No. 1 Alabama 52, Arkansas 0
Alabama running backs Derrick Henry, Kenyan Drake, and T.J. Yeldon combined for 303 rushing yards and four touchdowns, quarterback A.J. McCarron threw for three more scores, and Alabama rolled over SEC West rival Arkansas Saturday. Razorbacks quarterback Brandon Allen was just 7/25 for 91 yards, throwing a pair of interceptions as his offense crossed into Alabama territory just four times.
No. 2 Oregon 62, Washington State 28
Marcus Mariota solidified his Heisman candidacy with a 23/32, 327-yard, two-touchdown performance as Oregon methodically pulled away from Washington State late Saturday night, but the story of the game was on the losing sideline. Cougars quarterback Connor Halliday set a new FBS record with 89 pass attempts, topping Drew Brees' 83 attempts in a 1998 game. His 58 completions were a Pac-12 record, and his 557 passing yards set a Washington State school record. The Ducks ran for 383 yards and six touchdowns, including Byron Marshall's 192 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries.
No. 5 Florida State 51, No. 3 Clemson 14
The Seminoles made one heck of a statement by marching into Death Valley and absolutely demolishing the Clemson Tigers. Florida State gained 566 yards of total offense, 444 of which were powered by the arm of redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston. With this signature win, Winston is a Heisman frontrunner and appears to have been the one thing Florida State needed to finally be "back."
No. 4 Ohio State 34, Iowa 24
Ole Miss 27, No. 6 LSU 24
The LSU offense took two and a half quarters to awake from its slumber. By that time, the Tigers were already down 17-0. A 24-7 LSU run tied the game with three minutes to go in the fourth quarter, but Bo Wallace -- who had perhaps his best game as a Rebel -- engineered an Ole Miss drive that ended with a game-winning Adam Ritter field goal. Wallace finished 30/39 passing for 346 yards, while halfback Jaylen Walton rushed for 106 yards and two scores. LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger struggled, completing just 19/33 and throwing three interceptions.
Auburn 45, No. 7 Texas A&M 41
Gus Malzahn was one of two first-year SEC head coaches to get a signature win on Saturday. With a victory over Texas A&M, Malzahn has reshaped the 3-9 mess left behind by Gene Chizik into a team that has legitimate aspirations of winning the SEC West. Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall threw for 236 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for another 100 yards and two scores on the ground. Johnny Manziel posted 454 passing yards but threw two interceptions and suffered a shoulder injury that kept him out for a series.
Central Florida 38, No. 8 Louisville 35
A last-minute touchdown throw from Blake Bortles to Jeff Godfrey gave UCF a three-point win over Louisville on Friday night, effectively ending the Cardinals' BCS title hopes and giving the Knights a huge advantage in the race for the AAC's automatic BCS bowl berth. Louisville held a 28-7 lead with 20 minutes left to play, but UCF scored three touchdowns in the final five minutes of the third quarter to even the score and set the stage for a climactic final period. Bortles finished the game 21/32 for 250 yards and two touchdowns while Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater went 29/38 for 341 yards and a pair of scores.
No. 13 Stanford 24, No. 9 UCLA 10
Stanford rebounded from an upset loss to Utah with a sturdy defensive performance against Brett Hundley and the UCLA offense. Tyler Gaffney carried the Cardinal to victory with 36 rushes for 171 yards. Thanks to several losses by teams ranked above them, Stanford will likely move back into the top ten after knocking off the Bruins.
No. 10 Miami 27, North Carolina 23
Tennessee 23, No. 11 South Carolina 21
Volunteers placekicker Michael Palardy made a pair of fourth-quarter field goals, the last one coming as time expired, to give Tennessee a shocking 23-21 win over South Carolina. Steve Spurrier made a baffling decision to call two timeouts prior to punting the ball back to Tennessee during the final minutes of the contest. From there, the Volunteers found themselves in position to kick a game-winning field goal as time expired thanks to an amazing one-handed catch by Marquez North of a long pass from Justin Worley. North finished with three catches for 102 yards for the Vols, who recorded their first win over a ranked opponent since beating South Carolina nearly four years ago.
No. 12 Baylor 71, Iowa State 7
No. 14 Missouri 36, No. 22 Florida 17
No James Franklin? No problem. The Missouri Tigers demand your full attention after making an elite Florida defense look very average and in the process seizing a two-game lead in the SEC East. Maty Mauk stepped in for the Tigers' injured quarterback and hung 295 yards on one of the best secondaries in the country. Meanwhile, Florida is reeling after suffering its third loss. The Gators have an open date to lick their wounds before finishing with Georgia, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, and Florida State.
Vanderbilt 31, No. 15 Georgia 27
October has been a rough month for Georgia. The Bulldogs have now lost two straight SEC East match-ups against teams they were expected to beat, and the last time they did win, they lost several of their best players to severe knee injuries. A lot of folks had written Vanderbilt off, but James Franklin's had their signature scrappiness on display, fighting back from a 24-14 second half deficit to pull out the win. The Commodores took the lead for good on Jerron Seymour's 13-yard touchdown with less than three minutes left in the game.
No. 16 Texas Tech 37, West Virginia 27
No. 18 Oklahoma 34, Kansas 19
Arizona State 53, No. 20 Washington 24
No. 21 Oklahoma State 24, TCU 10
No. 23 Northern Illinois 38, Central Michigan 17
No. 25 Wisconsin 56, Illinois 32
Toledo 45, Navy 44
Cincinnati 41, UConn 16
East Carolina 55, Southern Miss 14
Minnesota 20, Northwestern 17
Michigan State 14, Purdue 0
SMU 34, Memphis 29
Georgia Tech 56, Syracuse 0
Akron 24, Miami (OH) 17
Ohio 56, Eastern Michigan 28
Temple 33, Army 14
Colorado 43, Charleston Southern 10
Colorado State 52, Wyoming 22
Ball State 38, Western Michigan 17
Northern Illinois 38, Central Michigan 17
South Alabama 38, Kent State 21
North Texas 28, Louisiana Tech 13
Duke 35, Virginia 22
Michigan 63, Indiana 47
BYU 47, Houston 46
Buffalo 32, UMass 3
Wake Forest 34, Maryland 10
Pittsburgh 35, Old Dominion 24
Texas State 24, Georgia State 17
Notre Dame 14, USC 10
Rice 45, New Mexico State 19
Boise State 34, Nevada 17
Utah State 45, New Mexico 10
Fresno State 38, UNLV 14
Arizona 35, Utah 24
Oregon State 49, California 17