Top 25 takeaways: Texas, Florida earn huge wins

Texas' thrilling, last-second win over rival Oklahoma raises a lot of questions we weren't expecting to be asking. Are the Longhorns now Big 12 favorites? What does this mean for the conference's playoff hopes? We don't know that quite yet, but here's what we have learned so far today.

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No. 1 Alabama 65, Arkansas 31

The locomotive that is Alabama kept on rolling Saturday. The questions after a 65-31 win at lowly Arkansas are not whether the Crimson Tide cemented their spot as the top team nationally and not whether Tua Tagovailoa increased his lead in the Heisman Trophy race. The questions are whether Bama and Tagovailoa will stay firmly in these positions until early December and whether a more difficult schedule in November will even matter.

Tagovailoa played just six minutes of the second half in Fayetteville and did not complete a pass after a 60-yard touchdown strike to Jerry Jeudy with 1:38 to play in the first half. And still, he finished 10 of 13 for 334 yards and four touchdowns without an interception. The sophomore QB has yet to commit a turnover this season for the top-ranked Crimson Tide, which moved to 6-0 after leading 41-14 at halftime -- its second-smallest lead of the season after 30 minutes -- and faces Missouri in Tuscaloosa before visiting Tennessee to finish out this month. Next month brings a trip to LSU and the Iron Bowl at home against Auburn. For now, though, Alabama continues to look unstoppable after topping 500 yards for the sixth time this season in its nation-leading 78th consecutive victory against an unranked opponent. -- Mitch Sherman

No. 2 Georgia 41, Vanderbilt 13

The Bulldogs trailed for the first time all season. But, hey, that only lasted 15 seconds before Jake Fromm found Terry Godwin for a 75-yard touchdown. It was that kind of night inside Sanford Stadium as Vanderbilt just couldn't stand up to the barrage of playmakers Georgia has on both sides of the ball. Fromm continued his efficiency passing the football, completing 17 of 23 passes for 276 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. But the real test comes next week, though, as Kirby Smart's squad goes on the road to face LSU. -- Alex Scarborough

No. 3 Ohio State 49, Indiana 26

Ohio State remains undefeated and are still in the driver's seat to make the College Football Playoff after defeating Indiana. The defense is still showing its flaws, however, especially giving up big plays. Through six games, it has already allowed as many 30-yard plays as it did all of last season. The secondary had issues against the Hoosiers and will need to fix them before the final game against Michigan. It shouldn't been too big of a problem for the next few games, but if the Buckeyes do make the conference championship game and ultimately the playoffs, it might come back to bite them. -- Tom VanHaaren

No. 4 Clemson 63, Wake Forest 3

Trevor Lawrence started and stayed healthy, which was the big news for Clemson. But the more interesting long-term result was another tremendous performance by the ground game. The Tigers dominated the second half against Syracuse with its ground game, and they picked up right where they left off against Wake, with Travis Etienne, Adam Choice and Lyn-J Dixon totaling four runs of 50-plus yards. Clemson has rushed for at least 248 yards in five of six games this season. -- David M. Hale

No. 22 Florida 27, No. 5 LSU 19

Florida fans won't soon forget the name Lukas Krull, and for good reason. In desperate need of an answer after LSU went ahead early in the fourth quarter, Dan Mullen went into his bag of tricks and tabbed Krull to deliver the magic. Krull, a junior college baseball player, threw a 15-yard pass to Feleipe Franks to set up the go-ahead score. That play itself is a microcosm of what Mullen has done with the offense over the last few weeks. He's changed things up at the right moments. Last week against Mississippi State it was a quick, short passing game. Against LSU, when nothing was going right in the second half, he went for the unorthodox. It might not look pretty at times, but Mullen has found a way to get the most out of his offense when it matters. That, combined with a salty defense that harassed Joe Burrow all game, has the Gators looking like a markedly improved team. -- Andrea Adelson

When the Tigers look back on this game, they will look back on missed opportunities, especially in the second half. Feleipe Franks gifted them an interception in the end zone, but LSU did nothing with the turnover. After seemingly wearing Florida down on the offensive and defensive lines, the Tigers took the lead in the fourth quarter entirely behind the running of Nick Brossette. But the defense couldn't hold. On the ensuing drive, a stymied Florida offense marched down the field and scored. The offense was inconsistent and didn't convert enough on third down, and Joe Burrow was pressured and sacked enough to throw him off his game. With an opportunity to get into field-goal range, Burrow threw a pick-6. LSU can't dwell on this game, though, not with a trip to Georgia coming up next week. -- Adelson

No. 6 Notre Dame 45, No. 24 Virginia Tech 23

Racking up a third win over a nationally ranked opponent was big enough for Notre Dame, especially since the victory over Virginia Tech on Saturday night was easily the toughest environment the Irish have played in this season. But when you look at all of the unbeaten teams who lost around Notre Dame in Week 6 (LSU, Oklahoma and Kentucky), the Irish also won off the field in their quest to make the College Football Playoff, particularly when you survey their schedule the rest of the way. Down the road, Notre Dame will need to be more consistent offensively, but the Irish have clearly shown more big-play ability with Ian Book at quarterback. -- Chris Low

