Week 3’s largest video games lived as much as the hype, and but no crew within the prime 10 misplaced.
The No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide appeared mortal of their journey to the Swamp because the Florida Gators pushed all of them the way in which to the ultimate seconds, however the defending champion — and reigning juggernaut — of faculty soccer as soon as once more proved why it has that standing.
Auburn made the SEC’s first go to to a Huge Ten campus in 90 years however could not earn the convention a win because the Penn State Nittany Lions defended their turf in entrance of a stadium filled with followers clad in white. The victory shot the Nittany Lions up the Energy Rankings as the largest mover of the week.
Each Clemson and Ohio State received all they wished from unranked opponents however held on to win late whereas Georgia and Oregon rolled in anticipated wins.
The Energy Rankings may not have shifted a lot close to the highest, however the second half of the rankings noticed plenty of change following a couple of upsets and shut calls. Michigan State and Kansas State climb into the rankings following 3-Zero begins to the season whereas Miami and Kentucky fall out of the ranks after poor performances on Saturday.
With the motion of Week Three rearview, it is time to check out school soccer’s Energy Rankings.
It wasn’t fairly close to the tip, however Alabama did what it needed to with a purpose to get out of the Swamp alive. The Crimson Tide beat Florida, 31-29, in a nail-biter of a recreation that uncovered a few of the Tide’s flaws, whether or not it was a porous protection, a lackluster offensive line or far too many penalties. Maybe most troubling was the entrance seven, which wore down within the second half and struggled to cease the run. With Ole Miss’ high-tempo assault coming to Tuscaloosa in two weeks, coach Nick Saban and defensive coordinator Pete Golding have a whole lot of work to do. — Alex Scarborough
Bryce Younger tosses three first-quarter touchdowns, however Florida rallies solely to be stopped within the fourth quarter on a failed two-point conversion.
Per week in the past, it was Stetson Bennett tying a college report with 5 landing passes in a 56-7 rout of UAB. On Saturday, it was JT Daniels‘ time, because the Dawgs’ beginning quarterback returned to the lineup and handed for 303 yards and three touchdowns to guide Georgia to a 40-13 romp over South Carolina. Bennett did make an look late within the first quarter (after Daniels had thrown a landing move on the earlier possession) and was intercepted. It was Daniels’ present from there, together with a menacing Georgia protection, because the Dawgs received their SEC opener with ease. — Chris Low
When Iowa’s offense reveals up, the Hawkeyes are a playoff contender. They gained 440 yards and put up 30 factors on Kent State, and that was greater than sufficient for an Iowa protection that sacked Golden Flashes quarterback Dustin Crum seven instances (Lukas Van Ness and Joe Evans led the way in which with two every). With Iowa up 16-7 within the third quarter, Riley Moss recovered a Bryan Bradford fumble within the Iowa finish zone. That was the final time KSU threatened. Tyler Goodson rushed for 153 yards, and with one landing in every quarter, Iowa cruised. — Invoice Connelly
It took a while for the Geese to drag away from Stony Brook however they will fortunately take a 48-7 win to wrap up the nonconference schedule undefeated. Beginning QB Anthony Brown accomplished 14-of-18 passes for 159 yards with a TD earlier than coach Mario Cristobal was in a position to get essential recreation reps for each Ty Thompson (6 for 9, 82 yards, 2 TD) and Jay Butterfield (2 for 3, 22 yards). After giving up a 75-yard landing drive within the first quarter, the Oregon protection settled down and allowed simply 169 yards the remainder of the way in which. — Kyle Bonagura
