College football Week 11 takeaways: Michigan wins without Jim Harbaugh, Alabama rolling

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Week 11’s action began with a big one in Happy Valley with Penn State hosting Michigan. There is another top-10 matchup later: Georgia welcomes Ole Miss to Athens, and there’s a chance the SEC title game matchup could be set by the end of the day as Alabama is making a statement against Kentucky.

Follow the scores and schedule for the entire CFP Top 25 below, and check back all day for analysis of Week 11’s biggest storylines from our writers around the country.

No. 1 Ohio State vs. Michigan State, 7:30 p.m., NBC
No. 2 Georgia vs. No. 9 Ole Miss, 7 p.m., ESPN
No. 3 Michigan 24, No. 10 Penn State 15
No. 4 Florida State vs. Miami, 3:30 p.m., ABC
No. 5 Washington vs. No. 18 Utah, 3:30 p.m., Fox
No. 6 Oregon vs. USC, 10:30 p.m., Fox
No. 7 Texas at TCU, 7:30 p.m., ABC
No. 8 Alabama at Kentucky, noon, ESPN
No. 11 Louisville 31, Virginia 24
No. 12 Oregon State vs. Stanford, 5:30 p.m., Pac-12 Networks
No. 13 Tennessee at No. 14 Missouri, 3:30 p.m., CBS
No. 15 Oklahoma State at UCF, 3:30 p.m., ESPN
No. 16 Kansas vs. Texas Tech, noon, FS1
No. 17 Oklahoma vs. West Virginia, 7 p.m., Fox
No. 19 LSU vs. Florida, 7:30 p.m., SEC Network
No. 21 Arizona at Colorado, 2 p.m., Pac-12 Networks
No. 22 Iowa vs. Rutgers, 3:30 p.m., Big Ten Network
No. 23 Tulane vs. Tulsa, noon, ESPN2
No. 24 North Carolina vs. Duke, 8 p.m., ACC Network
No. 25 Kansas State vs. Baylor, 3 p.m., ESPN+

Moore, Wolverines get it done

This, for Sherrone Moore, was a flex. Michigan’s acting coach Saturday is also its offensive coordinator and the architect of the Wolverines’ back-to-back Joe Moore Award-winning offensive lines. Moore, who has run the team already this season due to a separate Jim Harbaugh suspension, did the same thing Harbaugh likely would’ve … he dared James Franklin into a fistfight.

Franklin said OK, and as was the case last season, Michigan had better stuff at the point of attack and behind the quarterback in the form of Donovan Edwards and Blake Corum. Penn State doesn’t have the horses up front to play like this against Ohio State or Michigan, no matter how many times Franklin tells himself that’s the case. To trust your (outstanding) defense all game and then more or less quit on it with a fourth-down try on your end is pretty terrible. This was not a good year for Penn State.

Michigan’s a very good football team. It has been a very good football team for two years. Cheating is cheating. But Michigan wins games like this a lot, and anybody who understands how football works knows why. The emotion Moore showed live on the air after the game says it all there. Three rushing TDs, 227 yards, 46 attempts against a stacked defense that knew it was coming. Just who the Wolverines are. Penn State ran the ball well, too. But not well enough.

Michigan’s one of the best football teams in the country, and there’s no sense arguing that. — Nick Baumgardner

Jalen Milroe and the Alabama Crimson Tide are putting on a show in Kentucky on Saturday to win the SEC West title. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Required reading

• Wasserman: The Big Ten’s punishment of Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh was sloppy, rushed and pleases nobody

• Jaxson Dart never wanted to leave USC, but he’s made his mark shaking up the SEC at Ole Miss

• Penn State’s Kalen and Kobe King grew up idolizing Michigan. Can they stop the Wolverines?

• Week 11’s top 10 college football games: All signs point to Michigan-Penn State showdown

• From Monte Kiffin to Alex Grinch: How USC’s defense lost its way over 15 years

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