This week's college football slate saw a team catapult itself into the playoff discussion. Who was that team?
Winner: Washington State Cougars: The #16 Cougars established themselves as a contender for the Pac-12 and the playoff with a statement victory over #5 USC, 30-27. Luke Falk threw for 340 yards and two touchdowns, while Washington State's defense forced two turnovers. The win makes the Apple Cup on November 25 at Washington much more significant.
Winner: Penn State Nittany Lions: After escaping Iowa City with a victory last week, the Nittany Lions raced to 28 first quarter points as they steamrolled Indiana, 45-14. Senior wideout DaeSean Hamilton had nine catches for 122 yards and three touchdowns for Penn State.
Winner: Florida Gators: Despite losing quarterback Luke Del Rio in the game, the Gators still pulled off a victory against an upstart Vanderbilt team, 38-24. The Gators had a balanced rushing attack of Lamical Perine (three touchdowns) and Malik Davis (17 carries, 124 yards, two touchdowns). They'll take on an LSU team next week that has been shaky all season. Speaking of which...
Loser: LSU Tigers: The #25 Tigers scheduled the Troy Trojans for their homecoming, hoping that it would equate to an easy victory. What they got was an upset at their own mercy as Troy won, 24-21. The Tigers turned the ball over four times in this game and even trailed by a score of 24-7 with 8:14 left in the fourth quarter.
Loser: Texas Tech Red Raiders: When #15 Oklahoma State kicker Matt Ammendola missed an 18-YARD FIELD GOAL with 5:30 left in the game, Texas Tech had a chance to break a 34-34 tie and score an upset. Quarterback Nic Shimonek and the Red Raiders couldn't muster anything on offense after the miss as the Cowboys pulled away with the 41-34 victory in Lubbock.
Loser: Butch Jones: The Tennessee coach saw his team turn in another hapless performance as the Volunteers got shut out by #7 Georgia, 41-0. The underachieving Volunteers now have a coach whose seat is hotter than the depths of Hell itself.
Other Winners: Alabama, Washington in the second half, Ohio State's offense, UNLV's speedy offense
Other Losers: Mississippi State, Washington in the first half, Rutgers even being in the Big Ten
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