College Football Recap: Week 10

Another wild week is in the books. The college football world has focused in on four teams — Alabama, Oregon, Kansas State, and Notre Dame — and it’s now a war of attrition to see which teams can finish their run through the gauntlet undefeated. LSU-Alabama? Oregon-USC? Kansas State-Oklahoma State? Notre Dame-Pittsburgh? We’ve got you covered with everything that happened in college football in Week 10.

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The National Championship Picture

Where else can you start but the tilt in Baton Rouge? Defending champion Alabama had its back against the wall and showed exactly why they have been ranked number one all season. LSU played a great game for 59 minutes (despite some questionable calls by Les Miles) but just couldn’t hang on. Hats off to A.J. McCarron for the Crimson Tide, who stayed calm and turned in an extremely gutty performance.

While LSU-Alabama was the game of the night because of the titanic matchup of teams, Notre Dame might have been involved in the most thrilling game of the week as the Irish faced Pittsburgh at home. In what was supposed to be a game where the Irish would cruise, the Panthers held a 20-6 lead in the fourth quarter. However, Notre Dame displayed the toughness and resiliency of a championship team when they found a way to win in triple-overtime. Is Notre Dame a team of destiny? Well, it appears they have luck on their side.

This was the game that Pac-12 fans have been waiting for all season. The mighty Oregon Ducks faced off against a USC Trojans team that began the season with National Championship expectations. This was not a game for fans of defense, as the Trojans racked up 620 yards on offense — and were significantly outplayed by the Ducks. Kenjon Barner is showing that he absolutely needs to be in the Heisman discussion.

It was status quo for the Kansas State Wildcats; Another double-digit victory over a ranked team for the class of the Big 12. However, KSU fans are restless after this one, as Heisman candidate Collin Klein left the game with an undisclosed wrist injury.

Upset Alert

Johnny Football wasn’t having any of it versus #15 Mississippi State. The #16-ranked Aggies of Texas A&M came up with a huge road victory.

The #23 Texas Longhorns have had an up and down season so far, but they had some serious pride on the line when they traveled to Lubbock to take on the #18 Texas Tech Red Raiders. It looks like the state of Texas still belongs to the burnt orange.

After just one early season loss to the Michigan State Spartans, #19 Boise State seemed poised to steal another BCS berth if they won out. However, unranked San Diego State put that speculation to rest by showing that they can play on blue turf, too.

Geno Smith and the #21 West Virginia Mountaineers are continuing their free-fall in the Big 12. The TCU Horned Frogs took care of business with an overtime victory.

Is UCLA the best team in Los Angeles? The Bruins put an absolute beating on #22 Arizona. The Battle for Los Angeles will take place two weeks from now.

The Rest of College Football

Ohio State is the first team to ten wins this season. But cheaters never win, so the Buckeyes will be sitting on their couches during bowl season when it matters.

The Penn State Nittany Lions rebounded this week by burying Purdue.

Missouri almost had Florida, but then choked with a game-ending interception in the endzone.

It looked like Tennessee might fall to the Troy Trojans of the Sun Belt, but they managed to pull it out in the fourth.

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