The top-ranked Georgia Bulldogs' playoff hopes became questionable on Saturday night, while the Auburn Tigers put themselves right back into the thick of things in the CFP Polls. Kerryon Johnson ran for 167 yards and caught a 55-yard touchdown pass, as No. 10 Auburn topped the Bulldogs, 40-17. Jarrett Stidham finished with 214 yards passing and three touchdowns, while also running for a score, as Johnson led his team in rushing and receiving yards in the rout, as he also caught two passes for 66 yards. The win for the Tigers snapped a three-game losing streak in the series with Georgia, as they improved to 8-2 overall and 6-1 in SEC play, putting them at a tie atop the West Division. The Bulldogs suffered their first loss of the season, as Nick Chubb and Sony Michel were held to a combined 46 yards, which is 233 yards below their season average. Chubb had 27 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries, while Michel compiled 21 yards on nine carries. Jake Fromm struggled under center, along with the rest of the Georgia offense, as he had just 184 yards passing and one late touchdown pass. The Bulldogs will definitely fall in the CFP rankings as they get set to host Kentucky next week, while Auburn gets a break from conference play with a game against Louisiana-Monroe.
Alabama Survives Against Mississippi State
The Alabama Crimson Tide trailed for more game time on Saturday alone than they have all season long, which meant it was a major test for the No. 2 team in the country. Jalen Hurts found DeVonta Smith for a 26-yard touchdown pass with 25 seconds left, helping Alabama survive against No. 16 Mississippi State with a 31-24 victory. Hurts' game-winning touchdown pass was his lone scoring pass of the night, as he finished with 242 yards on 10-of-19 passing. Calvin Ridley had a big 31-yard reception to set up the game-winning touchdown, as he led the way with five catches for 171 yards. The Crimson Tide remained perfect at 10-0 on the season and 7-0 in conference play, while also winning their 10th straight game over the Bulldogs. Mississippi State led early on by a score of 24-17 in the fourth, but Bama tied it on a 14-yard touchdown run from Damien Harris. The Bulldogs fell to 3-3 in conference play and 7-3 overall, as they went three-and-out before the Tide had a drive of six plays for 68 yards in 44 seconds with 1:09 remaining. Nick Fitzgerald did have two Hail Mary attempts in the Bulldogs' final possession, but to no avail, as head coach Dan Mullen fell to 0-9 against the Crimson Tide. The Bulldogs will visit Arkansas next week after this close loss, while Bama hosts Mercer in an non-conference matchup.
Miami Stays Perfect With Big Win Over Notre Dame
The Miami Hurricanes may have set their path to the College Football Playoffs on Saturday night, as their undefeated record, combined with convincing victories would be hard for the committee to ignore at the end of the season. The seventh-ranked Hurricanes kept their perfect season alive on Saturday by crushing No. 3 Notre Dame, 41-8. Malik Rosier threw for 137 yards and a touchdown, while running for another score, as the Hurricanes handed the Fighting Irish their second loss of the year. DeeJay Dallas added a pair of rushing touchdowns, while Travis Homer led the rushing attack with 146 yards on 18 carries. The Hurricanes also forced four turnovers for a fourth straight game, all while handing Notre Dame their second-worst loss in the schools' matchup history. Only the 58-7 rout in 1985 was a bigger defeat for the Irish. Saturday was a big day overall for the Hurricanes, who clinched their first trip to the ACC Championship Game with a Virginia loss to Louisville, while also extending their nation's long win streak to 14 games. Notre Dame's lone touchdown came on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Wimbush to Alize Mack, as they were playing in their first road game against Miami since 1989. With this statement victory, it seems as if Miami will just have to win out to clinch their spot in the final four. They will play host to Virginia next week, while Notre Dame returns home to host Navy, as their playoff chances are very slim after this loss.