It’s crunch time. Every week is elimination week and the Week 10 college football schedule didn’t disappoint. The week’s recap features blowouts, defensive gems and yes, upsets.
Less than one week after the first College Football Playoff rankings were released, one of the four semifinalists is eliminated. The new standings are announced Tuesday night. The latest AP Top 25 and Amway Coaches Poll were released Sunday.
Texas A&M — already a hot topic after being ranked No. 4 — lost to Mississippi State on Saturday 35-28 after QB Trevor Knight was sidelined with an injury.
Two other teams with outside playoff hopes — Nebraska and Florida — suffered ugly losses.
The Crimson Tide continued its physical dominance from a season ago against rival LSU. The next several playoff contenders won big. Real big. Here are the week’s Top 25 college football scores:
Top 25 recap
No. 1 Alabama 10, No. 13 LSU 0
The Tigers hung around all night but the Crimson Tide (9-0) were too much to hold off for a full 60 minutes. Jalen Hurts broke free for a 21-yard TD run on third-and-9 in the fourth quarter to snap a scoreless tie. LSU struggled from start to finish moving the ball on the Alabama defense. Leonard Fournette (17 carries, 35 yards) was shut down for a second consecutive season against the Tide and the Tigers (5-3) managed just 125 yards of total offense.
No. 2 Clemson 54, Syracuse 0
Deshaun Watson was 13-of-16 passing for 169 yards and two TDs before exiting the game with a right shoulder injury — coach Dabo Swinney and Watson said he’s fine — as the Tigers (9-0) had no trouble with Syracuse (4-5). Nick Schuessler stepped in and threw for 177 yards and two scores in Watson’s absence.
No. 3 Michigan 59, Maryland 3
We knew the Wolverines (9-0) were good on defense, but if Wilton Speight plays this way, they’re going to be all sorts of trouble come playoff time. Speight was 19-of-24 passing for 362 yards and TD tosses of 34 and 33 yards. He also had a 10-yard scramble for a touchdown. The defense? Maryland (5-4) totaled 289 yards with 78 rushing yards on 38 attempts (2.1 yards per carry). The Wolverines are giving up the fewest yards per game (246.3) than any team in the country.
Mississippi State 35, No. 4 Texas A&M 28
Aggies QB Trevor Knight exited the game with an injury in the first half and was unable to return. On the other side, Bulldogs QB Nick Fitzgerald did the work of multiple men. He became the first SEC QB to pass for at least 200 yards (209) and run for at least 175 (182) as Mississippi State (4-5) stunned the Aggies (7-2). Fitzgerald accounted for two passing TDs and two on the ground (one from 74 yards on State’s first play) to effectively end A&M’s hopes of reaching the SEC Championship Game.
No. 5 Washington 66, Cal 27
John Ross and Dante Pettis should have received a police escort out of Berkeley because the Bears (4-5) couldn’t get rid of those two fast enough Saturday. Jake Browning completed 19-of-28 passes for 378 yards and six TDs and 14 of those catches, 312 of those yards and all six scores went to the Huskies’ dynamic duo. Ross had 6 receptions for 208 yards and Pettis caught 8 balls for 104 yards. Washington (9-0) plays USC on Saturday at home.
No. 6 Ohio State 62, No. 10 Nebraska 3
Midway through the first quarter, the Huskers kicked a 20-yard field goal to cut the Buckeyes’ lead to 7-3. Then things got ugly. Ohio State (8-1) scored the final 24 points of the first half and another 31 in the second half to rout Nebraska (7-2) in a matchup of top 10 Big Ten teams. JT Barrett threw four touchdown passes and Ohio State returned two interceptions for scores. Are the Buckeyes ready for Michigan?
No. 7 Louisville 52, Boston College 7
Lamar Jackson did it again. The Cardinals QB ran for 185 yards and three touchdowns (69, 13, 53) and threw for 231 yards and four TDs as Louisville (8-1) had its way with BC (4-5). Jaylen Smith had 123 receiving yards and a touchdown and James Quick added two receiving scores.
No. 8 Wisconsin 21, Northwestern 7
Corey Clement’s 2-yard TD run with 8:57 left in the game and the 2-point conversion gave the Badgers (7-2) the cushion they needed to hold off the Wildcats (4-5). Wisconsin ran for 190 yards and dominated the time of possession (40:25 to 19:35) in wearing down Northwestern. Could the Badgers run the table the rest of the regular season?
No. 9 Auburn 23, Vanderbilt 16
Sean White was a last-minute scratch from the starting lineup because of an injury, but played the second half after sitting the first. His return was enough to spark the Tigers (7-2) to the win against a tough Commodores’ defense. White hit Darius Slayton for the go-ahead score in the third quarter and Kamryn Pettway topped the 1,000-yard mark for the season with a 173-yard effort. The good news for Auburn is that with a win this week vs. Georgia, the winner of the Iron Bowl goes to the SEC Championship Game. The bad news: Pettway pulled something on a 60-yard run in the fourth quarter and his status is unknown.
