On a weekend when it felt like many College Football Playoff contenders decided to sleep in a little too long, No. 5 Ohio State made a point to anybody who thinks it isn’t ready to get back in the conversation. The Buckeyes cruised to an easy 54-7 win over Indiana and quarterback C.J. Stroud reentered the Heisman conversation by throwing for 266 yards and four touchdowns. It was the fifth straight win for the Buckeyes, which have found their rhythm since their Week 2 loss at home to Oregon.
Similarly, No. 17 Texas A&M had no problems with South Carolina, knocking off the Gamecocks 44-14. The highlight was the Aggies defense, which held South Carolina’s offense to just 185 yards of offense — 170 of which came in the fourth quarter.
Elsewhere, No. 2 Cincinnati survived a scare from Navy, holding on to win 27-20 to stay unbeaten and keep its playoff hopes intact. No. 3 Oklahoma had to come back from a 10-0 halftime deficit to beat Kansas 35-23 while No. 4 Alabama messed around with Tennessee before pulling away with a 28-point fourth quarter to win 52-24.
Not every team in the top 25 got by unscathed, however. No. 8 Oklahoma State lost for the first time this season, falling to Iowa State 24-21. No. 7 Penn State lost to Illinois 20-18 in nine — yes, nine — overtimes. And No. 18 NC State fell suffered its second loss of the season in a tight 31-30 battle against Miami. Yet, despite all of that, the best game of the day might’ve taken place in West Point, New York. That’s where No. 16 Wake Forest beat Army 70-56 in what looked like a basketball game on turf.
CBS Sports was here every step of the way to update you with the latest scores, highlights and storylines throughout the night.
College football scores, schedule: Week 8
No. 2 Cincinnati 27, Navy 20 — Recap
No. 3 Oklahoma 35, Kansas 23 — Recap, takeaways
No. 6 Michigan 33, Northwestern 7 — Recap
Illinois 20, No. 7 Penn State 18 (9OT) — Recap, takeaways
No. 12 Ole Miss 31, LSU 17 — Recap, takeaways
Iowa State 24, No. 8 Oklahoma State 21 — Recap
No. 10 Oregon 34, UCLA 31 — Recap
No. 23 Pittsburgh 27, Clemson 17 — Recap
No. 4 Alabama 52, Tennessee 24 — Recap, takeaways
No. 17 Texas A&M 44, South Carolina 14 — Recap
No. 5 Ohio State 54, Indiana 7 — Recap
No. 13 Notre Dame 31, USC 16 — Recap, takeaways
Check out the entire Week 8 scoreboard