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Campus winners and losers

It's a little late, but here are last weekend's winners and losers. Clemson, Michigan and Illinois scored big points nationally, while South Florida and South Carolina took huge hits.

Clemson: After beating ranked teams two weeks in a row –Auburn, Florida State– Clemson’s bandwagon got a little bigger. There’s room on that wagon for the entire country after the Tigers cracked Virginia Tech, 23-3, in Blacksburg on Saturday. Clemson limited the Hokies to 258 total yards. With a winnable three-game stretch against Boston College, Maryland and North Carolina, the Tigers could be 8-0 heading into a road match against No.21 Georgia Tech on October 29.

Illinois: Holding off Northwestern keeps the Illini in line to challenge Wisconsin for the Big Ten Leaders title. Sure, it was a close call, but a win is a win these days. If the Illini can handle a road contest against Indiana next week, it sets up a huge home battle with Ohio State on October 15.

Michigan: The Wolverines just might be for real. Denard Robinson beat up Minnesota through the air, completing 15 of 19 passes for 169 yards and two TDs in Michigan’s 58-0 drubbing of Minnesota. He ran for 61 yards and a touchdown, too. The Wolverines have a winnable game at Northwestern and another road contest against Michigan State the week after that. If the Wolverines can survive that, watch out.

LSU, Oklahoma and Alabama continue to keep their stock up with impressive wins. We just can’t wait for November 5 when LSU travels to Alabama.

The Big East: This has become a recurring theme lately. The Big East took it on the chin in a big way as Louisville was downed by Marshall and Connecticut defeated by Western Michigan. Making matters worse, the one team that might have had a chance at a national championship, South Florida, was crushed by Pittsburgh, 44-17.

South Carolina: There’s no other way to write this one up. Gamecocks QB Stephen Garcia was bad again. And Heisman hopeful Marcus Lattimore (17 carries, 66 yards) wasn’t much better. Making matters worse, it was a home game. All isn’t lost for the Gamecocks since Florida was destroyed by Alabama.

TCU: The Horned Frogs are long gone from the BCS conversation. They made matters worse dropping a home contest to SMU. TCU’s defense has disappeared in recent weeks. SMU proved that in a big way as it rolled up 461 total yards in its 40-33 win.

Baylor/Robert Griffin III: The Bears 36-35 loss at Kansas State may have knocked Robert Griffin (23-31, 346 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT) out of the Heisman race.


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