Most of the 2018 college football season has played out as expected.
Alabama and Clemson appear to be on a collision course to play for a national championship again.
For the second straight season, Georgia is on the Crimson Tide Way, this time in next week’s SEC Championship game in Atlanta.
But the full weekend of the usual season finally gave unexpected results and drama. Ohio State spoiled Michigan’s Big Ten title and College Football Playoff dreams with a route that either side will soon forget.
And at the end of Saturday night, LSU and Texas A & M had played seven overtime times before Aggies slipped away with a 74-72 victory, the highest score game in FBS history.
Here is Power Rankings for Week 1
3, on the way to next week’s conference championship game:
1. Alabama (12-0, 8-0 SEC)
Defending national champion Alabama’s domination of their opponents continued with a 52-21 squad of Auburn in the Iron Bowl on Saturday. The Crimson Tide head to next week’s SEC Championship game against Georgia has won each of its first 12 games with 20 points or more, a first in the AP investigation period, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa went far against wrapping Heisman Trophy with another record performance against the tigers. He finished 25 of 32 passes for 324 yards with five touchdown passes and a scoring run. He is the first player in Alabama history to find out six touchdowns in one game. Tide has scored 50 points or more in eight games this season, which is second to none in the AP survey period (the 2008 Oklahoma team had nine such games) and the most in the SEC story.
2nd Clemson (12-0, 8-0 ACC)
After disassembling rival South Carolina 56-35 on Saturday night in the highest score in the Palmetto series, the tigers are a victory away from reaching the CFP for the fourth season in a row. The Tigers will play Pittsburgh in next week’s ACC Championship game in Charlotte, North Carolina. Gamecocks revealed a potentially missing headline in the afterseason. South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley threw for 510 meters – the second highest sum ever allowed by the tigers – with five touchdowns. It was the most points the tigers had handed over in 28 matches since a 42-35 victory over Virginia Tech in the 2016 ACC title game.
Ohio State significantly improved its resume with a major victory over Michigan, which means College Football Playoff The selection committee has finally some comparable teams to consider.
Ohio State and Notre Dame received big profits as part of a dramatic three days of action.
3. Notre Dame (12-0)
The fighter Irish all beat their first CFP tickets with a 24-17 victory at the USC on Saturday night. The result was a bit closer than expected, and the Irish must come back from a 10-point deficit in the first half, but they only needed to win. It is the fourth time in the last 50 years that they have completed a regular season undefeated. The Irish have done it twice under coach Brian Kelly; They went 12-0 in 2012 before losing to Alabama 42-14 in the BCS National Championship. Kelly is just the fourth coach of the Notre Dame story to have several unusual regular seasons, where he joined Knute Rockne, Frank Leahy and Ara Parseghian. Quarterback Ian Book threw for a 352 meter career against the Trojans, became the first Notre Dame player to throw 300 against the USC in the last 20 years.
4th Georgia (11-1, 7-1 SEC)
After disassembly of rival Georgia Tech 45-21 on Saturday, Bulldogs will be another chance in Alabama in next week’s SEC championship game. Georgia still remains from last season’s 26-23 overtime loss to Crimson Tide in the National Football Championship in the College Football Playoff, where it dropped a pair of 13-point leaders and abandoned Tagovailo’s 41-yard touchdown pass to DeVonta Smith – in the second-and- 26 – on the game’s last game. Georgia seems to be peaking at the right time, winning each of their over five games with 17 points or more. Quarterback Jake Fromm threw four touchdowns against Yellow Jackets, and the UGA defense only gave 128 yards to No. 1 rushing offensive in FBS.
5th Ohio State (11-1, 8-1 Big Ten)
Tell us what you are about Ohio State’s Urban Meyer, but few coaches are enjoying more when their team is down. Ohio State improved to 7-0 as an underdog under Meyer on Saturday’s amazing 62-39 route in Michigan. It won six of the seven games with a touchdown or more. After losing on unranked Purdue with 29 and then struggling to hit Nebraska and Maryland (in overtime!), Buckeyes is suddenly a victory away from possibly crashing CFP again. Ohio State plays Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship game in Indianapolis next week. Quarterback Dwayne Haskins was sensational to what was the No. 1 defense in FBS. He became the first quarterback to throw for five touchdowns against Michigan (who had given up seven touchdown throughout the season) and broke the Big Ten season record for most touchdowns and crossed the turn.
