Top 25 takeaways: Texas, Florida earn huge wins


Texas’ thrilling, last-second win over rival Oklahoma raises a lot of questions we weren’t expecting to be asking. Are the Longhorns now Big 12 favorites? What does this mean for the conference’s playoff hopes? We don’t know that quite yet, but here’s what we have learned so far today.

Keep checking back all day for updates from your favorite team.


No. 1 Alabama 65, Arkansas 31

The locomotive that is Alabama kept on rolling Saturday. The questions after a 65-31 win at lowly Arkansas are not whether the Crimson Tide cemented their spot as the top team nationally and not whether Tua Tagovailoa increased his lead in the Heisman Trophy race. The questions are whether Bama and Tagovailoa will stay firmly in these positions until early December and whether a more difficult schedule in November will even matter.

Tagovailoa played just six minutes of the second half in Fayetteville and did not complete a pass after a 60-yard touchdown strike to Jerry Jeudy with 1:38 to play in the first half. And still, he finished 10 of 13 for 334 yards and four touchdowns without an interception. The sophomore QB has yet to commit a turnover this season for the top-ranked Crimson Tide, which moved to 6-0 after leading 41-14 at halftime — its second-smallest lead of the season after 30 minutes — and faces Missouri in Tuscaloosa before visiting Tennessee to finish out this month. Next month brings a trip to LSU and the Iron Bowl at home against Auburn. For now, though, Alabama continues to look unstoppable after topping 500 yards for the sixth time this season in its nation-leading 78th consecutive victory against an unranked opponent. — Mitch Sherman


No. 3 Ohio State 49, Indiana 26

Ohio State remains undefeated and are still in the driver’s seat to make the College Football Playoff after defeating Indiana. The defense is still showing its flaws, however, especially giving up big plays. Through six games, it has already allowed as many 30-yard plays as it did all of last season. The secondary had issues against the Hoosiers and will need to fix them before the final game against Michigan. It shouldn’t been too big of a problem for the next few games, but if the Buckeyes do make the conference championship game and ultimately the playoffs, it might come back to bite them. — Tom VanHaaren




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