Last Updated on September 25, 2023 by Robert C. Hoopes
Ohio State’s Ryan Day has responded to recent criticisms about the team following their thrilling win at Notre Dame. The Buckeyes, despite facing scrutiny, have moved up to No. 4 in the AP Top 25 college football poll.
Despite Ohio State’s rise, Georgia remains at the top spot in the poll. The Bulldogs have been dominating, and their coach Kirby Smart has achieved an impressive 85-15 record. In other news, Michigan and Washington continue their winning streaks, maintaining their positions in the top rankings.
Speaking of Michigan, running back Blake Corum tied the program record for rushing touchdowns in a game. The Wolverines have been on fire, and their success has contributed to their rise in the rankings. On the defensive side, Texas has been holding opponents under 30 points for nine consecutive games, demonstrating their strength as a team.
Ohio State had a memorable moment in their win against Notre Dame, as Chip Trayanum scored the latest game-winning touchdown in an AP top-10 matchup since 2008. This victory surely silenced some of the criticism aimed at the Buckeyes.
In more exciting games, Florida State narrowly survived Clemson in overtime and managed to stay within the top five. Meanwhile, Penn State shut out Iowa, earning the second-largest shutout of an AP-ranked team. Washington also made headlines by scoring the most points in a season since 1944.
Individual players have also been making their mark. USC’s Caleb Williams shined with five total touchdowns, while Notre Dame’s Sam Hartman threw a touchdown pass in 35 consecutive games. LSU’s Malik Nabers and Brian Thomas Jr. both made history with 125+ receiving yards and two touchdown catches each.
Other notable achievements include Oklahoma allowing fewer than 20 points in each of their first four games for the first time since 2000. Additionally, North Carolina and Duke have both started the season 4-0 for the first time since 1971. Duke’s success was further highlighted as they hosted College GameDay for the first time in program history.
Records were broken as well, with Washington State’s Cam Ward setting a completion percentage record against a ranked team. Meanwhile, Oregon had a 36-point win, making it their sixth largest victory against a ranked opponent in school history.
Several teams have been maintaining their consistency. Alabama, under coach Nick Saban, has kept their home win streak intact. Florida has scored points in their 440th consecutive game, and Miami has scored at least 38 points in their first four games for the second time in the AP poll era.
There were also standout performances by players such as Oregon State’s Deshaun Fenwick, who rushed for 101 yards and three scores against a ranked opponent. Ole Miss, on the other hand, scored the lowest total under head coach Lane Kiffin against Alabama. In Tennessee, Joe Milton III tied the record for the longest rushing score by a Tennessee QB.
Lastly, Missouri started the season 4-0 for the first time since 2013, while Kansas achieved consecutive 4-0 starts for the first time in 108 years. Fresno State’s Mikey Keene and Elijah Gilliam led their team to victory with multiple touchdowns, showcasing their talent and contribution to the team’s success.
These exciting moments and strong performances from both teams and individual players have made the college football season more thrilling than ever. Fans can look forward to even more thrilling matchups and record-breaking achievements as the season progresses.