We began the day with six undefeated FBS teams. We'll end the day with only four after Tennessee suffered its first loss of the season at Georgia this afternoon and Clemson was upset by Notre Dame in South Bend tonight.
The Bulldogs proved that they are arguably the best team in the country as things currently stand following a dominant 27-13 win over the Volunteers. Georgia's defense is the real deal once again and its offense is quite good, too.
Keep in mind, Georgia throttled Oregon, 49-3, to open the season. The Ducks are back in the top ten and that's its lone loss of the season to date.
Oregon vs. Georgia: 3 points.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) November 5, 2022
Oregon vs. in 8 games since: 48.1 PPG.
Tennessee through first 8 games: 49.4 points.
Tennessee vs. Georgia (w/ 9 minutes left): 6 points.
To end the night, Dabo Swinney's Clemson Tigers were dominated from start to finish in South Bend, getting upset by Notre Dame, 35-14. It was a game that featured Swinney pulling D.J. Uiagalelei out of the game for the second consecutive week only to put him back into the game after his replacement, true freshman Cade Klubnik, threw an interception on his first pass of the game.
Not only did the Fighting Irish give Clemson its first loss of the season, but it also makes Ohio State's season-opening win over Notre Dame look a little bit more impressive. The Irish could be ranked this week, which would certainly help the Buckeyes' resume.
Although Alabama already lost to Tennessee earlier in the season, the Crimson Tide were upset in Baton Rouge, losing to LSU, 32-31, in overtime. Brian Kelly decided to go for a two-point conversion to end the first overtime, giving the Tigers the win and Bama its second loss of the season.
The Buckeyes struggled throughout much of their rainy and wind-filled win over Northwestern in Evanston this afternoon, but the most important part is that Ohio State remained undefeated, no matter what it took to do so. Style points are certainly important, but want to know what's more important than that? Winning. An ugly 14-point win is certainly better than an upset loss.