Explosions were the story this week.
The 10 teams included in the playoff photo won in college football for Sporting News averaging 44.7 points in Week 3. There was no movement in the top five. Georgia, Alabama, Michigan, Ohio and Clemson took their seats.
Oklahoma was declared the team to be defeated in the Big 12 in its 49-14 victory over Nebraska. USC continued to dominate with a 45-17 victory over Fresno State. Sooners and Trojans are in the mix for the final match now.
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1 – Georgia (3-0)
next one: opposite Kent State
South Carolina recorded its first touchdown against Georgia this season. The problem was that it came with 53 seconds left in a 48-7 blast. The Bulldogs outperformed opponents 120-10 in three weeks, and the offense scored 547 total yards against the Gamecocks. Stetson Bennett (16 of 23, 284 yards, two TDs) creeps into Heisman’s conversation. The Brock Bowers tight end totaled three TDs in an overall dominant showing. There are no obvious weaknesses for coach Kirby Smart and the defensive national champions.
2 – Alabama (3-0)
next one: vs Vanderbilt
Alabama defeated Louisiana Monroe 63-7 in the first interschool match since the Warhawks upset the Crimson Tide in 2007, Nick Saban’s first year in Alabama. Bryce Young (13 of 18, 236 yards, three TDs, two INTs) made some fouls, but the offense was strong. The Crimson Tide scored in a penalty kick by Will Anderson Jr, punt back by Brian Branch and punt redemption was blocked by Malachi Moore. They came over the weekend 97th in the penalty yards, and had a six for 60 yards on Saturday. This will be something Saban plays with before the SEC opens. Alabama has flaws, but it remains a close second for now.
3 – Ohio State (3-0)
next one: opposite Wisconsin
Any questions about the violation? Ohio recorded TDs on its first seven properties in the 77-21 blast in Toledo. The Buckeyes rolled 763 total offense yards. CJ Stroud (22 of 27, 367 yards, five TDs) had only two incomplete points in the first half. Marvin Harrison Jr. (102 yards, two TDs) continued the breakout season. Emeka Egbuka (116 yards, one TD) Jayden Ballard (113 yards, one TD) and tight end Cade Stover (83 yards) appeared as threats in the passing game. Dallan Hayden (17 holders, 108 yards, one TD) is another option in the background. The defense gave up a few plays for the Rockets. The list of non-conferences has expired; Conference play begins with another prime-time chance against the enduring power of Big Ten West in Wisconsin. Ohio State coach Ryan Day focused this team on the present, even if our next team was always ahead.
4 – Michigan (3-0)
next one: opposite Maryland
Wolverine outnumbered three inferior competitors 166-17. They lost their 59-0 win over Connecticut on Saturday. On the other hand, the non-conference schedule is poor. On the other hand, this college version of pre-season allowed JJ McCarthy to settle in as a fresh start in the quarterback and defend to gain confidence in the Big Ten table. McCarthy averages 13.3 yards per game of total offense, and Blake Corum (12 holds 71 yards) scored five TDs on the floor against the Huskies. This is Jim Harpo’s most explosive crime since he took office in 2015. The Terps Michigan will present its first real challenge.
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5. Clemson (3-0)
next one: No. 19 Wake Forest
Clemson stayed on track with a 48-20 victory over his non-conference opponent, Louisiana Tech. Will Shipley (12 holders, 139 yards, two TDs) sparked a third quarter from 21 points with 32 yards of scoring and DJ Uiagalelei (17 of 29, 221 yards, two TDs) went on to maintain a starting QB job. Bulldogs scored a pair of TDs in the fourth quarter. The Tigers will maintain their top five position under coach Dabo Swinney, and they can prove their place in the next two weeks against top competition in ACC Atlantic, Wake Forest and NC State.
6. USC (3-0)
next one: in Oregon
USC’s offensive display continued under first-year coach Lincoln Riley on Saturday as the Trojans beat Fresno State 45-17. Caleb Williams (25 of 37, 284 yards, two TDs) spread the ball to nine different receivers. Austin Jones (110 yards, one TD) and Travis Day (102 yards, one TD) both went up 100 yards. The defense added two more rounds. There’s a chance USC Clemson will jump in the latest Associated Press poll, and the Pac-12 has massive victories by Oregon and Washington in Week 3. The conference is enjoying watershed momentum, and the Trojans have become a charming college football team ahead of schedule.
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7. Oklahoma (3-0)
next one: against Kansas State
The Sooners renewed their classic rivalry with Nebraska, but it was by no means an instant classic. Oklahoma beat the Huskers 49-14 at Memorial Stadium behind 580 yards of total offense. Dillon Gabriel (16 of 27, 230 yards, two TDs) was effective and Eric Gray (11 holder, 113 yards, two TDs) was a force in the lunge attack. First year coach Brent Venables brought solidity to the team that translated into defence. Right now, it looks like Oklahoma is the team to beat in the Big 12, and the conference roster starts against Kansas State. The Wildcats are 2-1 against the Sooners under Chris Kleiman, but they also lose 17-10 to Tulane.
8 – Oklahoma State (3-0)
next one: In Baylor (October 1)
The Cowboys are the other Big 12 team on our list. They made short work of the Arkansas-Pine Bluff 63-7. Spencer Sanders (14 of 16, 242 yards, four TDs) didn’t play in the second half. He has a total of 16 TDs in three games. The Cowboys took advantage of an early-season home-cooked schedule to stay undefeated. A farewell week will be used at the start of the season to prepare for the Big 12 Championship rematch at Baylor. We’ll learn more about Oklahoma next.
9 – Kentucky (3-0)
next one: opposite northern Illinois
The Wildcats closed Youngstown State 31-0, lowering their season average to 9.7 points allowed per game. Mark Stubbs has a tough team and Will Leavis (27 of 35, 337 yards, two TDs, two INTs) in QB. With that said, the UK averaged just 2.9 yards per carry on Saturday. Chris Rodriguez Jr is still suspended but is expected to return for the Ole Miss match. That will be a fun battle between SEC sleepers looking to challenge Alabama and Georgia.
10. Tennessee (3-0)
next one: Opposite No. 18 Florida
The Volunteers are the fourth SEC team on this list after a 63-6 win over Akron. Hendon Hooker (14 from 28, 298 yards, two TDs) continued his impressive play, and Josh Heupel celebrated his contract extension by taking out Tennessee for a 3-0 start. The Vols rolled at 676 yards of attack and didn’t suffer the hangovers of an additional victory over Pete. Ole Miss or Arkansas could be a good fit for this last spot, but we’ll give Tennessee a shot. Victory over the rise and fall of giants would cement this prestige.