The primary College Football Playoff choice committee rankings can be unveiled Tuesday evening, and there is not a lot suspense on who the highest 4 groups can be.
However within the newest ESPN Energy Rankings, non-Energy 5 stalwarts BYU at No. 7 and Cincinnati at No. 8 proceed to carry regular within the high 10. And the massive riser this week was Northwestern, which beat Wisconsin 17-7 to stay unbeaten and vault all the best way as much as No. 10.
Then once more, everyone had Ohio State and Northwestern being the Massive Ten’s solely unbeaten groups at this level, proper?
There may need been a little bit rust for Alabama after a three-week layoff, however the Crimson Tide proved but once more how explosive they’re Saturday by racing previous Kentucky for a 63-3 blowout victory. Alabama led 7-3 coming into the second quarter, however from there it was a Crimson Tide onslaught. Alabama was taking part in its first recreation since beating Mississippi State 41-0 again on Oct. 31. The Crimson Tide have now gained 55 of their previous 60 video games towards SEC opponents going again to the beginning of the 2014 season.
Up subsequent: vs. Auburn (Saturday, TBA)
Alabama improves to 7-0 with a 63-3 blowout win over Kentucky, highlighted by WR DeVonta Smith turning into the SEC’s all-time chief in receiving touchdowns.
The Preventing Irish had an open date this weekend and stay in fine condition to make the College Football Playoff if they’ll win their closing three ACC regular-season video games. Even a loss, particularly if it is shut, in a rematch with Clemson within the ACC championship recreation would hold Notre Dame squarely within the playoff image. The Irish have been lots explosive offensively this season and have scored greater than 40 factors in 5 of their eight video games.
Up subsequent: at North Carolina (Friday, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC)
The Buckeyes overcame two early interceptions by Justin Fields to leap out to a 35-7 third-quarter lead over Indiana and have been seemingly on their option to one other simple victory. However Indiana had different concepts, and Ohio State needed to maintain off a frantic rally by the beforehand unbeaten Hoosiers to win 42-35 within the Buckeyes’ closest recreation of the season. Master Teague rushed for 169 yards and two touchdowns, and Ohio State has now gained 19 consecutive video games towards Massive Ten opponents and 56 of its previous 60 video games towards league foes going again to the beginning of the 2014 season.
Up subsequent: at Illinois (Saturday, TBA)
The Tigers should wait a little bit longer earlier than getting the bitter style of the Notre Dame loss out of their mouths. Their recreation Saturday with Florida State was postponed after the groups’ medical personnel couldn’t mutually agree on shifting ahead with the sport. Clemson’s most up-to-date outing was a 47-40 loss in two overtimes to Notre Dame at Nov. 7. The Tigers’ subsequent scheduled recreation is that this coming Saturday at dwelling towards Pittsburgh, which might make it three weeks because the Tigers beforehand performed.
Up subsequent: vs. Pittsburgh (Saturday, TBA)
For the second consecutive week, Texas A&M was unable to play due to contact-tracing points inside its program. Its recreation every week earlier with Tennessee was already rescheduled for Dec. 12, which suggests Saturday’s scheduled recreation with Ole Miss will probably be performed on Dec. 19 assuming the Aggies aren’t within the SEC championship recreation. They should play all 10 of their video games, although, and be 9-1 if they will have an opportunity to sneak into the School Soccer Playoff in that No. 4 spot as a non-conference champion.
Up subsequent: vs. LSU (Saturday, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN)
For the primary time all season, Florida quarterback Kyle Trask did not throw not less than 4 landing passes in a recreation, however he nonetheless threw three to go together with 383 yards within the Gators’ 38-17 victory Saturday over Vanderbilt. Florida has scored 38 or extra factors in all seven of its video games this season, and with a four-game profitable streak, moved a step nearer to the SEC Jap Division title and a possible shot at Alabama within the SEC championship recreation.
Up subsequent: vs. Kentucky (Saturday, midday ET, ESPN)
Zach Wilson and BYU made fast work of North Alabama on Saturday, as Wilson threw 4 landing passes within the first half en path to a 66-14 romp. The Cougars have been dominant all season and are not scheduled play once more till Dec. 12, after they face San Diego State at dwelling. They want to add one other recreation earlier than then, probably towards a Pac-12 staff, which might assist BYU’s résumé for the season. BYU has gained its previous 4 video games by a complete of 155 factors and held all 4 of its opponents in these video games to 17 or fewer factors.
Up subsequent: vs. San Diego State (Dec. 12, TBA)
The Bearcats handed their hardest check but Saturday of their quest for an unbeaten season. They got here again from an early 14-3 deficit after which a 25-22 deficit coming into the fourth quarter to win 36-33 on the street at UCF. Desmond Ridder handed for 2 touchdowns and ran for 2 extra, and it is going to be fascinating to see the place Cincinnati lands within the School Soccer Playoff choice committee’s first rankings which might be set to be launched Tuesday evening.
