A lot of unbeaten teams went on the road this week and few escaped with their records intact. An ACC battle between rivals Clemson and Florida State and a tough Pac 12 match-up for rising stars Washington highlighted the action of Week 9. Here’s how the Top 25 performed this week:
#1 Alabama – WEEK 9: BYE
The Crimson Tide prepare for their Week 10 match-up against rivals LSU.
#2 Michigan – WEEK 9: W vs Michigan State 32-23
The Wolverines managed to hold off a late charge from their in-state rivals, with Jabrill Peppers clinching the win returning a botched 2-point conversion for a score. Heisman candidate Peppers finished with seven tackles, one sack and a rushing touchdown, as well as the late score on special teams. Wilton Speight threw for 244 yards but no touchdowns, the first time this season this has happened. De’Veon Smith had two rushing scores, while receiver Amara Darboh had 8 catches for 165 yards. Michigan remain undefeated and are on track to make the College Football Playoff. Their season continues in Week 11 against Maryland.
#3 Clemson – WEEK 9: W vs #12 Florida State 37-34
A late touchdown from Deshaun Watson to Jordan Leggett saw Clemson remain undefeated, winning a close encounter against rivals Florida State on the road. Deshaun Watson had 430 total yards (378 passing, 52 rushing), 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Tight end Leggett had 5 catches for 122 yards and the game-winning score. The Tigers’ defense put pressure on Florida State’s Deondre Francois for most of the game, where they ended up sacking him six times. Clemson go on to face Syracuse in Week 10.
#4 Washington – WEEK 9: W vs #17 Utah 31-24
The Huskies grabbed a tough road victory over Utah thanks to a Dante Pettis 58-yard punt return touchdown with 3:25 to play in the game. They remain undefeated this year and have won 11 consecutive games dating back to last season. Running back Myles Gaskin led the way with 151 rushing yards and 1 TD. Heisman candidate Jake Browning threw for 186 yards and 2 TDs, with both going to John Ross. He also threw an interception which was his first in the month of October. Washington takes on California in Week 10.
#5 Louisville – WEEK 9: W vs Virginia 32-25
A late game-winning touchdown from Heisman leader Lamar Jackson helped the Cardinals escape with a 32-25 victory over Virginia. Jackson threw for 361 yards and 4 TDs, while also running for 90 yards on the ground. Unfortunately, his 10-game streak of scoring a passing and rushing touchdown came to an end since he did not run in for a score. Wideout Jamari Staples caught 7 passes for 120 yards and 1 score. Louisville will need to win the rest of their games and hope other results go their way so they can make the College Football Playoff with one loss. Week 10 sees them take on Boston College.
#6 Ohio State – WEEK 9: W vs Northwestern 24-20
The Buckeyes lost a 10-point lead last week and were defeated and almost let the same thing happen this week. However, they managed to hold off Northwestern for a tight 24-20 win at home. JT Barrett had 294 total yards (223 passing, 71 rushing) but did not record a touchdown. Running back Mike Weber had 87 rushing yards and 2 scores. On defense, safety Malik Hooker led the team with 14 tackles. Ohio State faces a tough challenge next week against Big 10 rivals Nebraska.
#7 Nebraska – WEEK 9: L vs #11 Wisconsin 17-23
Despite rallying back from 10 points down to force overtime, Nebraska couldn’t finish the job as Wisconsin held them off to give the Cornhuskers their first loss of the season. Tommy Armstrong only threw for 153 yards and 2 interceptions, marking the first time this season he hasn’t thrown a touchdown in a game. Nebraska can bounce back next week by defeating Ohio State.
#8 Baylor – WEEK 9: L vs Texas 34-35
Baylor’s College Football Playoff hopes were dealt a massive blow as they suffered their first loss of the year thanks to a late field goal. Texas ended Baylor’s 7-game win streak in the Big 12 conference. Seth Russell had 364 total yards (226 passing, 138 rushing) and 3 total touchdowns. Running back Terence Williams had 180 rushing yards and a score, while Shock Linwood ran for 67 yards, making him the 7th Big 12 player to have 4,000 career rushing yards. Baylor take on TCU in Week 10.
#9 Texas A&M – WEEK 9: W vs New Mexico State 52-10
Following their loss to Alabama last week, the Aggies bounced back by thrashing New Mexico St 52-10. Trevor Knight threw for 204 yards and 2 TDs, while backup quarterback Jake Hubenak threw for 78 yards and a score. Both quarterbacks spread the ball to 12 different receivers. A&M had a total of 515 offensive yards and showed great balance with 282 passing yards and 233 rushing yards. They face Mississippi State in Week 10.
#10 West Virginia – WEEK 9: L vs Oklahoma State 20-37
The Big 12’s hopes for the College Football Playoff seem to be gone after both of their undefeated sides, Baylor and West Virginia went down. 20 points was the lowest scoring output for this West Virginia and they turned the ball over three times in the loss. Quarterback Skylar Howard threw for 212 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 picks. The Mountaineers face Kansas next week and will look to return to form.
