No. 2 Alabama (11-1) beat Auburn, 42-14.
Trent Richardson rushed for a career-high 203 yards, and AJ McCarron threw three first-half touchdown passes to lift Alabama on the road. The Crimson Tide now must wait and see whether its résumé is good enough to get into the Bowl Championship Series title game.
No. 6 Virginia Tech (11-1) beat No. 24 Virginia (8-4), 38-0.
Logan Thomas threw for two touchdowns and ran for one, and David Wilson scored on two long runs for Virginia Tech. The Hokies will face No. 18 Clemson in next week’s Atlantic Coast Conference title game.
No. 7 Boise State (10-1) beat Wyoming, 36-14.
Kellen Moore tossed three TD passes, including a 46-yarder on the final play of the first half. “That was big. Really, we stole some points in that situation,” said Moore, who was 24 of 36 for 279 yards. The former Prosser High star has 137 career TD passes, No. 2 all time behind Houston’s Case Keenum (150).
No. 11 Michigan State (10-2) beat Northwestern, 31-17.
Kirk Cousins threw two TD passes to B.J. Cunningham as MSU warmed up for the Big Ten title game with a road win. The Spartans will face No. 15 Wisconsin on Saturday in Indianapolis. MSU won the regular-season meeting, 37-31, on a last-second Hail Mary.
No. 12 Oklahoma (9-2) beat Iowa State, 26-6.
Landry Jones threw for 256 yards, Blake Bell punched in two short TD runs, and Oklahoma set up a showdown next week against No. 4 Oklahoma State for the Big 12 championship.
No. 13 Georgia (10-2) beat No. 25 Georgia Tech (8-4), 31-17.
Aaron Murray threw four touchdown passes, extending his single-season school record to 32, as Georgia extended its domination over Georgia Tech. Georgia beat its rival for the 10th time in 11 years and will take a 10-game winning streak into the Southeastern Conference title game vs. LSU.
No. 14 South Carolina (10-2) beat No. 18 Clemson (9-3), 34-13.
Connor Shaw threw for three touchdowns and ran for another to lead South Carolina to a 10-win season for the first time in 27 years. Clemson heads to the ACC championship game against Virginia Tech next week after losing three of its past four.
No. 15 Wisconsin (10-2) beat No. 20 Penn State (9-3), 45-7.
Montee Ball scored four TDs for the Badgers, giving him 34 this season – five short of Barry Sanders’ FBS record of 39, set for Oklahoma State during the 1988 season. Wisconsin has two games remaining – the Big Ten title game and a bowl game.
No. 21 Baylor (8-3) beat Texas Tech, 66-42.
Baylor QB Robert Griffin III was knocked out of the game, but backup Nick Florence threw two long touchdown passes, and Terrance Ganaway rushed for 246 yards and two scores.
Matt Faulkner rallied San Jose State past Fresno State, 27-24, with two touchdown passes in the second half. Ronnie Hillman ran for two TDs, and Ryan Lindley threw for two scores as San Diego State scored 31 unanswered points to rally past UNLV, 31-14.
James Franklin rebounded from three early interceptions to toss two second-half touchdown passes, and Missouri rallied for a 24-10 victory over Kansas in what could be the final edition of the 120-year-old Border War rivalry. Missouri heads to the SEC next season, and Kansas has said it has no intention of playing the Tigers out of conference. Kentucky snapped a 26-game losing streak to Tennessee with a 10-7 victory.
Former Penn State coach Joe Paterno, 84, is handling lung cancer treatments “very well,” said his son, Jay, an assistant coach for the Nittany Lions. Florida senior quarterback John Brantley was knocked out of the Gators’ 21-7 loss to rival Florida State with an apparent concussion. Akron fired coach Rob Ianello after he went 2-22 in two seasons.