College football is in the home stretch of the 2020 season, kickstarted by an incredible Week 10 slate of games that proved to be the best yet this year.
That starts with the return of the Pac-12, which notched key victories among its top two teams — No. 14 Oregon and No. 20 USC — to give it an outside shot at making the College Football Playoff. But the biggest news came out of the SEC and ACC, where massive top-10 showdowns continued to alter the Playoff race.
That starts with the meeting between No. 5 Georgia and No. 8 Florida. The Gators scored an impressive 44-28 victory over the Bulldogs, spurred by a Heisman-caliber performance from quarterback Kyle Trask (30 of 43 passing, 474 passing yards, four touchdowns). With the win, the Gators take a nearly insurmountable lead in the SEC East divisional race, setting up a meeting with Alabama in the conference championship game.
The biggest game, however, came later in the day: No. 4 Notre Dame stunned top-ranked Clemson 47-40 in double overtime, the team’s first win over the No. 1 team in the country since beating Florida State in the 1993 “Game of the Century.” That gives the Fighting Irish incredible leverage in the Playoff race, but don’t discount the Tigers from making a run at it as well.
Other notable games included a shocking 38-21 win of No. 13 Indiana over No. 21 Michigan, the Hoosiers’ first win in the series since 1987. Independent BYU and AAC team Cincinnati, ranked Nos. 9 and 6, respectively, also handled their business this week, setting up a potentially curious Playoff argument if both teams finish the season undefeated.
And to think, we still have over a month until the conference championship games. With that, here are the latest AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll rankings after the Week 10 slate of games:
College football polls updated after Week 10
Moved in: Liberty; Northwestern; Texas.
Others receiving votes: North Carolina 174; Louisiana 81; Utah 45; Purdue 43; Appalachian State 25; Arkansas 23; Missouri 18; Wake Forest 15; Boston College 15; Memphis 12; Kentucky 12; Tulsa 11; Maryland 10; Tennessee 6; Nevada 5; Michigan 5; San Jose State 4; Kansas State 4; Boise State 4; Virginia Tech 2.
AP Top 25
Moved in: Northwestern; Louisiana.
Others receiving votes: North Carolina 85; Army 54; Tulsa 47; Utah 33; Washington 21; Arizona State 11; Purdue 8; Wake Forest 6; Boise State 5; Appalachian State 5; Cal 3; Maryland 3; Nevada 1.
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