Auburn has to be kicking itself after fumbling away their chances at getting back to the national title game.
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A game that felt doomed from the get-go ended the way it started for Auburn: With a fumble. Now with their second loss of the season, Auburn has almost no chance of getting in to the College Football playoffs and has likely been eliminated outright from the SEC title. The loss on the road to Mississippi State seemed excusable because they are the hottest team in football, but this loss at home to Texas A&M – a team had lost three straight to SEC teams – was completely out of the blue. Every possible mistake the Tigers could make, they made and now they sit at 7-2 on the season, wringing their hands with games against Georgia and Alabama all that remain to give them a shot.
Here are the five biggest losers from Week 11 of college football:
Auburn – So much for the Iron Bowl deciding the winner of the SEC championship. With two losses on the season the Tigers can only hope they can spoil Georgia and Alabama’s title runs by by beating them on the road.
Notre Dame – That loss hurt a lot. The craziest thing is that despite all the turnovers, QB Everett Golson still had the Fighting Irish in that game in the 4th quarter, but when your defense is allowing 7 scoring drives, it’s hard to make a comeback without making mistakes.
Michigan State – Ohio State had that game circled for nearly a year. Michigan State had every conceivable advantage and they squandered all of them and got blown out of the water in the process.
West Virginia – After narrowly losing to TCU only a week ago, one would’ve thought that the angry Mountaineers team would dominate the Texas Longhorns. Instead they lay an egg, putting an end to their weeks in the top 25 and ending all the momentum they built after beating Baylor.
Kansas State – Losing to TCU was one thing, but getting destroyed the way they were only proves that Kansas State wasn’t nearly as good as its record. The Wildcats will be lucky if they can finish with a 9-win season.