Week 8 winners & losers: USC's dancing on air; Miami's gasping for it
The Trojans muscled their way past the No. 3 team in the country with relative ease. But there was nothing easy about Saturday for the Hurricanes. Who else showed off impressive moves -- and who just needed to move on to next week?
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Winner: Texas football
What's this? A two-game winning streak for the beleaguered Longhorns? We believe that could be what they call 'momentum.' Kansas State never really made it a game on Saturday, and Texas is now sitting at .500 in conference play.
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Loser: Michigan State football
It's almost like a broken record at this point, but the Spartans once again had trouble cruising vs. an inferior opponent, this time the Indiana Hoosiers. Michigan State did end up pulling away in the final minutes, but the game was -- once again -- much closer than the scoreboard indicated. After last week's miracle finish, you can't help but wonder when the Spartans' luck is gonna run out.
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Winner: Clemson football
Know who looked very much like a College Football Playoff-bound team on Saturday? The Clemson Tigers absolutely dismantled a woeful Miami Hurricanes squad and looked efficient, powerful and downright frightening on both sides of the ball. Nobody wants a piece of the Tigers right now.
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Loser: Miami football (and Al Golden)
Just when you thought Al Golden's seat couldn't get any hotter, the Hurricanes are handed their worst loss in program history, a 58-0 shellacking courtesy of ACC foe Clemson. It's hard to say whether the Tigers are just that good, or whether the 'Canes are just that bad, but either way, 'The U' is a pitiful shell of its former self. And if Golden survives the rest of the season, it'll be a small miracle.
Winner: Baylor WR Corey Coleman
The Bears' star wideout broke his school's all-time record for TD catches on Saturday, pulling in two more vs. Iowa State and increasing his career total to 31. Coleman has 18 of them this season alone.
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Loser: Missouri football
Losing to Vandy? SMH. The Commodores snagged their first conference win since 2013, thanks to Gary Pinkel's squad. The Tigers have already played in two other contests this season that ended in scores of 9-3. That's ... not good.
Winner: Oklahoma RB Samaje Perine
The Sooners blew right past Texas Tech on Saturday, 63-27, and Perine was a big reason why, rolling up 201 yards and four touchdowns on the day. Fellow running back Joe Mixon was no slouch himself, tacking on 154 yards and two other scores. Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield sounded appreciative after the game: 'That makes my job easy.' Indeed.
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Loser: Baylor football
Yes, the Bears ended up winning handily after erupting for 35 points vs. Iowa State in the first half. But their explosive offensive was held to a mere 10 points in the second half. And what's worse for Baylor is that star QB Seth Russell sustained a potentially serious neck injury during the game, and it's unclear when he might return to action.
Winner: Any fan of quadruple-OT games
The Duke Blue Devils were pushed into four overtimes on Saturday before finally taking down Virginia Tech, and earlier in the day it was the same story for Arkansas, as they defeated Auburn after an equal amount of free football. This is what Saturdays are all about!
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Loser: Tennessee football
Give credit to Alabama for winning a physical, tightly contested battle vs. the Volunteers. But the truth is, Tennessee had the Tide on the precipice for most of the game ... and then took their foot off the gas at the end. The Vols are now 3-4, having just one conference victory on their resume so far. For a talent-loaded team that was expected to compete for a potential berth in the SEC title game, you can't really chalk this season up as anything more than a major disappointment for Butch Jones and company.
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Winner: USC linebacker Cameron Smith
Safe to say the Trojans' freshman linebacker was the MVP on Saturday, hauling in three interceptions vs. the No. 3 Utah Utes. Smith returned them for a combined 122 yards, including one for a 54-yard touchdown. 'Any time a big play happens, the whole team feels it,' Smith said afterward of a squad that was definitely in need of some good feelings.
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Loser: Florida State football
The No. 9 team in the country lost in the most spectacular of ways on Saturday, as Georgia Tech blocked the Seminoles' field goal attempt and ran it back for the game-winning touchdown as time expired. The loss seriously endangers -- or maybe even dashes -- FSU's playoff dreams, but it may also prove costly for the entire conference.
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Winner: Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett
What quarterback controversy? In his first start of the season, Barrett went 14 for 18 for 223 yards, three touchdown passes and two running scores, as the Buckeyes rolled right over Rutgers. Not bad for a player who had to win back his spot from Cardale Jones.
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Loser: Texas A&M football
With their loss Saturday to Ole Miss, the Aggies have dropped two in a row, and this one was essentially an SEC West elimination game. The No. 15 team in the nation never even made it into the end zone and mustered a paltry 192 yards of total offense. That's not gonna get it done.
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Winner: Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey
By now, Stanford's star running back shouldn't be catching anyone off-guard. McCaffrey was outstanding again on Saturday, this time vs. Washington, notching 300 all-purpose yards, a 50-yard touchdown catch and a 7-yard scoring run, as the Cardinal easily defeated the Huskies. If you didn't already have McCaffrey on your Heisman watch list, you should now.