6th Oklahoma (11-1, 8-1 Big 12)
Perhaps the Big 12 Conference that thanks Texas linebacker Breckyn Hager is an excuse. Hager was accused a week ago saying, among other things, “OU has no defense”. Well, Sooners did not do anything on Friday’s 59-56 victory in West Virginia to close him. OU gave up 33 first downs and 704 yards offensive, including 539 passes, in his wild victory. The Sooners has given up at least 40 points in their four games, but still won each of them. They are the only team since the AP poll debuted in 1936 to win four straight games while giving up at least 40 points in each win. They get the chance to prove Hager wrong when they play Longhorns in next week’s Big 12 championship game.
7th UCF (11-0, 8-0 American)
The Knights won their 24th consecutive match with a 38-10 victory at USF on Friday, but their last victory was precious. Star quarterback McKenzie Milton suffered a “traumatic” injury on his right leg while shrinking in the second quarter. His father told ESPN that he had an emergency surgery on Friday to repair his right knee and other internal problems. Milton had thrown for 2 663 yards with 25 touchdowns and runs for 307 yards with nine points in nine starts. The knights will play Memphis in next week’s American Athletic Conference championship game, with another trip to a new year’s six bowl on the line. Freshman Darriel Mack Jr., who has tried 43 passes this season, turns out to be the starter.
8th Michigan (10-2, 8-1 Big Ten)
With everything running on the game on Saturday – a trip to the Big Ten Championship game, a potential place in GFP and a chance to finally beat rival Ohio State – Wolverines could not have seen anything worse. Michigan abandoned 62 points – it has ever given up in an unrivaled game dating back to 1891 – and 567 yards of crime. Coach Jim Harbaugh fell to 0-4 against Buckeyes, who has won seven straight games in the series and 14 of the last 15 overall. If the Ohio state is stepping into the Common Fisheries Policy, Wolverines can still end up in the Rose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutual. If Buckeyes is gone, Michigan still seems to be a safe bet on a new year’s six bowl, possibly Chick-file-A Peach Bowl
9. Texas (9-3, 7-2 Big 12)
The Longhorns may have been looking forward to next week’s Big 12 Championship game. They almost blew a 21-0 lead in Kansas before they held for a 24-17 victory Friday. After their third straight victory they will get a rematch against Oklahoma at AT & T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Longhorns defeated Sooners 48-45 in Dallas on October 6th; they beat almost 21 leaders in the fourth quarter before Cameron Dicker scored a 40-meter field goal with nine seconds remaining. Regular winners are 25-15 in conference championships, according to ESPN Stats & Information, including a 5-2 brand last year.
10th Washington (9-3, 7-2 Pac-12)
The Huskies Destroyed Washington’s State Pac-12 Northern Titles Jump for the third straight season, defeating Cougars 28-15 on Friday night’s Apple Cup. Even though the houses fell on their CFP ambitions, they will be able to win their second Pac-12 title in three seasons as they play Utah in next week’s Pac-12 Championship game in Santa Clara, California. Huskies defeated Utes 21-7 in Salt Lake City on September 15th; they are 1-11 against them all the time. Utes lone victory was a 34-23 victory in Seattle 2015. The winner will play in the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual.
eleventh Washington State (10-2, 7-2 Pac-12)
Cougars CFP and Pac-12 title jump jumped down with a 28-15 loss to rival Washington on Friday night, their sixth straight defeat in Apple Kopp. With the Huskies catching the Pac-12 North title, Washington State still seems to lead a new year’s six bowl, probably the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl on New Year’s Day. The boy’s quarterback Gardner Minshews weak Heisman Trophy is probably also ready. He finished 26 out of 35 passes for 152 yards without touchdowns and two missions in loss as coach Mike Leach’s Air Raid’s offense fought in the snow.
