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2023 College Football Week 10 Winners and Losers

By Hank Blaine

With the conference championships fast approaching, there’s hardly any time left to gain some ground in the Top 25 of the AP Poll rankings, as the top 10 programs in the nation are all but locked up. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t any drastic changes in the rankings this week, though, especially when things continue to get shuffled around in the bottom half of the AP Pool.

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Winners and Losers from Week 10 of the 2023 NCAA Football Season

Winner: Arizona Wildcats

As reigning Heisman Trophy winner Caleb Williams and the USC Trojans drop out of the Top 15 following another disappointing loss, there’s another Pac-12 team on the rise in No. 23 Arizona. The Wildcats earned a bowl game for the first time since 2017 thanks to a resounding three-game win streak against their conference rivals in the Pacific who all just happen to be ranked opponents. Arizona will face the Sanders clan next as a (-9.5) road favorite in Colorado, with the Buffaloes spiraling out of control since their unexpected sizzling start to the season.

Loser: Oklahoma Sooners

In the final Bedlam Series that we’ll be seeing for quite some time, the Oklahoma Sooners failed to keep the neighboring Oklahoma State Cowboys at bay, with the latter beating OU in nail-biting fashion this past Saturday, 27-24. That’s now back-to-back losses for Oklahoma, which is now also caught in a three-way tie with OSU and Kansas for the second-best overall record in the Big 12 standings at 7-2. The Sooners do have a favorable final stretch of games against unranked conference rivals WVU, BYU, and TCU on tap, so they’re still far from out of the running for a conference title despite dropping down seven spots to No. 17 in the AP Poll this week.

Winner: Liberty Flames

The undefeated Liberty Flames are the latest mid-major program to join the likes of Tulane and James Madison in the AP Top 25 rankings after scoring 56 points in their Week 10 victory over Louisiana Tech. No. 25 Liberty now boasts the 11th-best scoring offense in the FBS with an average of 39.1 points per game, albeit against mostly weak competition on the schedule. The Flames have another favorable matchup as (-13.5) home favorites against Old Dominion this coming weekend, and they’ll need to defeat the Monarchs to an even more impressive degree if they want to keep their rather slim hopes of a Bowl appearance this postseason.

Loser: Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Notre Dame’s latest loss to the unranked Clemson Tigers has got to be crippling for head coach Marcus Freeman and the boys from Indy. The Fighting Irish fell into an early 18-point deficit and went scoreless in their last six possessions against Clemson, which led to the biggest drop in the AP Rankings this week as they plummeted 10 spots down to No. 22. The Irish are on a late-season bye in Week 11 before ending the season with winnable matchups against Wake Forest and Stanford, so there’s still some hope that the best independent team in the country can still salvage their otherwise disappointing campaign.

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