October 16, 2022 at 5:06 PM EDT

Week 8 tackles leaders

1. Jackson Mitchell (UConn) 88

2. Jason Henderson (Old Dominion) 86

3. Austin Ajiake (UNLV) 80

4. Bubba Arslanian (Akron) 77

5. Cedric Gray North Carolina Jr. LB 7 42 32 74

Daniel Shirley

Daniel Shirley·

Senior Editor, College Football

October 16, 2022 at 4:51 PM EDT

Vols raising money for goalposts

The bills are piling up for Tennessee, but the Vols are unbothered. The SEC fined Tennessee $100,000 for violating the league’s access to competition area policy when fans stormed the field after UT upset Alabama, 52-49, on Saturday night.

The fine is for the Vols’ second offense. The first came in 2006 when fans stormed the court at Thompson-Boling Arena following a win over Florida.

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October 16, 2022 at 4:40 PM EDT

Week 8 passing leaders

  1. Michael Penix Jr. (Washington) 2,560
  2. Kyle Vantrease (Georgia Southern) 2,512
  3. Austin Reed (Western Kentucky) 2,316
  4. Will Rogers (Mississippi State) 2,313
  5. Frank Harris (UTSA) 2,300

(Photo: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA Today)

Daniel Shirley

Daniel Shirley·

Senior Editor, College Football

October 16, 2022 at 4:30 PM EDT

Week 8 defensive scoring leaders

  1. Illinois 8.86
  2. Georgia 9.14
  3. Iowa 9.83
  4. Minnesota 11.67
  5. Michigan 12.14
Daniel Shirley

Daniel Shirley·

Senior Editor, College Football

October 16, 2022 at 4:16 PM EDT

Week 8 offensive scoring leaders

  1. Ohio State 48.8
  2. Tennessee 47.7
  3. TCU 45.8
  4. Alabama 45.0
  5. Oklahoma State 44.3
Daniel Shirley

Daniel Shirley·

Senior Editor, College Football

October 16, 2022 at 3:59 PM EDT

Michael Penix Jr., Rome Odunze and the boldness of Washington’s offense

Some final thoughts after Washington’s wild 49-39 victory over Arizona to improve to 5-2 overall and 2-2 in Pac-12 play …

For those (rightfully) lamenting Washington’s woes defending the pass, imagine waking up in Arizona and dissecting film of what Michael Penix Jr. did on Saturday. His 516 yards set a single-game UW record — Cody Pickett set the old mark of 455 against Arizona in 2001 — and put him back atop the national leaderboard in passing with 2,560 yards and 365.7 per game. He ranks fifth nationally with 20 touchdown passes. Penix did just about whatever he wanted on Saturday, completing 36-for-44 attempts at a clip of 11.7 yards per attempt. He had 13 completions of 15 or more yards — including three plays of 45-plus. Washington’s top three receivers — Rome Odunze, Jalen McMillan and Ja’Lynn Polk — had 341 yards and three touchdowns on 19 receptions as a group. The trio combined for 25 of Penix’s 44 targets. Good offense isn’t just about scheme — it’s about identifying your best players and finding ways to get the ball to them. Hard to give the coaching staff anything but an A-plus in that category.

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Christian Caple

Christian Caple·

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October 16, 2022 at 3:16 PM EDT

Brian Kelly’s fist pumps at Florida, a different Jayden Daniels

Pick a favorite. Maybe it’s the first, as Jayden Daniels trotted into the end zone late in the third quarter of Saturday night’s 45-35 LSU win at Florida. Brian Kelly could be spotted lunging forward and swinging his fist like Tiger at Augusta. That was a fist pump of happiness. That was LSU leading big, LSU scoring six touchdowns on six drives. LSU was finally breaking out.

But maybe the second one tells us more. That came as things went wrong. That 21-point lead had dropped to seven with two minutes to go. LSU had calls go against it and allowed big scoring plays, and then on third-and-1 in the red zone, LSU committed two consecutive false starts. LSU looked like it was letting it slip away, and Kelly tightened up.

