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College Football: Winners and Losers from Week 3

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    Week 3 of the faculty football season didn’t give us lots of exciting games among top-25 teams or title contenders through the first handful of waves of games.

    But there is still a great deal of excitement.

    In Boone, NEW YORK, Appalachian State converted an improbable catch-and-run Hail Mary to beat Troy on the final play of the overall game after ESPN’s College GameDay crew traveled to the campus to accomplish its show.

    While Syracuse isn’t ranked, the Orange are turning heads and did just as before with a last-minute, penalty-fueled comeback make an impression on Purdue.

    Top-10 teams took care of business in a large way, dismantling opponents, and Penn State traveled to SEC country and whacked Auburn.

    Let’s have a look at the winners and losers from the first slate of games. Check back later at night for updates.

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    It could not need been clear who the very best team in the country is, however the defending champion national champion Georgia Bulldogs left little doubt of this within their wake on Saturday.

    They departed Columbia, SC, leaving a lot of fried chickens in it following a 48-7 win which could have already been worse. The Gamecocks had zero answers on either side of the ball, and whether you genuinely believe in Carolina coach Shane Beamer’s rebuild or not, a very important factor was clear:

    The Gamecocks could be in exactly the same division as Georgia, however they aren’t in exactly the same class.

    In the event you were wondering precisely how dominant UGA has been, in three games against Oregon, Samford and today an SEC foe, the Dawgs have allowed just 10 total points and typically just 249 yards per game. Opponents have converted third downs just 29 percent of that time period.

    “Oh, but Georgia is one-dimensional,” it may seem. Nah. That is the Kirby Smart teams of a couple of years back. With Stetson Bennett under center, their offense is more of a competent, but deadly, knife fight when compared to a quick explosion.

    In the first-team offense’s 21 possessions up to now this season, they will have scored 14 touchdowns, made four field goals, missed one and punted just twice. Offensive coordinator Todd Monken’s unit is clicking, too. Oh, and tight end Brock Bowers (who scored on two receptions and a run Saturday) continues to be a star.

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    Nobody really wants to face the Dawgs, who lost a great deal of talent from last year’s title team but reloaded with an increase of stars.

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    You can feel Jordan Travis’ frustration through the tv screen screen.

    Following a brilliant first two games and a scintillating begin to Friday night against Louisville, completing his first 11 passes, Florida State’s upstart signal-caller tried to flee pressure on a second-quarter play but was brought down by the ankles and injured.

    As he writhed on the turf afterward, Travis pounded the bottom along with his fist in obvious pain. He’d go back to the sideline in the next half on crutches using what appeared as if a walking boot.

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    In the event that you thought the Seminoles would roll over without Travis, though, you’d have already been wrong. Tate Rodemaker entered and, after some early jitters, completed 6-of-10 passes for 109 yards and a set of touchdowns. He looked with the capacity of leading the ‘Noles, at the very least for some time.

    Receiver Johnny Wilson enjoyed his breakout game with seven catches for 149 yards and several scores, and FSU’s running backs rolled up 216 rushing yards behind a dominant offensive line in via behind for a 35-31 road make an impression on the Cardinals.

    The victory pushed coach Mike Norvell’s team to 3-0, but following next week’s game against Boston College, the ‘Noles play No. 19 Wake Forest, happen to be No. 16 NEW YORK State, host No. 5 Clemson and head to No. 13 Miami all in the span of five treacherous weeks.

    Will Travis be back? Or even, it will likely be tough sledding for Norvell’s team. But obtaining a tough, battle-tested win on the highway was a large survival test. Still, they want their leader back soon.

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    Maybe it is time to stop thinking about the Orange as a “fun little team to view” and begin believing they might be an ACC contender with quarterback Garrett Shrader at the helm.

    The Syracuse quarterback who transferred from Mississippi State and found another life in Northern NY could have built his reputation as a battering-ram running the football, however in coach Dino Babers’ new offense, he’s rejuvenated passing, too.

    On Saturday, a three-quarter defensive have a problem with Purdue converted into a fourth-quarter barnburner with a frenzied, game-winning drive in a 32-29 comeback.

    Needing magic after Purdue took a four-point lead with significantly less than one minute to go, the Boilermakers were gifted 30 yards of unsportsmanlike penalties against Payne Durham and coach Jeff Brohm. Purdue kicked faraway from its 10, ultimately resulting in Syracuse starting the game-winning drive on the plus side of the field.

    Carrying out a pass interference penalty, Shrader delivered a lovely, 25-yard fade spread the pylon to Oronde Gadsden II for a game-winning scoring strike with seven seconds left.

    Was there a Purdue meltdown involved? Yes. However the Orange are actually 3-0 and survived a 42-yard performance from star running back Sean Tucker, due to the fact of Shrader who finished with 264 total yards and three touchdowns.

    “You understand, sometimes you do not have your very best stuff as a pitcher, nevertheless, you just find methods for getting guys out, and that is Garrett Shrader,” Babers told ESPN following the game. “After all, he may not need had all his best stuff today, but his leadership, his feet and just his tenacity and his will to win carried us.”

