What a weekend it was for college football. We saw a little bit of everything from upsets to close calls to blowouts and the top ten had another shake up. The top three stayed the same, but there will be a fight for that fourth spot. I know it’s early but positioning now is so important down the road. Here’s the week three Top Ten.
1) Alabama Crimson Tide (3-0) defeated Ole Miss Rebels 62-7
The Tide keep rolling as they demolished the Rebels. This game was over very early. The offense was balanced (306 passing/210 rushing) and potent. Quarterbacks Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts threw two touchdowns each. After giving up an opening play touchdown, the defense completely shut down the Ole Miss offense.
Next game- Texas A&M Aggies
2) Georgia Bulldogs (3-0) defeated Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders 49-7
The Bulldogs put this game away early and cruised to an easy victory. Quarterback Jake Fromm was efficient but the rushing attack did the heavy lifting with 261 yards, led by Elijah Holyfield (100 yards on eight carries). The defense was good but not really pressed by the Blue Raiders offense.
Next game- at Missouri Tigers
3) Clemson Tigers (3-0) defeated Georgia Southern Eagles 38-7
The Tigers got off to a slow start but got it going enough to earn the win. Quarterback Kelly Bryant suffered an head injury although he was not good before he got hurt. Trevor Lawrence replaced him and performed well. The defense took advantage of it’s talent gap and kept the Eagles offense in check.
Next game- at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
4) Ohio State Buckeyes (3-0) defeated #15 TCU Horned Frogs 40-28
The Buckeyes were pushed by the Horned Frogs but would eventually pull away. Quarterback Dwayne Haskinswas sensational. Running back JK Dobbins finally got it going (121 yards). The defense was stretched to the limits but held up enough to help get the win. The win could be costly as star defensive end Nick Bosa injured his groin in the first half. Something to keep an eye on.
Next week- Tulane Green Wave
5) Oklahoma Sooners (3-0) defeated Iowa State Cyclones 37-27
The Sooners went on the road and pulled out a tough victory. Quarterback Kyler Murray continued his brilliant play (21/29 for 348 yards, 3 touchdowns and 77 more rushing yards). The defense had trouble with the Cyclones’ tall receivers but got the stops necessary to seal the win.
Next game- Army Golden Knights
6) Penn State Nittany Lions (3-0) defeated Kent State Golden Flashes 63-10
The Nittany Lions offense finally got it going. They piled up 643 total yards, a good sign. Quarterback Trace McSorley accounted for five touchdowns. The rushing attack looked alive as well. The defense was solid and held the Golden Flashes’ offense in check.
Next game- at Illinois Fighting Illini
7) LSU Tigers (3-0) defeated #7 Auburn Tigers 22-21
LSU earned an impressive hard fought, old fashion SEC slug fest against Auburn on the road. Quarterback Joe Burrow struggled all game but was clutch when it mattered as he led them on the game winning drive. The defense had their hands full but got the stops they needed.
Next game- Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
8) Notre Dame Fighting Irish (3-0) defeated Vanderbilt Commodores 22-17
The Fighting Irish held off a pesky Commodore team to get the win. Quarterback Brandon Wimbush was sub par. The rushing attack picked up the offense with 246 yards. The defense was good against the run but had trouble containing Vanderbilt’s passing attack. This could be a problem.
Next game- at Wake Forest Demon Deacons
9) Stanford Cardinal (3-0) defeated UC Davis Aggies 30-10
The Cardinal offense struggled without running back Bryce Love. They got away with it against an inferior Aggie team. The defense didn’t much to worry about and handled the UC Davis offense rather easy.
Next game- at #20 Oregon Ducks
10) Auburn Tigers (2-1) lost to #10 LSU Tigers 22-21
Auburn lost a nail biter on a last second field goal to LSU. The offense struggled with consistency all game. Other than a couple of throws, quarterback Jarrett Stidham was not good. They never could establish the running game. The defense was solid but gave up the game winning drive at the end.
Next game- Arkansas