The Week in Review
Here's a brief look at the highlights of the fifth week of the college football season, a week which featured five games between ranked teams, including a couple of conference showdowns between top-10 programs. The rankings used in this recap are the AP rankings from prior to the games.
ANSWERING THE CHALLENGE
#1 Alabama 31, #7 Florida 6: The Crimson Tide, playing its second of three straight ranked opponents, remains undefeated by dominating Florida on both sides of the ball.
#4 Oregon 52, #9 Stanford 31: Trailing 21-3 early, Oregon rides a sensational performance from star tailback LaMichael James, who registers 257 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
#5 TCU 27, Colorado State 0: The Horned Frogs struggled mightily in the first half, managing just two field goals, but the defense stays strong throughout and the offense comes together enough for a convincing win.
#12 LSU 16, Tennessee 14: Fantastic finish in the sense that it may have been the most bizarre finish ever in college football. LSU can't punch it in from close range and time runs out on a fumbled snap, but somehow, the Vols have too many men on the field and the Tigers get one more play and Stevan Ridley scores to save the day.
#19 Michigan 42, Indiana 35: Indiana's Ben Chappell throws a TD pass to tie the game with 1:20 to go, but Denard Robinson leads the winning drive, scoring on a five-yard run with 21 clicks remaining.
Washington 32, #18 USC 31: For the second straight year, Washington kicker Erik Folk boots a game-winning field goal in the final seconds to upset nationally-ranked USC.
#24 Michigan State 34, #11 Wisconsin 24: Some gave the Spartans the advantage due to playing at home and that proved accurate as Kirk Cousins converted a fourth-down touchdown pass with 2:48 to go to clinch the victory.
Virginia Tech 41, #23 North Carolina State 30: The Hokies seem to be pulling together after two season-opening losses as they upset the previously undefeated Wolfpack behind a strong effort from Tyrod Taylor.
#2 Ohio State 24, Illinois 13: The Buckeyes don't get many style points, but they do pick up a Big Ten victory on the road even though Terrelle Pryor was hampered by a leg injury.
#8 Oklahoma 28, #21 Texas 20: The Sooners were in control of the Red River Rivalry from the start, but Texas made it interesting late forcing Oklahoma to escape with the victory - its fourth this year by eight points or less.
#16 Miami 30, Clemson 21: Jacory Harris throws four first-half touchdowns and Clemson can't climb back into the game as the Hurricanes pick up a key ACC win to open league play.
#17 Iowa 24, #22 Penn State 3: The Hawkeyes have now won eight of their past nine against the Nittany Lions, but this one is by their largest margin ever over Penn State, which has managed just two field goals in its two losses.
#3 Boise State 59, New Mexico State 0: The Broncos win their 18th straight game by dominating the Aggies behind another flawless Kellen Moore effort.
#10 Auburn 52, UL Monroe 3: Another stat-stuffer day for Cam Newton as he leads Tigers to major blowout.
INTO THE RANKINGS (with updated rankings)
#22 Oklahoma State 38, Texas A&M 35: In a battle of unbeatens, the Cowboys took advantage of five turnovers and booted a 40-yard field goal in the final seconds to clinch the victory.
#23 Florida State 34, Virginia 13: The Seminoles climb back into the rankings, building a 27-0 advantage over Virginia in the first half and rolling to the key ACC victory.
#24 Missouri: The undefeated Tigers make a jump into the rankings without playing a game, though they meet 3-1 Colorado next week.
#25 Air Force 14, Navy 6: Air Force upends Navy to snap the Falcons seven-game losing streak to their service academy rival and to become the third Mountain West team in the rankings.