the college football playoffs. Here’s the latest Top Ten:
1. Alabama Crimson Tide (5-0) defeated #13 Ole Miss Rebels 42-21
The Crimson Tide used a stellar first half to put away the Rebels and cruise to a victory. Quarterback Bryce Young went 20-26 for 241 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Running back Brian Robinson Jr. was a workhorse, running for 171 yards and four touchdowns. The defense was superb, holding Ole Miss to under 300 total yards.
Next game- at Texas A&M Aggies
2. Georgia Bulldogs (5-0) defeated #9 Arkansas Razorbacks 37-0
The Bulldogs destroyed the Razorbacks and earned their second straight SEC shutout. Quarterback Stetson Bennett went 7-11 for 72 yards. Running back James Cook ran for 87 yards. The defense was lights out, holding Arkansas to 162 total yards and sacked the quarterback four times.
Next game- at #17 Auburn Tigers
3. Oklahoma Sooners (5-0) defeated Kansas State Wildcats 37-31
The Sooners held on to beat an upset minded Wildcat team. Quarterback Spencer Rattler was efficient, going 22-25 for 243 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Running back Kennedy Brooks ran for 91 yards and a touchdown. The defense had trouble containing Kansas State’s offense but got the stop down the stretch to secure the win.
Next game- at Texas Longhorns
4. Iowa Hawkeyes (5-0) defeated then #25 Maryland Terrapins 51-14
The Hawkeyes manhandled the Terrapins for the easy win. Quarterback Spencer Petras was on target, going 21-30 for 257 yards and three touchdowns. Wide receiver Tyler Goodson had 85 receiving yards and a touchdown. The defense held Maryland to 271 total yards and forced seven turnovers.
Next game- vs. #5 Penn State Nittany Lions
5. Penn State Nittany Lions (5-0) defeated Indiana Hoosiers 24-0
The Nittany Lions easily handled the Hoosiers for the win. Quarterback Sean Clifford went 17-33 for 178 yards with three touchdowns and an interception. Wide receiver Jahan Dotson had 84 receiving yards and two touchdowns. The defense was stout, holding Indiana to 264 total yards and forced two turnovers.
Next game- at #4 Iowa Hawkeyes
6. Cincinnati Bearcats (5-0) defeated then #8 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 24-13
The Bearcats earned a crucial victory over the Fighting Irish that could have playoff implications. Quarterback Desmond Ridder went 19-32 for 297 yards and two touchdowns. Wide receiver Alec Pierce had 144 receiving yards. The defense bent but didn’t break against Notre Dame’s offense and forced three turnovers.
Next game- vs. Temple Owls
7. Kentucky Wildcats (5-0) defeated then #10 Florida Gators 20-13
The Wildcats made a late red zone stop and ended a long losing streak to the Gators. Quarterback Will Lewis went 7-17 for 87 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Running back Chris Rodriguez Jr. ran for 99 yards and a touchdown. The defense gave up some yards but got the stop at the end to preserve the win.
Next game- vs. LSU Tigers
8. Michigan Wolverines (5-0) defeated Wisconsin Badgers 38-17
The Wolverines used a big fourth quarter to surge past the Badgers for the victory. Quarterback Cade McNamara went 17-28 for 197 yards and two touchdowns. Wide receiver Roman Wilson had 81 receiving yards. The defense held Wisconsin to 210 total yards, had six sacks and forced three turnovers.
Next game- at Nebraska Cornhuskers
9. BYU Cougars (5-0) defeated Utah State Aggies 34-20
The Cougars used a balanced attack to beat the Aggies. Quarterback Baylor Romney was efficient, going 15-19 for 187 yards and a touchdown. Running back Tyler Allgeier was spectacular, rushing for 218 yards and three touchdowns. The defense had trouble stopping Utah State’s passing attack but forced two turnovers.
Next game- vs. Boise State Broncos
10. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (5-0) defeated Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks 59-6
The Chanticleers wasted no time dispatching an overmatched Warhawks team. Quarterback Grayson McCall was perfect, going 13-13 for 212 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Reese White ran for 95 yards. Tight end Isaiah Likely had 95 receiving yards and two touchdowns. The defense held Louisiana-Monroe to 203 total yards and forced a turnover.
Next game- at Arkansas State Red Wolves