College Football Winners, Losers, Overreactions In Week 8: Pitt Is The ACC Favorite, Abolish The New OT Rules

Several of the top programs in college football had relatively manageable matchups in Week 8 in advance of what could be a monstrous final weekend in October. But, like so often in this sport, things didn't quite stay to script. There are very few "down" weekends college football and Saturday was no exception. 

The craziness started in the noon slate. Kansas nearly pulled off the upset of the century against No. 3 Oklahoma, holding on to a lead heading into the fourth quarter before the Sooners eventually completed the comeback. No. 2 Cincinnati needed a late interception to put away 1-6 Navy. No. 4 Alabama took a shot right to the head in the first quarter against Tennessee before pulling away with a massive fourth quarter. And finally, Illinois shocked No. 7 Penn State in nine -- nine! -- overtimes to completely shake up the Big Ten East picture. 

Only four AP Top 25 teams lost – down from seven a week ago – but the upsets kept what has been one of the wackiest season in college football history alive. Here are winners, losers and overreactions from another tremendous day of action. 

Winners

Pitt: Clemson might not be "Clemson" this season, but the Tigers have still won the last six ACC championships. All the pressure was on No. 23 Pitt to prove it belongs in the AP Top 25 and taken seriously as the new favorite in the ACC. The Panthers passed with flying colors in a 27-17 win. Pitt outgained Clemson by more than 150 yards and got another great game from quarterback Kenny Pickett, who threw for 302 yards and two touchdowns in the win. The Panthers defense put so much pressure on Clemson QB D.J. Uiagalelei that coach Dabo Swinney benched him following his second interception. Pitt -- yes, Pitt -- is officially the ACC frontrunner. And Pickett is staking his claim as a bona fide Heisman contender. 

College football winners, losers, overreactions in Week 8: Pitt is the ACC favorite, abolish the new OT rules

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College football winners, losers, overreactions in Week 8: Pitt is the ACC favorite, abolish the new OT rules