16. Texas A&M (L 28-13 Mississippi State) – This is the first bad loss for Texas A&M under Jimbo Fisher. The first two losses came to Alabama and Clemson, respectively, the top two teams in the nation, but they were outscored 21-3 in the second half at Mississippi State to drop their third game of the year. The pass defense was the downfall as it allowed Nick Fitzgerald to throw for two scores and 241 yards.
17. Penn State (W 30-24 Iowa) – The Nittany Lions almost imploded late, again, but made a clutch interception, and enough plays late to hold off a late rally by Iowa. Trace McSorley was banged up and didn’t have anywhere close to his best game, but the defense stepped up when it had to. Penn State looks for another big win next week against Michigan.
18. Iowa (L 24-30 Penn State) – The Hawkeyes almost made a big comeback in Happy Valley but fell short. This was an ugly game for Nate Stanley who only completed 18 of his 49 pass attempts and threw two interceptions, including a back-breaker with Iowa poised to take the lead before it was intercepted. They now trail Northwestern for first place in the Big Ten West
19. Oregon (L 15-44 Arizona) – In the first game after a report came out that Justin Herbert would bypass the NFL Draft and return to school, he played his worst game of the year. The Ducks were never in the game on the road to Arizona as their Pac-12 title hopes are all but gone after a third conference loss that saw them make mistake after mistake.
20. Wisconsin (L 31-17 Northwestern) – The Badgers will fall out of the Top 25 after this loss to Northwestern and their chances of winning the Big Ten West look bleak. They played without starting quarterback Alex Hornibrook in this one, but he hasn’t been a tremendous asset when healthy anyway. It’s not that Northwestern had a dominating showing either as Clayton Thorson threw three interceptions, but three Badger turnovers and an opportunistic Wildcats offense took advantage.