1 – LSU (11-0)
The Tigers continued their undefeated season with an absolute housing of Arkansas. The 56-20 beatdown gave fans a rest from the droves of points that are usually scored and just let them relax and admire the magnificent offense. Eight touchdowns were enough to satiate the hunger of Joe Brady’s unit, most coming in the run. Texas A&M is the final regular season test for LSU.
2 – Ohio State (11-0)
The Buckeyes did allow a bit of a comeback, but the victory was never really in question. Penn State was beaten 28-17 after being down 21-0, but a late Chris Olave touchdown catch sealed the fate of the Nittany Lions. The Buckeyes ran 61 times in the win and J.K. Dobbins further proved that he’s nearly unstoppable. Ryan Day gets his first shot at Michigan this week.
3 – Clemson (11-0)
Clemson took a convenient bye this week before travelling to South Carolina for rivalry week.
4 – Georgia (10-1)
The Bulldogs took on Texas A&M at home and eked out a nice 19-13 victory. The offense was trademark… terrible, that is for Georgia, but the defense was incredible. Kellen Mond had a decent passing night with 275 yards in the air, but Georgia allowed only 274 total yards. Yep, they held A&M to -1 yard rushing on the night. Another masterpiece from Kirby Smart. Georgia Tech is next.
5 – Utah (10-1)
The Utes ran over Arizona via a 35-7 scoreline and some serious ground game. 297 of their 517 total yards came on the ground along with 4 touchdowns. Zack Moss did most of the damage with 203 yards and one touchdown. He and the defense, which allowed only 196 yards on the night, decimated the Arizona team with little concern for bystanders. The score doesn’t do the performance justice. Utah gets Colorado before the PAC-12 Championship game.
6 – Alabama (10-1)
The Tide also dominated their opponent but it was much less impressive considering it was Western Carolina. What was important from this game, though, is that Mac Jones showed he can really play. That just might help nudge them over the line if it’s between them and Oklahoma or Utah. They’re still very good. They play Auburn in the Iron Bowl in one of the better rivalries of the week.
7 – Oklahoma (10-1)
Oklahoma slipped by Texas Christian with a 28-24 scoreline that finally featured a dominant defense. Even though TCU isn’t a great team it was nice to see the Sooners flex their muscle and stuff an offense in the way they did. TCU gained only 204 yards with a turnover for the night, including going 7-21 on pass attempts. Oklahoma heads to a ranked Oklahoma State for rivalry week.
8 – Minnesota (10-1)
After their first loss of the season, Minnesota roughed up Northwestern 38-22 to rebound before Rivalry Week. The Gopher’s dynamic offense reemerged with great passing and running. They passed for 4 touchdowns while the run game amassed 212 yards on the night. Wisconsin comes to the Twin Cities for the regular season finale.
9 – Florida (9-2)
Florida had a bye this week but will end their regular season against in-state rivals FSU.
10 – Baylor (10-1)
Baylor, like Minnesota, bounced back extremely well with a 24-10 win over Texas. The Bears dominated from start to finish with a consistent offense and defensive playmaking. Baylor’s passing game went for 228 yards while the run game countered with 163 of their own, including a pair of touchdowns. They also sacked Ehlinger 5 times, enough to give them an edge and disrupt the Texas offense. Baylor get an easy game against Kansas this week.
11 – Michigan (9-2)
The Wolverines beat a good Indiana team 39-14 for their 9th win of the season. After a shaky first 16 minutes, Michigan righted the ship and cruised for 32 straight points. Shea Patterson was prolific with366 yards and 5 touchdowns. He was intercepted but we’ll withhold criticism in respect for the rest of his performance. Michigan takes on hated rivals Ohio State this week, and will probably lose again.
12 – Notre Dame (9-2)
The Irish bullied Boston College into a 40-7 score that featured an all-around great performance from the team. Ian Book went for 239 yards and 3 passing touchdowns while the run game added 252 yards and a touchdown. The defense allowed only 191 yards and took the ball away from the BC offense twice. A weak Stanford team closes the regular season for Notre Dame.
13 – Oregon (9-2)
Oregon’s hope at a CFP bid ended with a 31-28 loss to the Arizona State Sun Devils. The Ducks were down for most of the 2nd half and a mad dash in the 4th quarter couldn’t change that. Two interceptions and an abysmal pass defense doomed the Ducks. 535 yards of offense allowed is just too much to overcome. The Ducks meet with Oregon State this Saturday.
