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What We Learned in NCAA Football Week 10

Bulldogs Soar While Crimson Tide and Tigers Stumble

Michigan and Texas Christian Could be Biggest Winners

What a week of college football.

There weren’t as many offensive fireworks in the Georgia-Tennessee as expected as the Bulldogs proved that their defense still has plenty of bite.

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The other huge SEC showdown came down to LSU going for broke and  going for a two-point conversion after scoring in overtime to pull within a point of Alabama. The try was successful as LSU pretty much ended Alabama’s national-title hopes.

Clemson suffered a loss at Notre Dame as the Tigers were one of nine ranked teams to lose over the weekend.

There was so much action to recap that Pittsburgh’s win over Syracuse, NC State edging Wake Forest, North Carolina taking another step towards a spot in the ACC title game and Kansas snapping a 12-game losing streak to Kansas State didn’t make the cut.

Georgia moved from +175 to even-money in the odds to win the national title. Ohio State (+200) and Michigan (+900) are the next closest competitors according to the college football odds. Alabama’s odds went from +325 to +2800.

Let’s check the latest NCAAF picks, stats, injury reports, and NCAAF predictions. We’ve plenty of NCAAF expert picks for you to consider.

Bulldogs Still the One

After seeing five players taken in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft and then having sack leader Nolan Smith suffer a season-ending injury, there were obvious questions about how the Georgia defense would hold up against an explosive Tennessee offense.

All Georgia did was hold Heisman Trophy candidate Hendon Hooker under 200 passing yards and keep the Volunteers out of the end zone until 4:15 remained.

— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) November 5, 2022

The 27-13 victory left Georgia as the lone unbeaten team in the SEC and with no ranked teams on the schedule for the final three regular-season games, the Bulldogs seem to be headed back to the College Football Playoffs.

Javon Bullard had two of the six sacks for Georgia as the Bulldogs pressured Hooker for much of the game.

Stetson Bennett threw for two TDs and ran for another with all three of those scores coming in the first half. That was all the offense the Bulldogs needed.

CFP Regulars Tumble

Alabama and Clemson are the programs that have been a part of College Football Playoff more frequently than anybody else and both had plenty of action from those who bet online to reach the playoffs when the season started. Don’t look for either the Crimson Tide or Tigers this time around.

Alabama, which has been among the four playoff teams seven times in the first eight years of the CFB, suffered its second loss when LSU quarterback followed a 25-yard scoring run in overtime by connecting with Mason Taylor on a successful two-point conversion to give LSU the 32-31 win in a game featuring eight lead changes.

Daniels had 182 and two touchdown passes to go with 95 yards and the one TD.

Bryce Young threw for 328 yards for Alabama but was just 25 of 51 in the game. Jahmyr Gibbs seems to have been underutilized even after running 15 times for 99 yards and adding eight catches.

Clemson’s ACC title hopes didn’t get hurt by its 35-14 loss at Notre Dame. However, after making six straight CFP appearances, the Tigers don’t figure to get an invitation this year.

The Tigers managed 281 yards of total offense and Notre Dame used touchdowns on special teams and defense to jump out to the 28-0 lead.

Notre Dame’s Logan Diggs and Audric Estime each ran for more than 100 yards as the Fighting Irish own wins over both ACC division leaders.

Wolverines Finish Strong

On a chaotic Saturday of football, a Michigan team that was favored by 26 points against lowly Rutgers was trailing at halftime.

The Wolverines had three touchdowns and a field goal in the first five drives in the second half and added another score on Michael Barrett’s 31-yard interception return to roll to the 52-17 win.

On a day when other Heisman Trophy front-runners struggled, Michigan’s Blake Corum ran for 109 yards and two scores. Donovan Edwards also had 109 rushing yards and added a touchdown catch as Michigan improved to 9-0.

The defense held Rutgers to 180 yards as Michigan possessed the ball for nearly 38 minutes.

Clock Hasn’t Struck Midnight for Horned Frogs

Another week and another comeback win for undefeated Texas Christian.

TCU scored touchdowns on three straight drives in the fourth quarter to turn a 17-13 deficit into a 34-17 lead. The Horned Frogs would beat visiting Texas Tech by 10 points behind 158 rushing yards from Kendre Miller as he went over the 1,000-yard mark on the season. He is TCU’s first 1,000-yard rusher since Kye Hicks in 2016.

