1: Purdue Boilermakers
Purdue came to play on Saturday as they took on the 3rd ranked Michigan State Spartans and their offense rolled. Quarterback Aidan O’Connell played arguably the best game of his life on Saturday as he threw for 536 yards and 3 touchdowns against a tough Spartans defense.
Purdue put together the stops when they needed them most and came out with a huge 40-29 victory over the Spartans for their second victory vs a team in the top 3 this season. As the Boilermakers improve to 6-3 on the season they have to like the way they come to play as they look to play spoiler next week again to the Buckeyes who will likely move into the top 4.
2: Texas A&M Aggies
The 14th ranked Aggies had a tough test against the 13th ranked Auburn Tigers on Saturday as this was a SEC clash between ranked teams. After what started as a defensive battle the Aggie defense came up with a huge fumble which resulted in a touchdown, and shut the Tigers offense down on the way to their 20-3 victory.
No offensive touchdowns in the game for either team, which was a bore for viewers maybe, but the Aggies came away with numerous field goals and the big defensive touchdown which led them to a big victory, as Auburn and Bo Nix weren’t able to get any offense going throughout the game.
3: North Carolina Tar Heels
North Carolina showed no quit, as they trailed by 14 points going into the fourth quarter and rallied to score 24 straight on way to their 58-55 victory over 9th ranked Wake Forest. As poor as the Tar Heels defense looked, their offense picked up the slack gaining over 600 yards of offense in the game which helped the Tar Heels escape with the narrow victory.
The Tar Heels are now just 5-4 on the year, but following the biggest win of the season, they have to be riding high on momentum as they have what should be an easier matchup next week when they go home to face Wofford.
1: Michigan State Spartans
Michigan State was the big loser of the week, as they were given what many think a gift of the 3rd ranking last week following their big win over Michigan, and they were feeling good and might have underestimated Purdue going into Saturday, and fell short 40-29.
Despite Kenneth Walker III running for 146 yards and a touchdown, it was not enough as their defense looked completely confused all night long, letting up 40 points in their defeat.
Now the Spartans, after dropping their first game of the season, will need to win out the rest of the season to have any chance of getting into the CFB playoffs.
2: Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Wake Forest came into Saturday with the #9 ranking, however many had questions about their defense as they have been vulnerable for the majority of the season. Despite the great effort put in by the offense, 55 points was not enough!
The Demon Deacons had a 14 point lead going into the fourth quarter, but then they fell apart, letting up 24 straight points before scoring late in the fourth which led to their 58-55 defeat, and was the Deacons first loss of the season.
It will be interesting to see how Wake Forest responds to their first loss as the task doesn’t get much easier next week when they face a ranked North Carolina State team.
3: Baylor Bears
The 12th ranked Baylor Bears came into this week looking very strong with only one loss on the season. After getting off to an early 7-0 lead, things all went downhill from there as their defense had troubles stopping the TCU offense, and the Bears fell short 30-28.
Baylor was 8 point favorites going into Saturday, but they fell short in a disappointing loss which resulted in their second loss on the year. They need to regroup quickly, as next week Baylor will be back home to face the top 10 ranked Oklahoma Sooners in what now is a must win if they want a shot to get back in the picture for the Big12.