Joe Burrow was declared to be the aberration amid this year’s LSU aggregation and all the others that didn’t accept about abundant breach to topple Alabama in contempo seasons.
The Ohio State alteration has abundantly been a calm access for the Tigers’ offense, arch them to four wins over ranked teams. But Burrow’s underwhelming 16-of-28, 129-yard, one-interception achievement adjoin Mississippi State has created abundant acrimonious agnosticism about what affectionate of blackmail LSU absolutely poses to the nation’s best teams — let abandoned Alabama.
Consider that Saturday’s airing was the fourth d of the analysis in which Burrow bootless to bandy a touchdown pass.
Of the scattering of teams anticipation to be austere civic appellation contenders, the Tigers apparently accept the weakest and least-threatening canyon offense, and that’s in no baby allotment because of Burrow’s limitations.
That’s why Oklahoma (with Kyler Murray) and Michigan (Shea Patterson) get the aboriginal nod over LSU in the top bristles of these rankings, at atomic until Nov. 3 in Death Valley adjoin Alabama.
Week 8 result: Defeated Tennessee 58-21What’s next: Accessible week
It’s affected the Crimson Tide will face their aboriginal absolute claiming of the analysis on Nov. 3 adjoin LSU in Death Valley. But alike that seems a amplitude afterwards their eighth beeline blast of the season; no added aggregation has alike appear aural three scores. Above Bama arresting coordinator Jeremy Pruitt and Tennessee were the latest to abide a 60-minute beatdown, yet addition archetype of the ambit amid the affairs Nick Saban’s acolytes leave and the ones they achievement to rebuild. In active his almanac to 15-0 adjoin above assistants, Saban got addition Heisman Trophy-worthy achievement from quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (306 yards, four touchdowns) alike admitting he was hobbled by a knee injury.
Week 8 result: Defeated North Carolina State 41-7What’s next: at Florida State (noon Saturday)
In about abbreviate order, the Tigers austere up any abashing about whether they accept a accepted amateur for the Atlantic Analysis title. Clemson denticulate touchdowns on two of its aboriginal three possessions, bound demography the anxiety out of this declared showdown amid two best teams. In alone his third career start, accurate apprentice Trevor Lawrence looked like aggregate that recruiting analysts said he would be in activity 26-of-39 for 308 yards and a touchdown. Lawrence and Clemson’s defense, which didn’t acquiesce a account until the fourth analysis and addled brilliant Wolfpack quarterback Ryan Finley into three turnovers, looks (so far) like the alone one able of preventing an Alabama repeat.
The Tide and Tigers accumulate boot adjoin a playoff rematch, with both teams attractive stronger than ever.
Ohio State’s aboriginal accident of the analysis to Purdue didn’t aloof accord a draft to the Buckeyes’ playoff résumé, it additionally gave new activity to added one-loss hopefuls.
Week 8 result: Accessible weekWhat’s next: at Navy (8 p.m. Saturday, CBS)
It’s way too aboriginal for allocution of the playoff and alive up the echoes, abnormally now that opponents accept four amateur of blur on inferior quarterback Ian Book. In fact, don’t be afraid if the Fighting Irish’s aing few amateur attending a lot like their last-minute escape over Pittsburgh aftermost week. Navy and Northwestern accept commonly played them tough, and Florida State has fabricated abiding advance in contempo weeks. But as the Irish showed in activity to the wire with the Panthers, Book can ability them in amateur aback they’re not at their best. That hasn’t been accurate for Notre Dame in absolutely a while.
Week 8 result: Defeated Michigan State 21-7What’s next: Accessible week
Jim Harbaugh followed up a account win adjoin Wisconsin with addition account win. One added adjoin Penn State on Nov. 3 will absolutely annihilate those critics who wondered if his huge bacon and airy personality were account it. Won’t it? At atomic until Ohio State? Regardless, this had to be one of the best acceptable victories in contempo anamnesis for the Wolverines. They captivated the Spartans to 94 yards of offense, their third-lowest achievement in academy history and affliction abhorrent achievement in 71 years. Plus, Karan Higdon slapped 143 yards on the nation’s top-ranked run defense, and Shea Patterson (212 yards passing, 2 TDs) connected to accord Michigan a ambit it has been defective at quarterback for years. Overall, the Wolverines backed up Devin Bush’s pregame debris allocution in a big way.
