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If you enjoy a relaxing Saturday of college football, Week 10 was not for you. Playoff contenders rose and fell, conference races moved one step closer to being decided and overall madness ruled the day.
Seven games featured a pair of ranked teams, so there were marquee contests scattered all over the slate.
And wow, was there excitement. Ohio State could not survive Iowa and the haunted Kinnick Stadium, while Michigan State used its home-field advantage to stun Penn State. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State combined for 1,446 yards and 114 points in Bedlam.
We’ll recap those games—and more!—while looking at the most impactful and noteworthy results of Week 10.
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Scott Frost’s Central Florida team has asserted itself as the Group of Five favorite, but Toledo is lurking just outside the spotlight.
Thursday night, the Rockets earned a critical 27-17 victory over Northern Illinois in a battle for front-runner status in the MAC’s West Division.
Logan Woodside threw for 361 yards, and Terry Swanson ran in three touchdowns to help Toledo improve to 5-0 in conference play. Diontae Johnson reeled in 10 passes for 166 yards, and Jordan Fisher notched six receptions for 102 yards.
Most importantly, the Rockets stand at 8-1 overall—and the only loss happened at No. 10 Miami. If UCF falters down the stretch, Toledo will have a decent argument to appear in a New Year’s Six bowl.
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Quarterback Nathan Rourke started hot and never slowed down on Tuesday. He capped Ohio’s opening possession with a three-yard touchdown run and accounted for six trips to the end zone in the 45-28 victory over rival Miami (Ohio).
The sophomore completed 21 of 33 passes for 294 yards and three touchdowns. He added 54 yards and three scores on the ground.
“He’s just hungry for the end zone; I don’t know what to say,” teammate A.J. Ouellette said of Rourke, per Jordan Horrobin of The Post. “He’s a little prettier getting into the end zone, too.”
Although Ohio takes on Toledo next week, a win against Akron in Week 12 could propel the Bobcats to the their second straight MAC Championship Game appearance.
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One game after ceding 248 rushing yards and three touchdowns on the ground in a 31-28 overtime loss to Army, Temple’s defense locked down Navy’s triple-option attack to claim a 34-26 victory.
Zach Abey, who entered the week as the No. 7 rusher nationally, managed 84 yards on 21 carries but lost 24 on sacks. Chris High mustered 38 yards on 12 attempts, and Malcolm Perry had 23 yards.
Temple totaled 11 tackles for loss, led by 3.5 from Sharif Finch. Shaun Bradley added two, and six others contributed on at least one stop behind the line of scrimmage.
Overall, the Owls limited the Midsphipmen to season-worst marks of 2.6 yards per carry and 136 yards on the ground. It was also Navy’s third consecutive loss following a 5-0 start.
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With Florida Atlantic holding a 30-23 edge late in the fourth quarter, Owls head coach Lane Kiffin made a smart decision to have his punter intentionally take a safety rather than risk getting the kick blocked.
And a particular section of viewers wasn’t happy with the move.
According to OddsShark, FAU closed as six-point favorites over Marshall. The safety moved the final margin from seven to five and a 30-25 result.
According to Shandel Richardson of the Sun Sentinel, a school spokesperson said Kiffin was joking. Unfortunately for some bettors, they didn’t share in the laughter.
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In a game where Trace McSorley etched his name into Penn State’s record book, Michigan State stole the spotlight.
Capped by a 34-yard field goal from Matt Coghlin at the horn, the No. 24 Spartans pulled out a 27-24 victory over the Nittany Lions. He also kicked a game-tying 32-yard field goal earlier in the fourth quarter.
Felton Davis III torched Penn State for 12 catches and 181 yards to overshadow McSorley’s passing Christian Hackenberg for the most touchdowns in Penn State history. McSorley now has 50 passing touchdowns in his career.
But the loss knocked the Nittany Lions out of the Big Ten championship picture and likely the College Football Playoff discussion.
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Florida parted ways with Jim McElwain earlier in the week, but the coaching change didn’t lead to renewed energy.
Instead, the Gators hardly put up a fight at Missouri.
Drew Lock tossed two touchdowns, Larry Rountree III scored twice on the ground and the Tigers build a 28-6 halftime lead. Florida’s fortunes didn’t turn much after the break, and Missouri finished off a 45-16 victory to hand the Gators their fourth straight loss.
If Florida can’t shake the skid in Week 11 against South Carolina, the regular-season finale against Florida State would be a must-win for the program to be eligible for a bowl game.
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Jacques Patrick’s absence due to a knee injury has created an opportunity for Cam Akers, and the true freshman took advantage Saturday against Syracuse in a 27-24 win.
