3 Winners and Losers From NCAAF Week 9 - Sportsfinda's Marketplace

Winners-

1: Michigan State Spartans

The Michigan State Spartans proved they are true contenders in the Big10 as they are looking to make a playoff push which can happen if they win the Big10. The Spartans showed real grind and grit on Saturday as they came back from down 16 to defeat the 6th ranked Michigan Wolverines in a rivalry classic.

Running back Kenneth Walker III showed once again why he is one of the top running backs in the country, and likely a Heisman candidate come end of season, as he rushed for 197 yards and 5 touchdowns!

The Spartans have some tough tests down the road but they have to be feeling good as they are 8-0 and have moved up to the 5th rank with a lot of momentum on their side. The Spartans have to be feeling great about how this season has gone so far. 

2: Wisconsin Badgers

Wisconsin got off to a rough start to the season as they lost 3 of their first 4 games all to ranked teams. However since then they have won 4 in a row, and none more impressive than this Saturday’s 27-7 beat down over the 9th ranked Iowa Hawkeyes.

The Badger defense looked great on Saturday, as the Hawkeyes struggled to get anything going on offense. The Badgers forced 3 turnovers and only allowed 157 yards of total offense and got to the quarterback for 6 sacks. This defense really made the Hawkeyes have a long day and the offense capitalized and put points on the board and put the game out of reach early. 

3: Auburn Tigers

Auburn got the best of the poor coaching decisions by Ole Miss on Saturday, as Ole Miss had a lot of empty possessions in Auburn territory. Auburn’s defense was great on 4th down as Ole Miss was 1 for 4 on 4th down conversions. 

Bo Nix threw for 276 yards and had 3 total touchdowns in Auburn’s 31-20 victory over the 10th ranked Mississippi. Auburn is now 6-2 on the season as they are starting to put together some impressive wins in the SEC. 

Losers- 

1: Kentucky Wildcats

The Kentucky Wildcats dropped their second game of the season on Saturday in a disappointing loss to unranked Mississippi State. Kentucky let up just shy of 450 yards of offense as their defense did not look great in their 31-17 defeat. Kentucky turned the ball over 4 times which did not help the already struggling offense and gave Mississippi State good field position throughout the game, where they were able to capitalize.

Kentucky, who was ranked 12th going into Saturday will take a heavy hit in the rankings, and will need a big bounce back performance next week against Tennessee. 

2: Iowa Hawkeyes

The Iowa Hawkeyes, who were ranked inside the top 3 just a few weeks ago, have lost all of their rhythm on both the offensive and defensive side. The Hawkeyes went just 2 for 13 on third down conversions in their 27-7 loss to Wisconsin on Saturday as they came out slow out of the gate, and never had a chance as Wisconsin scored the first 4 scores of the game. 

Running back Tyler Goodson was limited to just 27 yards on 13 carries which is just over 2 yards a carry which sums up Iowa’s performance. Quarterback Spencer Petras threw for shy of 100 yards on the day and was sacked 5 times as Wisconsin’s defense had Iowa’s number the whole day.

Following back to back losses for the Hawkeyes, they will need to figure out how to turn things around quickly if they want to save their season, as things are not looking great for the Hawkeyes right now. 

3: Pittsburgh Panthers

The 17th ranked Pittsburgh Panthers went into Saturday’s clash with an unranked Miami as fairly heavy favorites at home. Despite having 587 total yards of offense and nearly 100 more yards than the Hurricanes, the Panthers fell short 38-34 as quarterback Kenny Pickett threw a game sealing interception with just under 5 minutes left in the game in Miami territory which led to Miami running out the clock and coming out with the win.

Pittsburgh now moves to 6-2 on the season and still sits on top of the Acc coastal division, but they can not afford another slip up as it is a tight division and one more loss can see them slip down as they are looking to make the Acc championship game.

 

-Noah Danzig

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