One week after Ohio State re-established themselves as the top team in the Big 10 with a stunning comeback over Penn State, the Buckeyes were ambushed and completely dismantled in a 55-24 loss at Iowa. The Ohio State loss leaves the Big 10 East Division in control of Michigan State, for now. The Spartans surprised Penn State 27-24 Saturday in East Lansing. Wisconsin, the lone unbeaten team in the Big 10, is the only remaining candidate for the College Football Playoff and the Ohio State and Penn State losses severely hurt the Badgers potential future strength of schedule, a very string component in the eyes of the selection committee.
Around the nation: Undefeated Miami (Fla.) made quite a statement with a big 28-10 win over Virginia Tech, ACC league leading Clemson survived a trip to North Carolina State 38-31, and Central Florida remained unbeaten with a hard fought 31-24 road win over a surprisingly improved SMU.The win solidifies the Golden Knights position, for the moment, as the Top Group of Five team.
Oklahoma notched another win in the Bedlam Series behind a Heisman Trophy performance by Baker Mayfield. The Sooners prevailed in a 62-52 shootout win over Oklahoma State. TCU dominated Texas 24-7. The Sooners and the Horned Frogs meet this coming Saturday in Norman.
Southern Cal and Washington both won and appear to be in control of their respective divisions, for the moment. The Trojans outscored Arizona in the Coliseum 49-35 and the Huskies blasted arch rival Oregon 38-3 in Seattle.
Alabama and Georgia both won, and by the same score of 24-10. The Tide took care of LSU and the Dawgs handled South Carolina. Both SEC powerhouse teams must still beat a very dangerous Auburn team before they can set up what would be an SEC Championship Game of a potential #1 vs #2 . Georgia plays Auburn this coming Saturday.