College Football's Week 3 Winners and Losers

Tom PerryCorrespondent ISeptember 19, 2011

College Football's Week 3 Winners and Losers

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    Top-ranked Oklahoma faced its first serious test of the season and left Florida State's Doak Campbell Stadium with a victory and momentum.

    FSU wasn't bad, but this was its chance to make a statement for the Seminoles and the ACC.

    Look around and you'll see how some teams have positioned themselves for potential long-term success, while others fell out of favor as the dark horse favorite.

    While we are all ready to look ahead to Week 4 and the great games on tap—Arkansas at Alabama, Oklahoma State at Texas A&M and LSU at West Virginia.

    Let's take one last look at Week 3's winners and losers.

Winner: Darius Reynolds, Iowa State

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    Admit it, you had never heard of Darius Reynolds before now.

    Iowa State fans don't count.

    Well, the versatile wide receiver had 128 yards receiving and two second-half touchdowns to lead Iowa State to a 24-20 win over Connecticut and a 3-0 start for the first time since 2005.

    Yep, that Darius Reynolds.

Loser: Big East Football

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    There were plenty of low moments on the field Saturday, like Pitt and Tino Sunseri's performance at Iowa but this is something bigger.

    As games were beginning Saturday, unofficial word began to spread that Pittsburgh and Syracuse, two mainstays in the Big East, had applied for admission into the ACC.

    There is even a chance the ACC might go for two more Big East teams , Rutgers and Connecticut, and simply emasculate the conference.

    Remember, the ACC stole Miami, Boston College and Virginia Tech in 2004

    How about a little karma, though. Pitt and Syracuse both lost Saturday.

Winner: Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville

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    Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville's future star at quarterback, was finally unleashed and led the Cardinals to a huge 24-17 victory over rival Kentucky.

    The true freshman threw two touchdowns and completed 10-of-18 for 106 yards.

    Bridgewater replaced the injured senior Will Stein. It will be interesting to see if Charlie Strong sticks with Stein or saw enough from Bridgewater to make a change.

Loser: Kansas Defense

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    768 total yards of offense.

    That's all you need to know about what Georgia Tech did to Kansas' defense in a 66-24 Yellow Jackets' win.

    Kansas defensive coordinator Vic Shealy should probably skip watching the game video from this one, as it looks more like a video game.

    Georgia Tech's spread option offense is tough to defend, but Kansas made Paul Johnson's team look like the New England Patriots.

Winner: Jacory Harris, Miami

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    Jacory Harris' last game for Miami was a horrendous performance against Notre Dame in the Sun Bowl.

    Then he had all of the off-the-field problems this offseason.

    Just getting back on the field for the Hurricanes was probably a huge moment for him. But he also led Miami to a big 24-6 upset of Ohio State and gave Al Golden his first win in Coral Gables.

    Harris had just an average game, 123 passing yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, but he was the leader Miami needed.

Loser: Luke Fickell, Ohio State

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    Luke Fickell has been given a 12-game audition as the coach at Ohio State.

    His last two weeks have not helped his case to become the long-term solution for the Buckeyes.

    Ohio State's offensive ineptitude Saturday night at Miami could be the beginning of his eventual ouster at his alma mater.

    Seriously, Luke...the Buckeyes could manage just six points against a Miami defense that was shredded by Maryland?

    Not looking good my man.

Winner: Duke

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    It would be just as easy to go with Boston College as a loser, but let's stay positive.

    David Cutcliffe's team is currently tied for first place in the ACC Coastal following Saturday's improbably 20-19 victory over the Eagles.

    The Blue Devils time on top will likely be short-lived, but enjoy it while you can Duke.

    Of course, basketball season isn't that far away.

Loser: Arizona State

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    One week after winning a thriller against Missouri and cracking the Top 25, Arizona State dropped a 17-14 decision at Illinois.

    Brock Osweiler threw for 256 yards and a touchdowns, but he was also picked off twice by the Illini.

    The Sun Devils still control their destiny and winning the Pac-12 is still within their reach.

Winner: Dabo Swinney, Clemson

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    Raise those hands coach.

    Dabo Swinney just may be ready to pull off a little magic at Clemson.

    Of course, he has quarterback Tajh Boyd to thank for this weekend's huge 38-24 victory over defending champion Auburn.

    Boyd had a magical day with 386 yards passing and four touchdowns, but the time is right to praise Swinney for having the Tigers at 3-0 as they get ready to take on Florida State.

Loser: Ole Miss' Houston Nutt

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    The Ole Miss fans were willing to forgive Houston Nutt for one rough season, but now it looks like putrid performances are becoming the norm.

    There's only so much partying you can do in The Grove to forget how bad the Rebels are this year.

    Ole Miss is now 1-2, but a 30-7 crushing loss to SEC doormat Vanderbilt pretty much equates to a miserable SEC existence in 2011.

    Nice knowing you Houston.

Winner: Oklahoma

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    It's not often you'll see the nation's top-ranked team be on the winning side, but Oklahoma took on a tough Florida State on the road and won.

    In my book, that's a huge win for the Sooners.

    The Seminoles proved they are every bit deserving of their preseason ranking as they hung with the Sooners—with a back-up quarterback.

    If there was any doubt, Landry Jones also proved his leadership skills and you can see how Oklahoma could end the SEC's run as BCS Champs.

Loser: Michigan State's Offensive Line

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    There were questions about the offensive line in the preseason, but the issues with the unit were glaring against Notre Dame.

    Michigan State managed just 29 rushing yards on 23 attempts against the Irish.

    Mark Dantonio's team feels it can compete for the Big 10 title, but that won't happen unless the offensive line comes around soon.