With the first revealing of the playoff rankings coming up next week, college football fans will finally get to see the playoff picture unfold. In the mean time, who are the biggest winners of the week and who are the biggest losers?
Winner: Arkansas Razorbacks: At one point, the Razorbacks were getting demolished against Ole Miss, 31-7, in the second quarter. However, Arkansas never quit and stormed back to win, 38-37. Connor Limpert hit a 34-yard field goal with four seconds left to seal the deal for Arkansas.
Winner: Notre Dame Fighting Irish: Notre Dame's defense didn't just force a turnover on downs once against NC State; they did it twice. Once again, the #9 Fighting Irish had a resounding win over a ranked team, putting the playoff committee on notice with a 35-14 knockout of the #14 Wolfpack.
Winner: Iowa State Cyclones: Like the Fighting Irish, #25 Iowa State had a solid defensive performance. They bent in the red zone defensively, but didn't break as they committed two red zone turnovers in a 14-7 upset against #4 TCU. The Cyclones have two wins against Top Five teams this season.
Loser: Penn State in the Fourth Quarter: The Nittany Lions had a chance to put the foot on the Buckeyes' throat in the fourth quarter; they were up in Columbus by a score of 35-20. However, the Buckeyes scored 19 points in that quarter, coming back for a 39-38 win. This loss doesn't kill off Penn State's playoff chances. However, it doesn't help them in their pursuit of winning the Big Ten East.
Loser: Stanford Cardinal: Granted, Bryce Love didn't play in this game. But there's no reason for #20 Stanford to come close to losing to a lowly Oregon State team. This is especially true when you get outgained 264-222 in total offense. The Beavers' Landry Payne (ten total tackles, 0.5 for loss), Jonathan Willis (ten tackles, a sack, two tackles for loss), and Omar Hicks-Onu (five tackles, 1.5 for loss) feasted on the Cardinal offense all night long.
Loser: Jim McElwain: The Florida coach and Butch Jones still have jobs. How is this possible?
Other Winners: Central Florida, Houston, Mason Rudolph, UAB
Other Losers: Michigan State, Florida State, Saquon Barkley
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