Heading into this week, it looked like we were in store for one of a best college football weekends in new memory.
The games themselves did not disappoint.
Alabama and Ohio State sojourn a cream of a nation’s crop, yet immediately behind them sits a reshuffled Top 25 that looks distant opposite from a predecessor. Clemson changed adult to No. 3 after a hard-fought win over Louisville, while Michigan and Washington turn out a Top Five.
Here’s a demeanour during how a entire poll played out:
Nine games involving Top 25 teams were motionless by one score, including a dual sitting atop Saturday’s marquee.
Lamar Jackson and Deshaun Watson overcame their possess first-half inconsistencies to put on a uncover for a nationally televised audience, with Clemson scoring a final dual touchdowns for a 42-36 win.
Watson finished with 306 yards by a atmosphere and 5 scores opposite 3 interceptions, adding 91 yards on a ground. Jackson had 295 yards flitting and a touchdown opposite a collect while putting adult a game-high 162 rushing yards and dual scores; his 31 carries were scarcely double that of any other player.
“We both played good for a teams, and [the Heisman] is out of my control,” Watson said, per David M. Hale of ESPN.com. “My mind is on a inhabitant championship. It’s not on a Heisman.”
Michigan’s 14-7 win over Wisconsin was no reduction opposition yet distant uglier. The Badgers accounted for usually 159 sum yards and incited a round over 3 times opposite a brisk Wolverines defense, their usually touchdown entrance around a brief 31-yard expostulate set adult by an interception return. Wilton Speight connected with Amara Darboh from 46 yards out in a fourth entertain for a game-winning score.
Michigan hermetic a feat with a fantastic one-handed interception by Jourdan Lewis. ESPN’s College Football comment offering a replay of a clincher:
— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) October 2, 2016
“We see him make a lot of plays, yet that was on another level,” Speight said, per Mark Snyder of a Detroit Free Press. “I consider he jumped and floated for 5 yards and somehow held it with one hand. That’s a man that’s going to be personification on Sunday for a prolonged time. I’m blissful he’s on a team.”
Michigan now sits 5-0 and seems primed to conduct into a season-ending matchup with Ohio State undefeated. The Wolverines do not have another diversion opposite a ranked competition until a Buckeyes, and a biggest appearing hazard on their report (rival Michigan State) is already 0-2 in a Big Ten.
“If we wish to be a good team, you’ve got to learn from mistakes,” Speight said, per George Schroeder of USA Today. “We do that. To have so many of them, it’s a lot to learn and a lot to build on. … It’s a good feeling to have that form of diversion and travel divided victorious.”
Washington moves adult to No. 5 after laying a lumber on Stanford in a 44-6 frisk Friday. The Huskies seem to simply be a category of a Pac-12 yet should be tested subsequent week in Oregon. For now, though, there hasn’t been a improved feeling about this module given a 2000 Rose Bowl team.
“We’re not there,” manager Chris Petersen said, per Ivan Maisel of ESPN.com. “I’m not observant we’re there. we know how this thing goes. You nap on anybody, feeling like we got it, we got it figured out. we know what comes next.”
Tennessee kept a equally doubtful undefeated run alive with a Hail Mary win over Georgia. The Vols seemed passed in a H2O until a last-second swell landed in a outstretched arms of Jauan Jennings.
Elsewhere, Florida State, TCU, Texas, Utah and San Diego State any suffered waste opposite unranked opponents. North Carolina enters a check during No. 17 after handing a Seminoles their second detriment of a season, while Oklahoma re-enters during No. 20 after scraping by in a high-scoring event with TCU.
Colorado, West Virginia and Virginia Tech also changed into a check this week.
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