College Football Top 25 Week 10 Recap

College Football Top 25 Week 10 Recap

Week 10 was an exciting week in College Football; LSU, Michigan State, and TCU all suffered losses while Clemson and Alabama earned impressive wins.

Aidan Thomas

Each week, VAVEL USA will bring a mini-recap for each Top 25 team in College Football. Week 10 was packed with three Top 10 losses, a few "almost" upsets, and an all around great week of football. 


#1 Clemson 23  #16 Florida State 13

Deshaun Watson threw for 297 yards, ran for another 107 yards, while Wayne Gallman rushed for 103 yards as the Tigers took down the Seminoles to remain undefeated. Dalvin Cook rushed for 194 yards but it wasn’t enough for the Seminoles (7-2).

#4 Alabama 30 #2 LSU 16

Alabama running back Derrick Henry scores three touchdowns en route to a 30-16 win over the LSU Tigers. Henry had 210 yards on 38 carries while LSU's Leonard Fournette was held to only 31 yards on 19 carries.

#3 Ohio State 28    Minnesota 14

The #3 Ohio State Buckeyes were held tough by the Minnesota Golden Gophers, but pulled away at the end of the first half thanks to a pick-6 by Vonn Bell that put the Buckeyes up 7-0. Ezekiel Elliott (114 rushing yards) then scored a 15 yard rushing touchdown with a minute left in the first half to send the Buckeyes to the locker room with a 14-0 lead. Despite a furious comeback by the Gophers, the Buckeyes held on for a 28-14 win over their Big Ten rivals.

#5 Notre Dame 42  Pittsburgh 30

Deshone Kizer threw for 262 yards, passed for five touchdowns while rushing for another as the Fighting Irish cruised past the Panthers 42-30.

#6 Baylor  31   Kansas State 24

Jarrett Stidham threw for a whopping 419 yards and three touchdowns as the Bears (8-0) survived a furious rally and upset attempt from the Kansas State Wildcats (3-5) who were led by 153 rushing yards from Joe Hubener.  

#7 Michigan State 38   Nebraska 39

Nebraska scored two touchdowns in the final two minutes to rally from a 12-point deficit and stun the Spartans, handing them their first loss. Trailing 38-26, the Cornhuskers scored with 1:47 remaining, to cut the lead to five points. When the Spartans recovered the onside kick, it appeared that Michigan State would survive the scare but the Spartans could not get a first down and punted with 0:55 left on the clock. Quarterback Tommy Armstrong (320 yards passing) led the Cornhuskers on a 4-play, 91 yard scoring drive to give Nebraska the shocking victory.

#14 Oklahoma State 49  #8 TCU 29

Mason Rudolph threw for 352 yards and five touchdowns as the Cowboys stunned everyone by cruising past the Horned Frogs in a battle of undefeated teams. Trevone Boykin threw for 445 yards but they were unable to overcome a 28-9 halftime deficit.

#9 Iowa  35     Indiana 27

C.J. Beathard threw for 233 yards as the Hawkeyes survived a solid challenge from the unranked Hoosiers, 35-27. Iowa led just 21-20 in the fourth quarter but scored consecutive touchdowns in a four minute span put the game away for the Hawkeyes.

#10 Florida  9  Vanderbilt 7

Despite being held to 57 yards in the second half, Florida got a late 43-yard field goal from Austin Hardin to push the Gators past upset-minded Vanderbilt, 9-7. Despite Ralph Webb’s 118 rushing yards and four turnovers, the Gators did just enough to clinch their first SEC East title since 2009.

#11 Stanford  42     Colorado 10

Kevin Hogan threw for 169 yards, Christian McCaffrey ran for 147, and the Cardinal cruised past the Buffaloes, 42-10.

#12 Utah  34  Washington 23

Devontae Booker carried 34 times for 150 yards as the Utes pulled away in the fourth quarter to take down the Huskies 34-23. Jake Browning threw for 257 yards for Washington.

Navy 45  #13 Memphis 20

Chris Swain ran for 108 yards as Navy pulled away with three unanswered touchdowns late in the game and the Midshipmen ran over the previously unbeaten Tigers, 45-20 in Memphis.

#15 Oklahoma  52 Iowa State 16

Baker Mayfield threw for 342 yards and three touchdowns as the Sooners scored 21 points in the first quarter and cruised past the Cyclones 52-16.

#17 Michigan  49    Rutgers 16

Jake Rudock threw for 337 yards, De’veon Smith ran for 74 more yards, and the Wolverines were never challenged in their 49-16 blowout victory over the Scarlet Knights.

Arkansas 53  #18 Ole Miss 52  OT

After a miracle fourth down conversion in overtime, the Razorbacks scored in the first overtime and made the gutsy decision to go for two points. Brandon Allen scored on the quarterback sneak and Arkansas walked away winners, upsetting Mississippi, 53-52. The Razorbacks tied the game with under a minute left in regulation at 45 before the Rebels struck first in overtime. Arkansas converted a 4th and 25 play before scoring on a nine yard pass from Allen to Drew Morgan.

Auburn 26  Texas A&M 10

Jovon Robinson ran for 159 yards and a touchdown and Auburn intercepted three passes in a 26-10 victory over No. 19 Texas A&M on Saturday night.The Aggies struck first on a first-quarter field goal but surrendered 20 straight points and never rallied.

#20 Mississippi State 31  Missouri 13

Dak Prescott threw for 303 yards and ran for 47 more as the Bulldogs (7-2) rode a 17-point third quarter to cruise by the Missouri Tigers, 31-13.

#21 Northwestern 23    Penn State 21

Jack Mitchell boomed a 35-yard field goal through the uprights with nine ticks remaining on the clock and Northwestern survived the Nittany Lions, 23-21. Christian Hackenberg threw for 205 yards for Penn State but Justin Jackson ran for 186 yards for the Wildcats.

#22 Temple   60    SMU  40

P.J. Walker threw for 268 yards and four touchdowns as the Owls (8-1) bounced back from their first setback of the year last week against Notre Dame to win a shootout against Southern Methodist University 60-40.

#23 UCLA  41   Oregon State    0

Josh Rosen threw two touchdowns to Thomas Duarte and No. 23 UCLA cruised past Oregon State 41-0 on Saturday in cold, rainy conditions to keep alive its Pac-12 title hopes.

Northern Illinois 32  #24 Toledo 27

Freshman backup quarterback Ryan Graham entered late in the game to lead Northern Illinois to two fourth-quarter touchdown drives as the Huskies (6-3) rallied to upset #24 Toledo, 32-27. Kenny Golladay caught 8 passes for 128 yards for Northern Illinois.

#25 Houston  33      Cincinnati   30

No. 18 Houston overcame Gunner Kiel’s 523 yards passing, forcing four straight incompletions on the final drive to preserve a 33-30 win over Cincinnati on Saturday and remain unbeaten.