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Four weeks down and the bigger games are beginning to pick up. This last week included two top 25 matchups, a top ten matchup, two top 15 upsets, and three more top 25 upsets. This week shows the unpredictability college football brings week in and week out. Let’s dive right into the action from last weekend. 

For #1 Clemson and #2 Alabama it was just another week where they were playing an opponent significantly worse than them. Clemson defeated Charlotte, 52-10, which led to a second half led by a team of backups. Alabama defeated Southern Mississippi, 49-7, and was led by Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa who was 17-21 with 293 yards and five touchdowns through the air. Both teams improved to 4-0 on the season. 

One of the most anticipated matchups coming into this season was not a disappointment, as #3 Georgia hosted #7 Notre Dame and Georgia took this one, 23-17. Both Notre Dame Quarterback Ian Book and Georgia Quarterback Jake Fromm had impressive games. Georgia Running Back D’Andre Swift was the difference as he rushed for 98 yards and a touchdown. Georgia improved to 4-0, while Notre Dame fell to 2-1 on the campaign. 

Continuing with top ten action, #4 LSU had no problem offensively, as they take down Vanderbilt, 66-38. The defense had its struggles, but Quarterback Joe Burrow continues to add to his Heisman candidacy as he added 398 yards and six touchdowns passing this past weekend. LSU is now 4-0 on the season. As for #6 Ohio State they started off slow giving up five points to Miami by ways of safety and field goal. Then a 42-point second quarter happened, and Ohio State did not stop there as they went on to win, 76-5. Ohio State Quarterback Justin Fields had 223 yards and four touchdowns passing while adding two more touchdowns on the ground. Ohio State would improve to 4-0 as well this past weekend. 

In further top 15 action, #8 Auburn traveled to College Station and took down #17 Texas A&M, 28-20. A late push by Texas A&M just came up short and Auburn held on to improve to 4-0, while Texas A&M is now sitting at 2-2. The last top ten team to play was #9 Florida and they took down Tennessee with ease, 34-3 to improve to 4-0. Another highly anticipated matchup was #11 Michigan and #13 Wisconsin, but it turned in to quite the disappointment. Wisconsin Running Back Jonathan Taylor rushed for 203 yards and two touchdowns helping his team to a 35-14 win. Michigan continues their struggles and fall to 2-1, meanwhile Wisconsin improves to 3-0. In Big 12 action #12 Texas held on and defeated conference foe Oklahoma State, 36-30. Texas Quarterback Sam Ehlinger passed for 281 yards and four touchdowns in the win. Rounding out top 15 action was an upset that anyone that has been a fan of college football for ten years might have seen happening. Pittsburgh ruins yet another teams season as they upset #15 UCF, 35-34. Pittsburgh Quarterback Kenny Pickett had a great game passing, but on the final offensive play of the game for Pittsburgh, Pickett caught the game tying touchdown after the team ran the famous “Philly Special” play call and an extra point was added to seal the deal. This was the first regular season loss for UCF in 27 contests.  

In the remainder of top 25 action, we saw three ranked teams go down. Starting with #19 Washington State who blew a 32-point lead against UCLA and was unable to finish the job. UCLA went on to win by the score of 67-63. Jacksonville Jaguars Quarterback Gardner Minshew was the bright spot of the game for Washington State as the alum showed up in jorts and an American flag headband, while sporting the iconic mustache. Colorado has been a school hanging around the top 25 area and they proved in this game that consideration for adding them should be granted as they took down #24 Arizona State, 34-31. This game was a back and forth contest as Colorado pulled ahead with just over two minutes remaining in the game on a 44-yard field goal. The final let down was that of #25 TCU who fell short of SMU at home. SMU would hold on with a defensive stop and win, 41-38.  

This week saw a lot of shifting in the AP Top 25 poll. For biggest fallers, Notre Dame dropped three sports to #10. Utah fell nine spots to #19. Michigan dropped nine as well to #20. Meanwhile UCF dropped seven sports to #22. And lastly Texas A&M dropped six to #23. Three teams were removed from the top 25 in form of #19 Washington State, #24 Arizona State, and #25 TCU. For the biggest risers, Ohio State only moved up one spot, but they join the top five at #5. Wisconsin moves up five to #8 after their big conference win. California takes a huge leap, as they move up eight spots to #15. While Washington also gains some ground by moving up five spots to #17. Joining the top 25 were USC at #21, Kansas State comes into #24, and Michigan State comes back in at #25.  

Next weekend may not be as exciting as last weekend, but there still are some games to look out for. Starting with #10 Notre Dame who is looking to bounce back in front of their home crowd against #18 Virginia. In Pac-12 action #21 USC will be on the road against #17 Washington which is a big game for both teams given they both have one loss already. In the Big Ten, #5 Ohio State gets their first opponent worth talking about as they travel to Lincoln, Nebraska to take on conference foe Nebraska who fell short last year in a five-point loss on the road and is looking for revenge in primetime. Playing late this weekend is another Pac-12 matchup as Washington State and #19 Utah both looking to bounce back after disappointing losses. 

What will next week bring in us in college football? How many upsets will we see? Will the top ten see changes? Keep reading every week to see how things shake up in college football! To see the complete Associated Press Top 25, see below. 

 

#1 Clemson (4-0) 

#2 Alabama (4-0) 

#3 Georgia (4-0) 

#4 LSU (4-0) 

#5 Ohio State (4-0) 

#6 Oklahoma (3-0) 

#7 Auburn (4-0) 

#8 Wisconsin (3-0) 

#9 Florida (4-0) 

#10 Notre Dame (2-1) 

#11 Texas (3-1) 

#12 Penn State (3-0) 

#13 Oregon (3-1) 

#14 Iowa (3-0) 

#15 California (4-0) 

#16 Boise State (4-0) 

#17 Washington (3-1) 

#18 Virginia (4-0) 

#19 Utah (3-1) 

#20 Michigan (2-1) 

#21 USC (3-1) 

#22 UCF (3-1) 

#23 Texas A&M (2-2) 

#24 Kansas State (3-0) 

#25 Michigan State (3-1) 

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