Six weeks into the season, it's still difficult to get a read on who Virginia Tech really is. Are the Hokies the team that lost at Old Dominion? Are they the team that throttled previously unbeaten Duke on the road? Or are they the team that had its chances against Notre Dame before a raucous home crowd at Lane Stadium only to be steamrolled in the second half. But even with the setback, the schedule is pretty favorable the rest of the way for Virginia Tech, which remains unbeaten in the ACC's Coastal Division and has its toughest games at home. -- Low

No. 19 Texas 48, No. 7 Oklahoma 45

Texas took quite the counterpunch. But after blowing a three-touchdown lead in the fourth quarter, the Longhorns found a way to get into field goal range. Then, true freshman kicker Cameron Dicker became a Red River legend, nailing a 40-yarder in the final seconds to deliver Texas its biggest victory this decade. Sophomore quarterback Sam Ehlinger played a marvelous game, and was never more clutch than on the final drive, passing for 25 yards and rushing for 13. Until an improbable late flurry from Kyler Murray and the Sooners, Texas was in command of the game the entire day. Now, the Longhorns are in control of the Big 12 title race. And in Tom Herman's second season, on the verge of truly, finally being back. -- Jake Trotter

Oklahoma very nearly mounted the biggest comeback in Red River history. Instead, its defense couldn't mount one final stop after coming alive late, and Texas converted a game-winning 40-yard field goal in the final seconds. In the end, Murray's electrifying fourth-quarter explosion, which led to three OU touchdowns in just over 3 minutes of game clock, couldn't make up for the rest of the game, which the Longhorns thoroughly dominated. Despite forcing three punts late, coordinator Mike Stoops' otherwise pillowy defense couldn't stand up blocks, tackle in space or force even a single turnover. Ehlinger, meanwhile, outplayed Murray, whose two ill-advised turnovers led to 10 Texas points. With no marquee wins to date, the Sooners' playoff hopes are now on life support. They could, however, get another shot at the Longhorns in the Big 12 championship game. -- Trotter

Mississippi State 23, No. 8 Auburn 9

In its first true road game of the season, Auburn simply wasn't up for the challenge. The Tigers could muster only three field goals against Mississippi State, in part because of the Bulldogs' smothering defense and a pair of big mistakes that cost them two touchdowns -- Jared Stidham overthrew a receiver for a sure six points and then a fumble following a 41-yard run by JaTarvious Whitlow cost them another score. It all added up to a sloppy loss that almost surely ends the Tigers' hopes of repeating as SEC West champions and possibly playing their way into the playoff. -- Joel Anderson

No. 9 West Virginia 38, Kansas 22

WVU quarterback Will Grier's Heisman hopes took a hit with his three red zone interceptions, but he was also good enough to compensate for it with four passing touchdowns to four different receivers, helping the Mountaineers avoid what would have been an embarrassing home loss to Kansas. Both teams combined for seven turnovers (WVU led with four), but the Mountaineers still controlled the clock, racked up over 500 yards of total offense, and held Kansas to under 100 rushing yards. With OU's loss to Texas, WVU is now the only undefeated team remaining in the Big 12. -- Heather Dinich

No. 10 Washington 31, UCLA 24

Coming into the game with the nation's best scoring defense, Washington figured to have a relatively easy day against a winless UCLA team that hadn't surpassed 21 points in a game all year. It didn't work out that way. And while the Bruins' 24 points aren't necessarily cause for alarm, it did show the Huskies aren't as invincible defensively as they might have seemed prior to the game. With a trip to Oregon to play against one of the nation's best offenses looming, the lackluster defensive performance against UCLA could serve as the kind of wake-up call a good team can benefit from -- a game that exposed some holes, but didn't end in a loss. -- Kyle Bonagura

No. 12 UCF 48, SMU 20

There wasn't much chance SMU was going to pose much of a threat to the Knights' winning streak, now up to a FBS-best 18 games. More pressing is whether quarterback McKenzie Milton is fully healthy after he briefly left in the game in the second quarter with an undisclosed injury. Milton returned to the game and helped UCF keep the game out of reach in the second half, but it's still something to keep an eye on heading into next week's game at Memphis. -- Joel Anderson

Texas A&M 20, No. 13 Kentucky 14 (OT)

Kentucky wasn't intimidated by a tough road environment (there were nearly 100,000 at Kyle Field on Saturday night) but offensive execution was severely lacking (they finished with a meager 178 yards). Benny Snell was held in check and Kentucky had few other answers. The Wildcats had five drives disrupted by unforced errors (fumbles, false start penalties and the like) that made their task against a quality Texas A&M defense that much tougher. The loss now drops Kentucky out of a tie for first in the SEC East meaning they'll likely need to win out to have a shot at claiming the division title. The defense is there - it's clear Big Blue Nation can play with just about anybody on that side of the ball - but if they're going to be a real factor down the stretch, they have to play much cleaner offensive football. -- Sam Khan Jr.