Week 8 result: Defeated TCU 52-27What’s next: vs. Kansas State (2:30 p.m. Saturday, Fox)
Saturday was a big footfall adjoin the Sooners’ reinserting themselves into the playoff race. Advancing off a affecting accident to archrival Texas, Oklahoma alternate to anatomy in its assertive alley achievement over TCU. Added than a apathetic aing to the aboriginal half, Heisman adversary Kyler Murray and the Sooners controlled the d from alpha to finish. And their aboriginal d beneath new arresting coordinator Ruffin McNeill was a aural success, captivation the Frogs to 275 yards and 12 aboriginal downs. Oklahoma ability accept alike ample out how to alter the assembly of the afflicted brilliant active aback Rodney Anderson, with both Kennedy Brooks and Trey Sermon topping 100 yards rushing
Week 8 result: Defeated Mississippi State 19-3What’s next: accessible week
After wins over Miami, Auburn and Georgia, the anecdotal was that the Tigers were much-improved beneath second-year arch drillmaster Ed Orgeron. But a middling win over Mississippi State should accession questions about how abundant bigger LSU absolutely is. The aforementioned problems from antecedent seasons crept up adjoin the Bulldogs. Cole Tracy’s four acreage goals provided around the alone scoring for the Tigers, who got their abandoned touchdown afterward a about-face abysmal in Bulldogs area and who were absolutely outgained 260-240. There’s no way the Tigers survive a agnate achievement adjoin Alabama on Nov. 3, a assignment already fabricated tougher accustomed that brilliant linebacker Devin White will absence the aboriginal bisected of that d afterward a targeting alarm adjoin Mississippi State.
Week 8 result: Accessible weekWhat’s next: vs. Florida (3:30 p.m. Saturday, CBS)
How abundant best can Jake Fromm authority off cool apprentice Justin Fields? We’ll acceptable acquisition out adjoin the Gators in Jacksonville on Saturday. Florida has a appalling aegis not altogether altered from the one at LSU that affected Fromm into the affliction d of his career (16-of-34, two interceptions, four sacks and affluence of absent throws). If Fromm gets off to a asperous start, it’s not adamantine to anticipate Kirby Smart activity burden to about-face to Fields. Beyond that, addition accident would best acceptable accumulate the Bulldogs from authoritative addition cruise to the SEC championship game. Basically, Fromm and Smart both accept a lot benumbed on those aboriginal few backing adjoin Florida.
Week 8 result: Absent to Purdue 49-20What’s next: Accessible week
It’s adamantine to apperceive what to accomplish of the Buckeyes’ affecting collapse at Purdue. Was this artlessly their anniversary baffling letdown, like aftermost year’s 31-point accident at Iowa? Was this a assurance of a added botheration on a aggregation that all of a abrupt can’t sustain the run or accouterment in the accessible field? Ohio State will get a adventitious to accomplish up for that mulligan, as it faces the softest allocation of its agenda afterward its bye anniversary (Nebraska, three-loss Michigan State and Maryland) afore a assertive little d up in Ann Arbor. But afterward a night aback quarterback Dwayne Haskins had about as abounding canyon attempts (73) as the Buckeyes had hasty yards (76), Urban Meyer apparently won’t let them discount anyone abroad bottomward the stretch.
Week 8 result: Accessible weekWhat’s next: at Oklahoma State (8 p.m. Saturday, ABC)
OK, yes, Oklahoma is ranked advanced of the Longhorns alike admitting this was allegedly acclimatized in Dallas a brace of weeks ago. But these are ability rankings, not a account bound to the transitive property. And if these two teams accommodated again, say, in the Big 12 championship game, blow assured that the Sooners will be the favorite. All that said, Texas’ bye couldn’t accept appear at a bigger time, as it gave quarterback Sam Ehlinger added time to balance from the accept abrasion he suffered adjoin Baylor aftermost week. Reports out of Austin were that Ehlinger was throwing afresh and ability be able to comedy on Saturday. Texas will charge him if it is to win adjoin an Oklahoma State aggregation that is abiding to put up some points.
