The NCAA football season has seen Week 4 come and go and it was a very entertaining week with quite a few upsets and close games. It was also a week where quite a few teams and players came away as the top winners and losers from the action.
Obviously it is always fun to pick out the biggest winners and losers and complement them or put them on blast.
There were five winners and five losers in particular that caught our attention here at Campus Sports. As is the case with anything in sports, there will be some that disagree with our choices or believe others would be better being in the rankings. That may be the case, but these are the five that we have decided to plug into each category.
Without further adieu, let’s take a look at who the five biggest winners and losers are from Week 4.
Winner: Leonard Fournette, LSU Running Back
There may not be a single week where Leonard Fournette doesn’t come away as a winner and he certainly was a huge playmaker for the LSU Tigers this week. He carried the football 26 times for 244 yards and two touchdowns on the day and was a big reason that LSU held of Syracuse 34-24. Fournette is the Heisman front-runner right now and is without question the favorite to stay that way through the end of the season.
Loser: Anu Solomon, Arizona Quarterback
Perhaps the biggest loser from an individual player standpoint on the day was Arizona Wildcats quarterback Anu Solomon. Not only did his team fall in blowout fashion at the hands of UCLA after all kinds of hype surrounding them all week, he also went down with an injury and missed a good chunk of the game. It wasn’t the type of night that he was hoping for and his team has to be very disappointed with the product that they put on the field.
Winner: Nick Chubb, Georgia Running Back
Nick Chubb is in a very similar situation as Leonard Fournette in the fact that he is a Heisman front-runner and isn’t going to see many weeks were he isn’t a winner. He picked up 131 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries, while also catching a pass for 24 yards and a touchdown. Those are the types of games that he will have to have to stick around in the Heisman race with Fournette playing dominant football.
Loser: Derrick Henry, Alabama Running Back
Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide destroyed Louisiana Monroe 34-0 yesterday afternoon, but Derrick Henry wasn’t a huge part of the offense like he has been in years past. He carried the football just 13 times for 52 yards and a touchdown, which will hurt his Heisman standing. It wasn’t a terrible week by any stretch of the imagination, but it still wasn’t the dominant performance that Alabama has come to expect from their star running back.
Winner: UCLA Bruins
Moving back to a team, the No. 9 ranked UCLA Bruins made a major statement last night against the No. 16 Arizona Wildcats. Josh Rosen played like a superstar and led his team to a huge 56-23 blowout win on the road. UCLA looks like they could very well be a contender for the college football playoff and defeating Arizona was a huge step in the right direction for their program.
Loser: Missouri Tigers
The Missouri Tigers came into Week 4 as the No. 25 ranked team in the nation and will fall back to being unranked after falling to the Kentucky Wildcats 21-13. It was a very disappointing performance and drops them to 3-1 on the season. Kentucky is a very solid football team, but they are far from being the type of team that should knock off the talented Tigers.
Winner: Utah Utes
Keeping with the team performances, the No. 18 Utah Utes have to be labeled a major winner after walking into Oregon and knocking off the No. 13 Ducks 62-20. It was a dominant game from the Utes and they are going to rise in the rankings in a big way. This was the type of statement win that Utah needed in order to take the jump forward and their fans should be very excited about the rest of the season following this win.
Loser: Oregon Ducks
Obviously one of the biggest losers has to be the No. 13 Oregon Ducks, who came up with a dud against No. 18 Utah. Vernon Adams was benched after failing to make any kind of an impact, but that didn’t help and the Ducks ended up falling 62-20. It is a big step backward for the Ducks and likely knocks them out of college football playoff contention with the two losses that they now have on their record.
Winner: Jim Harbaugh, Michigan Wolverines
Jim Harbaugh was hired by the Michigan Wolverines this past offseason in hopes that he could take the program back to contention over the next few seasons. Not only has he helped do just that, he has done it in his first year right off the bat. Michigan is now 3-1 on the season with three straight victories and it wouldn’t be surprise them make the jump into the national rankings after destroying the No. 22 ranked BYU Cougars 31-0.
Loser: BYU Cougars
Keeping with the Michigan Wolverines and BYU Cougars’ game, the Cougars have to get a spot on the losers list this week. They went into Ann Arbor completely unprepared for the game and got exposed for being unprepared. After the strong start that they had, this loss was crushing and it will knock them out of the rankings immediately.
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