It’s the very first week of November and Alabama has two losses.
The Crimson Tide fell victim to LSU and a Tiger Stadium evening game Saturday in overtime when Brian Kelly elected to go for two and got it. The outcome leaves Alabama with only a ten% opportunity to get to the SEC title game following a second in-conference loss this season. It also sent Nick Saban’s group tumbling down this week’s Power Rankings.
Just a couple of states more than, Georgia as soon as once more reminded every person why the reigning champions are nonetheless the group to beat in a convincing 27-13 victory more than major-ranked Tennessee. The two wins set Georgia and LSU on a collision for the SEC title game but there are nonetheless lots of games to play in an unpredictable conference season.
The College Football Playoff image took one more hit in South Bend as Notre Dame throttled Clemson 35-14. The loss was Clemson’s very first and all but knocks the Tigers out of the playoff image, at least for now.
The huge losses tossed the Power Rankings major ten upside down and other important upsets in the Big 12 and ACC opened the window for quite a few teams to climb into this week’s ranks.
Here are the Power Rankings immediately after Week ten action.
If there was any doubt that defending national champion Georgia is not fantastic sufficient to make one more run by means of the College Football Playoff, the Bulldogs silenced their critics with a 27-13 victory more than No. 1 Tennessee at Sanford Stadium. Georgia’s defense sacked quarterback Hendon Hooker six occasions and did not permit a touchdown till late in the fourth quarter. Georgia senior Stetson Bennett was the quarterback who played like a Heisman Trophy contender, operating for 1 score and throwing for two much more. Georgia can clinch its fifth SEC East title in the previous six seasons with a victory in 1 of its final two conference games: at Mississippi State subsequent week and at Kentucky on Nov. 19. — Mark Schlabach
Up subsequent: at Mississippi State (Saturday, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN app)
Windy and wet situations at Northwestern could possibly have wiped out C.J. Stroud’s Heisman Trophy possibilities, as the quarterback had by far his worst game as the Buckeyes’ starter, finishing only ten of 26 passes for 76 yards. But Ohio State’s ideal season remained intact immediately after an ugly win in uglier situations. Stroud recorded profession lows for completion percentage and passing yards, but contributed a profession-higher 79 rushing yards as Ohio State’s run game offered all 3 touchdowns. The Buckeyes’ 283 yards marked their low beneath coach Ryan Day, but their defense held Northwestern scoreless for the final 3½ quarters — Adam Rittenberg
Up subsequent: vs. Indiana (Saturday, noon ET, Fox)
Ohio State overcomes a slow start off and undesirable situations to take down Northwestern 21-7.
The Wolverines identified themselves down 17-14 at halftime to Rutgers, but scored 28 points in the third quarter and won effortlessly against the Scarlet Knights. Michigan’s defense held Rutgers to just 14 rushing yards for the game and 180 total yards on offense. Running back Blake Corum had 109 yards and two rushing touchdowns to give him 16 TDs on the ground this season. Donovan Edwards also had 109 rushing yards and had 1 getting touchdown to assist place Michigan ahead. Michigan completed with 433 yards of offense and held Rutgers to 180. — Tom VanHaaren
Up subsequent: vs. Nebraska (Saturday, three:30 p.m. ET, ABC/ESPN app)
Stop me if you have heard this 1. The Horned Frogs did not get points clicking till midway by means of the second half, sooner or later pulling away (this time from Texas Tech). After star receiver Quentin Johnson went out with an ankle injury as a precaution, Max Duggan and the offense struggled to uncover a rhythm till the rushing game began clicking in the third quarter, when Kendre Miller started wearing Texas Tech down. The Frogs ran for 170 of their 234 rushing yards in that quarter alone and Miller completed with 158 yards and a touchdown. Once once more, TCU was methodical and did not panic en route to its very first 9- start off due to the fact 2010, when it won the Rose Bowl. — Dave Wilson
Up subsequent: at Texas (Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET, ABC/ESPN app)
