Friday’s college football slate served as a nice appetizer for the Saturday ahead, and also brought some affirmation of where teams were slotted in Tuesday’s first College Football Playoff Rankings. In particular, No. 15 Oregon’s ranking seemed more appropriate after the Ducks blew an 11-point halftime lead and lost 41-38 to rival Oregon State.
Some thought Oregon had been underrated in the debut CFP Rankings, but Friday ended that line of thinking while also bringing good results for a couple of other squads that some believed were overrated in the first poll. Take Iowa, for example. After checking in at No. 24 on Tuesday, the Hawkeyes received some criticism. But the they extended their winning streak to four games on Friday by sneaking past Nebraska 26-20 and proving that maybe they deserve to be ranked after all.
Finally, No. 13 Iowa State and No. 2 Notre Dame won as well to position themselves to maintain their positions in the rankings moving forward into Saturday as the college football season rolls on. The Cyclones knocked off No. 17 Texas 23-20, while the Fighting Irish handled No. 25 North Carolina 31-17.
College football scores, Friday schedule
No. 13 Iowa State 23, No. 17 Texas 20 — Recap
No. 24 Iowa 26, Nebraska 20 — Box score
No. 2 Notre Dame 31, No. 19 North Carolina 17 —Takeaways, recap
UCF 58, South Florida 46 — Box score
Stanford 24, California 23 — Box score
Oregon State 41, No. 15 Oregon 38 —
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