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Week Three College Football Final Word

College Football Week 3
No. 10 Penn State beat No. 22 Auburn 28-20 in a tense game from Happy Valley. Via The Athletic.

Another week of College Football is in the books and what did we learn? I think we learned that no one team is great, it seems like all teams have flaws and are in danger of losing from week to week. What this means though is we should expect an exciting season of College Football where so many teams have a chance to make the playoffs and possibly win it all. Should be fun to watch!

Here are my final words on College Football week three.

Penn State Shows Grit In Huge Win Over Auburn

Penn State held on late Saturday to defeat Auburn 28-20 in a thrilling “White Out” game in Happy Valley.

The game came down to the final play as Auburn — down eight with no timeouts — drove in the final minutes. In the end, Tigers quarterback Bo Nix’s heave toward the end zone as time expired was broken up to seal the win for the Nittany Lions and gave them its second win over a ranked team already this season.

Penn State QB Sean Clifford had a big night, completing an astounding 28 of 32 passes for 280 yards and two touchdowns. Nix completed 21 of 37 passes for 185 yards as running back Tank Bigsby carried the load for the Auburn offense. Bigsby rushed for 102 yards and two touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough to get an impressive road win for the Tigers.

I was really surprised with Sean Clifford as this is the best game I have ever seen him play and made me rethink where I see Penn State going this year? Can they beat Ohio State? I think it might be possible.

Meanwhile, Bo Nix showed improvement but not enough to get the victory on the road. He did avoid the turnovers that have plagued him in the past, but his passing yards per attempt left a lot to be desired.

For Auburn to compete in the SEC this year he has to show a lot more improvement.

21 Observations From College Football Week Three

Jake Haener Finds A Way

  • Jake Haener, clutching his side and writhing in pain after every throw, lead Fresno State down the field in the final minute for the game winning touchdown over UCLA. This was an unreal, gritty performance that matched the hype he got all offseason.

BYU Continues It’s Dominance Over The Pac-12

  • The Cougars followed up last week’s emotional win over rival Utah with a 27-17 victory tonight over Arizona State. That makes BYU 3-0 on the season with all three victories coming against Pac-12 teams. This program was stronger than Zach Wilson, as it turns out. Impressive stuff.

More FCS Upsets

  • Week 3 featured two more FCS over FBS upsets. Arizona lost 21-19 against in-state rival Northern Arizona to drop to 0-3 on the year. Then Texas State fell 42-34 against UIW. It’s not a great year to schedule FCS opponents.

North Carolina’s Offense Finally Woke Up

  • UNC put up 699 and gets some revenge on the Cavaliers after last year’s 44-41 loss, winning 59-39. This is just what the doctor ordered for North Carolina, let’s see if they can keep it for the rest of the season.

San Diego State Ripped The Heart Out Of Utah

  • San Diego State won a thrilling triple-OT game over Utah, to give the Mountain West 5 victories on the year against Pac-12 foes. Utah may be a in a bit of trouble, or the Pac-12 may be in trouble with these losses.

Georgia Continues To Look Dominant

  • Georgia cruised to a relatively easy victory over South Carolina 40-13. It was an encouraging performance from UGA and JT Daniels, who returned from injury and looked really sharp. I think they are my front-runner to be the top team in the playoff.

Playoff Contenders Looked Beatable

  • Notre Dame won a sloppy game against Purdue, Ohio State was a in dog fight against Tulsa, Georgia tech almost forced OT against Clemson, Oklahoma held on against Nebraska, and Alabama won by two. This could be the year for a new blood to jump into the race.

Western Michigan Pulls Off The Upset

  • Kaleb Eleby, the Western Michigan QB, threw for 336 yards and 3 touchdowns to give the Broncos a 44-41 win over the Pittsburgh Panthers. The ACC looking worse and worse.

Malik Willis Could Be The Best QB In College Football

  • The Liberty quarterback torched the Monarchs’ secondary for 242 passing yards and 4 touchdowns on Saturday night as the Flames continued to 3-0 with a 45-17 win.

Is Dart The Answer For USC

  • As Washington State opened up an early 14-point lead, USC fans could have been forgiven for thinking it was a case of the same old team as Clay Helton had before. Enter Jaxson Dart and an offensive explosion that lead to 45 unanswered points.

