3 Winners and Losers From NCAAF Week 11 - Sportsfinda's Marketplace

Winners-

1: Baylor Bears

The 13th ranked Baylor Bears went into Saturday against the 8th ranked undefeated Oklahoma Sooners and made a statement. There defense excelled as they forced 2 turnovers and got 5 sacks on their way to a 27-14 victory.

The Baylor Bears handed the Sooners their first loss of the season, and this win will likely push Baylor into the top 10 rankings, as they are now back in the race for the Big12. The Bears will need to win out the next 2 games, and will be hoping for another Oklahoma loss.

2: Ole Miss Rebels

The 15th ranked Mississippi Rebels came into Saturday’s clash against the 11th Texas A&M Aggies as slight underdogs, and raced off to a great start as they were up 15-0 at halftime. Despite a comeback attempt by the Aggies which saw the lead go down to just 2 points, the Rebels were able to fight them off and put some insurance points on the board leading to a 29-19 victory on their home turf.

Ole Miss totaled just over 500 yards of total offense, which is very impressive against a pretty solid A&M defense, and their defense came to play too, getting 2 interceptions in their victory. 

3: Ohio State Buckeyes

The 4th ranked Ohio State Buckeyes faced the 19th ranked Purdue boilermakers on Saturday, and had little to no problems in their 59-31 route over Purdue. Although their defense did not look great, the Buckeyes offense totaled over 600 yards and scored 45 points in the first half alone. 

The Buckeyes have been on a tear ever since their week 2 loss to Oregon, and they have a tough 2 matchups coming up against Michigan State and Michigan, but the Buckeyes are looking to run the table to get back into the college football playoffs. 

 

Losers- 

1: Oklahoma Sooners

The 8th ranked Oklahoma Sooners came into Saturday undefeated at 9-0 and still were being questioned as overrated as they have had some close calls. Those questions may have been answered Saturday as they fell 27-14 to Baylor in a very disappointing performance where their offense seemed to have no answers and struggled to put points on the board. 

Oklahoma suffered their first loss and will now need to win out and win the Big12 championship if they want a chance to get back into playoff contention, which is now looking like a longshot they will need to turn things around and have some blowout wins if they want to convince the committee. 

2: Auburn Tigers

The 17th ranked Auburn Tigers came out hot against Mississippi State on Saturday, as they raced out to a 28-10 lead at half. After halftime, things fell apart for the Tigers, as they got outscored 33-6 in the second half on way to their 43-34 defeat. 

Auburn had no answers in the second half and struggled to move the ball, as Mississippi State’s quarterback Will Rogers threw for 415 yards and 6 touchdowns and absolutely torched the Tigers defense. Auburn has a lot of questions they need answers to moving forward as their defense struggled mightily.

3: Texas A&M Aggies

The 11th ranked Texas A&M Aggies went on the road to face 15th ranked Mississippi and got off to a slow start where they trailed 15-0 at halftime. The Aggies then turned it around the start of the second half scoring 13 straight to cut the lead to just 2 points, and then quarterback Zach Calzada threw an interception resulting in an Ole Miss touchdown, then a pick 6 the very next drive on the way to their 29-19 defeat.

The Aggies did not play horrible overall, however they made a subpar Mississippi defense look way better than they really are, and Calzada threw 2 costly interceptions in the 4th quarter as the Aggies comeback attempt fell short.

 

-Noah Danzig

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