No. 25 Missouri 41, No. 7 Georgia 26
After winning a pair of tough games against LSU and Tennessee -- and losing several of their star offensive players to injury in the process -- most believed that the undefeated Missouri Tigers would come in to Athens and give the Bulldogs a scare. But most also thought that Aaron Murray was so good that it wouldn't matter who offensive coordinator Mike Bobo plugged in to replace Todd Gurley, Keith Marshall, Malcolm Mitchell, Justin Scott-Wesley and Michael Bennett. The Bulldog offense would just keep motoring along.
That happened, for the most part, but the Missouri defensive line was able to create enough pressure to force Murray into several mistakes, including a pair of interceptions and a fumble that was returned 53 yards for a touchdown by Missouri defensive end Michael Sam to put the Tigers up 28-10 right before halftime. Murray and the Bulldogs stormed back in the third quarter, narrowing Missouri's lead to 28-26 after a Chris Conley touchdown catch (and failed two point conversion), and it appeared that the Tigers would be unable to hold onto their lead, especially after James Franklin was knocked out of the game with what we later learned was a separated shoulder that will keep him sidelined for the next six weeks.
But the Tigers dug into their bag of tricks and pulled out a double pass from Bud Sasser to La'Damian Washington to put Missouri up 34-26.
Even then, a missed PAT left the Bulldogs' deficit at just one score and one couldn't help but believe that Murray would find a way to rally the troops and pull out the win. But any hope of a comeback evaporated when Murray was picked off by Kentrell Brothers with 1:29 to go, sealing the upset.
No. 10 LSU 17, No. 17 Florida 6
Much has been made of the SEC's transition to an offense-oriented league, but the matchup between the Gators and Tigers was not the best showcase for that argument. For the second straight year, LSU and Florida found themselves in a vintage Big Ten, three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust type of game. Just 37 percent of the plays in this game were passes and the two teams combined for 567 total yards, or 20 fewer than Texas A&M had in its game against Ole Miss. But the LSU offense was slightly less dreadful than Florida's, powered by a 127-yard effort by Jeremy Hill, and the Tigers won 17-6.
Despite the outcome, both the Tigers and Gators control their own destinies in their respective divisions and could meet for another low-scoring affair in the SEC Championship Game.
Texas 36, No. 12 Oklahoma 20
We all laughed when, following a blowout loss to Ole Miss, Mack Brown said that the Longhorns believed everything would be OK in Austin once Texas won the Big 12. Well, the Longhorns are now 3-0 in conference play following an absolute stomping of Oklahoma in the Red River Shootout in which they out-gained the Sooners 445 yards to 263. Even in a game famous for its unpredictable outcomes, nobody saw this coming. Seriously, if you bet on this game, you must hate money.
Penn State 43, No. 16 Michigan 40
True freshman Christian Hackenburg displayed some late-game heroics in leading the Nittany Lions on a five-play, 80-yard drive with just 50 seconds remaining, tying it up at 34-34 to force one of the more exciting overtime periods you'll ever see. Three missed field goals and a fumble followed, and after Michigan settled for a field goal in the fourth overtime period, a pass interference penalty in the end zone gave Penn State the ball on the two yard line. From there, Bill Belton ran it in for the score and the Nittany Lion win.
No. 2 Oregon 45, No. 16 Washington 24
Oregon scored a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter to put away what had been a closely-fought game, 45-24. The Ducks almost doubled the Huskies' production in total yards, out-gaining them 631 to 376. Marcus Mariota threw for 366 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for another 88 yards and tacking on another touchdown on the ground.
Utah 27, No. 5 Stanford 21
After looking very good in wins against Washington State and Washington, Stanford slipped up in Salt Lake City with a loss to the Kyle Whittingham's Utah Utes. The Cardinal turned it over twice via fumble and Kevin Hogan could not connect on a fourth down pass into the end zone that could have given Stanford the lead with 47 seconds left in the game.
No. 9 Texas A&M 41, Ole Miss 38
The Aggies let the Rebels hang around during a strangely low-scoring first half before this game turned into a bona fide shootout in the second half, ending in a three-point A&M win. The two teams were trading score-for-score until Ole Miss stalled out on fourth down with the game tied at 38 apiece late in the fourth quarter. Johnny Manziel then led the Aggies down the field for a 33-yard Josh Lambo field goal to secure the win.
No. 1 Alabama 48, Kentucky 7
No. 3 Clemson 24, Boston College 14
No. 15 Baylor 35, Kansas State 25
Wisconsin 35, No. 18 Northwestern 6
No. 20 Texas Tech 42, Iowa State 35
No. 24 Virginia Tech 19, Pittsburg 9
Michigan State 42, Indiana 28
TCU 27, Kansas 17
Houston 25, Memphis 15
Army 50, Eastern Michigan 25
USF 13, UConn 10
Nebraska 44, Purdue 7
Duke 35, Navy 7
Buffalo 33, Western Michigan 0
Auburn 62, Western Carolina 3
Ball State 27, Kent State 24
UMass 17, Miami (Ohio) 10
Maryland 27 , Virginia 26
Troy 35, Georgia State 28
Tulane 36, East Carolina 33
Wyoming 38, New Mexico 31
San Jose State 34, Colorado State 27
Syracuse 24, N.C. State 10
Rice 27, Texas-San Antonio 21
Marshall 24, FAU 23
North Texas 34, Middle Tennessee State 7
ULM 21, Texas State 14
Arkansas State 48, Idaho 24
BYU 38, Georgia Tech 20
Mississippi State 21, Bowling Green 20
UAB 27, FIU 24
Tulsa 34, UTEP 20
Boise State 34, Utah State 23
UNLV 39, Hawaii 37
Arizona State 54, Colorado 13
Oregon State 38, Washington State 24
California 37, UCLA 10