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Road to Atlanta: Gator coaches everywhere

A closer look at Week 10 of college football:

Power moves

Checking in on how some of the College Football Playoff's top teams fared (CFP ranking used here):

No. 1 Georgia: For the first time in 35 years, the Bulldogs are 9-0. Jake Fromm completed 16-of-22 passes for 196 yards and two TDs in the 24-10 win over South Carolina. Next up is an Auburn team that often gives the Dawgs trouble. The Tigers beat Texas A&M behind Jarrett Stidham's 268 yards passing and three touchdowns.

No. 3 Notre Dame: Brandon Wimbush passed for a career-high 280 yards, ran for two touchdowns and shook off an injury (knee) to help Notre Dame win its seventh straight, 48-37 over Wake Forest. In a day of remarkable games, this one was meh. But the Irish did nothing to hurt its current standing.

No. 4 Clemson: The reigning national champion showed off its big-game experience, never leading until late in the third quarter. Tavien Feaster ran for an 89-yard touchdown to end the third and K'Von Wallace had an interception on the game's final play as the Tigers (8-1, 6-1 ACC) held off N.C. State 38-31.

No. 6 Ohio State: Cue the return of the J.T. Barrett haters. A week after a GOAT performance vs. Penn State, Barrett threw a career-high four interceptions for Ohio State (7-2, 5-1) in a 55-24 loss to Iowa (6-3, 3-3). It was the most points the Buckeyes have allowed in a game under coach Urban Meyer. We'd love to see you make a case for a two-loss Buckeyes team, playoff committee. We dare you.

No. 7 Penn State: What the heck, Big Ten? Matt Coghlin's 34-yard field goal as time expired gave Michigan State (7-2, 5-1) the 27-24 victory. How did Saquon Barkley not touch the ball more (63 yards rushing, no TDs for first time in 15 games) for the Nittany Lions (7-2, 4-2)? Will coach James Franklin ever win a road game against AP-ranked foes (he's 0-10, 0-5 at Penn State)? Will the final CFP top four include a non-SEC or ACC team? Stay tuned.

Dear, Gators 

Hire this man, Florida. Hire. Him. (This tweet was later deleted, but the Internet remembers forever.)

Speaking of Kiffin …

No, Florida Atlantic didn't cover the spread in the 30-25 win over Marshall thanks to the intentional late safety, but Kiffin has the Owls unbeaten in Conference USA play (5-0) and bowl eligible. Also, the five straight wins are the most for FAU since 2004.

See Ray-Ray run

It's not hard to see how Clemson's Ray-Ray McCloud (Sickles High) once was Hillsborough County's all-time leader in rushing yards.

Dear, Gators Part II

Mississippi State's Dan Mullen, possibly Florida's next coach, was losing to UMass (2-7) at halftime. The No. 21 Bulldogs (7-2), 31-point favorites, scored two quick TDs in the third quarter to get back on top and eventually win 34-23. Mullen's got one of the SEC's best-ever running QBs in Nick Fitzgerald (135 yards, two TDs), but he can be inconsistent throwing. Sound familiar, Gators?

Bedlam, by the numbers

If you like defense, then take a hard pass on Oklahoma-Oklahoma State. The score was tied at 38 at the half, then Oklahoma (8-1, 5-1 Big 12) took the lead for good with less than five minutes to go in the third. Final score: OU 62, OSU 52.

198 Passing yards by OU's Baker Mayfield in the first quarter

76 Combined first-half points, most between Division I-A teams this year

114 Single-game high for combined points in this rivalry (was 102 in 2008)

598 Total passing yards for Mayfield, an OU record

5 Passing TDs each by Mayfield and OSU's Mason Rudolph

4 TD passes of more than 40 yards from Mayfield (49, 84, 43 and 77 yards)

1,446 Yards of combined offense total

Notable numbers

13,801 Career passing yards for Washington State's Luke Falk, a Pac-12 record. He had 337 yards and three TDs as No. 25 Cougars beat No. 18 Stanford 24-21

2 Years after UAB's football program was temporarily shuttered, the Blazers (6-3, 4-2 CUSA) are bowl eligible in first year back

306 Straight games with a score by Air Force, until Saturday's 21-0 loss to Army

3 Straight overtime games for Northwestern, a Division I-A record (Wildcats beat Nebraska 31-24)

27 Points scored by Iowa in its past two games (vs. Northwestern and Minnesota)

Dear, Gators Part III

No, West Virginia QB Will Grier won't be the next UF coach, but Iowa State's Matt Campbell might be. And the former Gator topped the future Gator (maybe). A week after upsetting TCU, No. 15 Iowa State (6-3, 4-2 Big 12) never led in falling 20-16 to the Mountaineers (6-3, 4-2). Grier, who had his worst performance of the season last week when he threw four interceptions in a loss to Oklahoma State, finished 20-of-25 passing for 316 yards and two TDs.

He said it

"They didn't quit. I know what happened, I know why it happened. That's something you're never going to see us do. You can write that." — FSU coach Jimbo Fisher, still apparently upset at, well, everyone except his own staff this season

Dear, Gators Part IV

After his team's loss to Clemson, future Florida coach Dave Doeren (hey, why not?) posed this: "I'd like to know why there's a laptop on Clemson's sideline that people are looking at. I'd like that to be investigated." Intriguing. Conspiracy theory coach, FTW.

Times wires used in this report.

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