In a season filled with upsets, Week 11 was a return to normalcy as the highest 10 solely noticed one defeat this week — sorry, Oregon.
Georgia saved rolling in its title protection with a cushty win towards Mississippi State to clinch a spot within the SEC title recreation whereas LSU beat Arkansas 13-10 to clinch the SEC West and a date with the Bulldogs in early December.
Within the Huge Ten, Ohio State and Michigan saved excellent seasons alive towards inferior convention opponents because it seems the 2 age-old rivals are set to fulfill with every thing on the road on Nov. 26.
TCU and Tennessee additionally saved attainable College Soccer Playoff berths alive with snug wins and the Pac-12’s playoff hopes took a giant hit as Washington beat Oregon late.
With solely two weeks left within the common season, the playoff area is starting to finalize, which makes it an ideal time to take a look at this week’s Power Rankings.
The No. 1 Bulldogs clinched the SEC East with a 45-19 victory at Mississippi State on Saturday evening, however coach Kirby Good mentioned he will not begin occupied with enjoying LSU within the Dec. 3 SEC championship recreation in Atlanta anytime quickly. As a substitute, Good mentioned his crew will probably be centered on subsequent week’s SEC finale at Kentucky and a Nov. 26 house recreation towards rival Georgia Tech. The Bulldogs broke open an in depth recreation by outscoring Mississippi State 28-7 within the second half. Quarterback Stetson Bennett threw for 289 yards with 4 touchdowns (one dashing), and Georgia’s protection restricted State to simply 47 dashing yards. Mississippi State went 3-for-14 on third down and 0-for-3 on fourth down. — Mark Schlabach
Up subsequent: at Kentucky (Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS)
Georgia QB Stetson Bennett throws for 289 yards and three touchdowns and runs for a fourth within the 45-19 win over Mississippi State to say the SEC East title.
The story for these Buckeyes has been accidents and a schedule with only a few real challenges. Indiana did not present a lot resistance, as Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud responded from a career-worst passing efficiency final trip to throw for 297 yards and 5 touchdowns in a 56-14 win. Beginning operating again TreVeyon Henderson (foot) missed his second straight recreation, however Miyan Williams rushed for 147 yards earlier than being carted off with a leg damage. The most effective information for Ohio State was the play of freshman Dallan Hayden, who logged his first profession 100-yard dashing efficiency. Ohio State grew to become the primary Huge Ten crew since 1903 (Michigan) to attain not less than 45 factors in six straight house video games in the identical season. — Adam Rittenberg
Up subsequent: at Maryland (Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC/ESPN app)
The Wolverines beat Nebraska 34-3 to go 10-0 on the season. It is simply the third time since 1975 that Michigan has began the season 10-0, together with the 1997 and 2006 groups. Working again Blake Corum has been carrying the load on offense for Michigan and he got here via towards Nebraska with 162 yards dashing and one landing. Corum is the third Huge Ten participant over the previous 15 seasons with not less than one dashing landing of their crew’s first 10 video games of the season. Michigan’s protection additionally confirmed up, holding Nebraska to 146 complete yards and no touchdowns within the win. — Tom VanHaaren
Up subsequent: vs. Illinois (Saturday, midday ET, ABC/ESPN app)
The Horned Frogs went into Texas as 7.5-point underdogs and morphed from an offensive machine to a crew able to grinding Texas’s star-studded offense to a halt. The Longhorns managed simply 199 complete yards, averaged 3.3 yards per play, and went 1-of-13 on third down en path to scoring 3 offensive factors. If the CFP committee is nervous concerning the Frogs’ protection, as they’d indicated in previous weeks, this was fairly a press release. TCU is now 10-0 and has clinched a spot within the Huge 12 championship recreation after ending 5-7 final yr, and the Horned Frogs’ charmed season continues. — Dave Wilson