14 – Penn State (9-2)
Penn State was also eliminated from Playoff contention with their loss to Ohio State. A 3rd quarter flurry of scoring wasn’t enough to beat their juggernaut rivals as the door was slammed with a late passing touchdown. Ohio State was allowed to dictate the pace with the run so they just handed the ball to Dobbins and kicked back. There was nothing that Penn State could do about it. Penn State can take a nap against Rutgers on Saturday.
15 – Auburn (8-3)
Auburn demolished Samford in a meaningless game with a final score of 52-0. Their 7 touchdowns, 544 yards, 4 forced touchdowns, and 114 yards allowed all meant nothing because this game is meaningless. Nobody can draw anything from it. The SEC cupcake week needs to go away. They take on Alabama for Rivalry Week.
16 – Wisconsin (9-2)
Wisconsin crushed the Purdue Boilermakers by three scores on Saturday, ending the hopes of a bowl game in West Lafayette while keeping their own Big 10 Championships afloat. Wisconsin shut down Purdue’s run game, allowing only 50 yards and no scores on the ground. At the same time Jonathan Taylor and them boys burst back onto the scene for 404 total rushing yards and 4 rushing touchdowns. If they can fix the 4 turnovers then there should be a real chance against Minnesota this weekend.
17 – Boise State (10-1)
Boise State kept their ship steady against an underrated Utah State team. They couldn’t stop star quarterback Jordan Love from passing well, but they did hold the Aggies to 121 total yards. Boise’s George Holani ran for 178 yards and 2 touchdowns in the 56-21 drubbing and Jaylon Henderson passed for another 3 scores. They will take on Colorado State during Rivalry Week.
18 – Memphis (10-1)
Memphis crushed South Florida 49-10 through a great run game and stifling pass defense. Memphis led twice, 7-0 and 10-7, but after that there was no competition. Memphis finished the game with 535 total yards of offense while USF could only muster 170 of their own. A pair of interceptions is cause for concern, so look for them to straighten that out before taking on Cincy this weekend.
19 – Cincinnati (10-1)
Speaking of Cincy, they barely snuck by Temple 15-13. The offense continues to be an issue as they were held to only 210 yards, luckily they were able to produce a safety and hold the Bulls to 310 yards. Cincy was also plagued by penalties and terrible passing offense. They take on Memphis this weekend.
20 – Appalachian State (10-1)
App State beat up on Texas State for a 35-13 final score. The Mountaineers used their trademark ground and pound with a few unexpected passes peppered in during the game, producing 468 total yards. A fumble prevented a perfect game but the rest of the team was back, firing on all cylinders in every facet. Troy is the rival that will host State on Saturday.
21 – Iowa (8-3)
Iowa kept the winning up after downing Minnesota last week, giving them an 8-3 record coming into rivalry week. An early touchdown, a surprisingly good passing game, and a barrage of field goals helped the Hawkeyes to the 19-10 victory over Illinois. Iowa passed for 308 yards but the touchdown came on one for the 32 run plays. Illinois didn’t play terribly, but the trio of turnovers helped get Iowa over the line. Iowa travels to Nebraska to resume their heated rivalry.
22 – Oklahoma State (8-3)
Mike Gundy’s squad earned their 4th straight win with a victory over West Virginia. The Mountaineers have fallen off heavily but still made the Cowboys sweat considering the 20-13 scoreline. West Virginia was held to 26 yards on the ground despite a great day passing. The Cowboys only gained 291 yards of they own despite a nice day of passing. The ‘Boys get the Sooners in a huge tilt for both teams.
23 – Air Force (9-2)
The Academy’s win over New Mexico wasn’t necessarily inspiring hope in anybody, but the 44-22 line definitely got it done. The Air Force got it done in the air with 9-10 passes completed for 327 yards and 4 touchdowns. They also ran for 213 yards and a pair of touchdowns. New Mexico was held to 358 total yards, only 90 of which came in the air. Air Force battles Wyoming on Saturday.
24 – Virginia Tech (8-3)
Virginia Tech has won 6 of their last 7 games, the only loss coming against Notre Dame. Their most recent win was a 28-0 shoutout of Pitt. A pair of the VaTech touchdowns came in the air, one came on the ground, and the other was a returned fumble. Pitt gained only 177 total yards all game. Tech travels to rivals Virginia to cap the regular season.
25 – Navy (8-2)
Navy bounced back from their bruising against Notre Dame with a great win over SMU. The 35-28 win was a surprise to most but the trademark triple option and great defense earned them the win. 381 yards and 3 touchdowns were produced on the ground. They didn’t pass was well as their airborne counterparts but they did get 162 yards and another score in the air. Navy gets Houston for Rivalry Week.