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(Photo: Kim Klement-USA Today)

Brody Miller

Brody Miller·

Staff Writer, LSU

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October 16, 2022 at 2:56 PM EDT

Week 8 Independent schedules

Saturday, October 22

ULM at Army, Noon

UNLV at Notre Dame, 2:30 p.m.

BYU at Liberty, 3:30 p.m.

San Jose State at New Mexico State, 6 p.m.

Daniel Shirley

Daniel Shirley·

Senior Editor, College Football

October 16, 2022 at 2:33 PM EDT

Evaluating Georgia’s stretch ahead, including Tennessee

Hold on a second: So Georgia now has a looming showdown with Tennessee that could be the biggest game at Sanford Stadium in a long time, which very likely could determine which team makes it to the College Football Playoff, a matchup already being analyzed three weeks away.

And you want us to talk about beating Vanderbilt?

And wait a minute: Georgia first has to make sure it gets by Florida, which may not be very good but is still Florida, and to Kirby Smart’s chagrin the game will still be played in Jacksonville, where the better team does not always win.

And oh by the way Mississippi State and Kentucky are also still out there in November in a four-game run that may be the most daunting regular-season stretch of the Smart era.

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(Photo: Dale Zanine-USA Today)

Seth Emerson

Seth Emerson·

Senior Writer, Georgia

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October 16, 2022 at 2:20 PM EDT

Week 8 MAC schedule

Saturday, October 22

UNLV at Notre Dame, 2:30 p.m.

Hawaii at Colorado State, 4 p.m.

San Jose State at New Mexico State, 6 p.m.

Fresno State at New Mexico, 6:30 p.m.

Boise State at Air Force, 7 p.m.

Utah State at Wyoming, 9:45 p.m.

San Diego State at Nevada, 10:30 p.m.

Daniel Shirley

Daniel Shirley·

Senior Editor, College Football

October 16, 2022 at 2:05 PM EDT

AP Top 25: Tennessee vaults to No. 3 after beating Alabama

Tennessee moved up to No. 3 in the AP Top 25 college football rankings on Saturday, its highest position in the poll since it was ranked third in the 2005 preseason. The jump from sixth to third comes after the Vols beat Alabama, their first win against the Crimson Tide since 2006, their first win against an AP top-10 team since 2006 and their first win against a top-five team since 2005.

The Vols received 15 first-place votes but are still behind No. 1 Georgia (31 first-place votes) and No. 2 Ohio State (17). Michigan moved up a spot to fourth after its 41-17 blowout of Penn State, jumping past Clemson, which is fifth after a win at Florida State.

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Matt Brown

Matt Brown·

Senior Editor, College Football

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October 16, 2022 at 1:56 PM EDT

Week 8 AAC schedule

Friday, October 21

Tulsa at Temple, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 22

Cincinnati at SMU, Noon

Houston at Navy, Noon

Memphis at Tulane, 3:30 p.m.

UCF at East Carolina, 7:30 p.m.

Daniel Shirley

Daniel Shirley·

Senior Editor, College Football

October 16, 2022 at 1:47 PM EDT

Week 8 MAC schedule

Saturday, October 22

Akron at Kent State, Noon

Bowling Green at Central Michigan, 1 p.m.

Toledo at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

Eastern Michigan at Ball State, 2 p.m.

Northern Illinois at Ohio, 2 p.m.

Western Michigan at Miami (Ohio), 3:30 p.m.

Daniel Shirley

Daniel Shirley·

Senior Editor, College Football

October 16, 2022 at 1:33 PM EDT

What can Virginia Tech and Brent Pry do to fix offense?

Despite four losses in a row, a streak that used to be unheard of at Virginia Tech but is now commonplace, Brent Pry is still preaching positivity.