12th Florida (9-3, 5-3 SEC)
Gators made an exclamation mark on their back season during first year coach Dan Mullen by ending a five- match losing streak to rival Florida State with a 41-14 victory. It was Gator’s biggest victory over Seminoles since a 37-10 victory in 2009, when Tim Tebow was their quarterback. During Mullen, Gators improved from 4-7 years 2017 to 9-3 this season. They assured the FSU to have their first losing season since 1976 and kept it out of a bowling game for the first time since 1982. By winning their last three games, Gators can lead to a new year’s six bowling game.
13. Penn State (9-3, 6-3 Big Ten)
Nittany Lions sent out the quarterback Trace McSorley and the rest of its higher class with a 38-3 route in Maryland, which should keep them in violation of a place in a new year’s six bowl. McSorley passed 230 meters with a touchdown and ran for another two points to improve himself to 31-8 as a starter, making him the winning quarterback in PSU history. Nittany Lions gave up 10 points or less in each of their last three games – against Wisconsin, Rutgers and Maryland. They had 15 tackles for loss against Terrapins.
fourteenth LSU (9-3, 5-3 SEC)
Tigers will not forget their crush 74-72 loss at Texas A & M for seven overtime on Saturday night anytime soon. The Tigers doused coach Ed Orgeron with Gatorade after they seemed to catch Kellen Monds pass by 29 seconds left as a rule. But officials decided that Mendes knee was down because of a bad snap before throwing the ball. He transformed a fourth and 18 game and then threw a 19-yard touchdown to Quartney Davis on the final government game – after officials put a second back at the clock – to tie the score at 31. The team combined for 84 points during overtime, before the Aggies finally won on a two-point conversion. The loss costs LSU a 10th victory and may stop fighting the tigers for a new year’s six bowling game.
15th Kentucky (9-3, 5-3 SEC)
The wild cats immediately fell to win their first SEC East title, but there was still a heck of one season culminating with Saturday night’s 56-10 blowout of rival Louisville. It was Britain’s second biggest victory in the Governor Cup series. It won 73-0 in 1922. The wild cats won at least nine matches in a regular season for the fourth time only in school history and the first since 1977. They won six matches against opposition opponents and ended 5-3 against SEC enemies. Given its character, Kentucky may possibly lead to Citrus Bowl on New Year’s Day, where it will try to earn its first fall season victory since defeating East Carolina 25-19 in Liberty Bowl after 2008 season.
16th West Virginia (8-3, 6-3 Big 12)
One of the best teams in West Virginia history will end to remember to fall just to hit Oklahoma and now for the first time the Big 12 Championship game, which is a damn shame, as coach Dana Holgorsen expressed it. The mountaineers lost a pair of fumors as Sooners shot up and returned for touchdowns, and also had a few points dried by the board through dubious punishment. West Virginia Will Grier (539 passing laps, four fitting touchdowns and zero missions) became the third Power 5 quarterback in the last 15 seasons to lose a game of at least 500 meters, four touchdowns and no missions, according to ESPN Stats & Information. West Virginia’s second consecutive loss is likely to keep it out of a six-year six-year-old bowl for the 7th straight season.
17th Utah (9-3, 6-3 Pac-12)
Outdoors traveled twice from 20-point defeat on Saturday night to defeat rival BYU 35-27 in a holy war that will not soon be forgotten. Utah beat 27-7 late in the third quarter, but then scored 28 straight points, including quarterback Jason Shelley’s 33-yard touchdown run by 1:43 left. It was Utah’s eighth consecutive victory over Cougars and its biggest comeback since rallying from a 27-point defeat in a 29-27 victory over New Mexico on October 10, 1990. Utes has won six of seven matches on Friday’s Pac-12 championship game against Washington .
18th Syracuse (9-3, 6-2 ACC)
Orange recovered from a fierce loss to Notre Dame at the Yankee Stadium last week by winning 42-21 at Boston College. Syracuse won nine matches in a season for the first time since 2001 and will play in a bowl game for the first time since 2013. It also ended in ACC, behind No. 2 Clemson, after it was chosen to end last in the Atlantic Division in the pre-season. Quarterback Eric Dungey, who missed most of last week’s game because of a back injury, recovered to pass 362 yards with three touchdowns and run for another three points. He became the third player in school history to account for six touchdowns in one game; Jim Brown (1956) and Zack Mahoney (2016) are the others.
