(#1) LSU, (#2) Alabama, (#3) Oklahoma, (#4) Wisconsin, (#5) Boise State, and (#7) Stanford were completely dominant with the average margin of victory in these six games being 40 points.
Three unbeatens were knocked out for the first time on Saturday:
(#11) Michigan 14, (#23) Michigan State 28
This set of Spartan seniors becomes the first group to sweep the Wolverines four years in a row for the first time in this rivalry since 1959-1962. Being the primary source of the Wolverine’s offense, Denard Robinson having 289 fewer total yards than he did in his previous game hurt Michigan in their loss.
Ohio State 17, (#16) Illinois 7
Braxton Miller, the Buckeyes’ quarterback, completed only 1 pass the entire game, but it was a touchdown pass that put the game out of reach. The Fighting Illini showed their true colors in this game, playing a somewhat decent opponent.
(#12) Georgia Tech 21, Virginia 24
Georgia Tech is known for its running attack, but Virginia had the exact same number of net rushing yards on the day, 272. Georgia Tech’s Tevin Washington having as many interceptions as he did completions (2) and Virginia blocking the Yellow Jacket’s last field goal attempt sealed the deal for this game.
Other games of note:
(#6) Oklahoma State 38, (#22) Texas 26
OSU maintains its status as a national contender with the matchup against the Sooners looming at the end of the year. Texas’s 4-0 start was promising, but they still have a long way to go to get back to where they want to be. Figuring out who is their quarterback for the future should be a main priority.
(#20) Baylor 28, (#21) Texas A&M 55
Ryan Tannehill threw a career-high 6 touchdown passes, 4 of which were caught by Ryan Swope, a career-high for him as well. Even though this game ended up being a blowout, it should be noted the Aggies were up 31-14 at the beginning of the third quarter and Baylor fought back to make it a 34-28 game. However, A&M just kept making the big play when necessary – something they’ve struggled to do the past few weeks – and won handily.
(#18) Arizona State 27, (#9) Oregon 41
After a tough opening weekend loss to LSU, the Ducks have torn through their schedule scoring an average of 53 points per game. They even took care of Arizona State with their primary source of offense – LeMichael James. Their last real test looks to be at Stanford on November 12th.
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