Apparently being called the “Tigers” was extremely helpful on Saturday, with the two highest profile games ultimately going the way of LSU and Clemson. LSU, ranked no.6 in the nation, took on no.9 Texas and the meeting did not disappoint. In total, 83 points were scored in the Tigers’ 45-38 win over the Longhorns.
Joe Burrow was the star attraction, throwing for four touchdown passes and totaling up 471 yards in the air. His opposite number, Sam Ehlinger also had four TD’s and over 400 yards himself. In the other big one between ranked opponents, no. 1 Clemson overcame no.12 Texas A&M 24-10 at home in large part due to a dominant second quarter in which they scored 17 points and only allowed three. The teams traded touchdowns in the remaining two quarters, but it was the Tigers that ended up holding on comfortably. Trevor Lawrence ended up with two touchdowns, one through the air and the other on the ground, as he led them to their 17th win in a row. Elsewhere, there were some upsets taking place. No. 24 Nebraska fell to Colorado 34-31 in overtime, Maryland defeated no.21 Syracuse 63-20, USC beat no. 23 Stanford 45-20, and no.14 Washington fell at the hands of California 20-19.