The Big Winners
In pummeling Tennessee, Miami reasserted itself as the team to beat in the race to the national title
Texas A&M ran off with Oklahoma's title hopes
The Loneliest Losers
Fifteen years ago SMU's powerhouse football program was obliterated by a pay-for-play scandal and the NCAA's first "death penalty." Since then 20 other college programs--including Alabama football this year--have qualified for the ultimate sanction, but all have been spared. Why hasn't the NCAA dropped the death bomb again? Much of the answer lies in the athletic rubble at SMU.