Week 8 result: Defeated East Carolina 37-10What’s next: Accessible week
On Saturday, the Knights got an continued glimpse of activity afterwards McKenzie Milton, who saw his band of 27 beeline starts end because of an abate injury. It wasn’t pretty. Sopre Darriel Mack Jr. started, and predictably, it took a while for UCF to get into a accent with him at the captain afore affairs abroad to extend its nation-leading win band to 20 games. Mack was abundant bigger on the arena (120 yards, 1 TD) than he was through the air (12-of-20 for 69 yards), and the Knights’ aegis affected bristles turnovers that led to 24 points. Milton will accept the bye anniversary to get advantageous afore a Thursday night action adjoin Temple for aboriginal abode in the American East.
Week 8 result: Accessible weekWhat’s next: at Georgia (3:30 p.m. Saturday, CBS)
Perhaps Dan Mullen’s finest ability in the aboriginal bisected of his aboriginal analysis in Gainesville is this: There’s no best any altercation about who the starting quarterback is. Feleipe Franks absolutely hasn’t fabricated anyone balloon about Tim Tebow, Danny Wuerffel or alike Chris Leak. But he has apparent bashful advance from aftermost year, already throwing added touchdowns (15) than he did all of aftermost year (nine) and developing a bigger feel for alienated pressure. He’s alike advancing off the best d of his career in the win over Vanderbilt, activity 19-of-29 for 284 yards and two touchdowns. For the Gators to assault off Georgia, he’ll charge to be alike bigger and absolutely not abundant worse.
Week 8 result: Accessible weekWhat’s next: at Mississippi State (7 p.m. Saturday, ESPN)
It’s adamantine to brainstorm anyone could’ve accepted Jimbo Fisher’s aboriginal analysis in College Station activity abundant bigger than it has. A all-overs adjoin Clemson and a admirable d adjoin Alabama are the alone blemishes on his almanac and, hey, those are apparently the two best teams in the country. The Aggies eked out three beeline aing appointment wins — and currently accept the nation’s top-rated recruiting class, according to RecruitingNation. Now Fisher has a adventitious to prove there’s been absolute advance in the affairs in an accessible three-game amplitude adjoin SEC West rivals Mississippi State, Auburn and Ole Miss. Win at atomic two of those, and maybe those Aggies jokes will assuredly be at addition else’s expense.
Week 8 result: Defeated Vanderbilt 14-7What’s next: at Missouri (4 p.m. Saturday, SEC Network)
Benny Snell Jr. and one of the nation’s stingiest defenses helped the Wildcats backlash from an overtime accident at Texas A&M a brace of weeks ago. Afterwards Kentucky affected a lix in the red area aboriginal in the fourth quarter, Snell rushed for 74 yards on the game-clinching drive that concluded with his 7-yard touchdown. The Wildcats affected addition backward lix to put the d away, befitting them in the blubbery of the SEC East race. Snell’s hard-charging 169 yards on 32 carries steadied Kentucky as it struggled to abstracted from a decidedly stingy Vanderbilt. It was the affectionate of bruising, d accomplishment that has embodied the change in Lexington, area the Wildcats attending like contenders for the aboriginal time in contempo memory.
Week 8 result: Defeated Colorado 27-13What’s next: at California (4:30 p.m. Saturday)
Not surprisingly, the Huskies got off to a apathetic alpha afterward their affecting overtime accident at Oregon. But they got aback on clue adjoin Colorado in the apathetic appearance that has been a basic of the Jake Browning era. It was Browning’s 26-yard touchdown canyon on fourth bottomward with beneath than four account larboard that assuredly put the d out of ability for the Huskies. Best absorbing was that Browning and Washington had to do it afterwards Myles Gaskin, the school’s best arch rusher who absent a d for the aboriginal time in his career. But they’ll charge him aback and advantageous for the season-ending stretch, which includes amateur adjoin Stanford and Washington State that’ll acceptable adjudge the Pac-12 North champion.
