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NCAAF Week 9: Five things we learned

Week 9 of the college football season surely was an exciting one. Will this week's results be an accurate preview of what's to come this season?

Ohio State has still got it

After taking a small slide down the rankings earlier in the season following their loss to Oklahoma, the No.6 ranked Buckeyes now find themselves sitting at the No.3 spot after their massive 39-38 upset victory over formerly No.2 Penn State.

The Buckeyes came back from a 15-point deficit and handed the Nittany Lions their first loss of the season. J.T. Barrett was on fire for the Buckeyes, completing 33 of his 39 passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns, while also adding 95 yards on the ground.

After Saturday's massive victory, the Buckeyes look like a frontrunner for the National Championship and will certainly give Alabama a run for their money. With a relatively easy schedule for the remainder of the season, the Buckeyes look primed to continue their climb up the rankings.

Penn State takes a hit

The Nittany Lions were awarded their first loss of the season in Saturday after blowing a 15-point lead to the Ohio State Buckeyes. As a result, the formerly No.2 ranked Nittany Lions took a skid down the rankings and now find themselves at the No.7 spot.

Trace McSorley put on another solid performance, passing for 192 yards and two touchdowns, while adding 49 yards and a touchdown on the ground as well. Saquon Barkley, last week's leading Heisman contender, did not have his best game, running for just 44 yards, but he did score a touchdown.  

Despite this tough loss, the Nittany Lions are still playoff contenders and will look to defeat the Buckeyes in the matchup that counts. Luckily, the Nittany Lions have a fairly easy schedule ahead, so they should climb up the rankings quickly.

TCU takes an L

The No.25 ranked Iowa State Cyclones pulled off quite the upset on Saturday, handing the No. 4 ranked TCU Horned Frogs their first loss of the season in a narrow 14-7 victory. The formerly undefeated Horned Frogs took a skid down the rankings, now finding themselves at No.10, while the Cyclones skyrocketed up to the No.14 spot. 

The usually explosive TCU offense settled down on Saturday, as they were contained by a tough Iowa State defense. TCU's talented defense also had a strong game, but Iowa State quarterback Kyle Kempt managed to sneak in two touchdown passes, putting the Cyclones ahead.

Aside from a matchup with No.8 Oklahoma, the Horned Frogs will not face too many challenges during the rest of their season. The Iowa State Cyclones have been one of this season's biggest surprises, and will be a team to watch in the remaining few weeks, as they have a couple tough matchups coming up against conference rivals West Virginia and Oklahoma State.

Washington State continues their skid

Just a couple of weeks after an embarrassing 37-3 loss to Cal, the Washington State Cougars suffered another ugly defeat, losing 58-37 to the Arizona Wildcats. After an extremely hot start to the season, the Cougars have lost two of their last three and have dropped all the way down to No.25 in the rankings.

Luke Falk was benched fairly early in the game. His replacement, Tyler Hilinski completed 45 of his 61 pass attempts for 509 yards, two touchdowns, and four interceptions. Furthermore, the Cougars' defense was simply unable to contain Khalil Tate, J.J. Taylor, and the rest of the Wildcats' offense.

The Cougars hope to get back on track in the remaining few weeks of the season, but face tough matchups ahead against Stanford and Washington. It has been a sad downfall for a team that once looked like a dark horse playoff contender, but now find themselves at the very bottom of the rankings.

Tough loss for Michigan State

After putting up a tough fight, the Michigan State Spartans were unable to finish, as they were upset by the Northwestern Wildcats 39-31 in triple overtime. The Spartans, who entered the rankings just a few weeks ago, fell from No. 16 to No. 24 following this defeat.

Quarterback Brian Lewerke had a strong game, completing 39 of his 57 pass attempts for 445 yards, four touchdowns, and an interception. Unfortunately, Lewerke picked the wrong time to throw a pick, as his turnover ended the game in the third overtime period. 

The Spartans have been one of this season's most surprising teams, especially after their upset victory over the Michigan Wolverines. The next couple weeks certainly will not be easy for Michigan State, especially with matchups against Penn State and Ohio State on the horizon.

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Justin Boguslavsky

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NCAAF Week 9: Five things we learned

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