No. 4 Ohio State 40, No. 16 Northwestern 30
Northwestern's hopes of upsetting Ohio State fizzled out with a fumbled center-quarterback exchange on fourth and inches and a comically ineffective hook and lateral attempt that resulted in a Buckeye touchdown. The ending was not befitting the effort that the Wildcats gave, going blow-for-blow with the Buckeyes on perhaps the biggest stage in the history of Northwestern football.
Carlos Hyde stole the show for Ohio State in this one, carrying the ball 26 times for 168 yards and the Buckeyes' final three offensive touchdowns, including the score that put them ahead to stay. In his second game back from injury, Braxton Miller was effective if not as spectacular as he was last week against Wisconsin, finishing with 15 completions on 26 passing attempts for 203 yards in the air and another 68 on the ground.
The Ohio State defense completely shut down Northwestern's rushing attack, allowing just 2.2 yards per rush on 43 carries.
No. 5 Stanford 31, No. 15 Washington 28
The Cardinal jumped out to a 17-7 halftime lead, but a resilient second half effort from Keith Price and Bishop Sankey pulled the Huskies right back in it. Washington was able to bring it within three with two-and-a-half minutes to play, but a controversial official's ruling on a Husky fourth down conversion later in the game gave Stanford the ball and the win.
Price passed for 350 yards and two touchdowns on the day, while Sankey ran for 125 yards and two scores. Stanford did not get much in terms of offensive production -- the Cardinal were outgained by more than 200 yards -- but had a kick return for a touchdown and capitalized on field position opportunities.
No. 6 Georgia 34, Tennessee 31
Tennessee gave Georgia everything it had, but that was ultimately not enough to topple the mighty Bulldogs in an overtime loss in Knoxville.
Georgia went into halftime with a 17-3 lead, but was outscored by Tennessee 28-14 during a second half in which first-year Volunteer head coach Butch Jones pulled out all of the stops. Tennessee was faced with fourth down three different times on the touchdown drive that put them up by seven points in the fourth quarter, and three times Tennessee converted on the strength of brilliant play calls by Jones. But Georgia and Aaron Murray got the ball back with 1:54 left in the game and needed almost all of it, scoring with five seconds left to even it up and force overtime.
The Volunteers failed to score on their first possession of overtime when Pig Howard fumbled just shy of the goal line and the ball rolled through the end zone, resulting in a touchback. From there, Georgia kicker Marshall Morgan knocked home a 42-yard field goal to secure the win for the Bulldogs.
No. 10 LSU 59, Mississippi State 26
A week after losing a shootout in Athens, it looked like LSU might be in letdown mode during the first half in Starkville. Mississippi State led 23-21 until late in the second quarter, when Zach Mettenberger and Odell Beckham, Jr. connected on a touchdown pass to give the Tigers a lead that they would not relinquish.
The Bulldogs kicked a field goal to open scoring in the second half, but the Tigers went on to score 28 unanswered points as the three-headed monster of Zach Mettenberger, Odell Beckham, Jr., and Jeremy Hill took over the game. Mettenberger only threw four incomplete passes on 29 attempts, connecting with Beckham for 179 yards. Hill torched the Bulldogs for 157 yards and two touchdowns on just 16 carries.
No. 17 Baylor 73, West Virginia 42
This game got out of hand early as Baylor went on to set all kinds of records in an absolute demolition of West Virginia that, believe it or not, was more convincing than the final score indicated. The Mountaineers pulled off a back door cover thanks to a pick-six made possible by a hook and lateral.
In leading the Bears to a record-setting output of 73 points and 872 yards of total offense, Bryce Petty, Lache Seastrunk, and Antwaan Goodley ran roughshod over a Mountaineer defense that had previously seemed pretty decent. Baylor has now scored 70 points in three consecutive games, and it's time to start wondering
No. 24 Ole Miss 22, Auburn 30
When first-year coaches take over programs that have fallen from their prominent perch, one of the things that is looked at in evaluating success is whether or not they won a game they weren't supposed to win. Gus Malzahn just did that on Saturday, as Auburn defended its home turf against Ole Miss in an upset win.
Nick Marshall lead the way for the Tigers, picking up 140 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Ole Miss, on the other hand, wasn't able to do much of anything at all on the ground, averaging just 3.2 yards-per-carry on 39 attempts.
Not only was the Auburn defensive line not giving up anything on the ground, but they sacked Bo Wallace six times, including twice on the Rebels' final drive of the game, a last-ditch effort to tie it up and force over time.
No. 1 Alabama 45, Georgia State 3
No. 2 Oregon 57, Colorado 16
No. 3 Clemson 49, Syracuse 14
No. 7 Louisville 30, Temple 7
No. 8 Florida State 63, No. 25 Maryland 0
No. 11 Oklahoma 20, TCU 17
No. 13 South Carolina 35, Kentucky 28
No. 14 Miami 45, Georgia Tech 30
No. 18 Florida 30, Arkansas 10
No. 19 Michigan 42, Minnesota 13
No. 20 Texas Tech 54, Kansas 16
No. 21 Oklahoma State 33, Kansas State 29
No. 22 Arizona State 34, Notre Dame 37
No. 23 Fresno State 61, Idaho 14
Navy 28, Air Force 10
Buffalo 42, Eastern Michigan 14
Rutgers 55, SMU 52
Ball St. 48, Virginia 27
Michigan State 26, Iowa 14
Indiana 44, Penn State 24
Nebraska 39, Illinois 19
Virginia Tech 27, North Carolina 17
Troy 34, South Alabama 33
Boston College 48, Army 27
Central Michigan 21, Miami (Ohio) 9
Ohio 43, Arkon 3
Marshall 34, Texas-San Antonio 10
Toledo 47, Western Michigan 20
Florida Atlantic 37, UAB 23
Tulane 24, North Texas 21
Northern Illinois 38, Kent State 24
East Carolina 24, Middle Tennessee State 17
Bowling Green 28, UMass 7
Rice 30, Tulsa 27
Wake Forest 28, N.C. State 13
FIU 24, Southern Miss 23
Washington State 44, California 22
Central Florida 24, Memphis 17
Louisiana 48, Texas State 24
South Florida 26, Cincinnati 20
New Mexico 66, New Mexico State 17
Missouri 51, Vanderbilt 28
Louisiana Tech 38, UTEP 35