Believe it or not, an entire slate of college football happened Saturday while most of you were probably pregaming, tailgating, or watching the White Out.
Plenty of teams around the country are still finding their identity, and a clear group of likely title contenders is yet to emerge. It’s still anyone’s game.
Let’s start with the biggest game of the weekend, which was No. 6 Ohio State 17 - No. 9 Notre Dame 14. This was one of those games that Penn State fans hoped no one would win. But, playing an undefeated Ohio State can only help the Nittany Lions’ resume.
The Buckeyes walked away with the win in dramatic walk-off fashion.
BUCKEYES WIN!! CHIP TRAYNUM!!— Adam King (@AdamKing10TV) September 24, 2023
Kyle McCord goes running to celebrate with fans! pic.twitter.com/HxR4BP4tPs
This is my daughter’s reaction to Ohio State winning the game last night pic.twitter.com/wYmzgfu402— THE Kristen Stahl ⭕️❤️ (@KristenStahl00) September 24, 2023
Ryan Day is really competing with Dabo Swinney for most unlikeable coach in CFB. https://t.co/uN4mnqbgxw— Chris Allen (@chrisjohnallen) September 24, 2023
Lou Holtz: *needs help to literally stand*— Freeman Era ☘️ (@NDgal1) September 24, 2023
Ryan Day: “take that you son of a bitch HUH WHAT NOW LOU DHAHABDIWJ” https://t.co/6Zl9mPNApz
No. 4 Florida State 31 - Clemson 24 ended up being an overtime thriller. A close battle with an unranked Tigers team cost the Seminoles a spot in the AP Poll. But regardless of how poorly Clemson is playing, it’s never easy to leave Death Valley with a win. It was FSU’s first win against Clemson since 2014.
This is the moment we should've known Clemson was going to lose. Film. Dont. Lie. pic.twitter.com/YJGP1VWNgC— David Pollack (@davidpollack47) September 23, 2023
Clemson grad student kicker Jonathan Weitz -- who had a job ready to start in New York -- makes his first career FG attempt.— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) September 23, 2023
"Dabo said yesterday this is either going to be a great story, or terrible. It's off to a great start... [Weitz's] boss is here."- Sean McDonough ️ pic.twitter.com/8oRP9R8sYT
Jonathan Weitz for the game winner and Hollywood ending pic.twitter.com/43BSl6Gxzn— Connor O'Bryan (@ConnorOBryanVDS) September 23, 2023
There’s no fucking way Joe Exotic just started a war with Jordan Travis https://t.co/NsoZj8cOpz— Barstool FSU (@FSU_Barstool) September 24, 2023
Dabo with the game on the line… pic.twitter.com/odUxWDIaWy— no context college football (@nocontextcfb) September 23, 2023
The Coach Prime show continued to entertain over at Colorado, but No. 10 Oregon 42 - No. 19 Colorado 6 is probably not the result Deion Sanders was looking for. The honeymoon era might be over for the Buffaloes.
It's time to hop off of the Deion Sanders & Colorado hype train... pic.twitter.com/3bKMx4ifmw— Cover 3 Podcast (@Cover3Podcast) September 24, 2023
Coach Prime definitely has a point with this one. Teams could care less about the team. They just want to beat Coach Deion Sanders. pic.twitter.com/DaNSeg5Tp0— Chris| Sports Fanatic (@SportsWinn) September 24, 2023
Oregon head coach Dan Lanning didn't hold back in his pregame speech against Colorado— ESPN (@espn) September 23, 2023
"They're fighting for clicks, we're fighting for wins." pic.twitter.com/imo4OHA4fA
Oregon: "They're fighting for clicks"— Arrogant Nation✌ (@FightOnRusty) September 24, 2023
Also Oregon: pic.twitter.com/Z2ieoGMDCj
A Colorado player rips a bandana off an Oregon Ducks fan's head. pic.twitter.com/BAd2lojSOe— NMD Grant (@NMDgrant) September 24, 2023
Thanks to a final score of No. 5 USC 42 - Arizona State 28, Penn State jumped one spot to No. 6 in this week’s AP Poll. The Trojans’ defensive ineptitude continues to raise concerns about their chances to compete for a playoff spot.
USC letting Arizona State hang around here. 24-19 USC leads. The Sun Devils came to play tonight. pic.twitter.com/ZOukzwmYbH— Sickos Committee (@SickosCommittee) September 24, 2023
Good to see that USC’s tackling has improved pic.twitter.com/AbCKZC5SfR— The Big XVI Ute (@SigmaUte) September 24, 2023
It's entirely conceivable USC goes to the Playoff.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) September 24, 2023
It's also entirely conceivable they're like the fourth best team in the Pac-12.
Don’t look now, but Utah might be a sleeping giant. After No. 11 Utah 14 - No. 22 UCLA 7, the Utes improved to 4-0 — and all without their starting quarterback Cam Rising.
Utah's Defense Today Vs UCLA:— PFF College (@PFF_College) September 23, 2023
♦️ One Defensive TD
♦️ 7 Sacks
♦️ 11 Tackles For Loss
♦️ 7 Points Allowed pic.twitter.com/fnkuFpLS0A
UCLA and UTAH brawl on the field after the game. Utah Utes’s defense shut UCLA down pic.twitter.com/S9OX8lRb0T— Josh Dorsey (@J_Dorsey3) September 23, 2023
I apologize for the way the game was played out credit to our defense for an amazing performance we will be better next week our offense is still awesome just things will get cleaned up see you guys next Friday— Nate Johnson (@Shaboinate3) September 24, 2023
How about a little bit of Big Ten action, too? After Maryland 31 - Michigan State 9, the Terrapins are receiving votes in the AP Poll and have a legitimate case to be ranked. They’ve won every game so far by double-digit margins. Even with an early October date with Ohio State, Maryland could be ranked come Nov. 4 when Penn State comes to town.
Rank Maryland, you cowards— Peaked in College (@V1K1NG_HUSK3R) September 23, 2023
Would love to see Mike Locksley’s Maryland Terrapins get the national media attention they deserve.— ️ Defenders Mafia ️ (@DefendersMafia) September 23, 2023
Took over a struggling team in the wake of tragedy that could have cratered the program.
Back-to-back winning seasons & Bowl victories, 4-0 start to ‘23 #TBIA #Terps @CoachLocks pic.twitter.com/YftyurzQ76
Maryland head coach Mike Locksley is proud of his team’s performance against Michigan State.— Spartans Illustrated (@SpartansRivals) September 23, 2023
This was Maryland’s first win in East Lansing since 1950. pic.twitter.com/n2VELKwNUx
Ohio State has Maryland next on Oct. 7.— Anthony Broome (@anthonytbroome) September 24, 2023
Bobby Ross better watch his tongue.