Georgia 44, Tennessee 21
The Volunteers made this a competitive game for a while, leading at the half 21-17. However, the Georgia defense took things over in the second half, pitching a shutout and returning a fumble for a touchdown. For the second straight week, the Bulldogs looked like one of the best defensive teams in the country, forcing three turnovers and giving up just 214 total yards. Meanwhile, the running game was steady again while Stetson Bennett completed 16 of 27 passes for 238 yards and two touchdowns. It’s not the most high-powered offense, but it looks good enough if the Georgia defense keeps playing this well. Of course, we’ll find out for sure next week when the Bulldogs travel to Tuscaloosa to face Alabama.
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Notre Dame 42, Florida State 26
The Seminoles made this more of a game than the 20.5-point spread suggested. Jordan Travis did some good things, throwing for over 200 yards and running for 96 yards. However, the FSU defense had no such luck, allowing two 100-yard rushers, including Kyren Williams, who ran for 185 yards on 19 carries with two touchdowns. As usual, Ian Book was steady, completing 16 of his 25 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns. The Fighting Irish ended up with 554 total yards despite not scoring in the fourth quarter and will host Louisville next week after moving to 3-0 following a COVID-related hiatus.
Clemson 42, Miami 14
This looked like the same-old Clemson, especially on defense. The Tigers held D’Eriq King and the Miami offense to 210 total yards and nine first-downs. Keep in mind that one of Miami’s touchdowns came on a blocked field goal they returned for a touchdown. King only completed 12 of 28 passes for 121 yards. Outside of a 56-yard run from King, Miami had 33 rushing yards on 25 carries with King getting sacked five times. That sounds like the same old Clemson defense, which got plenty of support from Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne for a comfortable win. The no. 1 Tigers should things have on cruise control for the rest of the month, playing Georgia Tech, Syracuse, and Boston College before visiting Notre Dame on November 7.