Up subsequent: at Baylor
Hendon Hooker mentioned adieu to Neyland Stadium in fashion, and Tennessee got here roaring again from its solely lack of the season with a 66-24 thrashing of Missouri on Saturday. Hooker, who was sacked six occasions final week in a 27-13 loss to Georgia, handed for 355 yards and three touchdowns and in addition ran for a TD on Senior Day. The Vols (9-1) racked up a school-record 724 yards of complete offense towards a Missouri protection that entered the sport ranked thirteenth nationally (304.1 yards per recreation). The Tigers had not allowed greater than 26 factors of their earlier seven video games, which included a 26-22 loss to Georgia. Missouri pulled to inside 28-24 halfway via the third quarter, however Tennessee reeled off 38 unanswered factors to finish its first unbeaten season at house since 2007. — Chris Low
Up subsequent: at South Carolina (Saturday, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN app)
Per week after placing up 32 factors in an time beyond regulation win towards Alabama, LSU leaned on its protection Saturday to beat Arkansas 13-10 on the street and clinched the SEC Western Division championship and a berth within the convention title recreation. Arkansas was enjoying shorthanded with out beginning quarterback KJ Jefferson, and the Tigers took full benefit by holding the Hogs to 249 complete yards. LSU freshman linebacker Harold Perkins Jr. was in every single place with a school-record 4 sacks, two compelled fumbles and a go deflection. The Tigers (8-2) gained regardless of a subpar day from quarterback Jayden Daniels, who had been purple scorching coming into the sport. Daniels was held to 86 passing yards and sacked seven occasions. — Low
Up subsequent: vs. UAB (Saturday, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN2/ESPN app)
There wasn’t actually something to achieve for USC in its recreation towards Colorado. Win large, it is anticipated. The rest, it is regarding. The Trojans nonetheless managed to get a bit little bit of each. They trailed 3-2 on the finish of the primary quarter earlier than cruising to a 55-17 win. Past that, there’s not a lot to learn into. It will have been arduous to look at that recreation and are available away considering higher of the Trojans than beforehand. — Kyle Bonagura
Up subsequent: at UCLA
It wasn’t a fairly win at Ole Miss and it was so much nearer than anybody on the Alabama sideline wished it to be, however then once more not a lot about this season has gone in response to plan for Nick Saban’s squad. At the least this time the Crimson Tide held on to the lead late on the street and nobody ended the evening by storming the sector in celebration. The protection specifically deserves a tip of the cap, bouncing again after a tough first half to tighten the clamps on the Ole Miss operating recreation and quit just one second-half landing. — Alex Scarborough
Up subsequent: vs. Austin Peay (Saturday, midday ET, ESPN+/SECN+)
The Tigers bounced again from their loss to Notre Dame with a 31-16 win over Louisville due to a dominant efficiency on the bottom, with 248 yards and three dashing touchdowns — one every from Phil Mafah, Will Shipley and DJ Uiagalelei. Although Clemson turned the ball over 3 times towards the aggressive Louisville protection, the Playing cards had been unable to attain factors off any of the miscues because the Tigers protection performed a significantly better recreation than every week in the past. Clemson has now gained 39 consecutive house video games, tied with Oklahoma (2005-11) for the second-longest streak within the FBS since 1990. — Andrea Adelson
Up subsequent: vs. Miami (Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN app)
Will Shipley jumps over the Louisville defender for a Clemson landing.