After torching teams all season on offense, Tennessee ran into a small dose of reality Saturday — Georgia’s defense. The Vols hurt themselves with penalties and other blunders and did not manage the crowd noise quite nicely, and their 27-13 loss to the Bulldogs puts them on the outdoors searching in now in terms of the playoff chase. Georgia was capable to stress quarterback Hendon Hooker and sack him six occasions. He was also held with no a touchdown pass for the very first time in 20 games. All in all, Tennessee just had a really hard time holding up in the line of scrimmage contest against Georgia, but a lot of teams have come up quick in that location against the Dawgs. — Chris Low
Up subsequent: vs. Missouri (Saturday, noon ET)
The Ducks took care of organization Saturday, dispatching Colorado — the worst group in the Pac-12 — 49-ten with no breaking considerably of a sweat. Bo Nix only required to throw the ball 24 occasions for 274 yards and two touchdowns in what turned out to be a playground-sort efficiency for the offense. Nix also caught a pass for a touchdown. Dan Lanning and offensive coordinator pulled out all the stops: A linebacker was applied as a operating back for a score and a lineman (who changed his quantity) was applied as a wide receiver for one more touchdown. It was an anticipated dominant affair that continued the Ducks’ undefeated march due to the fact the season-opening loss to Georgia. — Paolo Uggetti
Up subsequent: vs. Washington
It wasn’t as simple as the Trojans would have liked offered the matchup against three-five Cal was a 1-score game in the fourth quarter, but thanks to one more 4 touchdown game from Caleb Williams (his fourth with at least 4 this season) one more takeaway by the defense (the 18th of the year) and two one hundred-yard games from Tahj Washington and Michael Jackson III, who filled in the footwear left behind by the injured Jordan Addison and Mario Williams, USC was capable to maintain their 1-loss record going. The defense nonetheless faces queries, but Lincoln Riley’s offense keeps scoring and so far, that is been sufficient. — Paolo Uggetti
Up subsequent: vs. Colorado (Friday, 9:30 p.m. ET, FS1)
To say this group is unrecognizable from the 1 that lost to Florida State in the season-opener would not be correct. Some of its flaws — acquiring off to slow begins, mental lapses on defense, an all round lack of encounter — are nonetheless there. But the way LSU has created due to the fact that Labor Day loss and discovered to compensate for their weaknesses has been particular. Jayden Daniels has emerged as a playmaker at quarterback, who is capable of creating points take place with his arm and his legs. And the addition of linebacker Harold Perkins has ignited the defense up front. Suddenly, the Tigers are not just a fantastic story. They’re on track to play for the SEC championship. — Alex Scarborough
Up subsequent: at Arkansas (Saturday, noon ET)
Arizona State had no answer for the UCLA ground game, which combined to rush for 402 yards on 42 carries with 5 touchdowns. All of that came with no beginning operating back Zach Charbonnet. QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson continues his standout out year, finishing 13 of 20 passes for 169 yards passing with 120 yards rushing on ten carries. The Bruins are 1 of 3 Pac-12 teams with 1 loss, trailing leader Oregon immediately after a loss early this season in Eugene. — Kyle Bonagura
Up subsequent: vs. Arizona (Saturday, ten:30 p.m. ET, FS1)
The bye week came at a fantastic time for the Rebs. After acquiring trounced by LSU two weeks ago 45-20, Ole Miss righted the ship with a 31-28 win at Texas A&M final Saturday. The defense bounced back, as did the operating game. But now comes the genuine challenge: Alabama. The final time the Crimson Tide came to Oxford, the Rebs gave them all they could manage with 48 points and 647 yards. — Scarborough
Up subsequent: vs. Alabama (Saturday, three p.m. ET, CBS)
This group is what it is. After losing at LSU, there is no much more hoping for an overnight transformation. The proof is there, whether or not it really is a shaky offensive line, a lack of playmakers at receiver, a defensive secondary that is suspect or a group as a entire that commits way as well lots of penalties. Bryce Young has been outstanding at quarterback. On Saturday, he produced some jaw-dropping plays. But as fantastic as he is, it really is not sufficient for a group with as well lots of flaws to attain the playoff. — Scarborough
Up subsequent: at Ole Miss (Saturday, three p.m. ET, CBS)
Bryce Young does a excellent job to elude the stress and connect downfield with Ja’Corey Brooks for the 41-yard Alabama touchdown.
