Week 10 of the college football season had its share of CRAZY moments, but Saturday was more about fantastic team showings that individual feats of greatness. These next four teams put together the most impressive performances of the day, showcasing their collective talents in eye-popping fashion.
#14 Oklahoma State announced themselves as a true College Football Playoff contender with a 49-29 beatdown of #8 TCU in Stillwater, and QB Mason Rudolph was the key in extending OSU's undefeated season for at least one more week. The sophomore went 16-of-24 for 352 yards and five touchdowns, gutting TCU's secondary over and over again in a masterful performance. Say good night to TCU and say hello to the Cowboys as a CFP gate crasher. We weren't sold on this team as a national title contender before today's game, but we sure are now.
#4 Alabama took #2 LSU to the woodshed on Saturday night, eliminating any semblance of an offensive threat by the Tigers in a 30-16 win that felt a heck of a lot more dominant than the scoreline indicates. The Tide held LSU to a scant 182 yards of total offense, including stifling RB Leonard Fournette to the tune of just 31 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. Fournette hadn't rushed for under 150 yards all season long. On the other side of the ball, RB Derrick Henry made a loud Heisman statement with 38 carries for 210 yards and three touchdowns. In what was billed as a heavyweight battle of the Heisman-contending running backs, Henry won by first round knockout. So did Alabama, as they're now in the driver's seat for a College Football Playoff berth.
We're not putting #1 Clemson here because of their 23-13 scoreline in Saturday's home win over #16 Florida State. We're putting them here because they finally got off the snide, ending a three-game losing streak to FSU while clinching the ACC Atlantic Division title and a spot in the ACC Championship Game. Clemson's defense stiffened considerably in the second half, holding Florida State to three points and stonewalling Heisman-contending RB Dalvin Cook on a late 4th and 1 in Tigers territory. Clemson is the #1 team in the nation, both on paper and by the "eye test."
Memo to the rest of the nation: #11 Stanford is really, REALLY good and can't be discounted in the College Football Playoff chase. RB Christian McCaffrey shined yet again in the Cardinal's 42-10 road blowout of Colorado, running for 147 yards while adding a 28-yard touchdown pass on a trick play. He had 236 all-purpose yards in a game where Stanford manhandled the Buffaloes in every facet. With the way things are shaking out around them and a season-closing game against #5 Notre Dame looming, keep an eye on the Cardinal.Back to the NCAA Newsfeed