    Similar to Florida State, the Orange must face a gauntlet from Oct. 15-Nov. 19 (vs. N.C. State, at Clemson, vs. Notre Dame, at Pittsburgh, vs. Florida State and at Wake Forest) however the Orange could possibly be considering a 5-0 start.

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    Nebraska fired coach Scott Frost following last week’s inexplicable loss to Georgia Southern, but unfortunately for the Cornhuskers, that move didn’t erase his handprints from this program he’s augured in to the ground.

    Saturday held potential promise with an enormous crowd in Lincoln faithfully cheering on the Huskers and interim coach (and former player) Mickey Joseph because they took on the sixth-ranked Oklahoma Sooners in a renewal of a long-ago rivalry between powerhouses.

    It didn’t take miss exactly the same ol’ Nebraska skeletons to emerge from the closet, proving there is only 1 current strong program in this matchup.

    While Frost’s teams became famous for their propensity to reduce one-score games, too little toughness and defensive prowess ultimately doomed his tenure. Saturday’s 49-14 annihilation by the Sooners will be definately not a one-score game, but those two forgettable characteristics lingered.

    The Cornhuskers had zero answers for quarterback Dillon Gabriel, OU’s offensive playmakers and coach Brent Venables’ complex blitz packages on the far side of the ball. It had been 35-7 by halftime, and you also were almost begging for a continuing clock or mercy rule.

    It’s that bad at Nebraska at this time. It could have already been much, much worse.

    Whoever takes that job includes a mess to completely clean up, a roster that could contain talented players but zero toughness and confidence. It’s one which has either lost, or forgotten, its will to win.

    The Nebraska-Oklahoma game might have been an outlet for the Huskers to prove they weren’t that remote and they’d gotten gone the issue. Instead, it had been an embarrassment that further cemented precisely how far they have got left to go.

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    Manti Te’o returned to where he terrorized offenses for four years from 2009-12, because the legendary Notre Dame linebacker was honored prior to the Fighting Irish’s game against California.

    Despite all of the on-field struggles for the proud Irish, the team’s fans roared for pretty much one minute celebrating Te’o, and the emotions expressed by the former Notre Dame great and NFL ‘backer managed to get probably the most awesome moments of your day.

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    Te’o amassed 437 tackles during his amount of time in South Bend, ranking third all-time at the institution for the reason that category. He was a consensus All-American who won eight awards in 2012, like the Maxwell Award, Butkus Award, Lombardi Award, Lott Trophy, Chuck Bednarik Award, Walter Camp Award and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy.

    He was probably the most decorated defenders in recent memory and became a second-round draft pick of the NORTH PARK Chargers in 2013.

    It is a shame Te’o is becoming more famous for being the victim of a more elaborate catfishing scheme this is the focus of a fresh Netflix documentary. But, while Te’o has shifted and plenty of time has passed for him to speak freely about this dark time of his life, it had been great that Saturday was about football.

    Te’o was a superstar and a legend at probably the most storied programs in college football. The raw emotions of him getting honored were enough to send chills down your spine.

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    Last weekend, Baylor visited Provo, Utah, and discovered precisely how tough it had been to beat BYU in its stadium, despite the fact that the Cougars were without playmaking receivers Gunner Romney and Puka Nacua.

    That win surged BYU around No. 12 in the polls.

    Seven days later, coach Kalani Sitake took his team on the path to No. 25-ranked Oregon and found the street just as bumpy.

    First-year Ducks head coach Dan Lanning got his first signature win. Though these were slight favorites entering the overall game, the Ducks destroyed BYU, 41-20.

    Despite BYU closing the result in 10-7 early, it had been never in doubt afterward. While quarterback Jaren Hall made some plays, the Cougars looked woefully out-manned by way of a Pac-12 opponent which has stacked quality recruits through the entire past few classes.

    Things looked especially one-sided such as scrimmage. BYU couldn’t ever muster any running game against Oregon, and the Ducks virtually did what they wished to offensively.

    Quarterback Bo Nix ran around such as a man possessed, extending plays and providing a lot of feast after his famine-filled season-opener in Atlanta against defending champion Georgia. The Auburn transfer finished with 257 total yards and five touchdowns.

    Even though BYU sustained drives, it couldn’t finish them, going 0-for-4 on fourth-down conversions. The Cougars certainly are a good team with the capacity of beating Power 5 teams most weekends, however the Ducks were just too talented and had no trouble proving their opponent was simply ranked too much.

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    The ball appeared to hang in the air forever, pin-balling between Notre Dame defenders and two California receivers laying ultimately zone before falling harmlesslythankfully, if you are a Fighting Irish fanto the bottom.

    Using a fresh starting quarterback in Drew Pyne after last week’s season-ending problems for Tyler Buchner, Notre Dame and coach Marcus Freeman finally got in the win column with a 24-17 victory on the Golden Bears in Notre Dame Stadium.

    The win was Freeman’s first as head coach, following last year’s bowl game collapse against Oklahoma State and an 0-2 begin to the growing season. It didn’t come without some bonkers (and bone-headed) moments.