Few groups have been examined by the primary three video games greater than the Nittany Lions, who personal one-score wins over each Wisconsin (street) and Auburn (residence). Quarterback Sean Clifford had solely 4 incomplete passes on 32 makes an attempt and repeatedly discovered electrical vast receiver Jahan Dotson, the most effective participant on the sphere in opposition to Auburn (78 receiving yards and a landing, 22-yard move, 16-yard punt return). PSU’s protection struggled at instances with Tank Bigsby and the Auburn run recreation, however Temple switch Arnold Ebiketie continued to spark the protection with 5 tackles and three quarterback hurries. — Adam Rittenberg
Cincinnati could not get something going offensively within the first half in opposition to Indiana. The Hoosiers protection pissed off quarterback Desmond Ridder, who was solely 10-of-19 for 94 yards and one interception. A late focusing on penalty on Indiana gave the Bearcats just a little momentum, and Cincinnati was in a position to minimize the rating to 14-7 going into the second half. That appeared to spark some momentum as Cincinnati scored 28 factors within the second half to seal the victory. It wasn’t a fairly win for Cincinnati, however they keep 3-Zero on the season and beat a superb Huge Ten crew on the street, 38-24. — Tom VanHaaren
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The Aggies had a convincing 34-Zero win over New Mexico and noticed the protection maintain the Lobos in verify all recreation. New Mexico completed the sport with 122 complete yards on offense and no touchdowns. That included solely 33 passing yards from New Mexico quarterback Terry Wilson in a irritating day. Texas A&M quarterback Zach Calzada threw for over 270 yards and had three touchdowns. Operating again Isaiah Spiller went over the 100-yard mark and had a dashing landing as effectively. This was a superb bounce-back recreation for the Aggies after an underwhelming 10-7 win over Colorado the earlier week. — VanHaaren
It wasn’t precisely the Recreation of the Century, however the Sooners confirmed just a little defensive muscle when the offense wasn’t fairly sharp, as Lincoln Riley put it. There was an unimaginable play-of-the-year-worthy interception by D.J. Graham of Adrian Martinez that stopped a Nebraska drive on the 3. The Sooners had 10 tackles for a loss, 5 sacks and held Martinez to 34 yards on 17 carries, about 50 yards under his 2021 dashing common. They held the Huskers to simply 95 yards dashing general. Spencer Rattler did not present many explosive performs, however Riley mentioned he was “studying to win” and was happy with how he managed the sport within the 23-16 win. — Dave Wilson
When it got here all the way down to it, Florida was a missed additional level away from taking Alabama into extra time. Whereas that could be oversimplifying what occurred, it’s also true that not many anticipated the Gators to offer the Tide a battle — particularly after trailing 21-Three early within the recreation. However Florida gashed Alabama on the bottom, dashing for 258 yards and 4 touchdowns to slowly chip away on the lead and put itself in place to attempt to tie with a 2-point try. Although the Gators finally misplaced 31-29, coach Dan Mullen mentioned afterward that this can be a recreation they’ll construct off, with the last word aim to see Alabama once more in Atlanta within the SEC championship recreation. — Andrea Adelson
It took for much longer than anticipated, each due to a virtually two-hour climate delay and the straightforward indisputable fact that this wasn’t purported to be a lot of a recreation in any respect, however Clemson ultimately survived a stiff, irritating check from Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets truly outgained the Tigers, 309-285, and held an already spotty Clemson offense to simply 4.Three yards per play. However the Clemson protection made a late aim line stand — James Skalski stuffed a shuffle move to Dylan Deveney on fourth-and-goal — and made one closing cease following a security. This might have been a catastrophe in about 17 other ways, however Clemson held on within the least spectacular attainable vogue. — Connelly
Quarterback Matt Corral joined unique firm at Ole Miss on Saturday night time within the Rebels’ 61-21 demolition of Tulane, and that firm, imagine it or not, did not embody any of the Mannings. Corral accounted for seven touchdowns by the halfway level of the third quarter, matching Arnold “Showboat” Boykin’s college report for complete touchdowns in a recreation, which was set in 1951. Corral had 4 landing runs within the recreation and likewise threw three landing passes. 4 of these touchdowns got here within the first half as Ole Miss constructed a 40-21 lead on the break. The beginning of the sport was delayed by almost two hours due to lightning. — Low