Upbeat as usual after another loss, the first-year head coach has remained steadfast in his mission to accentuate the positives and not get too down on his team.

Does he worry that the toll of four consecutive losses will start to blunt his positive preaching with the team?

“No, I don’t think so,” he said after the Hokies’ 20-14 loss to Miami on Saturday. “Again, I think there’s evidence of the things we’re doing well. You’ve got to build on that. We’re not where we want to be in any sense. Practice habits, dealing with adversity, recruiting, operations — we’re not where we need to be. But we’re working in the right direction.”

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Andy Bitter

Andy Bitter·

Staff Writer, Virginia Tech

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October 16, 2022 at 1:26 PM EDT

Week 8 Conference USA schedule

Friday, October 21

UAB at WKU, 8 p.m.

Saturday, October 22

Rice at Louisiana Tech, 3 p.m.

FIU at Charlotte, 3:30 p.m.

North Texas at UTSA, 3:30 p.m.

Florida Atlantic at UTEP, 4 p.m.

Daniel Shirley

Daniel Shirley·

Senior Editor, College Football

October 16, 2022 at 1:11 PM EDT

Caleb Williams brilliant, defense struggles in emotional loss at Utah

USC seemingly always finds itself in this exact spot in this exact stadium, doesn’t it?

In 2014, Utah scored a game-winning touchdown with eight seconds left against the Trojans — a loss that ultimately kept USC out of the Pac-12 title game. In 2016, the Utes scored the go-ahead touchdown with 16 seconds remaining to spoil the first start of the Sam Darnold era.

So, naturally, here was Utah, faced with a fourth-and-goal and less than a minute left in Rice-Eccles Stadium with an opportunity to give USC its first blemish in a resurgent first season under Lincoln Riley in what might be the Trojans’ last trip ever to Salt Lake City.

It was like déjà vu. All over again.

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(Photo: Rob Gray-USA Today)

Antonio Morales

Antonio Morales·

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October 16, 2022 at 12:57 PM EDT

Week 8 Sun Belt schedule

Wednesday, October 19

Georgia State at Appalachian State, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 20

Troy at South Alabama, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 22

ULM at Army, Noon

Georgia Southern at Old Dominion, 3:30 p.m.

Marshall at James Madison, 3:30 p.m.

Arkansas State at Louisiana, 5 p.m.

Southern Miss at Texas State, 5 p.m.

Daniel Shirley

Daniel Shirley·

Senior Editor, College Football

October 16, 2022 at 12:36 PM EDT

Week 8 Big 12 schedule

Saturday, October 22

Kansas at Baylor, Noon

West Virginia at Texas Tech, 3 p.m.

Texas at Oklahoma State, 3:30 p.m.

Kansas State at TCU, 8 p.m.

Daniel Shirley

Daniel Shirley·

Senior Editor, College Football

October 16, 2022 at 12:31 PM EDT

Week 8 Pac-12 schedule

Saturday, October 22

Arizona State at Stanford, 4 p.m.

Colorado at Oregon State, 8 p.m.

UCLA at Oregon, 3:30 p.m.

Washington at California, 10:30 p.m.

Daniel Shirley

Daniel Shirley·

Senior Editor, College Football

October 16, 2022 at 11:52 AM EDT

Huskers are still fighting, Purdue has no answers for Trey Palmer

Nebraska players and coaches exited slowly Saturday night from the playing field at Ross-Ade Stadium after a 43-37 loss against Purdue, most of them looking straight ahead without signs of emotion as two fans of the home team leaned over a railing in the south end-zone seats, eager to heckle the Huskers.

Just two fans among a sellout crowd cared enough to see them out.

Nebraska isn’t the attraction that it was even a few years ago. Since 2018, Purdue has won four of five games against the Huskers. It’s something of a routine by now, as victories against Nebraska rate, too, for the rest of the Big Ten West members.

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(Photo: Robert Goddin-USA Today)

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