Georgia graciously scored seven points for Tennessee on their first possession. This delighted the Neyland Stadium crowd, and the Volunteers outscored them 41-10 throughout the match.

Ohio State’s offense fell by 59 against Purdue. The Boilermakers quickly eliminated any hope of them threatening another Big Ten team.

New Mexico State lost to Alabama. Michigan survived against Penn State. Maryland did not have a problem with Michigan State star running back Kenneth Walker II

Saturday was a success for all major College Football Playoff competitors, except one: Baylor defeated star quarterback Caleb Williams to beat Oklahoma 27-14. This knocked the Sooners out of contention for national semifinals.

Oklahoma, which has suffered a defeat and is facing two more tough November games in November, tops the list this week of college football’s biggest losers and winners.

WINNERS

Baylor

Baylor’s defense rebounded from a humbling letdown in last week’s loss to TCU and held OU to just 260 yards, the Sooners’ worst performance on offense in more than a decade. Meanwhile, Baylor’s offense controlled the tempo with 296 rushing yards, with two players — underrated running back Abram Smith and quarterback Gerry Bohanon — cracking the 100-yard mark. This loss changes the Big 12 race, and the Bears will now have to overcome a number of tiebreakers in order to qualify for the conference championship. 

Michigan

This is the kind of game Michigan loses in most recent history. After leading Penn State 14-6 at the end of the fourth quarter, they allowed the game-tying touchdown pass and the two-point conversion. However, Michigan lost the final six minutes when it fell to 17-14. But Michigan responded with a 47-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Cade McNamara to tight end Erick All and will remain in the thick for the playoff with the game against rival Ohio State looming at the end of November.

Ohio State

The Buckeyes dropped 45 points in the first half and sidestepped Purdue’s attempt at a third major upset in conference play, as an offense that scuffled in last week’s win against Nebraska broke through with four scoring plays of 20 or more yards. Quarterback C.J. Quarterback C.J. With the offense back in form, the attention now turns to a defense that had rallied from the low point of September but gave up 481 yards on 6.8 yards per play.

Kirk Ferentz

The 27-22 victory against Minnesota earned Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz $500,000, which he gets when they win eight consecutive games. Ferentz has received $600,000. This is in addition to a $100,000 bonus for playing in a bowl match. Racking up bonus money is an annual thing for Iowa’s longtime coach: Ferentz, who is making $5 million in basic compensation, has totaled $4.775 million in bonuses since the start of the 2015 season.

SMU

SMU’s Tanner Mordecai threw three touchdowns, without an interception. The win ended a two-game losing streak and brought an end to a 2-game losing streak. Next weekend’s crucial American Athletic Conference matchup against unbeaten Cincinnati was just around the corner. For the Bearcats to be in the top four in the playoff rankings, they will need to win against stronger competition. 

Losers

Florida

The Gators gave up 530 yards of offense and 52 points to Samford — and that’s Samford, not Stanford of the Pac-12 or even Stamford, the second-largest city by population in Connecticut. To be fair, it doesn’t matter that Florida won 70-52 and gained 717 yards. The latest embarrassment to the Football Championship Subdivision and its coach Dan Mullen is being beaten by an opponent. This follows the terrible loss suffered by South Carolina seven days earlier.

Oklahoma

Oklahoma’s playoff prospects were thrown into doubt by the defeat to Baylor. But enough chaos can unfold over the next three weeks for the Sooners in the top four at 13-0 and above the Big 12. The conference championship remains in play, though that would demand beating Iowa State, Oklahoma State and possibly the Cowboys again. The Baylor team’s defeat is a sign that the group doesn’t control the tables. It is a huge setback to the Sooners as well as young quarterback Caleb Williams who, for the first-time in his rookie season, looked like he was going down.

Auburn

Auburn was up 28-3 at the end of the first period, but would not score again for Mississippi State until just under 2 minutes remaining. They lost 43 to 34. The loss means that the Tigers effectively ceded to Alabama the SEC West, taking some of the excitement away from the Iron Bowl. It’s not that this rivalry isn’t worth watching. Auburn surrendered touchdown drives of 75 yards, 75 yards, 98 yards, 72 yards, 55 yards, and 45 yard after taking the 25-point lead. The nation’s most accurate passer heading into Saturday, Mississippi State’s Will Rogers completed 44 of 55 attempts for 415 yards and six scores.

Miami (Florida)

Following a successful three-game win streak, Manny Diaz and his team lost to Florida State 31 to 28. This was a blow to their optimism. They scored the game-winning touchdown 26 seconds later to end the Hurricanes’ final-quarter meltdown. Between the penalties, the turnovers and a clown show of a final drive, this loss exhausts any goodwill developed over the previous three weeks and places Diaz right back on the hot seat.  

Source: USAToday.com

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