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What fans learned from Week 8 of college football season

Week 8 of the college football season saw a handful of near losses for top-10 teams before North Carolina came crashing back down to Earth.

Both Texas and Oklahoma were in conference battles before finding a way to walk out of the stadium with a victory while the Washington survived a late-night scare against Arizona State.

Drake Maye walks off the field

North Carolina quarterback Drake Maye walks off the field during the game against Virginia at Kenan Memorial Stadium in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on Oct. 21, 2023. (Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports)

The Tar Heels were riding high with Drake Maye under center after getting off to a 6-0 start in 2023. A matchup against 1-5 Virginia certainly didn’t appear to present any problems for Mack Brown’s team.

Michael Penix Jr. throws against ASU

Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr., far left, fires the ball downfield during the game against Arizona State, October 21, 2023, at Husky Stadium in Seattle. (Jesse Beals/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

But then Penix threw for a season-low 275 yards and turned the ball over three times as the Huskies survived a major scare to defeat the Sun Devils, 15-7.

Everyone is allowed a bad game, but does Penix Jr.’s down night allow other quarterbacks to enter the Heisman fray?

Florida State quarterback Jordan Travis threw for 268 yards and two touchdowns, adding 62 yards and a score on the ground. Michigan QB J.J. McCarthy is steering what looks to be the best team in the country and threw for 287 yards and four touchdowns against in-state rival Michigan State.

The 2023 Heisman race appears to be wide open through eight weeks of the season.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Joe Morgan is a Sports Reporter for Fox News.


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