Preventing Irish coach Brian Kelly knew his crew would have rising pains early this season, particularly due to a rebuilt offensive line that already is coping with accidents. So he would not appear too involved about his offense’s inconsistency throughout a 3-Zero begin. The Irish averaged solely 3.5 yards per carry, and quarterback Jack Coan was sacked 4 instances in opposition to the Purdue Boilermakers in a 27-14 win. The Irish have been beginning their third-team left deal with, Tosh Baker, after Blake Fisher (knee) and Michael Carmody (ankle) went down with accidents within the first two video games. The Irish will not have a lot time to get higher with subsequent week’s recreation in opposition to No. 18 Wisconsin at Soldier Discipline in Chicago coming quick. — Mark Schlabach
This recreation, surprisingly, went late into the fourth quarter earlier than Ohio State was in a position to put the sport away. The Buckeyes have been solely up seven in opposition to Tulsa at halftime and after buying and selling scores, have been solely up seven within the fourth quarter till Garrett Wilson caught a landing move to place the Buckeyes up 14. This recreation was too shut for consolation and was filled with errors for Ohio State. One vivid spot was true freshman operating again TreVeyon Henderson, who broke a college single recreation dashing report for a freshman operating again, dashing for over 270 yards and three touchdowns within the 41-20 win. Ohio State got here away with the win, 40-21, however there’s loads to scrub up. — VanHaaren
The Cyclones collected their winnings early and left Las Vegas with a simple 48-Three victory in opposition to overmatched UNLV. Iowa State allowed simply 121 complete yards in a recreation that served as a superb bounce-back alternative from final week’s deflating loss to Iowa. Quarterback Brock Purdy accomplished 21-of-24 passes for 388 yards and three touchdowns, whereas Breece Hall ran for 100 yards on 21 carries. — Bonagura
Ranked for the primary time since 2016, the Razorbacks assured they might keep within the polls for an additional week, leaping out to an early 14-Zero lead on Georgia Southern and cruising, 45-10. The Hogs almost tripled the Eagles’ yardage (633-233), and KJ Jefferson made probably the most of his 23 passes, finishing 13 for 366 yards and three scores, together with third-quarter strikes of 60 yards to Warren Thompson and 91 to Treylon Burks. This one was as straightforward because it was purported to be, and now the main focus strikes to an enormous Week Four battle with Texas A&M. — Connelly
The Chanticleers escaped what might be considered one of their most tough street journeys of the season, and earned this system’s first win in opposition to a college from the Mid-American Convention. Coastal Carolina, which entered the sport averaging 50.5 factors, nonetheless racked up 456 complete yards, however had a tough time distancing themselves from the Buffalo Bulls. They have been tied at 14 on the half, and a 28-17 lead was fleeting. Buffalo used a 16-play, 92-yard scoring drive to shut the hole to 28-25 with 2:41 remaining, however the Chanticleers’ robust operating recreation was the distinction. Shermari Jones averaged 9.Three yards per carry (16 carries, 149 yards) for Coastal. — Heather Dinich
The Wolverines protection was stifling in opposition to Northern Illinois, solely permitting 18 move yards and 90 rush yards within the first half. Michigan led 35-Three after the primary two quarters, and the offense appeared far more balanced with quarterback Cade McNamara throwing 191 yards on eight completions within the first half. The Wolverines completed with 373 yards on the bottom and eight touchdowns within the 63-10 win. The bottom recreation has been spectacular by the primary three video games with 1,076 rush yards on the season. — VanHaaren
Michigan dominates Northern Illinois behind eight dashing touchdowns for enormous win.
