In a season where cancellations or postponements are routine due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some of the nation’s top programs in the 2020 college football season are being impacted in particular this week.
Three games featuring teams in the top 5 of The Associated Press poll on this weekend’s schedule are either postponed or canceled, including No. 1 Alabama, No. 3 Ohio State and No. 5 Texas A&M.
Six of the 15 FBS games either postponed or canceled this week because of issues related to coronavirus through Friday afternoon feature top 25 teams. Combine that with the fact that six AP top 25 teams are on bye, and that leaves just 13 programs ranked in the top 25 playing this weekend.
Scores will be updated throughout the day on Friday and Saturday as games are completed.
No. 1 Alabama (6-0) at LSU (2-3), POSTPONED
No. 2 Notre Dame 45, Boston College 31: The Fighting Irish emerged victorious in a tough matchup, using a 21-point second quarter to take control. Quarterback Ian Book threw for 283 yards and accounted for four touchdowns in the victory.
No. 3 Ohio State (3-0) at Maryland (2-1), CANCELED
No. 5 Texas A&M at Tennessee, POSTPONED
No. 6 Florida 63, Arkansas 35: Kyle Trask threw for six touchdowns — the second time he’s done so this season — in leading the Gators to the dominant win. Florida broke the game open with a 28-point second quarter.
No. 7 Cincinnati 55, East Carolina 17 (Friday): The Bearcats had little trouble dispatching the Pirates, as quarterback Desmond Ridder accounted for four touchdowns and Cincinnati raced to a 35-10 halftime lead.
No. 9 Miami 25, Virginia Tech 24: In a close game until the very end, the Hurricanes fended off the Hokies on the final drive of the day after scoring the go-ahead touchdown with under four minutes to play.
No. 10 Indiana 24, Michigan State 0: The Hoosiers continued their perfect start by jumping on a disappointing Spartans team early and not looking back. Michael Penix Jr. threw for 320 yards and two touchdowns in the win.
No. 11 Oregon 43, Washington State 29: After falling behind 19-7 late in the first half, the Ducks used a touchdown three seconds before halftime to spark touchdowns on five of six possessions in a come-from-behind win. Tyler Shough threw for 312 yards and four touchdowns, while CJ Verdell ran for 118 yards and a score to lead Oregon, which put up 581 yards of total offense.
No. 12 Georgia (4-2) at Missouri (2-3), POSTPONED
No. 13 Wisconsin 49, Michigan 11: The Badgers were dominant after having their past two games canceled due to COVID-19 issues. Wisconsin built a 28-0 halftime lead and forced two turnovers, while rushing for 341 yards in the victory.
No. 15 Coastal Carolina (7-0) at Troy (4-3), POSTPONED
No. 16 Marshall 42, Middle Tennessee 14: The Thundering Herd led by a touchdown after the first quarter and then dominated the second and third to get the win. Grant Wells threw for 336 yards and five touchdowns.
Tulsa 28, No. 19 SMU 24: James Palmer scored his first career touchdown with 2:11 to play, then Zaven Collins intercepted a pass less than a minute later as the Golden Hurricane knocked off the Mustangs. Tulsa scored the last 21 points of the game in pulling the upset.
No. 20 USC 34, Arizona 30: Vavae Malepeai scored on an 8-yard run with 25 seconds remaining as the Trojans rallied to stay unbeaten and atop the Pac-12 South. The lead changed hands three times in the fourth quarter, including when Arizona went ahead 30-27 with 1:35 to play on a 6-yard touchdown pass from Grant Gunnell to Stanley Berryhill III. USC had 498 yards of total offense, including 325 passing yards from Kedon Slovis.
No. 22 Liberty 58, Western Carolina 14: Up just a touchdown after the first quarter, the Flames scored at least two in each of the final three frames to get the comfortable win. Malik Willis accounted for five touchdowns in the win, three passing and two rushing.
No. 23 Northwestern 27, Purdue 20: The Wildcats won a tight game, fending off a Boilermakers rally after taking a 14-point lead early in the third quarter. Wide receiver Ramaud Chiaokhiao-Bowman scored all three touchdowns for Northwestern.
No. 24 Auburn (4-2) at Mississippi State (2-4), POSTPONED
No. 25 Louisiana 38, South Alabama 10: The Ragin’ Cajuns built a quick 14-0 lead and cruised to the victory by rolling up 506 yards of total offense. Levi Lewis threw for 252 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in the win.
BYES: No. 4 Clemson, No. 8 BYU, No. 14 Oklahoma State, No. 17 Iowa State, No. 18 Oklahoma, No. 21 Texas