Originally Published: November 12, 2017 5:50 a.m.
TOP 25 FARED
No. 1 Alabama (10-0) beat No. 18 Mississippi State 31-24. Next: vs. Mercer, Saturday.
No. 2 Georgia (9-1) lost to No. 10 Auburn 40-17. Next: vs. Kentucky, Saturday.
No. 3 Notre Dame (8-2) lost to No. 7 Miami 41-8. Next: vs. Navy, Saturday.
No. 4 Clemson (9-1) beat Florida State 31-14. Next: vs. The Citadel, Saturday.
No. 5 Oklahoma (9-1) beat No. 8 TCU 38-20. Next: at Kansas, Saturday.
No. 6 Wisconsin (10-0) beat No. 25 Iowa 38-14. Next: vs. No. 21 Michigan, Saturday.
No. 7 Miami (9-0) beat No. 3 Notre Dame 41-8. Next: vs. Virginia, Saturday.
No. 8 TCU (8-2) lost to No. 5 Oklahoma 38-20. Next: at Texas Tech, Saturday.
No. 9 Washington (8-2) lost to Stanford 30-22, Friday. Next: vs. Utah, Saturday.
No. 10 Auburn (8-2) beat No. 2 Georgia 40-17. Next: vs. Louisiana-Monroe, Saturday.
No. 11 Ohio State (8-2) beat No. 13 Michigan State 48-3. Next: vs. Illinois, Saturday.
No. 12 Oklahoma State (8-2) beat No. 24 Iowa State 49-42. Next: vs. Kansas State, Saturday.
No. 13 Michigan State (7-3) lost to No. 11 Ohio State 48-3. Next: vs. Maryland, Saturday.
No. 14 UCF (9-0) beat UConn 49-24. Next: at Temple, Saturday.
No. 15 Southern Cal (9-2) beat Colorado 38-24. Next: vs. UCLA, Saturday.
No. 16 Penn State (8-2) beat Rutgers 35-6. Next: vs. Nebraska, Saturday.
No. 17 Virginia Tech (7-3) lost to Georgia Tech 28-22. Next: vs. Pittsburgh, Saturday.
No. 18 Mississippi State (7-3) lost to No. 1 Alabama 31-24. Next: at Arkansas, Saturday.
No. 19 Washington State (9-2) beat Utah 33-25. Next: at No. 9 Washington, Saturday, Nov. 25.
No. 20 Memphis (8-1) did not play. Next: vs. SMU, Saturday.
No. 21 Michigan (8-2) beat Maryland 35-10. Next: at No. 6 Wisconsin, Saturday.
No. 22 South Florida (8-1) did not play. Next: vs. Tulsa, Thursday.
No. 23 West Virginia (7-3) beat Kansas State 28-23. Next: vs. Texas, Saturday.
No. 24 Iowa State (6-4) lost to No. 12 Oklahoma State 49-42. Next: at Baylor, Saturday.
No. 25 Iowa (6-4) lost to No. 6 Wisconsin 38-14. Next: vs. Purdue, Saturday.
AUBURN, Ala. — Kerryon Johnson ran for 167 yards and caught a 55-yard touchdown pass from Jarrett Stidham and No. 10 Auburn smothered No. 2 Georgia’s running game in a 40-17 victory Saturday.
The Tigers (8-2, 6-1 Southeastern Conference) remained in Western Division and potentially playoff contention after snapping a three-year losing streak to one of their top rivals.
The Bulldogs (9-1, 6-1) came in with the top spot in the playoff rankings and could get a rematch if Auburn can beat No. 1 Alabama in two weeks.
The first go around wasn’t pretty for Georgia. Auburn held Nick Chubb, Sony Michel and the SEC’s top ground game to 46 yards, 233 below their season average.
Johnson ran 32 times and caught two passes for 66 yards. Stidham threw for 214 yards and three touchdowns, all of 30-plus yards.
Georgia special teams blunders helped set up three Auburn touchdowns, including a roughing the penalty flag in the first half. The Bulldogs fumbled away a punt return and had a 15-yard personal foul penalty in the third quarter when Auburn pulled away with two touchdowns.
Ryan Davis returned a punt 26 yards into Georgia territory, with the flag pushing Auburn even closer to the goal line. Then Davis took a screen pass 32 yards for a touchdown to make it 30-7. Darius Slayton made a 42-yard scoring grab earlier.
