The Week 10 college football roundup. The 5 things that matter, winners and losers, overrated and underrated, and what it all means.
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5. Winners & Losers From Week 10
Winner: The hope for a killer Pac-12 Championship
There’s still a ton of work ahead, but 11-1 Utah vs. 11-1 Oregon would be the strongest Pac-12 title game ever. The Utes cranked up the defense to get by Washington 33-28, and now they get UCLA, at Arizona, and Colorado to close. Thanks to Oregon’s 56-24 blowout win over USC in LA, Utah also got the loss it needed to take over the lead in the South. The Ducks get Arizona, at Arizona State, Oregon State to close.
Loser: The hope for a killer Big 12 Championship
Baylor is undefeated, but … zzzzzzzz. It took WAY too much work to get past a bad West Virginia team. Texas isn’t even in the top 25, Kansas State is fine, Iowa State lost to Oklahoma State, and while it’s an interesting season, the league is just okay overall. Oklahoma is still Oklahoma, but the Big 12 title game doesn’t seem like it’s going to be anything amazing.
Winner: RB AJ Dillon, Boston College
The nation’s most underappreciated star keeps on rolling. With QB Anthony Brown out, Dillon and the running game have done even more to take over and save the team’s season. Dillon ran 35 times for 242 yards and three scores in the 58-27 win over Syracuse to get a win away from bowl eligibility.
Loser: The Florida running game
It was partially ignored, and it was totally stuffed. The Gators ran 19 times for 21 yards with no runs of more than nine yards in the 24-17 loss to Georgia. There weren’t even a ton of Bulldog tackles for loss or sacks to screw things up – the ground game just didn’t work.
Winner: The American Athletic Conference
Memphis was a blast in its win over SMU. Cincinnati survived East Carolina to stay in the hunt for a New Year’s Six game. UCF rolled by Houston and is still interesting, and Navy has moved into the top 25 in the polls. It’s looking like eight teams will become bowl eligible, and the AAC champion – if it’s 12-1 – is the likely favorite to go to the Cotton Bowl.
Loser: The Sun Belt
Everything would’ve been set up for Appalachian State. With SMU losing to Memphis, ASU would’ve been the only unbeaten Group of Five program had it gotten by Georgia Southern on Thursday night. For the second straight season, the Mountaineers couldn’t handle the option in the 24-21 loss, and now that ruins the hope for the Sun Belt to get its champion into the New Year’s Six.
Winner: UAB with its schedule
Why do schedules matter? UAB lost to Tennessee, but it’s 6-2 with the nation’s easiest schedule, at least according to the NCAA. Alabama State, at Akron, South Alabama, Rice, at UTSA, Old Dominion – those are the wins. On the opposite end …
Loser: Tulsa with its schedule
Tulsa lost to Tulane 38-26. The Green Wave will go bowling. So will Memphis, Cincinnati, Navy and SMU, who all lost just one game each so far. Michigan State is okay, and Oklahoma State is Oklahoma State. Those are Tulsa’s seven losses, and it beat a Wyoming team that beat Missouri, and it blew out a vastly-improved San Jose State team on the road. It’s not going bowling, and UAB probably is.
Winner: Big Ten defenses
And no, it’s not just because the Big Ten defenses are playing a slew of bad offenses, but that helps. Wisconsin (1), Ohio State (2), Iowa (6), Michigan (7), Penn State (9), Minnesota (13) give the Big Ten six of the top 13 defenses in the country. Indiana (18) and Michigan State (20) make it eight of the top 20.
Loser: UMass defense
The Liberty Flames came up with 730 yards and 63 points in the blowout win over UMass on Saturday. Now, the already horrible UMass defense is the nation’s worst by a mile, allowing 572 yards per game and getting worse by the week. It’s not going to be the historically-worst defense of all-time like 2018 UConn’s was, but no one else is allowing more than 500 yards an outing.