Week 7 winners & losers: No blues in Memphis, but plenty in Ann Arbor
For a minute there on Saturday, we thought Memphis' upset of No. 13 Ole Miss was gonna be the biggest story of the day. Then the Michigan State Miracle happened. Who else had a divine weekend, and who could have used a divine hand?
Winner: Justin Fuente
The Memphis Tigers' coach (pictured, at left) was already going to be on plenty of short lists for Power 5 teams in search of head coaches. But after taking down an SEC West powerhouse in No. 13 Ole Miss? Fuente's stock is now soaring. And the Tigers are still undefeated, BTW.
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Loser: Ole Miss football
The season started with such promise for the Rebels, and after beating Alabama, many figured they might just roll right on to the SEC championship game. A thumping at the hands of Florida brought Ole Miss back down to earth, and an upset loss to AAC program Memphis more or less grinds the Rebels into the dirt.
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Winner: Alabama RB Derrick Henry
The Tide's star running back notched 153 yards in the first quarter alone vs. Texas A&M on Saturday, breaking his career high. Again, that was in the first quarter alone. He finished with 236 yards and two scores.
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Loser: Texas A&M (and Kyle Allen)
Throwing three pick-sixes? Yeah, that's NOT how you beat Alabama. The Aggies' quarterback had a rough Saturday, doing his team few favors. As his counterpart, Crimson Tide QB Jake Coker, said: 'Three touchdowns defensively is hard to beat. I will take that any day.' Ouch.
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Winner: Akrum Wadley (and Iowa football)
The Hawkeyes' RB was a sub for injured star Jordan Canzeri, but Wadley certainly didn't play like a mere backup against No. 20 Northwestern. Wadley ran for 204 yards and tied an Iowa mark with four rushing TDs. Even better for the Hawkeyes? They're 7-0 now, and they are unlikely to face another ranked opponent for the rest of the regular season.
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Winner: Baylor WR Corey Coleman
Coleman snagged three touchdown passes Saturday vs. West Virginia and in the process broke Baylor's single-season record. He has 16 of those on the season, good enough for best in the nation. Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen was as impressed by the Bears star as anyone, calling Coleman 'the best player in college football. You can put me on record for that.'
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Loser: Kansas football
The beleagured, winless Jayhawks hung in there vs. an explosive Texas Tech squad, holding the Red Raiders to 30 points. That's the lowest total for Kliff Kingsbury's squad all season. In fact, the Jayhawks found themselves down by only three points in the fourth quarter. (It's hard to remember the last time Kansas played anyone that closely.) Unfortunately, they couldn't sustain the momentum, losing yet another chance -- perhaps their best one -- at a win this season.
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Winner: Texas Tech OL Le'Raven Clark
The Red Raiders' 308-pound offensive lineman was called into action on a thrilling 2-point conversion play Saturday that featured a sidearm sling and a tumble into the end zone. Watch it here. Well done, Clark.
Winner: LSU quarterback Brandon Harris
At last, a week in which we praise an LSU player NOT named Leonard Fournette. The Tigers' star running back has been gobbling up most of the glory (and was good again Saturday vs. Florida), but how about a little love for the way the team's apparently underrated QB played against the No. 8 team in the country? Throwing for 202 yards and two touchdowns in a victory over the red-hot Gators? Not bad, Brandon.
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Winner: Florida State QB Everett Golson
And as long as we're talking about running backs who've tended to steal their quarterbacks' thunder, how about we skip the praise for Dalvin Cook for one week and instead compliment Golson? The Seminoles' signal-caller threw for 372 yards and three touchdowns Saturday, helping his team break things open vs. Louisville after a sluggish start.
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Loser: Michigan football
The Wolverines have been on the right side of this list for most of the season, and this loss -- while it might end their playoff shot -- isn't the end of the world. Michigan is still on track for a wildly successful year and, heck, may still even give the Buckeyes a run for their money. But the WAY in which Jake Rudock and company lost Saturday? Man ... that's one for the ages, and not in a good way.
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Loser: USC football
The past four years, the Trojans have fielded four different head coaches against Notre Dame, and the Fighting Irish spoiled USC interim coach Clay Helton's debut on Saturday. The Trojans haven't had three losses this early in the season since 2001. Not a good look for a proud program.
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Winner: Ohio State football
Finally, the Buckeyes end up on the right side of our list. The No. 1 team in the nation actually started playing a bit like it on Saturday, easily dispatching an unranked team (Penn State) for once. After weeks of playing down to inferior competition, does Ohio State have things figured out at last? Michigan and Michigan State had better hope not.
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Winner: Utah Utes
The No. 4 team in the nation looked to be in trouble during some parts of Saturday's game vs. Arizona State, but the Utes eventually pulled away to remain undefeated. With the way the season is going, Utah could be in line to earn its first Pac-12 championship and a College Football Playoff berth.