Life is nice in Provo. Coming off final yr’s 11-1 season, the Cougars have secured membership within the Huge 12 and began the yr with three straight wins in opposition to Pac-12 groups. The Cougars by no means trailed of their 27-17 win in opposition to No. 19 Arizona State, as quarterback Jaren Hall accomplished 15 of 27 passes for 214 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions. BYU could have an opportunity to make it 5-Zero in opposition to the Pac-12 with video games in opposition to Washington State and USC later within the yr. — Bonagura
The nice vibes from UCLA’s win in opposition to LSU two weeks in the past did not final lengthy. After not enjoying final week, UCLA returned to the Rose Bowl with a 40-37 loss to Fresno State. UCLA went forward 37-33 with 54 seconds left. It did not maintain up. Fresno State QB Jake Haener, limping badly from successful on the earlier drive, led the Bulldogs on a 6-play, 75-yard drive and received the sport on a 13-yard landing move to Jalen Cropper with 14 seconds left. It is a disappointing loss for UCLA, however the Bruins are nonetheless in all probability the favourite within the Pac-12 South. — Bonagura
There have been instances that North Carolina appeared like a nationally ranked crew on Saturday night time and instances the Tar Heels appeared a tad misplaced. However ultimately, that they had Sam Howell, and his 5 landing passes have been sufficient for North Carolina to carry off beforehand unbeaten Virginia in a wild 59-39 win at residence. Howell related with 4 completely different gamers on scoring tosses, as North Carolina raced out to a 24-7 lead early within the second quarter, then stumbled into halftime trailing 28-24 earlier than pulling away within the second half for its second consecutive blowout victory after shedding the season opener to Virginia Tech. — Low
The Spartans placed on a present on the street in opposition to a ranked opponent in Miami to get its third win of the season. It is the primary time since 2015 that Michigan State has received its first three video games of the season, and so they did it in convincing vogue in opposition to the Hurricanes. Michigan State quarterback Payton Thorne threw for 4 touchdowns. He’s the primary Spartans quarterback to throw 4 touchdowns in consecutive video games since 2015 when Connor Cook did it. The protection gave up over 300 passing yards to Miami quarterback D’Eriq King, however that quantity would not inform the entire story of how effectively the protection performed. Two interceptions helped the Spartans protection maintain Miami to solely 17 factors within the win. — VanHaaren
The Badgers loved an early open week earlier than one other measuring-stick recreation in opposition to Notre Dame in Chicago. Wisconsin’s passing recreation stays atop its precedence checklist because the Badgers are averaging solely 175.5 air yards per recreation with no passing landing in two contests. A protection that when once more seems to be nationally elite will not be sufficient if Wisconsin cannot turn into extra environment friendly on third down (36.4% conversions) or within the crimson zone (4 touchdowns on 10 possibilities). The Badgers protection is about to get a lift with the return of linebacker Leo Chenal, who missed the primary two video games after testing optimistic for COVID-19. — Rittenberg
Bryan Harsin’s crew dealt with the White Out and a raucous ambiance at Beaver Stadium fairly effectively, however the step up in competitors in opposition to Penn State proved to be an excessive amount of. The Tigers protection struggled to use stress or cease Penn State’s vast receivers and tight ends. Whereas quarterback Bo Nix executed some good back-shoulder throws, he could not rally his crew ultimately, as an odd fade move name on fourth-and-goal sailed incomplete. Tank Bigsby (102 dashing yards, two touchdowns) might be an issue in SEC play, however Auburn nonetheless must decide to him extra at instances. — Rittenberg
Arizona State confirmed it is nonetheless not able to be a banner program within the Pac-12 in a 27-17 loss to BYU. Not that others within the convention are doing a lot better, after all. A win in opposition to BYU may have been a pivotal second for ASU. As a substitute, the Solar Devils dedicated 16 penalties for 121 yards and turned the ball over 4 instances. They fell behind early and could not erase a 14-point halftime deficit. — Bonagura
Kansas State moved to 3-Zero with a convincing 38-17 win over Nevada. The Wildcats and Wolfpack have been tied at 17 after three quarters, however the Kansas State dashing assault began to roll within the fourth quarter. Three dashing touchdowns adopted, and the Wildcats protection shutout Nevada for a snug victory. Not solely is Kansas State out to an undefeated begin, however the opening week win over Stanford is wanting higher and higher. — Shea Carlson