In the second quarter alone, Akers ripped off touchdown runs of 54 and 63 yards. He’d already piled up a career-best 159 yards before halftime and finished with 199.
“Cam ran the ball extremely well,” head coach Jimbo Fisher said after the game, per Safid Deen of the Orlando Sentinel. “He finished runs, hit the home runs. He did the home run the right way, not with craziness, but good, hard runs.”
Florida State’s season hasn’t progressed as anyone expected, but the future of the backfield is in excellent hands.
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Did you think Iowa would beat No. 6 Ohio State? If yes, awesome! But we’re comfortable in suggesting you didn’t expect a 55-24 rout.
Iowa’s dominance started from the first offensive play.
Safety Amani Hooker jumped a J.T. Barrett pass for an interception—one of four on the day for Iowa—and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown. The Buckeyes bounced back and hung around until the score was even at 17, but the Hawkeyes took control from that point.
Nathan Stanley tossed four touchdowns during a stretch of 31 straight Iowa points, propelling Kirk Ferentz’s club to a convincing win—and perhaps eliminating Ohio State from the College Football Playoff picture.
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In a weekend riddled with upsets, No. 4 Clemson survived. And with a championship at stake, that’s all that matters.
Kelly Bryant totaled 279 yards and three touchdowns during the 38-31 victory, helping the Tigers secure an essential ACC win. No. 20 North Carolina State hadn’t lost in conference play entering Week 10.
Although Clemson’s defense had an atypical performance and allowed 491 yards, the unit limited the Wolfpack to a 5-of-16 mark on third and fourth downs and intercepted two Ryan Finley passes. K’Von Wallace iced the result with a game-ending pick.
With a victory next week over Florida State, the Tigers will celebrate their third straight Atlantic Division crown.
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Notre Dame won’t stop wrecking defenses.
During a 48-37 win against Wake Forest, the No. 3 Fighting Irish amassed 710 yards of total offense. They showed off terrific balance with 380 yards on the ground and 330 through the air.
Brandon Wimbush threw for a career-best 280 yards and scampered for 110 more, accounting for three scores. Additionally, Chase Claypool eclipsed his season total of 174 receiving yards with a 180-yard effort on nine receptions.
Most impressively, Notre Dame accomplished the offensive explosion despite losing Heisman Trophy candidate Josh Adams after he entered the concussion protocol late in the first quarter. He managed 22 yards on just five carries.
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Saquon Barkley only had 131 all-purpose yards in another Penn State loss. Barrett tossed four interceptions. Adams left Notre Dame’s win because of an injury. Stanford’s Bryce Love had just 69 yards rushing.
Ladies and gentlemen, your Heisman leader is Baker Mayfield.
The senior gunslinger shredded No. 11 Oklahoma State for a school-record 598 yards and totaled six touchdowns in a 62-52 shootout win. Mayfield tossed a pair of interceptions, but that can be forgiven considering he led 10 scoring drives during Bedlam.
Mayfield, who has a pair of top-four Heisman finishes to his credit, is likely to receive an invitation to New York—especially if the Sooners maneuver their way through the regular season to an 11-1 record.
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LSU enjoyed its most productive offensive game against Alabama in five years, but it still wasn’t enough to upend the Crimson Tide.
Although Ed Orgeron’s club collected 306 yards, the Tigers only crossed midfield three times. One drive apiece ended with a touchdown, field goal and punt.
Darrel Williams broke off a 54-yard run that set up LSU’s lone touchdown, but the Tide limited Derrius Guice to 71 yards on 19 attempts. Plus, QB Danny Etling averaged 5.3 yards per attempt and threw an interception that Bo Scarbrough later turned into a touchdown.
That didn’t cut it against No. 2 Alabama, which claimed a 24-10 win and the seventh straight victory in the series.
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The College Football Playoff selection committee offered little respect for Miami’s 7-0 record, slotting Mark Richt‘s squad at No. 10 in the initial poll. Right or wrong didn’t matter; the Hurricanes needed to keep winning anyway.
Saturday night, they did exactly that.
Miami’s defense swarmed Virginia Tech to the final whistle, holding the Hokies to 299 yards—their lowest output of the campaign. The Hurricanes also broke out the turnover chain four times during the 28-10 triumph. Just one team, Clemson (31), had scored more points on VT this season.
Additionally, at 6-0 in ACC play, Miami effectively wrapped up the Coastal Division to appear in the ACC Championship Game for the first time ever. That’s an important step for the program, no matter how the ‘canes fare in their pursuit of the College Football Playoff.