Saturday was a little unusual in that, 10 of the Top 25 teams were playing on the road against unranked opponents. Utah played at Arizona on Friday night. How did they do?
Alabama--easy win over previously unbeaten Vanderbilt.
Oklahoma--won at Baylor, but needed a strong 4th quarter to make the score lopsided.
USC---got a stiff test in Berkeley, but eventually wore down California.
Penn State---touchdown on the last play averted an upset to Iowa.
Michigan---used a strong second half defense to turn aside Purdue.
Washington---slow start turned into a blowout win against Colorado.
Florida---edged unbeaten Kentucky by 1 (insane 30-year win streak against the Wildcats).
Auburn---crushed hapless Missouri.
Utah---held off Arizona to win a close game.
San Diego State---Aztecs survived a 90-minute lightning delay to win at Air Force.
Oregon---lost a tough one to Arizona State.
So, they went 10-1. Looks like these teams could be major players in their conferences or respective conference divisions by the end of November. So too could Georgia (hammered Mississippi State at home), TCU (impressive win at Oklahoma State), Clemson (big 4th quarter propels their win over Boston College), Notre Dame (nice win at Michigan State), Ohio State (expected big win over UNLV and got it), Virginia Tech (blew out Old Dominion), South Florida (walloped defending AAC champs Temple). and UCF (eye-popping dominance on the road against an improved Maryland squad).
Disappointments: Florida State---injury-plagued and hurricane weary, but lost at home to NC State. UCLA---thanks to its non-existent defense, got crushed by Stanford. Arkansas---lost to Texas A & M and is sub-.500 on the year. Bret Bielema left Wisconsin for this? Boise State---lost at home to Virginia, a team that Indiana raked over the coals in Charlottesville last week! Maryland---opened the year with impressive win at Texas. Three weeks later...get battered at home by Central Florida! Tennessee---what to make of the Vols? Two close wins (Georgia Tech & Massachusetts), one close loss (at Florida), and one blowout win (vs. Indiana State).