Everything you need to know about some of Week 10's biggest games is right here!Going into Friday night’s game in Corvallis, Oregon State QB Sean Mannion has made a name for himself by way of being careful with the football and by rarely throwing picks. After 60 minutes in Reser Stadium, the unheralded and depleted USC defense had forced three interceptions, shut down OSU’s potent WR Brandin Cooks, relied on big passing plays as well as a rolling ground game from it’s own offense. They really dominated the Beavers winning 31-14, sending the Trojans to a 3-0 Pac-12 record under interim head coach Ed Orgeron. It was the first win for USC in Corvallis since the now-vacated National Championship season of 2004 and the Trojans are now Bowl-eligible after a disastrous start to the season. It’s been a rough week for the Pelini family, with Carl fired from FAU amidst allegations of cocaine and marijuana use, and Bo continuing to deal with the very high expectations in Lincoln, Nebraska. However it’s ended on something of a high after the Cornhuskers connected on an improbable 49-yard lob to Jordan Westerkamp for a 27-24 win over a reeling North-Western Wildcats unit that’s dropped 5 straight after starting 4-0. The Huskers were again without star QB Taylor Martinez. If there’s a dark horse favourite for the 2013 Heisman Trophy, it’s Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch. The Huskies star ran for 119 yards, four scores and threw for another in a little more than a half’s worth of action on Saturday as NIU went on the road to blast Massachusetts 63-19. Lynch leads the nation in rushing – he’s already over the thousand-yard mark this year – and the Huskies remain on pace with Fresno State for the lone BCS Buster spot. Johnny Football did some blasting of his own on Saturday night leading Texas A&M to a commanding 57-7 victory over the UTEP Miners who were over matched and completely ill-equipped to deal with Manziel and the roaring Aggie offense. Manziel ran for two touchdowns including one scintillating 49-yard glide towards the end zone and passed for four more touchdowns before taking a seat on the pine in the third quarter. It was a good day for the beleaguered Aggie defense, too, as they held the Miners to a solitary first-quarter score and forced UTEP QB Blaire Sullivan into three picks. In the end, it was the game most expected. Tight and close early, but Florida State put the pedal down in the third quarter beating arch rivals Miami 41-14 in Tallahassee condemning the Hurricanes to their first loss of the season, continuing their own undefeated run. Seminole QB Jameis Winston showed he was human after all by tossing two picks, which brought the only fourteen points for the Hurricanes. It was the combined performances of running backs James Wilder (41 yards and two scores) and Devonta Freeman (86 yards and two touchdowns) that sparked Florida State to another big win on a big stage. Challenged early by Al Golden’s men, the ‘Noles responded perfectly. Great to see this rivalry once again in the national spotlight. In a wild back-and-forth game in Lubbock TX, Oklahoma State showed their offensive ability when they torched Texas Tech 52-34. RB Desmond Roland ran for three scores then QB Clint Chelf threw two and ran for two more. On the other sideline, Red Raider QB Davis Webb threw the football a whopping 71 times, en route to 550 total yards of offense, but it was not enough to avoid their second loss of the season. Speaking of defense, there was plenty of it from Michigan State on Saturday afternoon in East Lansing as they blasted in-state rivals Michigan 29-6, holding the Wolverine offense to just 186 total yards and a woeful -48 in the rushing column (the worst in the storied and long history of Wolverine football). The Spartans were simply too good at every defensive position recording seven sacks. Sparty might be the only Big Ten team to give Ohio State a run, and it seems as though they’ll get their chance in Indianapolis a week after Thanksgiving in the Big Ten Championship. It was ugly but it was a win, and that’s all that really counts. If you were looking for style points in a football game there wasn’t any produced by Notre Dame in their last-gasp 38-34 victory over Navy. The Midshipmen had the football and were driving inside the last two minutes, but missed on a fourth-down conversion which handed the football – and the win – to the Irish. It was far from a convincing performance, particularly by Notre Dame QB Tommy Rees who turned the football over twice early. Navy’s triple option offense ran up 417 yards on the Irish. A week after a bad loss to South Carolina in which they gave up a 17-point lead to lose in overtime, SEC East challengers Missouri got back on track with a 31-3 thumping of Tennessee in Columbia. It was a banner night for the Tiger offense, which fell just one yard short of 500 on the night and a return to form for backup QB Maty Mauk, who threw for three touchdowns and ran 111 yards as Mizzou broke the Volunteers defense the old fashioned way, running the football down their throats for 334 yards. So bad is the Big Ten that Ohio State must absolutely belt their opponents to avoid being forgotten about when the weekly BCS rankings are released. They did it last week putting 63 on Penn State and they did it this week, holding Purdue scoreless in a 56-0 rout in West Lafayette. Buckeye defender Doran Grant picked off the first pass of the game, taking it back 33 yards to the house, which set the tone for both teams. Ohio State QB Braxton Miller threw for four scores in amongst 233 yards. The Buckeyes extended the longest win streak in the nation with their win, they haven’t lost in 22 months. It was the most lopsided victory in their series with Purdue, stretching back 56 games. Quietly the Auburn Tigers are signalling that perhaps the Iron Bowl match-up on the Saturday after Thanksgiving won’t be the one-way Alabama rout that it was last year. In a remarkable comeback season under new head coach Gus Malzahn the Tigers, winless in SEC play a year ago sit at 8-1, and emphatically dispatched Arkansas 35-17 in Fayetteville. Star RB Tre Mason carried the ball 32 times for 168 yards and four scores as the Razorbacks drop to 3-5 in Bret Bielema’s first season as coach. Georgia scored on their first four possessions, rolling to a 20-0 lead over Florida in Jacksonville and needed to withstand a heap of pressure late as the Gators came roaring back to within three points. The Bulldogs managed to hang on for a 23-20 victory, in which they looked a completely different outfit to recent weeks thanks to RB Todd Gurley’s return from injury. He’s a vital cog in their offense, and ran for an even hundred yards and a touchdown, as well as catching three balls for 87 yards and one score out of the backfield. Don’t sleep on Georgia just yet. The Gators, on the other hand, are basically done, falling to 4-4. Air Force RB Anthony LaCoste shredded the Army defense to the tune of 263 yards and three touchdowns on just 23 carries as the Falcons finally ended their seven-game losing streak with a 42-28 win. Unbelievably , LaCoste’s performance isn't the most rushing yards by an Air Force player. That honour goes to Chad Hall, who ran for 275 in 2007. Even so, an incredible performance, and perhaps the best individual effort of the weekend.
What do you think about this? Are the Gators finished?