This past week of college football featured six matchups between top-25 teams in what turned to be an effective elimination week for many programs.
The No. 6 TCU Horned Frogs took on No. 7 Kansas State in the highest matchup of the week and solidified their resume to get into the college football playoff with their 41-20 victory. TCU QB, Trevone Boykin continued to play at a high level as he went 23/34 passing for 219 yards and a touchdown. However, the key to the victory was their running game. The team ran the ball 48 times for 334 yards, including 17 for 123 from Boykin. The win put TCU No. 4 in the latest college football playoff rankings.
Out in Arizona, the No. 10 Fighting Irish of Notre Dame traveled to take on Todd Graham and his No. 9 Arizona State Sun Devils. ASU won 55-31 behind the effort of their defense which forced Irish QB Everett Golson into five turnovers, including two interceptions that were returned for touchdowns. Arizona State was up 34-3 at one point before a furious second half rally from ND made the score 34-31 before ASU scored three more touchdowns in the final 4:39 to make the final score indicate a game that was more of a blowout than it truly was.
No. 14 Ohio State defeated No. 8 Michigan State by a score of 49-37 behind the effort of J.T. Barrett. He accounted for 386 total yards and five total touchdowns. The win vaulted the Buckeyes to No. 8 in the polls.
In Big 12 action, the No. 12 Baylor Bears dominated No. 15 Oklahoma in Norman, 48-14. The Sooners scored all 14 points in the first quarter and were shut-out the rest of the game.
Marcus Mariota and the No. 4 Oregon Ducks continued to roll as they beat No. 17 Utah, 51-27. Mariota accounted for 353 yards and four touchdowns in the win.
The true story of the weekend, however, was the SEC’s dominance. No. 5 Alabama went to overtime to take down the Tigers of LSU, in Death Valley, 20-13. After an early season loss to Ole Miss, Alabama has responded well and positioned themselves No. 5 in the college football playoff rankings.
Mississippi State remained undefeated and No. 1 in the nation as they defeated the University of Tennessee Martin, 45-16.
No. 3 Auburn dropped a game at home against unranked Texas A&M due to two costly turnovers late in the game. The loss moved Auburn to No. 9 in the polls.
The top-four schools in the latest college football rankings are as follows: Mississippi State, Oregon, Florida State and TCU.