It was an absolutely pivotal week in the college football landscape. Saturday was “put up or shut up” time for many teams, and that produced a huge weekend full of upsets and ranked teams falling by the wayside. But it also showed that the nation’s two best teams, Alabama and Georgia, are clearly well and above everyone else. The #1 Crimson Tide smashed #12 Ole Miss at home by a score of 42-21, and the game wasn’t truly as tight as the score suggests. The Tide led 35-0 in the third and certainly eased off the pedal a bit late in the going. The #2 Bulldogs also cruised, hammering #8 Arkansas 37-0 with another smothering defensive performance.
Zamir White rushed for three touchdowns but it was that vaunted ‘D’ that dominated, giving up just 162 yards on the ground as it pitched yet another shutout to move to 5-0. Elsewhere, things got truly crazy. #3 Oregon managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, losing a lead late in the going to Stanford to lose 31-24 in OT. They were far from the only team to falter on the day, either. Perhaps the third biggest game of the day was taking place in South Bend as #9 Notre Dame hosted #7 Cincinnati. The Bearcats were favored by the bookmakers coming into it, and they showed just why as they ran out to a 17-0 lead before the Irish fought back to make it interesting. They then sailed away, claiming a 24-13 ‘W’ that will give them a great shot at becoming the first ‘Group of 5’ school to get a College Football Playoff ticket. #10 Florida lost, for the second time this season, as Kentucky shocked them 20-13 following a late goal-line stand in Lexington while #19 Oklahoma State held its nerve at home over #21 Baylor in a battle of unbeaten. #15 Texas A&M (to Mississippi State), #20 UCLA (to Arizona State), and #18 Fresno State (to Hawaii) all fell as well on a wild day that won’t soon be forgotten.