College football Week 10 winners, losers, overreactions: Playoff perennial power falters as Georgia asserts dominance

College football Week 10 winners, losers, overreactions: Playoff perennial power falters as Georgia asserts dominance

Alabama began the season as the No. 1 ranked college football preseason favorite. Then, Tennessee stole our hearts after upsetting the Tide to earn the No. 1 seed in the College Football Playoff’s first ranking. But to find the real best team in college football, all we had to do was go all the way back to the fallen confetti after the 2022 College Football Playoff National Championship in Indianapolis.

Georgia has been destroying worlds before our eyes for over two years now. The Dawgs are 23-1 over the past two seasons, including 9-0 through this point in 2022. NFL draft it didn’t slow them down at all. After knocking off No. 1 Tennessee 27-13 in a game that wasn’t even close to the final score, the Bulldogs proved once again that they are inevitable.

The only thing helping UGA’s case is Oregon’s Week 1 blowout. The Ducks crushed Colorado 49-10 as quarterback Bo Nix threw for two touchdowns, rushed for two touchdowns and caught a touchdown. Against these Dawgs, the Ducks scored three points. Tennessee’s top-ranked offense was held to one touchdown in Athens on Saturday. Adding to the intrigue is that Alabama may not even return to the SEC Championship Game.

Georgia is the new Goliath, the new team to beat college football. Until someone takes down the Dawgs, this is their sport.

Here are more winners, losers and overreactions from Week 10 action.

The winners

Kansas: The Jayhawks have gone through perhaps the darkest road in all of college football over the past decade, but it finally paid off Saturday as Kansas earned its first bowl game since 2008 with a shocking 36-17 victory over No. 18 Oklahoma State. KU hasn’t won more than three games in a season since 2009 and hasn’t won multiple conference games since 2008. Lance Leipold deserves to be on every national coach of the year shortlist for his incredible efforts to turn the program around in less than two seasons.

Freedom: The Flames made the AP Top 25 last week, but were left off the CFP rankings. After beating Arkansas on the road 21-19, the Flames could be in line for some extra respect. Liberty jumped out to a 21-0 lead against the Hogs in Fayetteville and held the Razorbacks to just 3.4 yards per carry. With the win, Liberty now has wins over Arkansas and BYU. The lone loss was a one-point decision against Wake Forest. It might not be enough to make the playoffs, but it’s enough to turn heads.

LSU: Many scoffed after Brian Kelly took over in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and a missed extra point loss against Florida State didn’t help. However, Kelly quickly brought consistency and focus to LSU’s talented No. 10 team and outscored No. 6 Alabama in Death Valley for the first time since 2010. Kelly has previously been downplayed for his inconsistent tenure at Notre Dame, but the coaching talent is was always there. With access to Louisiana talent and a winning pedigree, everyone in the South will soon want to join his “Fam-uh-ly.”


The Big Ten: From top to bottom, the Big Ten had an absolutely bizarre day. It started with No. 2 Ohio State, a supposed national championship contender, being outscored in a 21-7 victory over 1-8 Northwestern. Then, arguably, title contender No. 16 Illinois lost a terrible game to 4-5 Michigan State. Iowa shut out Purdue. Maryland threw for 77 yards against Wisconsin. No. 5 Michigan trailed against Rutgers at halftime. Somehow, the only program we can count on is No. 15 Penn State. The Big Ten is supposed to have national-caliber programs at the top, but Week 10 was a terrible showing for the most expensive conference in sports.

Orange Color: The orange palette had a season in 2022, but everything collapsed. Tennessee lost a heartbreaker against Georgia, but that was just the tip of the iceberg. Illinois fell to Michigan State, while No. 20 Syracuse lost 19-9 to Pittsburgh. Oklahoma State lost big without Spencer Sanders in the lineup against Kansas, and No. 4 Clemson was taken to church by Notre Dame. Miami, Virginia, Oregon State and Auburn are the other specifically orange schools that will fall in Week 10. For at least one week, the burnt orange of No. 24 Texas is alone at the top of the pyramid after bypassing the no. 13 Kansas State. Kudos to Bev.


Two dynasties ended tonight: Eight years ago, Florida State — the 2013 national champions — cruised to an undefeated regular season. Everyone watching knew the record was false and misleading, but an undefeated is an undefeated. Enter Clemson, a program that snuck past Syracuse, took out Florida State and got past Wake Forest. A 35-14 shellacking of Notre Dame exposed their true colors.

Across the country, the albatross of losing big games hung around Brian Kelly’s neck as his LSU team hosted Alabama. But it became clear early on that this was no normal Alabama team. The Tide were held without a touchdown for three quarters and now may not even be in the SEC title game after losing 32-31 to the Tigers. It’s the earliest Saban’s team has lost two games since 2007, his first season in Tuscaloosa.

Between 2009 and 2020, Alabama and Clemson won eight of the 12 available college football national championships. But after Saturday’s events, their run as the sport’s standard-bearer is over. Alabama is still a great program. Clemson is still the best team in the ACC. Regardless, the Tide and Tigers are back in the pack and looking toward Georgia.

Texas A&M let go of the wrong coaches: When Jimbo Fisher took over at Texas A&M, he was given an open checkbook to hire his staff. In hindsight, college football may have underestimated how well it picked as the Aggies went 34-14 over Fisher’s first four years behind a sensational defense.

After the 2021 season, defensive coordinator Mike Elko left to take his first head coaching job at Duke. Since then, Texas A&M is 3-6. Duke went 6-3 and made a bowl game for the first time since 2018. At the same time, offensive line coach Josh Henson left to become the offensive line coordinator and offensive line coach on Lincoln Riley’s staff at USC.

Fisher replaced these two coaches with DJ Durkin and Steve Addazio, a pair of controversial former head coaches. Two units have completely collapsed, while Fisher’s offense suddenly ranks among the worst in college football. The Aggies are in danger of missing a bowl for the first time since 2005. Texas A&M has let some of the juice of its recent success leave the program. It wasn’t Fisher — it was Elko and Henson.

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