    “We find a method to keep it close,” Freeman told NBC following the game. “I’m pleased with our guys for finishing. There’s lots of teaching. There’s lots of plays we have to understand from. But we will savor this victory.”

    The Irish never moved the ball consistently through the air with Pyne, however they sustained drives and controlled the pace of the overall game.

    Notre Dame’s pass rush consistently surely got to Bears quarterback Jack Plummer and brought him to the bottom time upon time, affecting most plays with pressure.

    The Irish thought that they had the overall game won late if they intercepted Plummer, but a targeting ask linebacker JD Bertrand occurred a split-second prior to the pick, so Cal retained possession. Then, Notre Dame scooped up a fumble for a score after sacking Plummer, however the call was overturned after officials ruled him down by contact.

    Those shenanigans create a last-second heave in to the end zone by Plummer, and even though two receivers may have caught it, they didn’t, and Notre Dame finally won.

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    Penn State chugged away such as a quality, all-around football team on Saturday, planing a trip to the SEC and embarrassing Auburn at Jordan-Hare Stadium by handling the Tigers atlanta divorce attorneys facet with a 41-12 win.

    However the real story is every one of the warts they further exposed on the Plains.

    The Nittany Lions’ season story has yet to be written after two seasons of uneven football. They started the 2020 campaign 0-5 before winning four right to end the growing season and went 5-0 this past year before losing six of these final eight. For Auburn, though, the writing on the wall is in bold font for the growing season and coach Bryan Harsin’s regime.

    If things don’t change in a rush, both are doomed.

    Throughout a tumultuous offseason, Harsin’s job seemed in danger after rampant rumors and an extremely public evaluation. Sufficient reason for athletic director Allen Greene parting ways with the university, who knows exactly what will happen?

    Harsin’s squad will not appear to be the proud Auburn teams of recent memory. Despite the fact that the Tigers have perhaps one of the most talented running backs in the united kingdom in Tank Bigsby, he cannot get any traction because his offensive line is indeed bad.

    T.J. Finley won the quarterback job to start out the entire year, but he’s been largely ineffective and was replaced by Oregon transfer Robby Ashford (not Texas A&M transfer Zach Calzada) in the 3rd quarter. Neither played that well contrary to the Nittany Lions.

    Auburn’s defense had no answer for Sean Clifford or upstart freshman running back Nicholas Singleton, who torched the Tigers for 124 yards and a set of scores on just 10 carries. It had been an excellent, thorough performance for Penn State.

    Cue up the questions in the loveliest village on the Plains.

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    Appalachian State gets the 2007 upset make an impression on Michigan when it had been an FCS program, considered by many because the largest upset ever. This program has last week’s upset of No. 6 Texas A&M in College Station.

    Now, they will have the Mountaineer Miracle.

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    The program knows how exactly to maximize the national spotlight, does it not?

    Having an ESPN College GameDay crew around and celebrity guest picker and graduate Luke Combs in attendance, everybody was watching sunlight Belt Conference power on Saturday against Troy.

    For a lot of the overall game, it appeared as if the Mountaineers would fall flat. Instead, their flair for the dramatic resulted in among the best plays of the young season.

    Trailing by two with two seconds left from their very own 47-yard line, quarterback Chase Brice dropped back again to heave a hope downfield. Though his arm wasn’t strong enough to have the ball completely to the finish zone, he threw it to the 5-yard line.

    There, Dalton Stroman tipped the pass in to the waiting hands of Christan Horn at the 7-yard line. Horn caught the ball, ran to the proper sideline round the clustered mass of players, got a good sealing block from Kaedin Robinson and scored the remarkable game-winner.

    It is not each day you visit a catch-and-run Hail Mary, but Appalachian State was just doing Appalachian State what to tripped a Disney-movie finisha Boom! in Boone with a national spotlight focused squarely on the Mountaineers.

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    Its football season, right?

    If youre looking in direction of Lawrence, Kansas, it might be hard to inform. In the end, the national champion Kansas Jayhawks basketball team isnt even playing yet since were in September.

    Instead, its the Jayhawks football team making headlines. Coach Lance Leipolds team is unbelievably 3-0 after Saturdays 48-30 dismantling of an excellent Houston Cougars team.

    Before you hit the who cares button this early in the growing season, that three-win plateau says something. The Jayhawks havent won a lot more than three games in a season since going 5-7 in 2009. The final winning season for Kansas was an 8-5 campaign the entire year before, which followed its sterling 12-1 2007 season.

    What Leipold did to turn for this program in under two seasons is nothing lacking remarkable. Kansas has easily been the worst Power 5 program in the country for greater than a decade. Now, the Jayhawks have wins over West Virginia and Houston in consecutive weeks.

    There is also a star in quarterback Jalon Daniels, who’s a game-changing talent who leads an explosive offense. He threw for 158 yards and a trio of touchdowns contrary to the Cougars, and he added 123 rushing yards and two more scores. While Daniels is actually the catalyst, this can be a good, fundamentally sound football team which makes plays on both sides of the ball.

    They’re making plays and, most of all, winning games. That is a thing that hasnt happened at Kansas on the gridiron in an extended, very long time.

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