#11 Wisconsin – WEEK 9: W vs #7 Nebraska 23-17
A D’Cota Dixon deflection on 4th down helped Wisconsin defeat Big 10 rivals Nebraska in overtime. Running back Dare Ogunbowale led the way with 120 yards and 1 touchdown. On defense, linebacker Ryan Connelly had 11 tackles, two tackles for loss and broke up two passes. Safety Nathan Gerry had 7 tackles and two interceptions in the fourth-quarter. The Badgers take on Northwestern in Week 10.
#12 Florida State – WEEK 9: L vs #3 Clemson 34-37
The Florida State offensive line struggled against the ferocious Clemson defense, allowing six sacks. The final drive hurt the Seminoles, as sacks and penalties moved Florida State out of field range and preventing them from getting a shot at the endzone. Despite the loss, running back Dalvin Cook had a strong game, scoring 4 touchdowns on 169 rushing yards. Deondre Francois threw for 286 yards and a score. Wide receiver Nyquan Murray had 6 catches for 96 yards and a touchdown. The Seminoles drop to 5-3 for the year and take on NC State next week.
#13 Boise State – WEEK 9: L vs Wyoming 28-30
A safety gave Boise State their first loss of the year and hurt their Group of Five bid for the New Year Six bowl games. Brett Rypien threw for 295 yards and 1 interception, while Jeremy McNichols ran for 143 yards and 2 scores in the defeat. Boise will take on San Jose State in Week 10.
#14 Florida – WEEK 9: W vs Georgia 24-10
The Gators gained their third straight win and have control of the SEC East after their win over rivals Georgia. Their defense dominated the game, keeping the Bulldogs to only 21 rushing yards and 19 carries and being credited with 15 quarterback hurries and 2 sacks. Luke Del Rio only threw fro 131 yards and a score, while tailback Jordan Scarlett ran for 93 yards and a touchdown. Florida faces Arkansas in Week 10.
#15 Auburn – WEEK 9: W vs Ole Miss 40-29
Auburn continues their hot form as of late with a win over the Rebels. They scored 13 unanswered points in the fourth quarter and have now won 5 straight games. Signal-caller Sean White threw for 247 yards and 1 TD. Running back Kamryn Pettway ran for 236 yards and a score, while Kerryon Johnson added 2 touchdowns on the ground also. The Tigers face Vanderbilt in Week 10.
#16 Oklahoma – WEEK 9: W vs Kansas 56-3
The Sooners made quick work of Kansas and now have control of the Big 12 with a 5-0 record in conference play. Baker Mayfield threw for 236 yards and 4 TDs, making it his 8th consecutive game with multiple passing touchdowns, tied with Washington’s Jake Browning for most in the FBS. Standout receiver Dede Westbrook had 105 receiving yards and 1 TD, while also adding a punt return touchdown to his tally this year. Oklahoma faces Iowa State next week.
#17 Utah – WEEK 9: L vs #4 Washington 24-31
They both up a strong effort, but Utah’s three-game winning streak ended at the hands of Washington. Quarterback Troy Williams threw for 163 yards and 2 TDs, while running back Joe Williams ran for 172 yards and a score, continuing his strong form since coming out of retirement. Utah faces Arizona State in two weeks.
#18 Tennessee – WEEK 9: L vs South Carolina 21-24
After a 5-0 start, Tennessee has slumped to their third straight loss, going down to South Carolina. The Volunteers turned the ball over three times, which led to 14 points for the Gamecocks. Joshua Dobbs struggled, throwing 161 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. Tennessee takes on Tennessee Tech next week.
#19 LSU – WEEK 9: BYE
LSU faces #1 Alabama in Week 10.
#20 Western Michigan – WEEK 9: BYE
Western Michigan takes on Ball State in Week 10.
#21 North Carolina – WEEK 9: BYE
North Carolina faces Georgia Tech in Week 10.
#22 Navy – WEEK 9: L vs South Florida 45-52
Navy had their vaunted rushing attack, but they went down to an ever stronger offensive display by USF. Quarterback Will Worth was excellent in defeat, throwing for 299 yards and touchdown, while adding 129 rushing yards and 4 TDs on the ground. Toneo Galley added two more rushing scores. Navy takes on Notre Dame in Week 10.
#23 Colorado – WEEK 9: BYE
Colorado takes on UCLA in Week 10.
#24 Penn State – WEEK 9: W vs Purdue 62-24
After their upset over Ohio State in Week 8, the newly ranked Penn State dominated Big 10 cellar-dwellers Purdue, putting up 62 points. Quarterback Trace McSorley threw for 228 yards and 3 TDs, while running back Saquon Barkley ran for a career-high 207 yards and 2 TDs. The Nittany Lions take on Iowa next week.
#25 Virginia Tech – WEEK 9: W vs Pittsburgh 39-36
The Hokies have moved into a tie for first place in the ACC Coastal Division following a win over Pittsburgh. Junior kicker Joey Slye kickeda career-high six field goals from six attempts, tying the ACC record for most field goals in a game. Quarterback Jerod Evans threw for 406 yards and 2 touchdowns. Three Virginia Tech wide receivers had over 100 yards receiving, with Bucky Hodges (6 catches, 145 yards), Isaiah Ford (10 catches, 143 yards, 1 TD) and Cam Phillips (6 catches, 109 yards) all having great games. Ford’s touchdown catch puts him on top of the list for the most career touchdown catches in school history. The Hokies face Duke next week.