We're fully into conference schedules across the country, and that's usually the time the real contenders start to emerge and teams get tested on a more frequent basis.
In some cases, those contenders simply need to survive, as was the case in No. 1 Georgia's 26-22 win over Missouri after the Tigers led for most of the game and nearly pulled off the biggest upset of the season.
In the case of No. 5 Clemson, it was all about making a statement as to which team is in charge in the ACC. That's exactly what Clemson did with a solid 30-20 win over No. 10 NC State.
Another top contender, No. 2 Alabama, got the job done with a 49-26 road win over No. 20 Arkansas despite Crimson Tide star quarterback Bryce Young leaving the game in the second quarter with a shoulder injury.
Elsewhere, No. 9 Oklahoma State made a statement of its own with a strong 36-26 road victory over No. 16 Baylor in a rematch of last year's Big 12 championship.
We've also seen multiple ranked teams go down on the road against unranked opponents, with TCU routing No. 18 Oklahoma and Mississippi State pulling away from No. 17 Texas A&M 42-24.
We're still keeping an eye on three Pac-12 matchups going on, including No. 6 USC vs. Arizona State and No. 13 Oregon vs. Stanford.
What's happened so far
That's it for the Saturday slate. Good night people
FINAL (finally): Oregon 45, Stanford 27
Travis Dye scores his 2nd rushing TD of the game, and that should likely wrap it up for USC
Trojans 42, ASU 25, 3:46 remaining
Turns out ASU committed an illegal block on the onside, so they will not get the ball after all
Uh oh, ASU recovered the onside kick and Sun Devils have life here in the 4th against No. 6 USC
ASU touchdown keeps it alive, cuts USC's lead to 35-25 with 6:16 to play in L.A.
USC bounced right back from the INT, got the ball back and marched it down for a score.
USC 28, Arizona State 17, late 3rd
Halftime: Oregon 31, Stanford 3
Ducks scored in the final second of the half.