Gators nix Auburn’s threat to be a ma­jor player in Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off mix … Wis­con­sin just keeps win­ning … Hub­bard first to reach 1,000 yards

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It’s the Swamp.

That place where things go to die.

Like the cham­pi­onship hopes of the No. 7 Auburn Tigers did Satur­day in Week 6 of NCAA foot­ball ac­tion.

Af­ter five weeks of look­ing like they might be un­sink­able in a pas­sage to the Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off, the Tigers found trou­bled wa­ter against the No. 10 Florida Gators in Gainesvill­e, Fla.

The Swamp swal­lowed them up, as FLA put to­gether a 24-13 vic­tory in the all-sec tilt.

“Cer­tainly all the peo­ple here in the Swamp did an un­be­liev­able job,” Dan Mullen, who’s 4-1 vs. AP Top 25 op­po­nents as the head Gators coach, told CBS post-game. “The at­mos­phere (to­day) is sup­posed to be what it’s like. This is what it’s like to be a Florida Ga­tor.

“There was ad­ver­sity — we turned the ball over a lit­tle too much,” Mullen told CBS. “But kept mak­ing plays. Guys on de­fence did an un­be­liev­able job.”

So, too, did the guys on of­fence against de­fen­sively staunch Auburn.

At least they did just enough de­spite quar­ter­back Kyle Trask play­ing most of Satur­day’s con­test with a sprained MCL.

“Trask got banged up and hit,” Mullen told CBS. “But he came back in and con­tin­ued to lead and con­tin­ued to make plays and con­tin­ued to bat­tle and of­fen­sively found a way to do just enough to win.”

The ju­nior QB went 19-for31 for 234 yards and missed part of the first half af­ter suf­fer­ing the MCL in­jury.

“Feels good right now — prob­a­bly not so good later,” Trask, who be­came a starter ear­lier this year for the first time in his var­sity ca­reer, told CBS. “This is like a dream come true right now. I’m just try­ing to do my best to take it all in. I’m so proud of our team — of­fence, de­fence and spe­cial teams. Every­body just balled out. I just can’t be more proud of this team.”

In­deed, de­fen­sively, the Gators feasted on Auburn’s sparkling fresh­man QB Bo Nix, lim­it­ing him to just 11-of27 pass­ing for 145 yards. Florida also picked off three of Nix’s passes.

It was — as ex­pected — a de­fen­sive bat­tle typ­i­cal of the SEC.

It was tight un­til Lam­i­cal Per­ine 88-yard TD run in the fourth quar­ter sealed it for Florida.

That makes the Gators 24-9 all-time in games against Auburn in The Swamp.

It’s the first time in 13 years Florida has started the sea­son with six straight vic­to­ries. And sud­denly, Florida — with the vic­tory — jumps over Auburn in the push for the fi­nal four.

But on the hori­zon is a stacked sched­ule for the Gators, in­clud­ing a road game against the No. 5 LSU Tigers (5-0) next week and oth­ers up­com­ing against the No. 3 Ge­or­gia Bull­dogs and the ri­val Florida State Semi­noles (3-2).

The loss doesn’t kill Auburn, but the Swamp show­ing sure slows 'em down.

SEC­OND & LONG

No. 8 Wis­con­sin (5-0) is hit­ting on all cylin­ders, as the Big Ten team pitched its third shutout of the sea­son and had RB Jonathan Tay­lor run for his 10th straight 100-yard game. Tay­lor’s 186 yards, 62 more than the Wiscy de­fence al­lowed, pro­pelled the un­de­feated squad to a 48-0 win over Kent State (2-3) … How about an­other Big Ten ri­val in No. 12 Penn State (5-0) also stay­ing per­fect af­ter 35-7 dom­i­nance over vis­it­ing Pur­due (1-4) in Happy Val­ley? QB Sean Clif­ford was 20-for-29 for 264 yards and three TDS … No. 5 LSU (5-0) is per­fect, too, with a 42-6 blast of vis­it­ing Utah State (3-2), as QB Joe Bur­row con­tin­ued his Heis­man Tro­phy push with 344 pass­ing yards and five ma­jors on 27-of-38 pass­ing to be­come the first LSU QB ever with four 300-plus-yard pass­ing days … Also stay­ing un­beaten was No. 6 Ok­la­homa (5-0) with a 45-20 vic­tory over host Kan­sas, with QB Jalen Hurts — an­other Heis­man hope­ful — pass­ing for 228 yards and two TDS on a 16-of-24 day.

THIRD & GOAL

No. 3 Ge­or­gia (4-0) vis­ited Ten­nessee (1-3) late Satur­day with hopes of tak­ing a 24-23-2 lead all-time in the se­ries. Ju­nior RB D’andre Swift had 72 yards on the ground and 72 yards re­ceiv­ing to crack open what was a tight game early … No. 25 Michi­gan State (4-2) couldn’t slow down No. 4 Ohio State (6-0) at the Horse­shoe, where the hosts con­tin­ued to roll with a 34-10 tri­umph in the all-big Ten bat­tle. RB J.K. Dob­bins rushed for 172 yards on 24 car­ries in a game that saw him and OSU score 24 points in the sec­ond quar­ter to break open the tilt … Cal­i­for­nia (4-2) was with­out in­jured QB Chase Gar­bers (up­per body) and it showed in a 17-7 loss to No. 13 Ore­gon (3-1) that saw the home de­fence al­low 256 yards in Eu­gene … No. 15 Wash­ing­ton (4-1) hoped to keep its long-shot CFP hopes alive against host Stan­ford (2-3) in Pac-12 Af­ter Hours ac­tion … Same with No. 16 Boise State (4-0) on the road against UNLV (1-3) … And No. 24 SMU (6-0) erased a 21-point deficit in the fourth quar­ter and won in the third over­time on a mag­nif­i­cent end zone catch by WR James Proche, 43-37 over vis­it­ing Tulsa (2-3). QB Shane Buechele found Proche 11 times for 153 yards.

FOURTH & INCHES

RB Chuba Hub­bard had an­other 156 yards and cracked the 1,000-yard mark, but the Al­ber­tan — de­spite three TDS on the day — and No. 21 Ok­la­homa State (4-2) sput­tered to start in a 45-35 loss to host Texas Tech (3-2). Hub­bard now has 1,094 yards to lead all FBS run­ning backs … It was an old-school slob­ber­knocker be­tween two Big Ten ri­vals, with No. 19 Michi­gan (4-1) stuff­ing No. 14 Iowa (4-1) at the Big House. Four turnovers, in­clud­ing three INTS thrown by QB Nate Stan­ley, didn’t help Iowa’s cause … No. 9 Notre Dame (4-1) de­mol­ished Bowl­ing Green State (1-4) 52-0, lim­it­ing the vis­i­tors to just 228 to­tal yards in South Bend … QB Sam Eh­linger cel­e­brated his 21st birth­day by throw­ing for two TDS and run­ning for two more in a 42-31 win by No. 11 Texas (4-1) over host West Vir­ginia (3-1) … Af­ter win­ning 27 straight reg­u­lar-sea­son tilts, UCF has now lost twice in three weeks, in­clud­ing Fri­day night’s up­end by un­der­dog Cincin­nati. CB Ah­mad Gard­ner’s 16-yard pick-six in the third quar­ter vaulted host Cincy (4-1) to the up­set of No. 18 UCF (4-2).

JAMES GIL­BERT/GETTY IM­AGES

Fred­die Swain of the Florida Gators scores a touch­down against the Auburn Tigers dur­ing the first quar­ter at Ben Hill Grif­fin Sta­dium in Gainesvill­e, Fla.

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