Dee Winters had two sacks and 2½ tackles to lead the TCU defense.

Buckeyes Win Ugly

Facing a Northwestern team that has allowed more than 30 points in each of the last three games, Ohio State was expected to score early and often.

Listed by the Las Vegas odds as nearly 40-point favorites, struggled against the Wildcats and difficult weather conditions to return home with a 21-7 win.

With the heavy winds and driving rain, Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud only threw for 76 yards. He did have 79 of the Buckeyes’ 207 rushing yards.

Miyan Williams was the offensive star with 111 yards and two scoring runs while receiver Emeka Egbuka also ran for a score.

Northwestern barely outgained Ohio State and had the ball for almost 13 more minutes than the favored Buckeyes.

Pac-12 Heavyweights Take Care of Business

They took different paths to victory, but the four Pac-12 teams ranked in the Top 15 in national polls did what they had to do.

First-place Oregon got two touchdown passes. two scoring runs and a TD reception from quarterback Bo Nix to overwhelm Colorado 49-10.

Oregon scored touchdowns on four of its five drives in the first half and didn’t have a letdown against the one-win Buffaloes.

Defending champion Utah ran for more than 300 yards and five touchdowns in a 45-20 win over Arizona.

UCLA and USC had more challenging times. Arizona State was within six points in the fourth quarter before UCLA put the game away on Colson Yankoff’s 1-yard TD run.

Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson threw for two scores and ran for two others.

USC took a 20-point lead into the fourth quarter and held on for the 41-35 win. Quarterback Caleb Willams threw for 360 yards and four touchdowns.

Longhorns Back in Contention

When Texas began Big 12 play with an overtime loss to Texas Tech, the Longhorns fell out of the Top 25 in the national polls and were already being written off as a team capable of reaching the Big 12 title game.

The Longhorns bounced back from a loss to Oklahoma State with a 34-27 win at Kansas State and are now tied for second in the Big 12 standings heading into the huge Week 11 showdown against TCU.

Bijan Robinson ran through the Kansas State defense for 209 yards and is now fifth in the country with 1,129 rushing yards.

The defense came through as Keondre Coburn forced a fumble by Wildcats quarterback Adrian Martinez and Jaylan Ford recovered with K-State in Texas territory.

Big Ten West Race too Close to Call

While the Big Ten East Division title figures to come down to the gigantic Michigan-Ohio State showdown once again, good luck trying to figure out things in the other division.

With first-place Illinois losing to Michigan State, four teams are within a game of the Fighting Illini for the division lead.

Minnesota and Wisconsin both won while Iowa shut down Purdue 24-3 to force a

four-way tie for second place.

Purdue is at Illinois and Wisconsin travels to Iowa in Week 11 so perhaps there will be some more clarity heading into the final two games of the regular season.

With Illinois still needing to meet Michigan, there is plenty to play for among the teams current in second place.

Get Ready for Huge AAC Showdown

Tulane ground out a 14-point win at Tulsa behind 357 yards on the ground while UCF followed up its huge win over Cincinnati by holding off Memphis 35-28. Mikey Keene threw for three scores with two of them going to Kobe Hudson.

First place in the American Athletic Conference will be on the line when UCF travels to meet Tulane.

Tulane is currently in first place with a 5-0 conference mark. UCF and Cincinnati are just a game back but Cincinnati will have already played East Carolina before the UCF-Tulane game kicks off.

Texas-Sized Offensive Showcase

Houston and Southern Methodist are two of the most explosive offenses in the country and they didn’t disappoint in their annual matchup. After averaging 74 points in the last three games, both teams nearly topped the total of 66 set by the sportsbook.

Quarterbacks Clayton Tune of Houston and Tanner Mordecai combined for 906 passing yards and 16 touchdown passes in a wild 77-63 game won by SMU.

Mordecai, who missed the previous game against Tulsa, bounced back in a major way with nine TD passes with three of them going to tight end Ben Redding.

Tune threw for 527 yards and seven touchdowns. He also ran for 111 yards and another score. However, he did throw three interceptions. SMU scored touchdowns after the first two turnovers and that proved to be the difference.

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