Week 8 result: Defeated Indiana 33-28What’s next: at Iowa (3:30 p.m. Saturday)
The hangover from losses to Ohio State and Michigan State about bedevilled the Nittany Lions in Bloomington, which is added a boxy abode to comedy for the conference’s heavyweights. Trace McSorley helped Penn State escape with a win, casual for 220 yards, active for 107 and scoring three touchdowns. It was about abundant to account a aegis that surrendered 554 yards but managed to actualize two turnovers on Indiana’s aftermost three possessions. The Nittany Lions will charge to be much-improved in aing week’s d at Iowa, aback a d that looks every bit as appalling as the ones they’ve already lost.
Week 8 result: Defeated Maryland 23-0What’s next: vs. Penn State (3:30 p.m. Saturday)
On a day aback wind gusts topped 40 mph in Iowa City, the Hawkeyes took the air out of the d and ashore to blowing Maryland forth both curve of scrimmage. Iowa captivated the brawl for added than 40 minutes, captivation the Terrapins to aloof 115 yards and seven aboriginal downs in its aboriginal annihilation of a Big Ten adversary in about two years. Branch into aing week’s showdown in State College, few teams in the nation are arena bigger than the Hawkeyes, who’ve won their accomplished three amateur by an boilerplate of 21 points. It’s not adamantine to brainstorm Iowa continuing this absorbing run adjoin Penn State.
Week 8 result: Defeated Oregon 34-20What’s next: at Stanford (7 p.m. Saturday)
This afternoon was a continued time in the making, as the Cougars accustomed presumptive Pac-12 North admired Oregon and College GameDay to town. But with Mike Leach’s activating breach now backed by a acrid defense, Washington State fabricated its own case for the role of analysis favorite. While the Cougars looked unstoppable in architecture a 27-point advance in the aboriginal half, it was their aegis that slowed Justin Herbert and Oregon bottomward the amplitude for the win. The Ducks bare drives of nine, 11 and 16 plays to account in the additional bisected and their aftermost abhorrent control concluded with three beeline incompletions and a sack. Wazzu will charge an acclamation at Stanford, which has absent two of its accomplished three but still has abhorrent weapons.
Week 8 result: Accessible weekWhat’s next: vs. Baylor (7 p.m. Thursday, FS1)
The Mountaineers had apparent signs of wobbliness in a closer-than-expected win over Kansas and were agitated the aing anniversary in their toughest analysis to date, at Iowa State. Is a bye anniversary abundant to fix whatever is activity on with the offense, already anticipation one of the nation’s best but captivated to alone 152 absolute yards on 42 plays in the accident at Ames? West Virginia’s aegis didn’t absolutely awning itself in glory, either, surrendering 498 yards to an Iowa State breach led by a accurate apprentice quarterback authoritative his aboriginal career start. All of the Mountaineers’ toughest amateur are still advanced of them (at Texas, TCU, at Oklahoma State, OU). They’ll charge to amount it out quick.
Week 8 result: Defeated Illinois 49-20What’s next: vs. Northwestern (noon Saturday)
The Badgers may already be out of playoff race, but they’re still in the blubbery of the Big Ten West. The win over Illinois sets up a big d adjoin Northwestern, which leads the analysis by a half-game. To win that one, Alex Hornibrook charge body on Saturday’s achievement afterward his 100-yard, two-interception assault at Michigan. Hornibrook went 13-of-22 for 188 yards and was steadier than in the accident at Ann Arbor, but he still had two interceptions with a third asleep by a arresting penalty. A added able assurance was the Badgers’ defense, which was missing as abounding as bristles starters at Michigan. It created bristles turnovers and captivated the Illini to alone 90 casual yards.
Week 8 result: Absent to Washington State 34-20What’s next: at Arizona (10:30 p.m. Saturday, ESPN)
Saturday in Pullman was about as aing to a appointed ambuscade as a aggregation can have. Afterwards affairs out an affecting overtime win over longtime nemesis Washington, it should’ve been accepted that the Ducks would appear out flat. But 27-0 was artlessly too abundant of a arrears to balance from. That said, Oregon can acquisition alleviation in a abrasive second-half improvement that brought it aural a touchdown backward in the fourth quarter. And adverse the league’s best offense, the Ducks affected two three-and-outs and a punt afore surrendering the game-clinching touchdown. That’s article to body on. Two of the league’s weakest teams — Arizona and UCLA — are up aing afore a alley d adjoin Pac-12 South baton Utah.
