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AP Top 25 Takeaways: Notre Dame dominance; Penn St surgery

The big games ended up being big blowouts.

No. 2 Penn State and No. 13 Notre Dame helped pare down the College Football Playoff contenders with huge home victories Saturday night. Feel free to scratch Southern California and Michigan off the list.

Earlier in the day, it was more pain for Florida State and Texas. Tom Herman was as close as he has been in his first season to getting that breakthrough victory with the Longhorns. For Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher, a season that started with so much hope is really starting to spiral.

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