Truth be told, it was a largely uneventful Saturday in the world of college football. At least as far as upsets are concerned. There were not many to come by there, but we did get one that will have a profound impact in the race for the College Football Playoff. #8 Northwestern fell to Michigan State by a score of 29-20, eliminating yet another team from the list of contenders. It wasn’t a pretty game by any means, but Northwestern’s defense couldn’t bail out their subpar offense again, and they fell to the now 2-3 Spartans as a result.
The Spartans started hot, going up as much as 17 points in the first 15 minutes and change of the game. Northwestern would score 20 unanswered to take the lead at one stage, but MSU closed out the game with three straight field goals in the final ten minutes to seal it. Elsewhere, it was as you are for most of the ranked teams. The only exception was #22 Auburn, who was beaten by #2 Alabama. The Crimson Tide dominated their in-state rivals, winning 42-13. They got five touchdown throws from quarterback Mac Jones, with DeVonta Smith catching two of those and racking up 171 yards receiving. Before Bo Nix ran in from a yard out with just over four and half minutes left, the Tigers didn’t score a single TD. Clemson also won big, capitalizing on the return of Trevor Lawrence to crush Pittsburgh 52-17. Lawrence threw for over 400 yards and two TD’s in what could be his final game at ‘Death Valley.’ All other ranked teams, including unbeaten Coastal Carolina, won their games on Saturday. Another tidbit was that Sarah Fuller became the first woman to play in the Power 5 conferences when she kicked for Vanderbilt.