College football Week 3 analysis: Oregon punishes Oregon, Texas A&M tries to bounce back
- Current scores involving downtrodden Colorado State: Minnesota 49, Colorado 7 (fourth quarter); Washington State 28, Colorado State 0 (at halftime). And the state’s top team, the Air Force, was upset Friday night by Wyoming. Ski season can’t come soon enough.
- Marcus Freeman had to endure one…two…three…four tips on a Hail Mary pass by Cal on the last play before earning his first victory as a head coach. Notre Dame won 24-17, but not before giving the Golden Bears every last chance to tie or possibly win in the end. A blatant targeting foul from linebacker JD Bertrand kept Cal’s final drive alive, then a Fighting Irish fumble return touchdown was called off (correctly) because Cal QB Jack Plummer’s knee had fallen and ended play. That gave the Bears one final push into the end zone, and at least two Cal receivers got their hands on the ball before it hit the turf. Playing with their backup quarterback, Notre Dame is far from good, but at least it’s not winless anymore.
- And with that, Marcus Freeman earns his first win as head coach of Notre Dame:
- Southern Alabama let an upset victory slip away at UCLA in the end, in part by committing this crime against football:
- Penn State QB Sean Clifford so in the first half at Auburn: 117 yards passing, 14 yards and a rushing touchdown (and survived a massive hit on a scramble), and how about that 25-yard reception ?
- BYU has missed three of its last four shots, all from within 40 yards.
That includes two misses against Baylor last week, which extended this game into multiple overtimes.
- You can see that pick and think it’s a bad play for Auburn, which it certainly is, but to add insult to injury is the fact that the play probably shouldn’t have happened at all. The clock hit three zeros before and neither the replay booth nor the Tigers noticed.
- Ok, so Purdue hit that TD go-ahead and proceeded with the commitment Seven penalties, six of which were accepted. It allowed Syracuse to march for a short game-winning drive to set up their own chipshot kickoff. A messy finish gives hometown Orange an incredibly electric win after going 9-3 at halftime.
Good news for Purdue: they had a touchdown late in the game at Syracuse. Bad news: they had 30 meters penalties which set up an interesting kickoff. As Syracuse drove in a bid to win, the Boilermakers committed another penalty to extend their drive.
- Aidan O’Connell doesn’t let the pick hold him back. He immediately returns to the first as profound.
- OH NO PURDUE NOT LIKE THIS. Thicc six, Cuse goes up 10.
- Northern Illinois is up 31-17 on the late turnover Northwest, and that’s not great for the Wildcats.
- We had a good one in Syracuse. The Boilermakers were ‘no tackle, just vibes’ which helped the Orange score on a missed play and add a two-point conversion to come up three behind Purdue. Syracuse had struggled to score a touchdown all game and already added two in the second half.
- If you want to hop on a plane and get to the Rose Bowl, there are plenty of great seats to be had!
- There was a late escape for Northwestern if you’re looking for a surprise in this list. The Wildcats are in a close game with Southern Illinois and despite decent driving, they coughed the ball off their spoiler-minded opponent with about eight minutes left.
- Not great when you make a conference opponent look like UConn
- Annnnnd, it didn’t take long for Gamecocks fans to decide this one was done:
- Here’s another one from Bowers… wow:
- It seems some Nebraska fans have an opinion on the future of the coaching staff
- JUG. Arbors. Dawgs on top 21-0.
- South Carolina’s Kai Kroeger played quarterback in high school, so it’s no surprise that as a punter he can work a safety like this on the fake. It was a great play to extend practice, but Georgia’s defense always kept them out of the end zone.
- Georgia’s defense is good enough that you can’t give them a turnover like this, but South Carolina’s Spencer Rattler undermines that wheel road and the Dawgs took over using later practice to take a 14-point lead.
- I have to continue the QB draw! Oklahoma’s Dillon Gabriel takes this one 61 yards from home
- Behold, perhaps the most adventurous fair fishing decision you’ll see all season.
BYU vs. Oregon (-3.5), 3:30 p.m.
As mentioned earlier, Oregon was punked by an extremely physical Georgia team in Week 1. BYU will also try to play an intimidating ball mark against the Ducks, and as Oregon tries to establish an identity in the Dan Lanning era, a win over a strong Cougars team would be a great start.
Penn State vs. Auburn, 3:30 p.m.
The Nittany Lions hit the road for the rematch of last year’s close game at Happy Valley. Both of these teams have talented defensive fronts and quarterbacking situations that range from average to borderline experimental. Auburn is always looking to deploy both quarterbacks (sometimes at the same time) and struggled to send San Jose State last week at home. Penn State’s Sean Clifford is established as a starter, and you know what you’re getting with him. The Nittany Lions think it’s good for now, although talented rookie Drew Allar is waiting in the wings.
Mississippi State (-2.5) vs. LSU, 6 p.m.
Mississippi State returns home from a late-night win at Arizona last week to play its SEC opener on the Bayou. It’s also the first conference game for new coach Brian Kelly, whose tenure got off to a rocky start. After a tune-up game against Southern last week, have the Tigers resolved the issues that plagued them in their insane loss to Florida State?
Texas Tech vs. NC State, 7 p.m.
The Red Raiders picked up a big win at home against Houston last week and host an NC State team that continues its treacherous non-conference slate. They escaped Greenville, NC with a win over ECU in Week 1. Now Lubbock is next.
UTSA vs. Texas (-12), 8 p.m.
There would be nothing more in Texas than performing well in a big game and then losing to a team that, despite being a legitimate threat, they would have to face. Hudson Card is back as a starting QB with Quinn Ewers for a significant amount of time, and the Texas offense presents much less of a vertical passing threat without Ewers behind center. But the Texas defense offers a ton of optimism after its strong showing against Alabama. A “returning” part of Texas will bring the same intensity again this week.
Miami vs. Texas A&M (-6), 9 p.m.
There is no game that has lost its juice more than this game. Example: You will notice that College GameDay takes place in the state of Appalachia and not in College Station. The sport’s preeminent pregame spectacle will celebrate the team that won last week at College Station rather than the Aggies. A&M welcomes a Miami team that wants to find a way to establish itself this season, and to make an emphatic statement in this game and send A&M as a program spiraling even further from the preseason expectations it had would be right. the thing to do this.
Fresno State vs. USC (-12), 10:30 p.m.
USC is going to score a ton of points…it’s almost guaranteed considering what they’ve shown in the first two weeks. The problem is that they’re going to give a bunch of points to someone who apparently doesn’t give them the ball at will. USC has eight takeaways this season (two fumble recoveries and six interceptions) and also had multiple defensive scores in Week 1. Ultimately, this success isn’t going to continue…and if it’s stop this week, Fresno State’s Jake Haener is well equipped to take advantage. .