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Week 11: The 5 Teams That Impressed Us The Most This Weekend

These five programs stuck out with some of the biggest performances of College Football Week 11.

With a number of huge match-ups between top teams, Week 11 lived up to the hype.

Ohio State started the day by absolutely smacking Michigan State, getting itself back on track after last week's bizarre performance at Iowa, and setting itself up as a potential party crasher with two losses.

Auburn could also be in a similar position, knocking off No. 1 Georgia to set itself up for an Iron Bowl for the SEC West title in a few weeks. The Buckeyes and Tigers were two of the most impressive teams we saw this week:

1. Ohio State

Never face the Buckeyes coming off of a horrible loss. Urban Meyer's team may stumble once a year, but few coaches are better at motivating their teams coming off of those losses. Ohio State faced Big Ten East rival Michigan State, which was in the driver's seat for the division crown after beating Penn State, and absolutely waxed the Spartans, 48-3, and the game wasn't even as close as the score made it seem. Mike Weber was dynamic, running for 162 yards on just nine carries, breaking two for scores, while J.K. Dobbins chipped in 162 yards of his own, and J.T. Barrett went for 238 total yards and four touchdowns. Ohio State outgained the Spartans 524-195.

2. Auburn

With a tough defense and a flashy new transfer quarterback, Auburn entered the year with some legitimate College Football Playoff hype. An early 14-6 loss at Clemson derailed things a bit, and Auburn suffered a second setback at LSU, 27-23. However, the Tigers' defense is as advertised, Jarrett Stidham is starting to round into form, and Gus Malzahn has engineered quite the rushing attack, which diced up No. 1 Georgia for 237 yards. The 40-17 win, which was made less lopsided by a garbage-time UGA touchdown, gives Auburn the chance to steal the SEC West crown in the Iron Bowl.

3. Miami

Never, since the end of the program's halcyon days, has it seemed more like "The U is back." Undefeated Miami hosted College Football Playoff contender Notre Dame, ranked third in the nation, and absolutely waxed their old rival from the late 1980s. Miami jumped on Notre Dame early, and never let go, running out to a 27-0 lead in the first half behind three first-half interceptions, including a Trajan Bandy pick six. Before the game, The U clinched the ACC Coastal, meaning the conference title game against Clemson could very well be a play-in game for the playoff.

4. Oklahoma

The Sooners and Horned Frogs may wind up meeting a second time in the Big 12 Championship, but round one was very definitive. Led by Heisman favorite Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma crushed TCU. With the win, and a number of upsets across the country, OU is looking like a very good bet for the playoff, if it can hold serve down the stretch.

5. Minnesota

Nebraska has struggled all year, but today's Minnesota performance is still deserving of some serious attention. The Golden Gophers dropped 54 points on the Huskers, behind a pretty amazing team rushing effort. Sophomore quarterback ran for 183 yards on just 10 carries, scoring three times, while Rodney Smith chipped in 134 yards on the ground, and Kobe McCrary ran for 93 and made three trips to the end zone. Nebraska had some success through the air, but P.J. Fleck's defense held the Huskers to just 21 points in the rout.