Utah 41, No. 14 Stanford 20

Stanford's line play was its hallmark for years under former Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh and David Shaw, but after the past two weeks, clearly there are cracks in the foundation. After the Cardinal were tossed around at Notre Dame Stadium, they couldn't handle Utah at the line of scrimmage, falling behind 21-0 before a nice third-quarter rally. Stanford simply lacks a difference-making defensive lineman like Solomon Thomas or Harrison Phillips, and Utah's Zack Moss (20 carries, 160 yards) and Tyler Huntley (17-of-21 passing, 199 yards, 1 TD) exposed the issues. Stanford clearly missed Bryce Love, who had to sit out his second game of the season and, sadly, likely won't factor into the Heisman Trophy conversation after a runner-up finish in 2017. But Love wouldn't have made much difference in the first half against Utah. Even after Stanford rallied, no one blocked Utah's Maxs Tupai, who had a free rush to crush quarterback K.J. Costello on a critical third down. Shaw and his staff must focus on both lines during the open week. Stanford has only one Pac-12 loss -- a cross-division one at that -- but doesn't look like a contender right now. -- Adam Rittenberg

No. 15 Michigan 42, Maryland 21

The Wolverines defense might just be strong enough and, more specifically, deep enough, to make this year's team a competitor against the upper crust of the conference. Michigan improved on its nation-leading average yards allowed per game mark in an uneventful win over Maryland. Aside from a 93-yard kickoff return in the first quarter, the Terps never managed to generate any threat at the Big House despite Michigan missing two starters on the defensive line (Rashan Gary and Michael Dwumfour). They will get a better chance to prove their legitimacy next week when Wisconsin comes to town. -- Dan Murphy

No. 16 Wisconsin 41, Nebraska 24

Perhaps the Badgers were looking ahead to next week's big game at The Big House? It wouldn't have been hard to blame them, as a visit from winless Nebraska wasn't much to get excited about. Jonathan Taylor's 221 yards rushing and three touchdowns kept the Cornhuskers at bay, and now Wisconsin can turn all of its attention to Michigan next Saturday. Neither the Badgers nor Wolverines have played up to their lofty preseason predictions and their game will be a playoff elimination game for the loser. Alex Hornibrook has been efficient but far from explosive, and Taylor will desperately need him to open things up against a very stout Michigan defense. -- Joel Anderson

No. 17 Miami 28, Florida State 27

In what was an improbable comeback and a victory for the entire beleaguered ACC, Miami overcame a 20-point, third-quarter deficit against rival Florida State to remain relevant on the national stage and the league's top challenger to Clemson. Miami had been winless in 26 straight games in which it faced a 20-point deficit, but the Canes broke out the turnover chain in the second half with an interception of Deondre Francois, and the momentum shifted. Miami quarterback N'Kosi Perry finished with four touchdowns and no interceptions, but he only completed 13 of 32 passes. Miami has won back-to-back games against Florida State for the first time since winning six in row from 2000-04. -- Heather Dinich

Northwestern 29, No. 20 Michigan State 19

With its home loss to Northwestern, Michigan State has officially faded out of the national spotlight, and possibly the Top 25, in the first week of October. The two-loss Spartans don't look capable of challenging Ohio State or Penn State for the Big Ten East title. Michigan State squandered a 19-14 third-quarter lead and was held scoreless in the fourth quarter. While it's technically still possible for Michigan State to make a run at the conference championship, its role now appears to be that of spoiler. -- Dinich

No. 21 Colorado 28, Arizona State 21

The Buffaloes have one of the country's most accurate quarterbacks and one of the most dynamic playmakers on offense. That's plenty to make them a real threat to win the Pac-12 South when combined with their 5-0 start to the season. Heading into the weekend, Colorado's first four opponents had a combined total of one victory. Beating Arizona State provided proof that Steven Montez, Laviska Shenault and their teammates can produce the same kind of efficient and eye-popping performances against a quality opponent. -- Murphy

No. 23 NC State 28, Boston College 23

For the first time, NC State has won two straight games against Boston College -- but not without a struggle. NC State had four turnovers (two fumbles, two interceptions), and almost blew a 25-point, third-quarter lead. Boston College scored 20 unanswered points in the second half, but was just 1-of-10 on third downs in the game. The Wolfpack is now 5-0 for the first time since 2002 when it won the first nine games of the season. NC State has a bye week to prepare for the Oct. 20 game at Clemson, where the winner will take the lead in the ACC's Atlantic Division race. -- Dinich

Iowa State 48, No. 25 Oklahoma State 42

After their second Big 12 loss of the season, the Cowboys are probably not going to return to the Top 25 this season. The league's four best teams (Texas, Oklahoma, West Virginia, TCU) remain on the schedule and now road games at Kansas State and Baylor seem much more dangerous than they did earlier in the season. Nothing can be taken for granted in Stillwater, not after the Cowboys' defense fell apart against an Iowa State offense that entered the day ranked last in the Big 12 in scoring (17.5 points) and yards (299.5). Worse, Oklahoma State couldn't even count on its normally explosive offense as Justice Hill finished with just 66 yards on 24 carries and Taylor Cornelius was sacked seven times. -- Joel Anderson