COLLEGE STATION - Texas A&M knew it would be difficult to defeat the national champions in their own backyard. Kellen Mond felt the pressure, the Clemson offense capitalized on big plays and the Aggies suffered their first loss of the season 24-10.
A&M still can control their own path to the postseason. With expectations teams will slowly crumble within, an early loss now could playing in the Aggies favor. Some teams in the SEC stumbled to the fish line. Others played strong, bringing games down to the wire.
Let's recap everything A&M fans might have missed on Saturday
Kentucky 38, Eastern Michigan 17: Terry Wilson struggled under center for the Wildcats offense, going 14 of 26 for 114 yards. Kentucky's run game dominated against the Eagles defense, finishing with 239 yards and three touchdowns. The Wildcats pick up their second win on the year.
South Carolina 72, Charleston Southern 10: With Jake Bentley sidelined, Ryan Hilinski would begin his career with the Gamecocks. He impressed, looking like the future of the program under center. Hilinski would finish with 282 yards while running back Kevin Harris scored three touchdowns. South Carolina will face No.2 Alabama next Saturday.
BYU 29, Tennessee 26: It's going to be a very long season in Neyland Stadium. With just seconds remaining, the Vols defense would give up a 65-yard pass to set up a game-tying field goal. In double-overtime, the Cougars would score a 5-yard touchdown to seal the comeback.
Missouri 38, West Virginia 7: Kelly Bryant continued to dominate for the Tigers offense. Against the Mountaineers, the former Clemson quarterback would go 17 of 25 for three touchdowns. Missouri's defense also caused two turnovers.
Florida 45, Tennessee Martin 0: Feleipe Franks would go 25 of 27 for 270 yards and lead the Gators into the end zone twice. The Gators rushing attack would combine for 231 yards and pick up their second win of the season.
Georgia 63, Murray State 17: Jake Fromm relied on his run game to carry the way against the Racers' defense. The Bulldogs backfield finished with 269 yards and five total touchdowns. A comfortable win in front of the home crowd for Georgia.
Purdue 42, Vanderbilt 24: The Commodores' defense couldn't contain the Boilermakers' offense. Elijah Sindelar would go 34 of 52 for 509 yards and five touchdowns. Vanderbilt falls to an 0-2 start.
Ole Miss 31, Arkansas 17: The only in-conference game of the week, it looked like this could go into overtime. In the fourth quarter, Matt Coral would connect with Elijah Moore for a 46-yard touchdown. On the next drive, the Rebels would seal the victory with a 26-yard touchdown run from Scottie Phillips.
Mississippi State 38, Southern Mississippi 15 : Tommy Stevens would split time with Garrett Shrader as the two would go 16 of 21 and 176 yards and two touchdowns. Kylin Hill would lead the way on the ground with 123 yards. The Golden Eagles' defense would allow 386 total yards.
Auburn 24, Tulane 6: The Tigers' offense took a step back against the Green Wave. Bo Nix finished going 19 of 37 for 207 yards and touchdown. After a late fumble from the Tigers, Tulane couldn't connect on fourth down. Auburn would run down the final eight minutes to pick up the victory.
Alabama 62, New Mexico St. 10: The game was over after the first play. Tua Tagovailoa would find Henry Ruggs for a 65-yard score. The potential Heisman front-runner would finish going 16 of 24 for 277 yards and three touchdowns. Alabama will travel to South Carolina next week.
LSU 45, Texas 38: In what could only be called the game of the week, these top 10 opponents traded blows back and forth throughout the night. Joe Burrow would throw for 471 yards and four touchdowns while Sam Ehlinger would throw for 401 yards and four touchdowns. On an onside recovery, Texas would recover the ball out of bounds, sealing the victory for the Tigers.