After missing final week’s game against Washington, Utah quarterback Cam Rising returned in what was a predictably lopsided, 45-20, win against Arizona. Rising had a quiet game — competing 13 of 25 passes for 151 yards — as eight other folks combined for 306 yards on 55 carries rushing and 5 touchdowns. The win keeps Utah 1 game behind Oregon in the Pac-12 standings. — Bonagura
Up subsequent: vs. Stanford
Dabo Swinney’s group entered Notre Dame Stadium hoping to get rid of any queries about its CFP worthiness and its beginning quarterback. The Tigers left with their playoff hopes probably dashed for the second straight year and substantial queries about who leads the offense going forward. D.J. Uiagalelei was briefly replaced by Cade Klubnik for the second straight game, only to return and have an interception returned 96 yards for a touchdown. Klubnik also was picked off, on his very first and only pass try, major to one more Notre Dame touchdown. The only Clemson vibrant spot was avoiding its very first shutout due to the fact 2003 against Georgia. — Rittenberg
Up subsequent: vs. Louisville (Saturday, three:30 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN app)
The Tar Heels moved to eight-1 for the very first time due to the fact 2015 with a 31-28 win more than rival Virginia. Drake Maye threw for 293 yards and two touchdowns, becoming the very first freshman in FBS history to record 30 passing touchdowns by means of his team’s very first nine games of a season. Meanwhile, receiver Josh Downs had 15 receptions for 166 yards and a touchdown, the fourth player in college history with at least 15 catches in a game. North Carolina is now five- on the road for the very first time due to the fact 1997 — for the duration of Mack Brown’s very first stint there. — Andrea Adelson
Up subsequent: at Wake Forest (Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2/ESPN app)
The Nittany Lions came away with a 45-14 win more than Indiana and have been capable to hold the Hoosiers to beneath 200 total yards of offense. Indiana quarterback Jack Tuttle completed the game with just 82 yards passing and 1 touchdown. Penn State got a enhance on offense from operating back Kaytron Allen, who had 3 rushing touchdowns. Allen is the very first Nittany Lion player with 3 rushing touchdowns in 1 game due to the fact Journey Brown did it in 2019. It was a fantastic bounce-back win for Penn State to place the group at 7-two. — VanHaaren
Up subsequent: vs. Maryland (Saturday, three:30 p.m. ET, Fox)
Tyjae Spears led the way as Tulane went on the road and beat Tulsa 27-13 on Saturday. The junior operating back (157 yards, 1 touchdown) was 1 of two rushers (freshman Shaadie Clayton-Johnson, 106 yards) to go more than the one hundred-yard mark as the Green Wave won for the fifth straight time. The offense (482 total yards) was bolstered by a operating game that collectively made a season-higher 357 yards. Tulane’s defense proved to be pretty stingy however once more, holding Tulsa far beneath its 434.three typical (257 total yards). — Baumgartner
Up subsequent: vs. UCF (Saturday, three: 30 p.m. ET)
Timely offense and turnovers guided NC State to a 30-21 win more than Wake Forest on Saturday evening. Freshman MJ Morris threw for 210 yards and 3 touchdowns — Thayer Thomas caught eight passes for 79 of these yards — and when the Wolfpack have been outgained, 414 yards to 325, they picked off Sam Hartman 3 occasions and cruised to semi-comfy victory. It’s as well late for the Wolfpack to make a charge for an ACC Atlantic title or major-ten finish, but essential pieces for the future (Morris, receiver Keyon Lesane, cornerback Aydan White) had big games. — Connelly
Up subsequent: vs. Boston College (Saturday, three:30 p.m. ET, ACC Network/ESPN app)
Behind junior quarterback Johnathan Bennett, Liberty held on for a 21-19 win at Arkansas on Saturday. Bennett (15-of-25 passing for 224 yards) identified Noah Frith, Demario Douglas and Treon Sibley for very first-half touchdowns as the Flames secured a sixth straight victory. Douglas had seven receptions for 145 yards. Liberty’s defense recorded 4 sacks and intercepted Razorbacks junior quarterback KJ Jefferson twice (junior security Robert Rahimi and junior cornerback Daijahn Anthony). — Baumgartner
Up subsequent: at UConn (Saturday, noon ET, CBS Sports Network)
The Longhorns jumped all more than Kansas State, scoring 31 points in the very first half, prior to letting the Wildcats back in the game, all when scoring just 3 points in the second half. But as opposed to the loss to Oklahoma State a couple of weeks ago, the Longhorns held on, forcing and recovering a fumble by K-State QB Adrian Martinez with 24 seconds left. The Longhorns snapped a 5-game road losing streak behind Bijan Robinson’s 209 yards and their Big 12 title game hopes are nonetheless alive. — Wilson
Up subsequent: vs. TCU (Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET, ABC/ESPN app)
Keondre Coburn knocks the ball loose and Jaylan Ford recovers to cap Texas’ win more than Kansas State.