The Tar Heels clinched the Coastal Division and a spot within the ACC championship recreation with a 36-34 win over Wake Forest behind one other excellent efficiency from quarterback Drake Maye, who went 31-of-49 for a career-high 448 yards passing and three touchdowns. That’s the fourth-highest single-game complete in class historical past. He additionally rushed for 71 yards and a rating. North Carolina is 6-0 on the street this season, the very best away win complete in class historical past. As soon as once more the Tar Heels wanted a fourth-quarter comeback to win, one thing that has develop into a little bit of a trademark throughout this 9-1 begin. — Adelson
Up subsequent: vs. Georgia Tech (Saturday, 5:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2/ESPN app)
And like that, the Geese’ CFP desires are lifeless. It is a consequence that has the potential to hang-out first-year coach Dan Lanning for his choice to go for it on 4th-and-1 with a minute and a half to go. With the sport tied at 34, the Geese went for it from their very own 33, solely to get stuffed. 4 performs later, Washington kicked the game-winning area aim in an exciting Pac-12 recreation. — Bonagura
Up subsequent: vs. Utah (Saturday, 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN app)
A sluggish begin for the Utes gave technique to a trouncing of Stanford in Salt Lake Metropolis. The Cardinal had a 7-0 lead after one quarter, however by the point the clock hit zero Utah had scored 42 unanswered factors. It was a efficiency fueled by a 180-yard dashing evening from Tavion Thomas who additionally added two touchdowns. Cam Rising threw one other choose, however his three touchdowns over the air nullified any errors because the Utes continued their march towards defending their Pac-12 title. — Paolo Uggetti
Up subsequent: at Oregon (Saturday, 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN app)
Quarterback Michael Penix Jr. threw for 408 yards and a pair of touchdowns because the Huskies picked up their most spectacular win of the season, taking down No. 6 Oregon 37-34 in Eugene. It is a win that can harm the Pac-12’s playoff probabilities, not that the Huskies will care within the slightest. Oregon moved the ball at will all recreation (592 yards) but it surely was the Huskies protection that compelled a area aim within the purple zone late, then got here up with a 4th-and-1 cease to arrange the game-winning area aim. — Bonagura
Up subsequent: vs. Colorado
The Nittany Lions protection got here up large within the 30-0 win over Maryland. Penn State held Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa to simply 74 yards passing and no interceptions. It additionally held the Terps dashing assault to 60 complete yards on the bottom. It was a dominating efficiency and the offense was in a position to persistently put up factors all through the sport to offer Penn State the win. Working again Nick Singleton continued his glorious freshman season with 122 yards and two touchdowns dashing. — VanHaaren
Up subsequent: at Rutgers
Lane Kiffin goes to need that one again. Within the first half, his crew had all of it found out. The protection was stout, the operating recreation was firing on all cylinders and Jaxson Dart was having success pushing the ball down the sector via the air. However a 10-0 lead evaporated shortly, the operating recreation regressed ever so barely and Alabama was in a position to go on a 23-7 run through the last half-hour, 8 seconds of the sport. And nonetheless Ole Miss had the ball late with an opportunity to win and could not get the job completed. — Scarborough
Up subsequent: at Arkansas (Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET, SEC Community/ESPN app)
Senior quarterback John Rhys Plumlee’s triumphant return to the lineup spurred UCF to a 38-31 upset of Tulane on Saturday. Plumlee accounted for 308 complete yards (180 dashing) and three complete touchdowns because the Knights overwhelmed the Inexperienced Wave on the bottom to the tune of a season-high 336 yards. The Knights’ protection held Tulane to 176 complete yards within the first half, which allowed them to grab management. — Blake Baumgartner
Up subsequent: vs. Navy (Saturday, 11 a.m. ET, ESPN2/ESPN app)
Chris Klieman’s Wildcats have spent the previous few weeks alternating between top-five caliber and mediocrity; on Saturday in Waco, it was way more former than latter. Deuce Vaughn had 156 mixed dashing and receiving yards, Will Howard threw for 196 yards and three scores off the bench, and Okay-State dominated third and fourth down (they gained 20 of 30 performs on these downs) to cruise to a 31-3 blowout of Baylor. The Bears had been on a pleasant run, however the Wildcats gained the important thing performs and moved to 7-3 because of this. At 5-2 in convention play, they are a recreation up on Oklahoma State, Baylor and Texas with two weeks to play. — Invoice Connelly
Up subsequent: at West Virginia (Saturday, 2 p.m. ET, ESPN+)
