Most important takeaway for each Top 25 team

Clemson has left a strong final impression on the College Football Playoff committee before the first rankings on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Georgia gets a big-time win over Florida, Penn State outlasts Iowa and Washington State keeps on winning. 

No. 2 Clemson 59, Florida State 10

The Tigers beat down rival Florida State so badly, Trevor Lawrence passed for a career-high 314 yards and did not even finish the third quarter. Clemson proved itself to be better in every single way, not only as the more talented team playing for a spot in the College Football Playoff, but the better coached and more disciplined team as well. But what truly was remarkable was seeing just how far apart these two programs have grown over the past two seasons. It was only three seasons ago that the Atlantic Division hung in the balance between these two teams. Now, Clemson has won four straight in the series, but not as decisively as it did on Saturday — the 49-point defeat tying for the worst loss in Florida State history. So where is the most difficult test left on the schedule? Certainly not next week, when the Tigers host Louisville, a team that also is in shambles without Lamar Jackson. Perhaps at Boston College on Nov. 10. But as of right now, it is hard to imagine a scenario that does not feature Clemson in the playoff. — Andrea Adelson

No. 3 Notre Dame 44, Navy 22

At no point in Notre Dame’s win against Navy were the Irish remotely in danger of losing, which is exactly what was expected from the country’s third-ranked team. However, an early-game ankle sprain to senior linebacker Drue Tranquill is worrisome going into next week’s game against Northwestern in Chicago. X-rays came back negative — a kernel of good news — but with Northwestern suddenly looking like legitimate threat, Tranquill’s recovery will be monitored closely throughout the week. — Kyle Bonagura

No. 7 Georgia 36, No. 9 Florida 17

Against Florida, D’Andre Swift finally showed flashes of the nifty runner that he was in his breakout freshman season. Limited by a groin injury much of the year, Swift rushed for a season-high 104 yards and a touchdown to finally give the Bulldogs some explosiveness they’d been lacking in the running game. With him and Elijah Holyfield, a 215-pound grinder, the Bulldogs have a lesser facsimile of the Nick Chubb-Sony Michel rushing duo that rampaged through the SEC for three years. They’ll be needed to give Jake Fromm the sort of help he had clearly been missing in the first half of the season. — Joel Anderson

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