3 Winners and Losers From NCAAF Week 12 - Sportsfinda's Marketplace

Winners-

1: Utah Utes

The 23rd ranked Utah Utes came into Saturday’s clash with Oregon small favorites despite being ranked 20 spots lower. However, Utah showed why they were favorites at home as they controlled the whole game en route to their 38-7 domination over the 3rd ranked Oregon Ducks.  

Utah just controlled every aspect of the game as they were out to a 28-0 lead at halftime and never slowed down from there. The Utes now move to 8-3 on the season as they look to move into the top 15 rankings potentially as this win moves them one game closer to the Pac-12 championship with a potential rematch against the Ducks. 

2: Ohio State Buckeyes

The 4th Ohio State Buckeyes proved a strong statement on Saturday with their 56-7 blowout over the 7th ranked Michigan State Spartans. Buckeye quarterback C.J. Stroud looked phenomenal throwing 432 yards and 6 touchdowns while only incompleting 3 passes all day. 

The Buckeye defense has the answers as well, limiting the Spartan’s heisman candidate running back Kenneth Walker III to only 25 yards on just 6 carries on Saturday. As the Buckeyes move one game closer to the Big10 championship, their focus first is on a trip to Michigan next week to face their rival Wolverines. 

3: Clemson Tigers

The Clemson Tigers have not had the season they had hoped for. After starting the season towards the top of the rankings, they saw themselves outside the top 25 on Saturday as they faced the 10th ranked Wake Forest Demon Deacons. However, they handled their business as they pulled off a comfortable win, 48-27.

The Clemson offense finally seemed to come alive, as the rush game got going in a big way as the Clemson backfield Kobe Pace and Will Shipley ran a combined 303 yards and 4 touchdowns. The Tigers move up to 8-3 now which is solid considering their tough start to the season. 

Losers- 

1: Oregon Ducks

The 3rd ranked Oregon Ducks got absolutely embarrassed on Saturday as they suffered their worst loss as a top 5 team in school history. The Ducks suffered their defeat to Utah, 38-7 in a game where nothing seemed to go their way, and they couldn’t get out of that stadium quick enough. 

Although the Ducks did not turn the ball over, they could not seem to get their defense off the field as the Utes went 11/14 on third down conversions in the game, and dominated from the very first quarter. 

The Ducks look to bounce back next week at home against Oregon State. 

2: Michigan State Spartans

The 7th ranked Michigan State Spartans got absolutely embarrassed on national tv as they went on the road to face the tough Ohio State Buckeyes and got shut down from the start. Star back Kenneth Walker III got shut down early and the Spartans were forced to pass the majority of the game because of being down early. 

The Spartans went on to lose 56-7, which marks their second loss in three games as they look to bounce back next week at home in a much needed victory over Penn State. 

3: Wake Forest Demon Deacons

The 10th ranked Wake Forest Demon Deacons went on the road to face an unranked Clemson team where they were not prepared to see Clemson’s rush attack. The Wake Forest defense had no response for the Clemson rushing attack all night as they ran in 4 touchdowns on the way to Clemson’s 48-27 victory over Wake Forest.

This marks the Deacons second loss in the last three games as they were both dropped in disappointing fashion, now the Deacons look to recover next week when they go on the road again to face a tough Boston College team.

 

-Noah Danzig

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