Oklahoma absorbed a shocking home loss to Iowa State on Saturday afternoon, and Michigan fell in a soggy Big House to Michigan State on Saturday night. Meanwhile, LSU got a much-needed win at Florida while Florida State fell to 1-3 with a loss to Miami.
The college football weekend began on Thursday with North Carolina State dominating Louisville in a 39-25 victory in Raleigh for a 5th straight win after dropping the season opener to South Carolina in Charlotte. It's the first time the Wolfpack have broken through to get to 5-1 since 2010. In 2016, 2015 and 2014, N.C. State started 4-1 before losing the 6th game of the season and finishing 8-5 or 7-6 (twice).
This looks and feels a little different. The Wolfpack have speed on both sides of the ball and a certain physicality that suggests they may be able to give Clemson a run for its money.
N.C. State has a road trip to Pittsburgh this week, followed by an 'open' week before traveling to Notre Dame. Then comes the November 4 showdown with the Tigers at home. A win over the Panthers, who were the last team to beat Clemson, could set up that clash with the Tigers as a head-to-head battle for the upper hand in the ACC Atlantic title race. A loss at Notre Dame wouldn't matter. Clemson has two more conference games prior to traveling to N.C. State with a visit to Syracuse on Friday and a home date with Georgia Tech after a bye week.
Clemson defeated Wake Forest 28-14 on Saturday for its 11th straight win.
If you are a Florida State fan, you're probably in shock after a 24-20 last-second loss to Miami. The 'Hurricanes scored on a 23-yard pass with only 6 ticks remaining to snap a 7-game losing streak to their state rival. The Seminoles had just reclaimed the leader 1 minute, 18 seconds earlier on a 20-yard TD throw that countered Miami's 6-yard scoring strike with 5:09 to play.
The 'Canes are 4-0 for the second straight season, but will try not to repeat last year's mid-season collapse when they followed a 4-0 start with 4 straight losses.
Florida's State's 1-3 start is its worst since Bobby Bowden's first season as head coach in 1976. The 'Noles started 0-3 that year before defeating Kansas State to get to 1-3.
If you're an Oklahoma fan, you're in an even bigger shock after watching your 30.5-point Vegas favorites get handed a 38-31 loss at home by Iowa State. The Cyclones ended an 18-game losing skid in the series and improved their over-all record vs. the Sooners to 6-74-2.
Meanwhile, rain wasn't all that was falling in the Big House as Michigan State left the Michigan faithful in tears after a 14-10 win. The Spartans have won 4 of the last 5 meetings, including 2 in-a-row in Ann Arbor.
LSU improved to 4-2 (1-1 SEC) with a 17-16 win at Florida.
The new Congrove Computer Rankings, released early Sunday morning, keep Alabama in the top sot with Penn State and Clemson trailing.
Alabama grabbed a 27-19 road win over Texas A&M, Penn State crushed Northwestern 31-7 in Evanston, and Clemson toppled Wake Forest at home 28-14.
Wisconsin took advantage of Oklahoma's loss by sliding into the No. 4 slot after running its record to 5-0 with a 38-17 romp over Nebraska in Lincoln.
Washington inches up from 6th to 5th, followed by Georgia, Ohio State, Washington State, Miami (Fla.) and TCU.
The Huskies rolled over Cal 38-7, the 'Dawgs blasted Vanderbilt 45-14, the Buckeyes whipped Maryland 62-14, the Cougars powered past Oregon 33-10, and the Horned Frogs held off West Virginia 31-24.
Michigan plummeted from 17th to 25th, and Oklahoma landed in the 12th spot.
N.C. State rose to 22nd for its first appearance this year in the top 25. Stanford crept back in at No. 23 after a 3-week absence.
Houston entered at No. 24 to give the American Athletic Conference 3 teams in the top 24. USF is at No. 11 and Navy ranks 21st.
Western Michigan and Buffalo a 7-overtime marathon and, in the process, set a new FBS record for total points. The Broncos eventually claimed a 71-68 victory and the 139 combined points eclipsed the previous record of 137 scored by Syracuse and Pittsburgh last November. The Orange and Panthers keep the record for most points scored in regulation. The WMU-Buffalo game was tied at 31-31 after 4 quarters.
Air Force, the current holder of the Commander-in-Chief's trophy, lost 48-45 at Navy in the first of the annual three-game round-robin competition among the military academies. Army goes to Air Force on November 4th. Army and Navy meet in Philadelphia on December 9th.
Indiana defeated Charleston Southern 27-0 in the only FBS vs. FCS battle this week. FBS teams are 82-9 (.901) vs. the FCS this season, and 1,212-117 (.912) since 2003.
These are the FCS victories in 2017:
September 23: Western Illinois 52, Coastal Carolina 10
September 16: North Carolina A&T 35, Charlotte 31
September 16: Idaho State 30, Nevada 28
September 9: South Dakota 35. Bowling Green 27
September 9: New Hampshire 22, Georgia Southern 12
September 2: Liberty 48, Baylor 45
September 2: Howard 43, UNLV 40
September 2: James Madison 34, East Carolina 14
August 31: Tennessee State 17, Georgia State 10.
We're back to 98 FBS teams playing 98 games vs. FCS members this year after UCF scheduled Austin Peay for October 28th to make up for a game lost by Hurricane Irma. The 98 games is down substantially from the 110 FBS schools that played 113 games vs. FCS squads last year.
Alabama - Won 39 straight regular season nonconference games (FBS longest). Won 15 straight home games (FBS longest). Won 13 straight road games. Won 20 straight conference games (FBS record). Won 27-19 at Texas A&M on Saturday.
Oklahoma - Had its streak of 14 straight overall wins (was FBS longest) halted. Lost 38-31 at home to Iowa State.
Clemson - Won 11 straight overall (now FBS longest). Won 28-14 at home vs. Wake Forest on Saturday.
Rutgers - Lost 15 straight conference games (FBS longest). Idle this week.
Massachusetts - Lost 9 straight overall (FBS longest). Idle this week.
Kansas - Lost 42 straight road games (FBS longest). Lost 65-19 at home to Texas Tech on Saturday.