It doesn’t get a whole lot scarier than the scare that Georgia experienced on the road on Saturday night. Taking on the Missouri Tigers on the road has often been more of a challenge than people would assume, and this particular evening was certainly that and more as the defending champion Bulldogs had to wait until the fourth quarter to wake up enough to claim a hard-fought 26-22 victory over their hosts. The Tigers led 16-6 at the half and stuck a 22-12 lead early in the fourth before the visitors barked back behind a pair of touchdown runs that culminated after long, long drives.
Daljun Edwards scored the winning TD with just over four minutes on the clock, and the #1 team survived. They might not keep that rank for now, but they did move to 5-0. Elsewhere, the #2 Alabama Crimson Tide rolled on as they defeated #20 Arkansas decisively to make a claim for that #1 spot. The visiting Tide were handily in control at the half, up 28-7 before a disastrous third let the Razorbacks get as close as 28-23. But a strong, decisive fourth saw the Tide pull away to win 49-26. Reigning Heisman winner Bryce Young did succumb to injury, blighting their day, but Jahmyr Gibbs’ 206 yard rushing day (with two TD’s) was plenty to take them over the Hogs. #14 Ole Miss beat #7 Kentucky 22-19 at home while #9 Oklahoma State overcame #16 Baylor 36-25. #5 Clemson saw off #10 North Carolina State 30-20 and #22 Wake Forest won 31-21 on the road at #23 Florida State. Other ranked teams to fall included #18 Oklahoma, #21 Minnesota, #17 Texas A&M, and #24 Pittsburgh.