College football scores, rankings, highlights: USC, TCU survive after upsets shake top 10

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On a day that saw three top-10 teams lose, No. 9 USC weathered a lackluster defensive outing for a 41-35 win over Cal to avoid becoming another high-profile victim of the Week 10 slate. The victory keeps the Trojans in the Pac-12 championship picture and in the mix for College Football Playoff contention with three games remaining in the regular season. 

Cal struck first with a quick touchdown drive on its first possession, but USC scored the game’s next 27 points and appeared to have taken a commanding lead before the Bears got back in it; Cal drew to within a touchdown with nine minutes remaining after a successful onside kick and subsequent score. The Trojans gave up 406 yards passing to Cal quarterback Jack Plummer but answered with another strong performance from Caleb Williams. The Oklahoma transfer threw for 360 yards yards and four touchdowns. His performance was particularly impressive since it came with key receivers Mario Williams and Jordan Addison out due to injury.

The Trojans weren’t the only top-10 team forced to sweat out a close home win over an unranked foe in Week 10. No. 7 TCU trailed Texas Tech entering the fourth quarter before finishing strong for a 34-24 win to remain unbeaten. Running back Kendre Miller turned in another big performance for the Horned Frogs with 158 yards rushing and a touchdown on 21 carries. With the win and Saturday’s losses by No. 1 Tennessee and No. 4 Clemson, TCU is one of just four remaining unbeaten teams.

College football scores, schedule: Week 10

No. 2 Ohio State 21, Northwestern 7 — Takeaways: Buckeyes overcome sloppy play, weather
No. 7 TCU 34, Texas Tech 24 — Recap
Florida 41, Texas A&M 24 — Aggies lose five straight for first time since 1980
No. 17 North Carolina 31, Virginia 28 — Recap
Baylor 38, Oklahoma 35 — Recap
No. 3 Georgia 27, No. 1 Tennessee 13 — Takeaways: Dawgs suffocate Vols offense
No. 8 Oregon 49, Colorado 10 — Recap
Michigan State 23, No. 16 Illinois 15 — Recap
No. 15 Penn State 45, Indiana 14 — Recap
Kansas 37, No. 18 Oklahoma State 16 — Recap
No. 10 LSU 32, No. 6 Alabama 31 — Takeaways: Tigers stun Tide in overtime
No. 24 Texas 24, No. 13 Kansas State 27 — Recap
Notre Dame 35, No. 4 Clemson 14 — Takeaways: Irish defense stifles Tigers
No. 5 Michigan 42, Rutgers 17 — Recap
Florida State 45, Miami 3 — Recap
No. 9 USC 41, Cal 35 — Recap
No. 12 UCLA 50, Arizona State 36 — Recap
Check out the entire Week 10 scoreboard 

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