College Football Roundup: Week 3

Finally we saw some kind of competitive games again in college football in week 3.  Just ignore Alabama’s 55 point win, Mississippi State’s 46 point win, and Texas A&M’s 38 point win and we have some close games.  Week three had some matchups that we were expecting to be close but they fell short of that.  However; the Ohio State/TCU game did start off well but Ohio State began to pull away.

AP Top 25

1. Alabama (58)
2. Georgia
3. Clemson
4. Ohio State
5. Oklahoma
6. LSU
7. Stanford
8. Notre Dame
9. Auburn
T10. Washington
T10. Penn State
12. West Virginia
13. Virginia Tech
14. Mississippi State
15. Oklahoma State
16. UCF
17. TCU
18. Wisconsin
19. Michigan
20. Oregon
21. Miami (FL)
22. Texas A&M
23. Boston College
24. Michigan State
25. BYU

Others receiving votes:Iowa 64, Boise St. 62, Duke 61, Colorado 49, California 40, Kentucky 38, South Florida 14, Texas 12, NC State 10, Arizona St. 9, Missouri 8, Utah 6, San Diego St. 5, North Texas 4, South Carolina 4, Washington St. 2, Syracuse 2.

Week 3 Studs

How about we go with the nation’s top passer in Anthony Brown.  Brown threw for five touchdowns and 304 yards on just 16 passes.  The nation’s most efficient passer dazzled in Boston College’s 41-34 ACC win over Wake Forest on Thursday night in a game that was originally set for a 7:30pm kickoff but was moved up to 5:30pm due to hurricane Florence.  The Eagles star running back AJ Dillon had a great game as well rushing for 185 yards and a 45 yard TD run.

Wake Forest continually stacked eight in the box to stop the Heisman candidate and Anthony Brown had a field day with the lack of coverage.  If BC can keep this up, it’ll be interesting to see their game against Clemson on November 10th at the Heights.

And speaking of Clemson, they are the other week three stud.  Yes, they beat up on lowly Southern Georgia but the Tigers true freshman QB Trevor Lawrence continues to shine.  He went 12/19 with nearly 200 yards and another TD.  The combo of Lawrence and Kelly Bryant is a nightmare for defenses and it showed once again in Clemson’s 38-7 win.  Travis Etienne had a monster game too with 16 receptions and 162 yards and a TD.  Most notably, even though Clemson won, Georgia jumped them for the number two spot on the AP Top 25.

Week 3 Duds

Arkansas punt coverage.  I mean, how do you not notice that there is no fair catch here!?

Give credit where credit is due, nice trick play called by North Texas here in route to a nice 44-17 over an SEC opponent.  And the road doesn’t get any easier for the Razorbacks, they have number nine ranked Auburn next.

And for the third week in a row, the Florida State Seminoles are duds.  Coming into this season, they were supposed to be the team that would compete with Clemson in the ACC Atlantic Division but now it looks like they’ll be lucky to even get a bowl birth.  Granted they did play an extremely tough Syracuse squad that may make its way into the top 25 soon.  But to only score seven with that offense is sad.

Week 4 Games to Watch

22nd ranked Texas A&M will travel to Tuscaloosa to take on the top ranked Alabama Crimson Tide.  A&M lost a nail biter to Clemson in week one and is looking to ruin Alabama’s season.  Yes Alabama has outscored its opponents so far 170-28, they haven’t played a team like Texas A&M.  Look for A&M to throw against a rather weak ‘Bama pass D.  Kickoff is set for 3:30 on CBS.

Another game to look forward to is seventh ranked Stanford goes on the road to 20th ranked Oregon.  The Ducks actually open as favorites in this one against a tough Stanford offense.  Bryce Love is the the Heisman favorite right now didn’t play in Stanford’s 30-10 victory over UC Davis.  Look for Love to get back in this week hopefully for the Cardinal.  Kickoff is set for 8pm on ABC.

 

Brian Berard (@CouchGuyBrian)

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