NO. 4 CLEMSON 31, FLORIDA STATE 14
CLEMSON, S.C. — Travis Etienne ran for 97 yards and two touchdowns, including a 1-yard burst with 3:05 left, and Clemson won the ACC Atlantic Division with a victory over Florida State.
The Tigers (9-1, 7-1, No. 4 CFP) and their dominant defense looked to have this one wrapped up when they opened a 17-0 lead with two minutes left in the third quarter. But the Seminoles (3-6, 3-5) rallied on Jacques Patrick’s 9-yard scoring run and a double flea-flicker for a 60-yard TD catch by tight end Ryan Izzo.
NO. 6 WISCONSIN 38, NO. 25 IOWA 14
MADISON, Wis. — Receiver Kendric Pryor scored twice, and Wisconsin relied on stifling defense to overcome four turnovers and Iowa cornerback Josh Jackson’s two touchdowns.
The win allowed the Badgers (10-0, 7-0 Big Ten, CFP No. 8) to clinch a trip to the league conference title game as West champions.
NO. 11 OHIO ST. 48, NO. 13 MICHIGAN ST. 3
COLUMBUS, Ohio — J.T. Barrett threw two touchdown passes and ran for two more scores, Mike Weber ran for 162 yards and two scores and Ohio State bounced back from a deflating loss last week to rout Michigan State.
The Buckeyes (8-2, 6-1 Big Ten, CFP No. 13) scored on five of their first six possessions, led 35-3 at the half and cruised the rest of the way to claim sole possession of first place in the Big Ten East.
NO. 12 OKLA. ST. 49, NO. 24 IOWA ST. 42
AMES, Iowa — Mason Rudolph threw for 376 yards and three touchdowns — including two in the final 5:55 — and Oklahoma State rallied to beat Iowa State and keep its Big 12 title hopes alive.
Justice Hill had 134 yards and three TD runs for the Cowboys (8-2, 5-2 Big 12, No. 15 CFP). They remained tied for second place in the league with two games to go. The top two finishers in the Big 12 will meet in the championship game in Arlington, Texas, on Dec. 2.
NO. 14 UCF 49, UCONN 24
ORLANDO, Fla. — Otis Anderson ran for 84 yards and two touchdowns, McKenzie Milton passed for 311 yards and Central Florida pulled away from UConn.
Anderson had a 3-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and helped the undefeated Knights (9-0, 6-0 American Athletic Conference, CFP, No. 18) break it open with a 65-yard touchdown run, making it 35-17 with 14:11 left. The freshman bounced back nicely after he had a costly fumble in the third quarter.
NO. 21 MICHIGAN 35, MARYLAND 10
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Brandon Peters threw two touchdown passes, Chris Evans ran for two scores and Michigan dominated Maryland in the first half.
The Wolverines (8-2, 5-2 Big Ten) have won three straight. The Terrapins (4-6, 2-5) have lost five of six.
NO. 15 USC 38, COLORADO 24
BOULDER, Colo. — Sam Darnold threw two TD passes and ran for another score, Ajene Harris intercepted two passes, including one he returned for a score, and Southern California beat Colorado to wrap up the Pac-12 South title.
Darnold threw for 329 yards as he improved to 18-3 as a starter. Tailback Ronald Jones II had 142 yards to surpass Mike Garrett for sixth place on the Trojans’ career rushing list.
NO. 16 PENN STATE 35, RUTGERS 6
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Trace McSorley accounted for 258 total yards and three touchdowns and Penn State routed Rutgers after a two-loss stretch.
GA. TECH 28, NO. 17 VIRGINIA TECH 22
ATLANTA — TaQuon Marshall got two long touchdown passes out of his only completions, including an 80-yarder to Ricky Jeune with 6 1/2 minutes remaining, and Ajani Kerr swatted away a fourth-pass in the end zone to preserve Georgia Tech’s upset.
NO. 23 WEST VIRGINIA 28, KANSAS ST. 23
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Will Grier threw for 372 yards and four touchdowns, Justin Crawford added 113 yards rushing and West Virginia overcame its early mistakes to hold off Kansas State.
NO. 19 WASHINGTON STATE 33, UTAH 25
SALT LAKE CITY — Luke Falk threw for 311 yards and three touchdowns for Washington State.
The Cougars are now one win from winning the Pac-12 North and playing in the conference championship game for the first time since the league created divisions in 2011.