Check out the top 10 things we learned during the college football weekend:
1. Welcome to 2020, Penn State
Penn State found out what everybody else in college football already knew — during a COVID-19 season, anything can happen. The Nittany Lions outgained Indiana in every category except the scoreboard as the Hoosiers pulled off a furious comeback. Indiana quarterback Michael Penix Jr. leaped toward the end zone pylon and the game-winning two-point conversion in overtime was ruled successful by officials on the field. A replay appeared to show the ball hit out of bounds before it touched the pylon, but replays were deemed inconclusive and Indiana escaped with its first win over a top-10 opponent in 33 years.
2. Ohio State, Justin Fields make early statement
After spending the past eight weeks watching Clemson and Alabama get touted as the best teams in the country, Ohio State finally got the chance to show it deserves to be in the conversation. Quarterback Justin Fields scored three touchdowns as the Buckeyes scored on six of their first seven possession during a season-opening win over Nebraska.
3. Michigan passes early test thanks to a new QB
Joe Milton threw for a touchdown and ran for another as the junior quarterback guided Michigan to an impressive season-opening win over No. 21 Minnesota. The Wolverines rushed for five touchdowns and the defense was physical up front, sacking Golden Gophers quarterback Tanner Morgan five times as No. 18 UM snapped a two-game losing streak against ranked teams.
4. Cincinnati makes the case its the best Group of 5 team
No. 9 Cincinnati shook off some early rust after being sidelined for 21 days due to COVID-19 issues and relied on its defense during dominant 42-13 win over No. 16 SMU Saturday. The Bearcats, who have allowed five touchdowns this season, represent the best chance for a Group of 5 teams to finally make the College Football Playoff.
5. Defense could catapult Oklahoma State to a Big 12 title
The Big 12 and defense have never been synonymous, but that could change thanks to Oklahoma State, which ranks in the top 20 nationally in both scoring and total defense. The No. 6 Cowboys, who earned a 24-21 win over No. 17 Iowa State Saturday, are allowing 12 points per game through their first four games and have yet to allow a 300-yard passer this season.
6. Clemson’s biggest challenge could be itself
Clemson has been on cruise control so far this season, winning by an average of 36 points per game, but Syracuse reminded the Tigers they can still lose. A pick-six by Trevor Lawrence and some defensive lapses saw the Orange get as close as any team has come to upsetting No. 1 Clemson so far this season before Dabo Swinney’s team pulled away late for a 47-21 win.
7. Alabama losing its top player could hamper its title hopes
For the second consecutive year, No. 2 Alabama must overcome the loss of arguably its