Memphis Surprises Mississippi State

  • Calvin Austin III returned a punt 94 yards in bizarre fashion to open up an 11-point lead. After the ball bounced off a Mississippi State player, Austin swooped in much to the bemusement of the entire Bulldogs team, escaping down the sideline for a game-changing score. Mississippi State could never recover and Memphis got the win.

Cincinnati Survives Early Scare

  • Cincinnati came into Saturday’s game with Indiana looking to make a statement to the CFB Playoff committee. For most of the first half, their chances of making it to the final four looked more remote than ever. A targeting penalty, an ejection, and a late second-quarter rally changed the course of the game, and Cincinnati overcame adversity to emerge with a 38-24 victory.

Michigan State Has Found A Running Back

  • Another week, another Kenneth Walker III monster performance. Since his transfer from Wake Forest, the Michigan State running back has consistently ripped college football defenses apart. Is it hyperbolic to call Walker the best running back in college football right now? Michigan State continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 38-17 win over Miami (FL), Walker was once again the catalyst of their offense. Yes, the box score will show that Payton Thorne’s 4 passing touchdowns led the Spartans on the night. However, it was Walker who was once again the heartbeat of the offense.

Should Oklahoma Fans Be Scared?

  • Nebraska played much better than expected, that much is clear. The Huskers were 22.5-point underdogs, and their fan base was bracing for lots of points and pain on Saturday morning. But what unfolded was instead a legitimate four-quarter brawl that the Sooners survived 23-16. Oklahoma has to score better to make it to the playoffs this year.

TreVeyon Henderson Is The Truth

  • Even though Ohio State struggled, one person who did not is TreVeyon Henderson. He lived up to all the five-star hype on Saturday with 277 rushing yards and three touchdowns, setting a new single-game freshman school record. 

Clemson Has Yet To Find An Offense

  • Georgia Tech, a 28.5-point underdog, was up to the challenge Saturday night and came darn close to pulling off a season-changing stunner. Clemson had to get a fourth-and-goal stop at its 2-yard line in the final minute to survive a close one. They have to figure out their offense.

Dillon Gabriel Is Out Indefinitely

  • We began this Saturday with some seriously disappointing news following a Friday night thriller: UCF quarterback Dillon Gabriel is going to be sidelined indefinitely with a broken clavicle. You hate to see these type of injuries in college football, here is hoping a quick recovery for Gabriel.

Hail Mary For SMU

  • Louisiana Tech booted a 47-yard field goal with 36 seconds left to extend their lead over the Mustangs to 37-33. But 36 seconds was just a little too much time. Tanner Mordecai drove down to Louisiana Tech’s 33-yard line in three plays and then tossed up this Hail Mary with time expiring that bounced right to Reggie Roberson Jr. for the win.

Florida State Is Historically Bad

  • Florida State hasn’t been 0-3 since 1976! But here they are after a 35-14 loss to Wake Forest. Hopefully they can eventually turn it around.

Best Catch Of The Year

  • Oklahoma’s D.J. Graham pulled off what will absolutely go down as one of the best plays of the season on this fourth-down stop against Nebraska. It’s true that batting the ball down would’ve been the more productive outcome for the Sooners in that situation. Lincoln Riley even said afterward he thought about challenging the catch for that reason. But this interception was too perfect to pass up.

Michigan Continues To Roll

  • All Michigan does is run, score, and win. I am interested in how they will do if they get into a game where they need to throw the football?

My Prediction Record After College Football Week One

  • Last week: 14-6
  • Overall: 42-15
  • Upset Picks Overall: 1-3

That was a tough week for my picks, the most I have missed all year. I think that this just shows the kind of year we are in for this year for College Football.

My Personal College Football Top 10 (And Playoff Predictions)

After the third week, here is who I have in my College Football top 10:

  1. Georgia
  2. Alabama
  3. Oregon
  4. Iowa
  5. Penn State
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Clemson
  8. Cincinnati
  9. Texas A&M
  10. Notre Dame

Here are my predictions for the College Football playoffs:

  1. Georgia
  2. Oregon
  3. Alabama
  4. Penn State

My Heisman Predictions After Week Three

  1. Matt Corral
  2. Bryce Young
  3. Desmond Ridder
  4. CJ Verdell
  5. Blake Corum

Looking Ahead To College Football Week Four

Here are your biggest games for week four.

  • Notre Dame at Wisconsin (Solider Field, Chicago)
  • Texas A&M at Arkansas
  • Clemson at NC State
  • West Virginia at Oklahoma
  • Rutgers at Michigan

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