Michigan players were sick of hearing about eight losses to Michigan State in 10 years, so they finally did something about it. The Wolverines smacked Michigan State around on its own field for 60 minutes, recording their second win in the past three years over the Spartans. Shea Patterson’s long touchdown pass in the third quarter was the difference as he came up clutch in a huge game. Michigan looks like a serious threat to Ohio State.
Which Notre Dame team will we see after the bye week? The Fighting Irish have been dominant, at times, this season but occasionally look extremely beatable. Sure, they’re still undefeated, but they can’t continue to let teams like Pitt or Ball State stay in games they have no business competing in. Notre Dame will still be in that top-four range.
Were you looking for a late-night offensive shootout in the SEC? The LSU vs. Mississippi State game probably wasn’t for you. The Tigers’ defense was on fire all night and held Nick Fitzgerald and Co. in check. The Bulldogs weren’t able to do much of anything in Baton Rouge as Ed Orgeron’s team remained hot, beating another ranked squad, 19-3. The Tigers may just be serious about this SEC title race thing.
If there was any doubt about who the best team in the ACC is, it’s since been relinquished. The Clemson Tigers are clearly the No. 1 team in the conference, and it may not be all that close. With NC State coming to town on Saturday afternoon, it looked like Clemson’s last serious threat to ruin the Tigers’ perfect season. That didn’t happen, though, as Trevor Lawrence passed for over 300 yards and the Tigers dominated in every aspect of the game, winning 41-7.
If you’re Alabama, you have to be sick of winning, right? The Crimson Tide just keep getting it done and this time it came against rival Tennessee and Nick Saban’s former assistant, Jeremy Pruitt. Tua Tagovailoa just looks like he’s on a different level, surging to the front of the Heisman race. The Volunteers just didn’t have answers for Alabama after falling behind 28-0 in the first quarter and coming back from that is virtually impossible against the Tide.