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Campus winners and losers

WINNERS

LSU: You couldn’t have written a better script for Tigers. For the second week in the row Les Miles’ crew went on the row and knocked around a solid team. And for the third time in four weeks LSU beat a ranked team. They were rewarded with the Top spot in the AP Poll. Wins over Kentucky and Florida over the next two weeks could cement them as the No.1 in the coaches poll, too. And college football fans know the coaches poll is the most important of the two since it counts in the BCS rankings.

Alabama: Like LSU, the Crimson Tide did themselves justice with a solid win against a ranked team in Arkansas. Alabama is at Florida this weekend. A win against the Gators could vault the Tide past No.2 Oklahoma in the AP poll and move it up from No.2 in the coaches poll.

Oklahoma State: Winning at Texas A&M put the Cowboys in a position to make some serious waves over the next few weeks. If they can survive the Texas-Missouri-Baylor gauntlet October 15 thru the 29th, it could set up an enormous matchup with Oklahoma on December 3.

Stony Brook: The Seawolves needed to win against Lafayette and did so in a big way on Saturday. Stony Brook knows it can compete with every team in the Big South, including Liberty. Coach Chuck Priore just has to make sure his squad knows it.

Temple: The Owls have to be kicking themselves after a 14-10 loss to Penn State on September 17. There were no lingering negative effects from that loss as Temple went on the road and wiped out Maryland 38-7. With winnable games against the likes of Toledo, Ball State, Buffalo, Temple could be on its way to its biggest season in over 31 years.

Clemson, Michigan and Arizona State were also big winners this weekend.

LOSERS

Florida State: The Seminoles started the season with high hopes and were No.5 in the country at one point. After dropping their second game in a row to Clemson, 35-30, on Saturday, Florida State might not even be in the mix for the ACC championship.

Oklahoma: It’s difficult putting a team that won on the losers list, but Oklahoma’s weak non-conference schedule (Tulsa, Ball State, Florida State) came back to bit it a little bit as LSU jumped it for the top spot in the AP poll. A win against Texas on October 8 could help right the ship in the rankings.

Miami: A 28-24 home loss to Kansas State signaled the end to the Hurricanes’ chances of a memorable season.
 

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