Up subsequent: at Temple (Saturday, TBA)
Desmond Ridder throws a pair of touchdowns and runs for 2 extra in No. 7 Cincinnati’s 36-33 win vs. UCF.
It has been a troublesome week off the sector for the Hurricanes. First, their recreation Saturday towards Georgia Tech was postponed to Dec. 19 (so long as Miami is not taking part in within the ACC championship recreation that day) due to optimistic COVID-19 assessments and subsequent quarantining throughout the Miami program. Then later within the week, Miami coach Manny Diaz introduced that he had examined optimistic and would self-isolate. The Hurricanes aren’t scheduled to play once more till Dec. 5 after they journey to Wake Forest, which can be a three-week break.
Up subsequent: at Wake Forest (Dec. 5, TBA)
Solely two Massive Ten groups are unbeaten at this level. Everyone anticipated Ohio State to be a type of, however Northwestern has come out of the shadows to be the opposite. The Wildcats compelled 5 turnovers Saturday and beat Wisconsin 17-7. It was Northwestern’s first win over a top-10 opponent since 2011, and the Wildcats’ protection was as soon as once more the catalyst. They have not allowed greater than 20 factors in any of their 5 video games this season, and taking a look at their remaining schedule, they’ve an actual probability to complete the common season unbeaten.
Up subsequent: at Michigan State (Saturday, TBA)
The drought towards Appalachian State is over for Coastal Carolina, and the Chanticleers made a little bit historical past Saturday with a come-from-behind 34-23 victory over the Mountaineers. It was Coastal Carolina’s first win over Appalachian State in seven tries, and the Chanticleers additionally turned the primary Solar Belt staff to begin a season 8-0. After trailing 17-9 on the half, Coastal Carolina combined the operating and passing of Grayson McCall with some stingy protection to maintain one in all school soccer’s greatest turnaround tales going. The Chants have been 5-7 final season.
Up subsequent: at Texas State (Saturday, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN+)
Enjoying towards their third straight opponent that was making its season debut, the Trojans put collectively their most spectacular efficiency of the season in a 33-17 victory towards Utah. That bar wasn’t very excessive, although, after USC wanted late touchdowns to flee in its first two video games and by no means discovered a rhythm offensively towards Utah. USC is scheduled to host Colorado subsequent weekend in a key recreation between the 2 remaining undefeated groups within the Pac-12 South.
Up subsequent: Colorado (Saturday, TBA)
It may need been a loss, however this clearly is not your father’s and even your grandfather’s Indiana soccer staff. The Hoosiers fell behind 35-7 within the third quarter Saturday at Ohio State, however battled again on the street to make it a recreation earlier than falling 42-35. Indiana quarterback Michael Penix Jr. outplayed Justin Fields and handed for 491 yards and 5 touchdowns, three of these going to Ty Fryfogle. Even so, the Hoosiers misplaced for the twenty sixth straight time to the Buckeyes.
Up subsequent: vs. Maryland (Saturday, TBA)
Brock Purdy threw three landing passes within the first half Saturday to steer Iowa State to a 35-0 halftime lead, and the Cyclones posted a convincing 45-0 blowout victory over Kansas State. It was Iowa State’s third straight win and units up a key showdown with Texas on Friday. A win would put the Cyclones, 6-1 in league play, in nice form to play within the Massive 12 championship recreation.
Up subsequent: at Texas (Friday, midday ET, ABC)
Keep in mind when everyone was asking what was incorrect with the Sooners after they misplaced two of their first three video games to begin the season? Abruptly, Oklahoma has gained 5 straight, the most recent a 41-13 Bedlam trouncing of rival Oklahoma State on Saturday, and the Sooners are proper again in the midst of the Massive 12 race. They prolonged their profitable streak over the Cowboys to 6 video games, and it was the 14th OU victory within the 16 seasons Mike Gundy has been Oklahoma State’s coach.
Up subsequent: at West Virginia (Saturday, TBA)
Spencer Rattler throws 4 touchdowns and runs for one more to guide No. 18 Oklahoma to a 41-13 victory over rival No. 14 Oklahoma State.
Higher later than by no means, however attempt telling that to Georgia followers proper now. JT Daniels lastly obtained his shot at quarterback and handed for 401 yards and 4 touchdowns in Georgia’s 31-24 victory Saturday evening over Mississippi State. Daniels was the third completely different quarterback to begin for the Dawgs this season. This is betting the switch from USC will stay the starter going ahead. Georgia was by no means capable of draw back within the recreation regardless of Mississippi State being down to only 49 scholarship gamers due to COVID-19 points.