19th Texas A & M (8-4, 5-3 SEC)
The Aggies Survived In Some Way Its Five Hours, Seven Overtime Victories against LSU to finish 8-4 during first-year coach Jimbo Fisher. Unless otherwise, the dramatic victory will change the perception of Fisher’s first season at College Station. The Aggies won their last three regular season games and six of their last eight after they faded badly in the distance in each of the previous three seasons under former coach Kevin Sumlin. Quarterback Kellen Mond threw six touchdowns against LSU, which is the second most of a Texas A & M player. After the memorable victory, Aggies can be in play for one of three Florida-based bowling games: Citrus, TaxSlayer Gator or Outback. They have not played in a bowl game in Sunshine State since they lost to Tennessee 3-0 in 1957 Gator Bowl, which was Bear Bryant’s last game as Aggie’s coach.
20th Northwestern (8-4, 8-1 Big Ten)
Wildcats jumped to Illinois early and held for a 24-16 victory. Now Northwestern can turn his attention to next week’s showdown against Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship game. Northwestern won his 11th straight game over a Big Ten West enemy and won eight conference games for the first time since 1995. Wildcats will have their hands full against Buckeyes, who have hit them six straight times and dominated the series since the late 1960s . In fact, Northwestern’s only victory in the series since 1972 was a 33-27 disruption of the then No. 6 Buckeyes in overtime November 2, 2004, who beat a 24-player loss strip to OSU. Buckeyes has won the last six matches since.
21st Mississippi State (8-4, 4-4 SEC)
First year coach Joe Moorhead said he would get Bulldogs from Haley’s Comet plan, where they win a championship once every 76 years. For now he has to decide for another Egg Bowl victory over rival Ole Miss. A match and four ejections hit the 35-3 victory of the state over the rebels on Thursday night. Moorhead became the first MSU coach to win eight games in his first season since 1939. The Bulldogs seem to lead to a New Year’s Day bowl, possibly Outback Bowl in Tampa, Florida.
22nd Boise State (10-2, 7-1 MWC)
Broncos completed Utah State’s 10-game winning line with a 33-24 victory at the blue tower at Albertsons Stadium on Saturday night. With victory, Boise State dressed the MWC Mountain Division title and will host the Fresno State in the MWC Championship game next week. Broncos will try to win back the MWC titles – they defeated Bulldogs 17-14 in last season’s title game – and their third in the last five seasons. The Junior Backback Alexander Mattison jumped for 200 meters with three touchdowns in 37 berries. His 59-yard run in the last two minutes helped Broncos put Aggies away for good.
23rd Iowa State (7-4, 6-3 Big 12)
The cyclists made 21 unsuccessful points to quench a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter a 42-38 victory over Kansas State on Saturday night. Iowa State matched the biggest fourth quarter comeback in school history and finished a 10-player losing streak to Wildcats. The cyclones ended 6-3 against Big 12 foes, giving them their best finish in the conference game. Iowa State plays FCS enemy Drake next week, after its September 1 hijacker against South Dakota State interrupted due to bad weather. The cyclists have won six of their over seven matches after the start 1-3.
24th Cincinnati (10-2, 6-2 US)
Bearcats continued its resumption during second-year coach Luke Fickell, who surpassed their victory total from the last two seasons in combination with a 56-6 route in East Carolina on Friday. Having won only four matches in each of the previous two seasons, Cincinnati won 10 games for the first time since 2012 and will play in their first bowling game since 2015. Bearcats dominated the pirates, even though they did not have the star backback Michael Warren II, who was sidelined because of a shoulder injury.
25th Army (9-2)
The army has two weeks of preparing for its 8th showdown against the Navy at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. Black Knights have won seven straight matches after falling over 28-21 in overtime in Oklahoma on September 22. They are sure of a winning record for the third straight season under coach Jeff Monken after they only had a winning campaign from 1997 to 2015. For the first time since 1945-46, when the Heisman Trophy winners Felix “Doc” Blanchard and Glenn Davis played at West Point, Black Knights has won at least nine matches in back-to-back seasons.