While there were a few convincing wins in Week 9 of the college football season, there was also some very tightly-contested, potentially landscape-changing action on the schedule. The day kicked off with the College Football Playoff race being shaken up yet again as No. 5 Oklahoma fell at the hands of Kansas State on the road in Manhattan. In recent weeks, two top five teams have gone down with Georgia losing to South Carolina and now Oklahoma coughing one up to the Wildcats.
In addition, No. 2 LSU faced one of its toughest tests of the season against No. 9 Auburn at home in Death Valley. While LSU controlled most of the game, a late touchdown pass from Auburn’s Bo Nix cut the lead down to just three points. However, the Tigers were able to recover the onside kick and run out the clock. Meanwhile, No. 1 Alabama, No. 3 Ohio State, No. 4 Clemson all cruised to easy wins while No. 18 Michigan handled its business — shockingly — against No. 8 Notre Dame at home.
There was a lot to cover on Saturday. CBS Sports was here every step of the way to update you with the latest scores, highlights and storylines throughout the day. All times Eastern
College football schedule, scores — key Week 9 games
No. 3 Ohio State 38, No. 13 Wisconsin 7 — Recap, takeaways, highlights
Upset — Kansas State 48, No. 5 Oklahoma 41 — Recap, takeaways, highlights
No. 2 LSU 23, No. 9 Auburn 20 — Recap, takeaways, highlights
No. 6 Penn State 28, Michigan State 7 — Box score
No. 1 Alabama 48, Arkansas 7 — Box score
No. 4 Clemson 59, Boston College 7 — Box score
No. 19 Michigan 45, No. 8 Notre Dame 14 — Recap, takeaways, highlights
Check out the complete Week 9 top 25 scoreboard
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ATS picks, predictions: College football picks for the biggest top 25 games
College football rankings: AP Top 25 entering Week 9
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Nail-biter in Eugene ends with Oregon winning on a walk-off field goal, 37-35, over Washington State. Hugh drives by both teams in the final minute, but the Ducks had the ball last. Running back CJ Verdell had a career night with 257 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Ducks headed to USC next week.
Wild ending to San Diego State and UNLV. The Rebels convert a fourth-and-24 (!!!) but miss a game-tying field goal. The Aztecs escape 20-17 and advance to 7-1. Every SDSU game is the same, I’m convinced, but it seems to work for them.
Washington State won’t go away. Morgan drops a beautiful dime and it’s 31-26 Ducks with 11:01 in the fourth quarter. Wazzu going to take a time out to see about going for two points. That’s the right call; an extra point would still require a touchdown to take the lead on Oregon.
Meanwhile, Utah is putting a prominent bow on a 35-0 win over Cal. The Bears just haven’t been the same since Garbers’ injury and the Utes have woken up since that loss to USC. Game at Washington next week should be great.
Oregon and Washington State are knotted at 17 going into halftime. The Cougars have committed some costly turnovers, including a pick-six, but have managed to respond impressively before the half. Got a good one for the late-night crowd.
Got a live one in Eugene as Washington State takes a 10-9 lead over Oregon in the second quarter. Max Borghi muscles in for a run. He needs to be an X-factor tonight if the Cougars are to pull off the upset. Should be some quality #Pac12AfterDark football tonight.
Michigan is putting an absolute beating on Notre Dame, 45-14. Barring the wildest comeback in a minute, Brian Kelly will fall to 4-12 in true road games against ranked opponents with the Irish. Notre Dame’s been good under Kelly, just not great. And what a bounce-back win for Michigan.
#CollegeKickers moment in Tulsa. The Golden Hurricane miss a chip shot field goal and lose to Memphis 42-41. Man, what a brutal ending for Philip Montgomery’s team. Been some gut punches this year and I think this team is better than 2-6.
Y’all will not believe how Texas Tech just lost a football game to Kansas.
No. 4 Clemson trounces Boston College 59-7. The Tigers racked up a mind-numbing 674 yards of total offense, including 275 yards and two touchdowns from star quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Travis Etienne also added 109 yards and three rushing touchdowns. Definitely a statement win for Clemson.
UCLA dominating No. 24 Arizona State 42-10. Joshua Kelley has racked up 132 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. In addition, quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson has thrown two more touchdowns. Chip Kelly looking to win two consecutive games after topping Stanford last week.
No. 1 Alabama did to Arkansas what No. 1 Alabama was expected to do to Arkansas.
Crimson Tide get a 48-7 win and move on to BYE week before a massive tilt on Nov. 9 against LSU.
This is a pretty good summation of what Clemson’s been doing to Boston College.
It’s 52-7, Clemson, with a full quarter left to play.
Don’t look now, but Kansas is at it again. The Jayhawks were tied at 27 a piece with just under 13 minutes left in the fourth quarter until Texas Tech rattled off a long touchdown pass. Kansas may not be winning a ton of games, but they’re way more competitive under Les Miles.
Clemson is smacking Boston College.
It’s 38-7 midway through the third. Trevor Lawrence with two touchdowns and Travis Etienne with three on the ground.
Tua who? Mac Jones’ stat line against Arkansas is pretty sweet: 18-of-22 for 235 yards and three touchdowns, and the Crimson Tide lead Arkansas 48-0. Obviously, Arkansas is terrible and it’s more of a relief that Jones was able to move the first-team offense without skipping a beat against an overmatched opponent. Once Tua is healthy, Alabama will once again have one of the best quarterbacks in the country, but for now this is a good “no news is good news” showing by Jones.
Alabama leads Arkansas 41-0.
Start the petition to have a running clock!
With the rain coming down in buckets, Michigan’s offense — the object of plenty of ire this season — suddenly looks unstoppable. It’s 17-0 Michigan.
And Michigan’s done it by only completing one pass all night.
Holy smokes it is absolutely POURING in Ann Arbor. POURING.
It’s 10-0 Michigan and it feels like one of the more safe leads of the day.
Zack Charbonnet punches it in from seven yards out and is averaging 8.4 yards-per-carry. No. 19 Michigan leads No. 8 Notre Dame 10-0 early in the second quarter.
No. 4 Clemson currently leads Boston College 17-0. Trevor Lawrence has thrown a touchdown and completed all six of his passes. Star running back Travis Etienne also has a rushing touchdown in the opening quarter.
This is ugly: No. 1 Alabama leads Arkansas 31-0.
And oh, by the way, Alabama starting QB Tua Tagovailoa is NOT playing.
Weather playing a huge factor here in Ann Arbor. Shea Patterson fumbled the wet ball at the goal line, which ultimately teed Notre Dame up to stop UM on 3rd down. Michigan comes away with a FG: 3-0 Wolverines.
Michigan-Notre Dame has been a punt-fest so far. And probably will be the rest of the night. Rainy conditions don’t look like they’re going to be conducive to big points.
No Tua, no problem for Alabama. The top-ranked Tide have jumped out on Arkansas early with a 17-0 lead in the first quarter.
No. 2 LSU holds off No. 9 Auburn, 23-20, to improve to 8-0 on the season. Up next in two weeks for the Tigers: a showdown with the top-ranked Tide in Tuscaloosa.
This is basically the end of every North Carolina game this season.
Been a really tough fourth quarter for LSU’s defense. Star safety Grant Delpit went down after what appeared to be a turned ankle, and just now, superstar freshman corner Derek Stingley went down after an end zone collision. Both walked off on their own power.