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Campus winners and losers

LSU and Oklahoma were big winners with victories over ranked teams last weekend. TCU might have emerged as the biggest winners with its invite to the Big 12. Florida State and Ohio State were the big losers. The Buckeyes could be on the negative side of .500 if they continue their slide.

WINNERS

LSU: The Tigers will stay on the winner’s list until they lose. That may sound simple, but LSU (6-0, 3-0 SEC) has met every challenge, including last Saturday’s 41-11 thrashing of then-No.17 Florida. It was LSU’s fourth win over a ranked squad this season. LSU has won those games by an average of 20.5 points.

Oklahoma: Ok, so Texas was a bit of a fraud, getting crushed on its home turf, 55-17, by the Sooners (5-0, 2-0 BIG 12). That notwithstanding, you have to be impressed with Oklahoma going into the hostile confines of its most heated rival and getting such an easy win.

Clemson: The Tigers (6-0, 3-0 ACC) have proven they are the real deal. Saturday’s 36-14 beating of Boston College showed the country they won’t suffer any letdowns. The Tigers are at Maryland and home against North Carolina over the next two weeks. That sets up a showdown with No.12 Georgia Tech on October 29.

Rutgers: Yes, we have a Rutgers sighting. The Scarlet Knights (4-1, 2-0 Big East) finds themselves a top the Big East by a half-game over West Virginia. It won’t be easy over the next few weeks for Rutgers, however, as games against Navy, Louisville and West Virginia loom. If the Scarlet Knights come out of that unscathed, they have a shot at the Big East title. That’s a huge “IF”.

TCU: TCU wins just for getting an invite to join the Big 12. It's a move the Horned Frogs have wanted since the conference was formed. It also puts them into the national championship picture.

LOSERS

Ohio State: The Buckeyes (3-3, 0-2 Big Ten) blew a 27-6 lead in a crushing 34-27 loss to Nebraska on Saturday. The season is slip-sliding away for the Buckeyes, who have lost three of four. With games at Illinois and home against Wisconsin over the next three weeks, a November 19 battle with Penn State and a road contest at Michigan to end the regular season, Ohio State may not finish with a winning record.

Florida State: A top five preseason ranking and a lot of hope and expectations have gone bye-bye in Seminole land. Florida State (2-3, 0-2 ACC) has dropped three in a row and looked terrible on defense in its 35-30 loss to Wake Forest on Saturday.

Auburn: With LSU, Georgia and Alabama still on the schedule, Auburn (4-2, 2-1 SEC) may have just played itself out of the SEC west race with its 38-14 loss at Arkansas. It will take a Herculean effort to get to the SEC title game.

Utah: Utah’s introduction to the PAC-12 has been anything but impressive. The Utes (2-3, 0-3 PAC-12) took a 35-14 whipping at the hands of Arizona State on Saturday. On the bright side, Utah has played the tough part of its conference schedule and faces the bottom half of the league (Cal, Oregon State, Arizona, UCLA, Washington State, Colorado) the rest of the way.
 

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