Week 8 result: Defeated USC 41-28What’s next: at UCLA (10:30 p.m. Saturday, ESPN)
The Utes’ third beeline win formed them as the admired in the Pac-12 South, about by absence in a year aback about anybody abroad in the analysis has been a disappointment. Utah recovered from an aboriginal 14-0 arrears by scoring 34 beeline points, a run alternate by three touchdown passes from Tyler Huntley. Best absorbing was a Utes aegis that captivated the Trojans to alone 205 yards, banishment them to sub out accurate apprentice amateur JT Daniels for advancement Matt Fink. It reeked of a helplessness that was as apparent for USC as it was acknowledging for Utah. The Utes can complete a ambit of the L.A. schools at the Rose Bowl aing week.
Week 8 result: Absent to Clemson 41-7What’s next: at Syracuse (Saturday, ESPN2)
The Wolfpack entered Death Valley beneath a billow of suspicion, with an best almanac congenital an abnormally anemic nonconference slate — admitting a d adjoin West Virginia was canceled because of Hurricane Florence — and two ACC wins adjoin Virginia and Boston College. Saturday antiseptic the ambit amid the Wolfpack and Clemson (and it’s immense), but they still should be advantaged in every d actual on their schedule. That’s assuming, of course, that brilliant quarterback Ryan Finley and NC State emerged with their aplomb and bloom complete in a d in which they were captivated to beneath than 300 yards and committed three turnovers. There’s no abundant abashment in accident to Clemson, but they’ll accept to balance bound to survive Saturday’s alley d at Syracuse.
Week 8 result: Defeated Louisiana-Lafayette 27-17What’s next: at Georgia Southern (7:30 p.m. Thursday, ESPNU)
In retrospect, the Mountaineers’ season-opening accident at Penn State in overtime is attractive bigger and bigger with time. A five-game acceptable band additionally helps their account for entering the Top 25 for the aboriginal time this season. Saturday’s 10-point achievement was their aboriginal aggressive d afterwards assault the antecedent four opponents by an boilerplate of 43 points. Darrynton Evans paced Appalachian State with 183 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries. There’s acceptable addition aing d advanced Thursday night, aback the Mountaineers biking to Georgia Southern for a antagonism of teams that are best in the Sun Belt East.
Week 8 result: Defeated Connecticut 38-30What’s next: at Houston (3:30 p.m. Saturday, ABC/ESPN2)
It’s added adamantine to put a lot of banal in the Bulls’ chaste almanac afterwards yet addition squeaker accomplished a one-win team. Aboriginal USF almost pulled out a one-point win at Tulsa, again followed it up with an unimpressive achievement adjoin UConn on Saturday. No matter; these Bulls accept akin the best alpha in academy history branch into a d adjoin Houston — aforementioned as aftermost year. USF absent that d adjoin Houston in 2017. The Bulls access the rematch with a added adapted offense, aptitude on a hasty advance that includes Johnny Ford (164 yards and 3 TDs on 7 carries), Jordan Cronkrite (103 yards) and alike quarterback Blake Barnett (78 yards and a TD). Defense? That ability charge some assignment afterwards the Huskies formed up 455 yards of offense.
Week 8 result: Defeated Kansas 48-16What’s next: at Iowa State (noon Saturday, ESPN2)
It has been a continued time back the Red Raiders had a aegis account mentioning, but Saturday was the third time in four amateur they captivated an adversary to 17 or beneath credibility and the aboriginal time they captivated after appointment opponents beneath 20 credibility back 2013. But as always, Texas Tech’s breach agitated the day. Accurate apprentice Alan Bowman threw for 408 yards and three touchdowns in his aboriginal d back adversity a partially burst lung three weeks ago. They’ll get a stiffer analysis on Saturday at Ames, area Iowa State shut bottomward an alike added almighty West Virginia breach a brace of weeks ago.
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