The Bruins firepower ran out on Saturday evening on the Rose Bowl as Dorian Thompson-Robinson could not full the comeback on the ultimate drive of the sport towards Arizona. The offense that had vaulted them to wins over Utah and Washington this season could not dig itself out the entire the protection created from the leap. The Wildcats embraced their underdog standing, going up 14-0 within the first quarter after which scoring 13 within the fourth. It was simply sufficient to edge out the Bruins, who at the moment are longshots to get into the convention title recreation. — Uggetti
Up subsequent: vs. USC
The Irish appeared to keep away from a post-Clemson hangover towards Navy, surging to a 35-13 halftime lead behind a near-flawless efficiency by quarterback Drew Pyne (14-of-16 passing, 234 passing yards, 3 touchdowns and a dashing landing). However Notre Dame’s unusual season took a flip within the second half, as Navy outscored the Irish 19-0 and held the guests to 2 web yards and solely 66 complete dashing yards for the sport. Pyne had solely 35 passing yards within the second half, however Notre Dame held on to win its fourth straight beneath first-year coach Marcus Freeman. — Rittenberg
Up subsequent: vs. Boston College (Saturday, 2:30 p.m. ET, NBC)
Drew Pyne rushes in for 11-yard landing
The Seminoles snuck into the top-25 this previous week and did greater than show that they deserve that spot towards Syracuse on Saturday. For the third recreation in a row, Florida State’s offense acquired off to a roaring begin, scoring 24 factors within the first half whereas its protection dominated the Orange, holding them to a whopping three complete factors on the evening. Syracuse may solely cough up 160 complete yards on offense (solely 65 over the air) whereas the Noles put up 420 yards of their very own. It was a dominant affair from begin to end for Mike Norvell’s crew, which appears to have discovered its stride following a three-loss stretch earlier than this profitable streak. — Uggetti
Up subsequent: vs. Louisiana (Saturday, midday ET, ESPN3)
Tulane’s five-game profitable streak got here to a halt Saturday as UCF ran its technique to a 38-31 victory. The Inexperienced Wave’s protection surrendered a season-high 336 dashing yards, with Knights senior quarterback John Rhys Plumlee accounting for 176 and two scores. Inexperienced Wave junior operating again Tyjae Spears (130 yards) went over the 100-yard dashing mark for the fourth consecutive week and quarterback Michael Pratt (23-of-38, 236 passing yards) had 4 complete touchdowns (three passing). — Baumgartner
Up subsequent: vs. SMU (Thursday, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN app)
Jarrett Visitor made some large performs early, and Bryce Carpenter helped save the day late. Of their first recreation after studying that star quarterback Grayson McCall can be out for a couple of weeks with damage, Coastal Carolina performed two completely different QBs and survived a 26-23 battle with Southern Miss by bolting to a 17-0 lead within the first quarter and holding on for expensive life. Reese White’s 2-yard rating, following a future by CJ Beasley, gave the lead again to the Chants with 9:20 left, and Coastal made a pair of fourth-down stops to maneuver to 9-1 total and clinch the Solar Belt East title. — Connelly
Up subsequent: at Virginia (Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN3)
Cincinnati’s AAC title hopes are nonetheless alive regardless of the Bearcats getting significantly outgained (454-310) by East Carolina through the 27-25 victory Friday. The Bearcats staved off a late Pirates push, with junior Ryan Coe’s 21-yard area aim with 9:42 left in regulation offering the profitable margin. Junior broad receiver Jadon Thompson’s 100-yard kickoff return for a landing within the first quarter helped kick Cincinnati into gear. Senior QB Ben Bryant (14-of-30 passing for 244 yards, 2 TDs, 1 interception) linked with senior Tre Tucker (55 yards) and junior Tyler Scott (76 yards) for lengthy first-half scores. — Baumgartner
Up subsequent: at Temple (Saturday, 4 p.m. ET, ESPNU/ESPN app)
Coming off a three-point loss to a Washington crew that beat Oregon this week, the Beavers took out their frustration on a sinking Cal crew, beating them handily 38-10 thanks to a different robust efficiency from quarterback Ben Gulbranson. Gulbranson threw for 2 touchdowns and ran for an additional in his fifth recreation since changing beginning quarterback Probability Nolan this season. Aside from a blowout loss by the hands of Utah earlier this season, Oregon State has both gained each recreation or misplaced by a area aim. The power to bounce again from a loss and deal with a lesser opponent with ease is a glimpse into the type of program OSU has develop into beneath Jonathan Smith. — Uggetti
Up subsequent: at Arizona State (Saturday, 2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2/ESPN app)
It was more durable than anticipated, however Troy moved to 8-2 on Saturday afternoon with a 10-9 win over Military. Down 9-0 at halftime, the Trojans inched again into the sport, taking the lead on a 3-yard Gunnar Watson-to-Tez Johnson landing go with eight minutes left, then watched as Quinn Maretzki missed a 42-yard area aim with 15 seconds left. (Maretzki had already missed a PAT, which supplied the profitable margin.) This wasn’t the best recreation in Jon Sumrall’s debut season as Troy head coach, however they can not all be fairly. — Connelly
Up subsequent: vs. UL Monroe (Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+