Winners and losers of college football’s Week 8: Oregon escapes, Penn State falls out of playoff race

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Take another unbeaten off the board: Oklahoma State Missed a crucial fourth-down conversion Against Iowa State by mere inches, possibly knocking the Cowboys a step down in the USA Today Sports AFCA Coach Poll and creating a logjam of teams behind Oklahoma in the Big 12.

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You can take a potential college football playoff contender off the board. Penn State Lost 20-18 to Illinois in nine overtime – It’s not a misprint – and the race for the national semifinals is out, although the Nittany Lions could still keep things interesting in a deep Big Ten East.

One playoff contender remained in the mix. Oregon made things very interesting of late against UCLA, a trend under coach Mario Cristobal, before avoiding a win that took the Ducks 6–1 and placed them on top of the Pac-12. Is.

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And you might bump into an ACC quarterback on your Heisman Trophy list. Pittsburgh Senior Kenny Pickett maintained his attack on the record of every event In leading the Panthers behind Clemson. After the game, Piquet said his plan was to “cool down and get ready for Miami”, which sounds like what a Heisman would call a winner.

These teams and players top Saturday’s list of biggest winners and losers:

Winners

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Oregon

Oregon seemed at times more than happy to give the game to UCLA, which was almost happy to do the favor before a late interception sealed the Ducks’ 34-31 victory. Avoiding a second loss puts Oregon pretty much in the mix for the playoffs, especially when you remember what most seem to have already forgotten: Ducks beat Ohio State on the road in September. Oregon is set to move into a much easier home stretch of the Games, with Utah’s toughest trip to date on November 20th.

Iowa State

Tell me if this sounds familiar: Iowa State started the season on a slow note, but has started to turn into one of the best teams in the Big 12—if not the best, period. After two early losses, the Cyclones took a major step toward securing another trip to the conference championship game. with a 24-21 win First unbeaten against Oklahoma State. A turning point this year has been quarterback Brock Purdy, who hasn’t thrown an interception in three games in a row and has completed 27 of 33 attempts for 307 yards and scored two against the Cowboys’ brilliant defense.

Kenny Pickett

It was a good day for Pittsburgh, who beat Clemson to stay in front of ACC Coastal, and a very good day for Piquet, who threw 302 yards and two touchdowns to boost his case for Heisman. It was his best opportunity of all season: Clemson is clearly down but still one of the biggest names in the game, and Piquet put on a performance that helped him close the gap on the two SEC quarterbacks. needed. Heisman race.

wake up forest

Mathematics is absolutely mind boggling. It’s not that Wake Forest scored 70 points against Cena, or that Demon Deacon scored 638 yards, Sam Hartman threw for 458 yards, or that the offense required only seven third-down conversions. It’s how Wake did it all while controlling the ball for more than 17 minutes in a 70-56 win against the Black Knights. That’s over four points a minute, which is insane.

losers

Penn State

the only far positive thing to come out of 20-18 loss to Penn State As for Illinois, it took the NCAA record of nine overtimes, although being memorable in the Football Bowl subdivision record book may not be a priority for the Nittany Lions after the worst loss of coach James Franklin’s tenure. Even with quarterback Sean Clifford back in the center, the offense finished with just 227 yards and averaged 2.1 yards per carry. The second straight loss to the Nittany Lions served as the playoff eliminator. Next week’s game at Ohio State may not go well.

CLEMSON

The 27-17 loss to the Panthers dropped Clemson to 4-3, which is already the program’s most losses in a season since 2014. And clearly more losses are coming. The well-documented issues center on an offense game that has been one of the worst in the Power Five and now has to deal with a potential quarterback dilemma: DJ Uyagalelli pulled into the second half of a loss after bouncing off two more interceptions. However, his replacement, Taisun Phommachan, did not perform much better.

Clemson's head coach Dabo Swinney reacted against Pittsburgh in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter.

Virginia Tech

The Hokies have been getting on their opening win of the season against North Carolina all season, which has since been revealed to be far from impressive. Otherwise, Teck would have topped Middle Tennessee State and Richmond, but left out the rest, including the embarrassment of Saturday’s 41-36 loss to Syracuse. The Hokies dropped an offense of 550 yards, landed a massive 314, and led 36–27, with less than three minutes left before the game was called away.

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