11 winners and losers from Week 13 in college football
Week 13 may have been a little short on top-tier matchups, but that doesn't mean it didn't deliver us a Saturday of stars. Here are 11 winners and losers from the week in college football.
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Winner: Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma
One week after Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon broke LaDanian Tomlinson's FBS record for most rushing yards in a single game with 408, Oklahoma's Samaje Perine broke Gordon's. The freshman ran for 427 yards and five TDs in Oklahoma's 44-7 victory against Kansas.
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Loser: Notre Dame
The Fighting Irish started 6-0 and had such promise, but since then they've lost four out of five. After losing at home to Louisville on Saturday, Notre Dame is on a three-game losing streak that includes losses to Arizona State and Northwestern. At 7-4, Brian Kelly's team badly needs a win next week at USC and then a victory in a bowl game to finish the season on a good note — 7-6 or even 8-5 would leave a poor taste heading into the offseason.
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Winner: Florida State
It was another close victory for the No. 3 Seminoles — 20-17 against Boston College — but the only thing that matters is they won. FSU's win streak is now at 27 games, and the Noles are one step closer to the College Football Playoff. Now, if Jameis Winston will stop pushing the officials ...
Loser: Ole Miss
The Rebels lost for the third time in four games by getting shut out 30-0 by Arkansas in Week 13, and what was once a dream season for the Rebels is coming undone. Ole Miss is 8-3 (4-3 SEC) and hosts No. 4 Mississippi State next week in the Egg Bowl. Win that and the Rebs will go to a big bowl game. But if the season ends at 8-5, it'll feel like another year for Ole Miss where it hasn't gained much ground at all on the SEC West (even if that may not totally be true).
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Winner: Arkansas Razorbacks
Arkansas followed up its first win in SEC play in two seasons with another on Saturday, dominating No. 8 Ole Miss, 30-0. The win moved the Hogs to 6-5, which means they are bowl eligible in Bret Bielema's second season in Fayetteville. All seven teams in the SEC West will go to a bowl game this year. Kudos to Bielema and the Hogs.
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Two weeks ago, the Huskers were 8-1 with Big Ten title aspirations. But after getting dominated by Wisconsin last week and then beaten at home by Minnesota, No. 23 Nebraska has a trip to Iowa next week and then a bowl game to salvage its season and try to get 10 wins. Meanwhile, dissatisfaction with coach Bo Pelini is festering among some fans. It's not that Pelini has done a bad job this season, but rather the reality that this is what Nebraska is under his leadership: a solid-average team but not anything near a playoff contender.
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Winner: Jalin Marshall, WR/PR, Ohio State
The No. 6 Buckeyes were down 20-14 at home to Indiana with less than three minutes to play in the third quarter Saturday when Jalin Marshall took the game over. Marshall returned a punt for a TD with 2:20 left in the third quarter and then had three touchdown catches in the fourth quarter to put the game away for the Buckeyes, who won 42-27. Marshall finished with 95 yards and five catches and was the lift Ohio State needed on a day it didn't play its best ball.
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Winner: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
Mariota had another Heisman-worthy day for the Ducks, going 24 of 32 for 323 yards and three TDs (zero picks), while rushing for 73 yards and another TD. Oregon crushed Colorado, 44-10, and has a road trip to Oregon State before the Pac-12 title game. If this was Mariota's final game at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, he gave Ducks fans a great show to go out on and outshined everyone but this 12-year-old fan.
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Winner: Will Muschamp
It hasn't been an easy year for Muschamp, as he was fired as the coach of Florida last week but allowed to coach the last two games of the regular season. Saturday was his final home game, and the Gators stomped a good Eastern Kentucky team, 52-3, to become bowl eligible. It's not much of a consolation prize, but it was nice Muschamp got to walk off the field at Florida for the final time as a winner.
Winner: Nick Wilson, RB, Arizona
The No. 15 Wildcats got a great win on the road by smashing No. 17 Utah, 42-10. They lost QB Anu Solomon to an ankle injury — he should be fine, although he spent the second half in a walking boot — but had freshman stud Wilson, who ran for 218 yards and three TDs to carry the Cats. Arizona could end the year around the top 12 and help out the Pac-12's playoff hopefuls in Oregon and UCLA.
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The No. 9 Bruins owned Los Angeles for the third straight year by beating No. 19 USC, 38-20. Now a home win against Stanford is the only thing keeping UCLA from a rematch with Oregon in the Pac-12 title game. Win that, and UCLA has a very strong case for the playoff as a two-loss Pac-12 champion with a barrel of quality wins. Against the Trojans, the Bruins showed they are playing like the kind of team most expected in the preseason.