Week 11 of the college football season may not have been the most enticing slate on paper, but as the regular season rapidly comes to a close, every week carries with it the opportunity to bring some drama. The top four teams in the latest edition of the College Football Playoff Rankings were all in action Saturday, and barring some interesting rationale from the selection committee, most of the playoff contenders should be about the same next week.
Still, there were some statement wins by those in the running. CBS Sports was with you the entire day Saturday, updating this story with the latest scores, results, highlights, analysis and from Week 11. Be sure to check back early and often for predictions, the day’s best plays and live GameTrackers covering all of the action. To manually refresh the page for the latest updates, just.
Week 11 college football schedule, scores
All times Eastern
No. 9 West Virginia 47, TCU 10 — Box score
No. 12 UCF 25, Navy 24 — Box score
No. 15 Florida 35, South Carolina 31 — Box score
No. 20 Penn State 22, Wisconsin 10 — Box score
No. 10 Ohio State 26, No. 18 Michigan State 6 —
No. 8 Washington State 31, Colorado 7 — Box Score
No. 6 Oklahoma 48, Oklahoma State 47–
No. 1 Alabama 24, No. 16 Mississippi State 0 —
No. 4 Michigan 42, Rutgers 7 — Box score
No. 5 Georgia 27, No. 24 Auburn 10 —
No. 3 Notre Dame 42, Florida State 13 — Box score
No. 7 LSU 24, Arkansas 17 — Box score
No. 2 Clemson 27, No. 17 Boston College 7 —
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Notre Dame crushes Florida State
Maybe it’s the lost season, or maybe it’s the cold weather, but Florida State never looked very interested in its game against Notre Dame tonight. The Irish cruised to a 42-13 win as the offense didn’t skipped a beat without Ian Book. Brandon Wimbush threw for three touchdowns in the first half and running back Dexter Williams ran for one as well. Credit to the Seminoles for refusing to quit and taking advantage of some turnovers, but they were clearly outmatched.
LSU sweats a rally from Arkansas but holds on
There wasn’t a whole lot to report from this game until Arkansas opted to make things interesting late. LSU staved off a second-half rally to win 24-17, but the most exciting moments have been when Arkansas has messed up. There was the time it had two running backs run into each other in the backfield (scroll down), and there was also this.
Um, that’s not how that’s supposed to work, Arkansas
Arkansas had something tricky up its sleeve against LSU. It had some play that looked great on paper and had been practiced enough during the week to the point where the coaching staff felt comfortable enough to call it on Saturday. But whatever that play was, I don’t think it was supposed to go like this. The Razorbacks trail 14-0.
Boston College returns punt for touchdown
Boston College’s upset bid against Clemson had some life at one point thanks to a 74-yard punt return by Michael Walker. The whole play was bizarre, from Clemson’s punter hesitating to get the kick off to Walker dangerously fielding the punt. Still, the highlight play put BC up 7-3 on the Tigers at the time, though Clemson retook the lead shortly thereafter, 10-7.
Michigan cruises past Rutgers
While it wasn’t as large a blowout as many were expecting, Michigan didn’t have much trouble with Rutgers, winning 42-7. After a sleepy start and a 7-7 score after the first quarter, Michigan put up two touchdowns in the second and held a 21-7 lead at halftime before cruising to the finish line. The win won’t do much to impress the College Football Playoff Selection Committee, but it’ll keep the Wolverines in the top four another week.
Kentucky drops second straight, loses to Tennessee
It’s not often you see officials handing out unsportsmanlike conduct penalties to every player on both teams, but that’s what the officials did in Knoxville on Saturday, as tempers were flaring between Tennessee and Kentucky.
We’re not sure what Tennessee is so mad about. The Volunteers led 17-0 at halftime after this Marquez Callaway Hail Mary touchdown grab as time expired in the first half, and they held serve during the second half. That makes it two losses in a row for the Wildcats who have gone from having a dream season to disappointment.
Washington State handles Colorado
They got off to a slow start, trailing Colorado 7-0 after the first quarter, but once Washington State got going, it never looked back. The Cougars won 31-7 to keep their Pac-12 title and playoff hopes alive. Gardner Minshew threw for 335 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a third to lead the way, and he did all this while bringing the mustache back in vogue. Everybody’s growing them now, from Mike Leach to the fans.
Northwestern will play for the Big Ten title
Going into the day, Northwestern could clinch the Big Ten West if it beat Iowa and both Wisconsin and Purdue lost. Well, as unlikely as that seemed — Purdue was playing Minnesota — that’s exactly what happened. The Wildcats beat Iowa 14-10 in Iowa City and wrapped up the division. It’s the first time the Wildcats have ever won a division since the Big Ten adopted the format. That means that, no matter what happens, Northwestern will be heading to Indianapolis where it’ll meet either Michigan or Ohio State.
West Virginia rolls TCU after slow start
After getting off to a slow start, the No. 9 Mountaineers caught fire against TCU in chilly Morgantown. Will Grier tossed three touchdowns and tallied 343 yards in an easy 47-10 win. Running backs Kennedy McKoy and Martell Pettaway totaled three rushing touchdowns to help the ground game as well. Though TCU had an early 3-0 lead, once the Mountaineers caught fire there was no chance.
Texas A&M pulls away late over Ole Miss
It’s been an aerial display in College Station, but ultimately Texas A&M running back Trayveon Williams broke off a long run in the fourth quarter to give his team the 38-24 win (and the cover). Aggies quarterback quarterback Kellen Mond connected on 19-of-28 passes for 236 yards and a touchdown.
Florida comes from behind in the Swamp
The Gators needed 14 fourth-quarter points and a huge second half to come from behind to beat South Carolina 35-31. Gamecocks quarterback Jake Bentley had a nice game with 239 yards and two passing touchdowns, but embattled Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks added two hard-earned rushing touchdowns of his own. Florida has taken a lot of grief for being the No. 15 team after losing big in two straight games, but the victory here keeps its New Year’s Six bowl hopes alive.
Hornibrook out, McSorley hot as PSU tops Wisconsin
Wisconsin and Penn State entered Saturday with question marks at quarterback. The Badgers started Jack Coan as Alex Hornibrook continues to recover from a concussion. Meanwhile, Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley started while nursing a knee injury but still finished with 160 yards passing and a touchdown in a 22-10 win.
Florida State to start Deondre Francois at quarterback
Notre Dame will reportedly start Branodn Wimbush for Saturday’s game against Florida State as Ian Book recovers from a rib injury. However, the Irish are not the only team with quarterback news. Florida State will start Deondre Francois, according to the Tallahassee Democrat. Francois sustained a concussion last month in a loss to Clemson, and James Blackman started in his place last week vs. NC State. Francois’ welcome back present includes a bad offensive line against a top-10 passing defense.