13 winners and losers from wild Week 10 in college football
How much fun was Week 10 around the country? We had barn-burners in Oxford and Morgantown, a huge upset in Jacksonville, and OT thriller in Tempe and much more. Here are 13 winners and losers from the week in college football.
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Winner: Anthony Boone, QB, Duke
Boone was huge in the Blue Devils' 51-48 win at Pitt in double overtime. He went 23-of-31 for 266 yards and three TDs with no picks, along with 47 yards and a TD on the ground. The win moved Duke to 7-1 (3-1 ACC) and kept them atop the ACC Coastal. A loss would have dropped them into a group of four teams with two conference losses, and Miami owns the tiebreaker over Duke.
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Loser: East Carolina
The Pirates, ranked No. 23 in the first College Football Playoff rankings, have positioned themselves to make a New Year's Six bowl as a non-Power 5 team. Those hopes took a hit Saturday, though, as ECU lost at Temple, 20-10, to drop to 6-2 (3-1 American). East Carolina is still one of the best Group of 5 teams in the country, but they will now drop out of the top 25.
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Winner: Duke Johnson, RB, Miami
On homecoming, when the Hurricanes were honoring former QB Jim Kelly, Johnson made sure he did his part to make it a memorable day for Miami. He ran 177 yards on 19 carries -- 9.3 yards per pop -- and three touchdowns as the Canes destroyed North Carolina, 47-20.
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Winner: Florida running backs
The Gators got a massive win, upsetting No. 11 Georgia 38-20, and they can thank two stud running backs for that. Kelvin Taylor (right) and Matt Jones were BEASTS against the Bulldogs and got Will Muschamp a much-needed signature win. Taylor ran for 197 yards and two TDs on 25 carries, and Jones added 192 yards and two TDs on 25 attempts. It was Muschamp's first-ever win in the Cocktail Party, as a player at UGA and now coach at UF.
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Loser: Georgia's playoff hopes
Speaking of the Bulldogs, what a missed opportunity. At 6-1 (4-1 SEC) entering the game, the Bulldogs were in prime position in the SEC East and ranked No. 11 in the College Football Playoff rankings. If they reached Atlanta and won the SEC title, they surely would have made the playoff as a one-loss SEC champ. With two losses, that's no longer the case, and they're no longer in control of their divison. Missouri, with one conference loss, can control its own destiny by beating Texas A&M, Tennessee and Arkansas.
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OK, it was a home win against Indiana, which shouldn't be notable if you're Michigan. But the 34-10 victory had to feel cathartic for the Wolverines, who haven't had many moments to celebrate this season and officially began their rebuilding process this week by forcing out athletic director Dave Brandon. His departure will almost surely be followed by coach Brady Hoke's at the end of the year, but for now Michigan should enjoy a victory and take hope that brighter days are ahead.
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Loser: Ole Miss
No. 4 Ole Miss was so close to beating No. 3 Auburn, but instead the Rebels got a heartbreaking 35-31 loss that drops them to 7-2 (4-2 SEC) and all but ends their College Football Playoff dreams. With less than two minutes remaining and down four, Bo Wallace hit Laquon Treadwell, who fumbled at the 1-yard line on a play where he also suffered a serious lower leg injury. The Rebels can still finish their season strong, but with two losses, they must recalibrate expectations.
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Winner: Josh Robinson, RB, Mississippi State
The No. 1 Bulldogs did not impress in their 17-10 win over Arkansas, with three turnovers -- two coming via Dak Prescott picks -- and eight penalties in a home game they should have won by a few scores, but that matters little now. The only thing that counts is Miss. State won to remain undefeated, and Robinson was a huge part of that with 174 all-purpose yards and a TD. MSU has UT Martin at home next week before a big trip to Tuscaloosa.
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Winner: Marcus Mariota, RB, Oregon Ducks
Too much was made of Mariota going winless against Stanford so far in his career, but for anyone who cared about that, they can relax after the No. 5 Ducks crushed the Cardinal, 45-16. Mariota was brilliant once again, going 19-of-30 for 258 yards and two TDs (one pick), while adding 85 yards and two scores on the ground. Running back Thomas Tyner also deserves some love, as he ran for 63 yards and two TDs on 10 carries.
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Loser: SEC East
The SEC might be the nation's best conference, but half of it has just been ugly in 2014. After Georgia's loss to Florida on Saturday, South Carolina -- a team many expected in the preseason to be a contender in the East -- continued its fall, losing at home to Tennessee, 45-42, to drop to 4-5 (2-5 SEC). Two-loss Mizzou (one loss in SEC play) now leads the division and could get to Atlanta, where it would be a big underdog against its opponent from the West. Overall, Week 10 underscored how divisional heavy the league is.
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Winner: Kansas State
Hey, what do you know? No. 9 Kansas State is now 7-1 (5-0 Big 12) after pounding Oklahoma State 48-14 and sits alone in the conference's top spot. K-State, TCU and Baylor are in the top tier in the Big 12, with West Virginia and Oklahoma trying to make up ground in the stretch run. Bill Snyder's team will write its own story in the coming weeks, with a trip to TCU next week, a visit to WVU the week after and a date at Baylor to end the season. Talk about brutal. K-State's only loss is against Auburn. Despite the tough schedule, K-State is in great playof position because not many teams can claim a path as loaded as theirs.
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The No. 22 Bruins have been a bit of an afterthought in the Pac-12, but after knocking off No. 12 Arizona, 17-7, they're quietly in a strong position in the South race. At 7-2 (4-2 Pac-12), UCLA sits tied for second with USC, as Arizona State at 7-1 (5-1) is in first. The Bruins hold the tiebreaker over ASU, though, and still have USC ahead on the schedule. If they win out and don't wind up in a tie for first with Utah, which beat the Bruins, then they'll get a shot at the Pac-12 title and -- who knows? -- maybe even an outside chance at getting back in the playoff discussion.
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Winner: Arizona State
Speaking of the No. 14 Sun Devils, they had a pivotal league matchup at home against No. 17 Utah and won in overtime, 19-16, to take control of their own Pac-12 and playoff destiny. Before resuming league play -- ASU still has Pac-12 games against Oregon State, Washington State and Arizona -- the Devils get a big test at home next week when No. 10 Notre Dame comes to Tempe.