3 Winners and Losers From NCAAF Week 8 - Sportsfinda's Marketplace

 

Winners-

1: Illinois Fighting Illini

Illinois came into this clash against 7th ranked Penn State with no one giving them a chance. They came into the game as 24 point underdogs and that did not discourage them one bit. After falling behind 10-0 Illinois sparked a comeback and ended up forcing overtime at 10-10 as their defense stepped up. 

However, one overtime wasn’t enough, and that is an understatement. Illinois came out with a shocking slim victory 20-18 after a whopping 9 overtimes!!! Their defense stepped up huge, only letting up 18 points despite being on the field for 4 quarters and 8 overtimes. Illinois is now 3-5 on the year but have to be feeling good following their biggest victory of the season. 

2: Iowa State Cyclones

Iowa State went into Saturday as small favorites despite playing the 8th ranked team in the country in Oklahoma State. That could put a lot of pressure on an unranked team, but playing in front of their home crowd, the Cyclones pulled out a gritty win as they beat Oklahoma State 24-21 as their defense got a huge stop near the end of the game to put the game away. 

Iowa State’s quarterback Brock Purdy excelled against a very tough defense as he went 27 for 33 through the air with 307 yards and 2 touchdowns. This win pushes the Cyclones to 5-2 on the year and puts them just inside the top 25 rankings at 22. 

3: Ohio State Buckeyes

The Buckeyes were heavily favored going into their matchup against unranked Indiana on Saturday. The Buckeyes got the job done, and in dominant fashion coming out with a 54-7 dismantling of the Hoosiers. 

While this game should not have been too tough for Ohio State, they proved they are for real. Since their upset loss to Oregon in week 2, Ohio State has looked great and won 5 straight all by 20+ points. 

If the Buckeyes can win out, they still have a good chance to make the CFB playoffs which is their goal in mind, however they have some tough games to win if they want to make that happen. 

 

Losers- 

1: Penn State Nittany Lions

Penn State was on the wrong side of an absolutely crazy game on Saturday. Going into Saturday as the 7th ranked team they played Illinois in a game where no one expected it to be close. But Penn State did not look good on offense, after coming out to a 10-0 lead they did not score the rest of regulation as the game went to overtime at 10-10.

Penn State could not put points on the board for most of the overtimes but their defense prevailed mostly until the end. Penn State fell short 20-18 in 9 overtimes as they dropped their second consecutive game which pushes them outside of the top 10 rankings. 

Penn State is now 5-2 on the season with a lot of questions to be answered on the offensive end, and they do not have a lot of time to do it as they have a very tough task next week against the 5th ranked Ohio State Buckeyes. 

2: Oklahoma State Cowboys

The Oklahoma State Cowboys went into Saturday’s game against Iowa State as underdogs despite being the 8th ranked team in the country. Despite Vegas’ spread the Cowboys probably felt as if they were the team to beat in Saturday’s matchup. 

In a closely contested back and forth battle, the Cowboys fell just short 24-21. This marked the Cowboys first loss of the season as they fell to 6-1 on the year and fall outside of the top 10 following the loss. 

The Cowboys look to get back on track next week as they face a much easier Kansas opponent at home where they will look to bounce back and win big against the Jayhawks. 

3: Purdue Boilermakers

Purdue came into Saturday’s matchup with Wisconsin riding high after the biggest win of their season beating the 2nd ranked Iowa Hawkeyes and breaking into the top 25. The Boilermakers had a tough task against the Badgers in a game where their defense did not show up like it did against Iowa. Purdue let up 30 points to the Badgers and had a let down game following their huge win a week before and lost to Wisconsin 30-13 as they had little answers on offense and defense. 

The Boilermakers drop to 4-3 on the season, and drop outside of the top 25 following their defeat to the Badgers as it looked like their win over Iowa was more or less a fluke based on what they showed against the Badgers.

 

-Noah Danzig

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