Up subsequent: at South Carolina (Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET, SEC Community)
Sophomore quarterback Tyler Shough and the Oregon offense continued to roll it up, and the Geese stayed unbeaten Saturday with a 38-35 victory over UCLA. Shough handed for 334 yards and three touchdowns and has thrown seven landing passes in his previous two video games. The Geese caught a break with the Bruins taking part in with out a number of gamers due to COVID-19 protocol and make contact with tracing, together with beginning quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson.
Up subsequent: at Oregon State (Friday, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN)
The Badgers will not need to look very exhausting to determine how they misplaced their first recreation of the season, however it will not make Saturday’s 17-7 loss at Northwestern any easier to abdomen. Wisconsin turned the ball over 5 occasions, together with three interceptions by Graham Mertz, and was shut out within the second half. The Badgers held the Wildcats to 24 speeding yards and outgained the Wildcats by greater than 100 yards, however have been swamped by errors.
Up subsequent: vs. Minnesota (Saturday, 2 p.m. ET, Massive Ten Community)
The Ragin’ Cajuns’ nonconference recreation Saturday towards Central Arkansas was canceled due to optimistic COVID-19 assessments and make contact with tracing inside Louisiana’s staff. Since a 30-27 loss to Coastal Carolina on Oct. 14, Louisiana has gained 4 consecutive video games and is on monitor to doubtlessly get one other shot on the Chanticleers within the Solar Belt championship recreation on Dec. 19.
Up subsequent: Louisiana-Monroe (Saturday, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN3)
The Thundering Herd’s recreation Saturday with Charlotte was postponed due to COVID-19 points throughout the Charlotte program. It is the fourth Marshall recreation that has been altered by the coronavirus this season. The Herd have not allowed greater than 17 factors in any of their video games this season and stay Convention USA’s solely unbeaten staff in league play.
Up subsequent: vs. Rice (Dec. 5, TBA)
The Longhorns’ recreation Saturday with Kansas was postponed till Dec. 12 due to a mix of COVID-19 points and accidents throughout the Kansas program. Texas may have gone 20 days with out taking part in a recreation when it takes on Iowa State the day after Thanksgiving. The Longhorns have gained three straight video games after dropping in back-to-back weeks to TCU and Oklahoma. A victory over the Cyclones would hold them within the thick of the Massive 12 race.
Up subsequent: vs. Iowa State (Friday, midday ET, ABC)
Not a lot went proper for the Tigers early on Saturday. They fell behind 10-0 and high rusher Tank Bigsby went down with an damage, however they reeled off 27 unanswered factors to win 30-17 over Tennessee at dwelling. Auburn has now gained three straight video games after that head-scratching loss to South Carolina again on Oct. 17 and will actually make amends for that loss to the Gamecocks with an Iron Bowl victory over rival Alabama this coming Saturday.
Up subsequent: at Alabama (Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS)
No. 23 Auburn makes use of an enormous second half to grind out a 30-17 win over Tennessee.
Sadly for the Cowboys, the sport Saturday epitomized the Bedlam rivalry. It hasn’t been a lot of a rivalry these days, and Oklahoma State’s 41-13 loss to Oklahoma wasn’t a lot of a recreation. The Cowboys have now misplaced six straight within the collection and have been by no means actually in it after falling behind 21-0 within the first quarter. Oklahoma State’s protection had proven enchancment for a lot of the season. However within the Cowboys’ two losses, they’ve given up greater than 40 factors in each video games.
Up subsequent: vs. Texas Tech (Saturday, TBA)
The Golden Hurricane gained their fifth straight recreation Thursday however wanted a Hail Mary after which a pick-six to do it. They beat Tulane 30-24 in two overtimes after trailing 14-0 within the fourth quarter. Third-team quarterback Davis Brin hit JuanCarlos Santana with a landing move on the ultimate play of regulation to pressure additional time, after which Zaven Collins picked off a move and returned it 96 yards for a landing to win it for Tulsa. It was the Golden Hurricane’s third straight comeback win.
Up subsequent: at Houston (Saturday, TBA)
Two weeks in the past, Liberty walked away with the largest win in class historical past on a last-second discipline purpose to beat Virginia Tech. On Saturday, the Flames had an opportunity to do it once more, however this time Alex Barbir‘s 39-yard discipline purpose try was blocked, and Liberty dropped a heartbreaking 15-14 loss to NC State. The Flames, off to the very best begin in class historical past, have been making an attempt to make it 3-0 this season towards ACC opponents. They nonetheless have an opportunity to win 10 video games in solely their second full season on the FBS degree.
Up subsequent: vs. UMass (Friday, midday ET, ESPN3)