Arkansas 31, No. 11 Florida 10
The Razorbacks (6-3) looked like the team with one of the nation’s top defenses. Arkansas picked off Luke Del Rio twice — Santos Ramirez returned one for a TD in the game’s opening minutes — and held the Gators (6-2) to 241 total yards, including 12 on the ground. Rawleigh Williams III gained 148 yards with two TDs and Austin Allen had 243 passing yards and a score in the upset.
No. 12 Penn State 41, Iowa 14
The Nittany Lions (7-2) dominated the lines of scrimmage. They ran for 359 yards and three TDs while holding the Hawkeyes (5-4) to 30 yards on 26 rushes. Saquon Barkley led the way for Penn State with 167 yards and touchdown. Tommy Stevens ran 5 times for 70 yards and a score. To keep things balanced, Trace McSorley completed 11 passes for 240 yards and two TDs.
No. 14 Oklahoma 34, Iowa State 24
Baker Mayfield threw four first half touchdown passes and the Sooners (7-2) held off the pesky Cyclones. Mayfield hit Mark Andrews from 6 yards and Jeffery Mead from 30 in the first quarter and Dede Westbrook for 65 yards and Dimitri Flowers from 11 in the second quarter. Mayfield finished the day with 328 yards passing and Flowers added 115 on the ground.
No. 15 Colorado 20, UCLA 10
The Buffaloes’ surprising season continued with a suffocating defensive performance against the struggling Bruins. UCLA managed just 210 total yards, including a mere 25 rushing yards on 30 attempts. Still, Colorado (7-2) had to rally from a 10-7 halftime deficit for the win. The clincher was a 68-yard punt return for a score by Isaiah Oliver with just more than 5 minutes left in the game.
TCU 62, No. 17 Baylor 22
Seth Russell hit Ishmael Zamora for an 81-yard TD to start the game to give Baylor (6-2) a quick lead, but the Horned Frogs (5-4) responded with 31 consecutive points in Waco to wipe out their rival. Kyle Hicks ran for 192 yards and five touchdowns, including three (6, 22, 3) in the first half. TCU outgained Baylor 688-415 including 431-133 on the ground.
No. 18 Oklahoma State 43, Kansas State 37
Mason Rudolph threw for 457 yards and five TDs, including an 82-yarder to James Washington in the fourth quarter to pull the Cowboys with two points after trailing by nine points in the second half. Chris Carson’s 17-yard run with 1:46 left in the game put Oklahoma State (7-2) ahead for good. Jesse Ertz had 153 rushing yards and three scores for K-State (5-4).
No. 19 Virginia Tech 24, Duke 21
Adonis Alexander returned a blocked field goal 75 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter and the Hokies (7-2) held off the Blue Devils (3-6) in Durham, N.C. Virginia Tech QB Jerod Evans threw for 192 yards and ran for 83 and a TD in the victory.
No. 20 West Virginia 48, Kansas 21
QB Skyler Howard ran for scores of 22 and 33 yards and passed for TDs from 7 and 19 yards in the first half as the Mountaineers (7-1) built a 31-0 halftime lead in an easy win against the Jayhawks (1-8). Justin Crawford added 129 rushing yards and a score and Kennedy McKoy ran for 127.
No. 21 North Carolina 48, Georgia Tech 20
Elijah Hood ran 12 times for 168 yards (14.0 per carry) with three touchdowns as the Tar Heels (7-2) picked up their fifth ACC win in six games. Mitch Trubisky threw for 329 yards and a 68-yard touchdown to Bug Howard.
No. 22 Florida State 24, NC State 20
Deondre Francois hit Travis Rudolph for a 19-yard TD pass with 3:09 left in the game to lift the Seminoles (6-3) past the Wolfpack (4-5) in Raleigh, N.C. NC State reached the FSU 26 on the next possession but Ryan Finley’s pass fell incomplete on fourth down with 1:09 left in the game. Dalvin Cook was held to 65 rushing yards, but his 10-yard TD on the final play of the third quarter pulled FSU within a field goal.
No. 23 Western Michigan 52, Ball State 20
The Broncos’ three-headed offensive monster was in full force last Tuesday night. RB Jarvion Franklin ran for 109 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but it was the Zach Terrell to Corey Davis hookup that stole the show. The two connected 12 times for 272 yards with touchdowns from 57, 35 and 62 yards. Kent State, Buffalo and Toledo stand between Western Michigan (9-0) and an undefeated regular season.
No. 24 Boise State 45, San Jose State 31
Jeremy McNichols ran 28 times for 158 yards with TD runs of 19 and 7 yards and Alexander Mattison added a career-high 100 rushing yards and a touchdown as the Broncos (8-1) cruised to victory past the Spartans (3-7). QB Brett Rypien hit Cedrick Wilson (102 receiving yards) on second half TD tosses of 15 and 36 yards.
No. 25 Washington State 69, Arizona 7
Luke Falk was almost perfect. The Cougars’ QB completed 32-of-35 passes for 311 yards and four TD passes (8, 2, 7, 4). Washington State (7-2) outgained the Wildcats (2-7) 614-286 and even ran for 140 yards (the Cougars are 118th in the country averaging 118.4 per game).