UCF did not rest on its laurels immediately after its upset of Cincinnati as it went on the road and secured a 35-28 win at Memphis on Saturday. Sophomore quarterback Mikey Keene produced his very first start off this year and threw for 219 yards, 3 touchdowns and an interception on 22-of-28 passing. Running backs RJ Harvey (151 rushing yards, 1 TD) and Isaiah Bowser (four-yard TD pass to Stephen Martin) contributed to an work that made 427 total yards, the seventh time the offense has surpassed 400 yards this season. Redshirt senior security Divaad Wilson and junior cornerback Davonte Brown each intercepted passes for the Knights. — Baumgartner
Up subsequent: at Tulane (Saturday, three:30 p.m. ET)
Illinois saw its six-game winning streak get snapped as shorthanded Michigan State got out of Champaign with a 23-15 victory Saturday. The Fighting Illini outgained the Spartans 441-294, but converted just 1 of six fourth-down attempts and turned the ball more than on downs 3 occasions inside the red zone. The 23 points the Illinois defense permitted tied a season higher (23-20 loss at Indiana on Sept. two). Junior operating back Chase Brown (136 rushing yards) eclipsed the one hundred-yard mark for the 10th straight time and for the ninth time this season when senior quarterback Tommy DeVito threw for 288 yards and two scores. — Blake Baumgartner
Up subsequent: vs. Purdue (Saturday, noon ET, ESPN2/ESPN app)
A Fighting Irish group that had its lowest moments at house this season — losses to Marshall and Stanford — delivered its most impressive efficiency, thrashing No. four Clemson 35-14. Marcus Freeman recorded his very first signature win as Notre Dame coach and watched his group score on particular teams, offense and defense (in that order). Notre Dame’s swarming defense held Clemson scoreless till ten:14 remained in the game, and a group of operating backs led by Logan Diggs (114 rushing yards) regularly bullied a Tigers defense that came in ranked No. 7 nationally against the rush (87.9 YPG permitted). Notre Dame notched its second straight house win against Clemson but did so in much more dominant style. — Rittenberg
Up subsequent: vs. Navy (Saturday, noon ET, ABC/ESPN app)
Under the Friday evening lights at Husky Stadium, Washington propelled itself back into the Top 25 largely on the strength of its defense. The Huskies restricted Oregon State to just 262 total yards and won it on a 22-yard field purpose from Peyton Henry with eight seconds left. It wasn’t quarterback Michael Penix’s finest efficiency, but he threw for 298 yards and did sufficient as UW won its third straight headed into subsequent week’s trip to Oregon. — Kyle Bonagura
Up subsequent: at Oregon
The Wildcats’ generally stingy defense was gashed in the very first half, enabling 31 points when providing up 206 yards to Bijan Robinson. The Cats have been also hamstrung by nine penalties for 85 yards. K-State rallied in the second half, but the comeback bid fell quick when Texas forced a fumble by Adrian Martinez — who threw for 329 yards and two touchdowns and ran for one more 52 yards — and recovered it with 24 seconds left, leaving the Wildcats with their sixth straight loss to the Longhorns. — Wilson
Up subsequent: at Baylor (Saturday, 7 p.m. ET)
It’s been a struggle offensively most of this season for the Wildcats, and that was once more the case Saturday. But they have been capable to muster just sufficient offense when it counted, driving 58 yards in six plays in the fourth quarter for the game-winning touchdown in a 21-17 road victory against Missouri. Kentucky led 14-three at the half immediately after a pair of Will Levis touchdown passes. But the Tigers took a 17-14 lead midway by means of the fourth quarter. Levis’ third touchdown pass of the game, a 22-yarder to Dane Key, gave the lead back to the Wildcats with five:18 to play. Kentucky’s defense came up huge and held Missouri to just two-of-13 on third-down conversions. — Low
Up subsequent: vs. Vanderbilt (Saturday, noon ET, SEC Network/ESPN app)