College football Winners and Losers from Week 3: Clemson’s invulnerability dominates

Say this for
Texas Longhorns
Southern California Trojans
: They know how to pull adult noted games. Nearly 12 years after a 2006 Rose Bowl for a BCS inhabitant championship, a Longhorns and Trojans played in another thriller, even if a stakes were lower. USC got a 27-24 double-overtime win, nonetheless not nonetheless causing a few heart conditions via a good Los Angeles area. 

Less thespian was
Clemson Tigers
win over
Louisville Cardinals
. The Tigers’ invulnerability was a star of a game, tying former Heisman Trophy personality
Lamar Jackson
to one touchdown by a initial 3 quarters. From this diversion to
Florida Gators
implausible Hail Mary win over
Tennessee Volunteers
, a lot happened in Week 3 of a college football season.

What were a highlights from Saturday of Week 3? What were a moments some programs wish to forget? We crush out a best and misfortune subsequent with this week’s chronicle of Winners and Losers. 

Winner — Clemson’s invulnerability (again): The final total of a box measure says Louisville had 433 yards and 21 points opposite Clemson, nonetheless that’s kind of a lie. Not a numbers — those are loyal — nonetheless things were never that good for a Cardinals. Clemson did customarily about all right to make quarterback Lamar Jackson worried in a pocket. The Tigers’ defensive line did a illusory pursuit removing vigour in opposite ways and linebacker
Dorian O’Daniel
baited Jackson into a pick. Clemson won with a mix of straight-up, hat-on-hat force and sheltered alignments. On invulnerability alone, Clemson is playoff material. 

Loser — Louisville: Even during home, during night, and with a best quarterback in a game, it was going to be a tough charge for Louisville to kick Clemson. Given a Cardinals’ pass insurance issues, this felt like a potentially bad matchup. Still, did anyone consider Louisville would have customarily one touchdown by a fourth quarter? And that measure was on a heck of a artistic play by Jackson. All of this begs a question: Where would Louisville be nonetheless a reigning Heisman winner? Part of what creates good players good is what they’re value in wins. How many wins is Jackson value by himself? 

Winner/Loser — Texas’ defense: Yeah, Texas mislaid to USC 27-24. Yeah, a Longhorns had an all-too-familiar, facepalm-worthy defensive relapse right before a finish of a initial half when they authorised a 56-yard touchdown pass. Tell me we didn’t watch that diversion and see a night-and-day disproportion between Week 1 and Week 3, though. The many considerable area of alleviation was in run stopping. The Trojans didn’t even normal dual yards per rush. Defensive tackle
Poona Ford
had a diversion with his invasion and run stuffing, and linebacker
Malik Jefferson
was display off implausible prophesy and shutting speed. This has been such a guilt for Texas over a past few years and it was, from start to finish, a best it’s been in a prolonged time. That’s a certain sign. 

Loser —
Auburn Tigers
expostulate chart:
Don’t let a still 24-10 win over Mercer confuse we from a fact that a Tigers had 12 descent security and presumably punted, unsuccessful to measure or incited a round over on 8 of them. Auburn’s offense statistically wasn’t a disaster — quarterback
Jarrett Stidham
threw for 364 yards. Still, a disaster to finish drives is customarily another problem for this offense that hasn’t taken off like many suspicion it would. When it comes time for SEC play, can Auburn get it done?

Winner — Tennessee using behind
John Kelly
Other than Florida’s game-winning Hail Mary, Kelly was about a customarily good thing in a Tennessee-Florida game. Kelly’s tough using kept a Vols’ offense alive with a youth finishing during 19 carries for 141 yards and a score. For all of Tennessee’s descent uselessness (more on that below), he was a splendid spot. And he’ll sojourn that splendid mark via a season. Hint to a Vols coaching staff: Feed him. 

Loser — Tennessee manager Butch Jones: The customarily reason given Jones is listed and not Florida manager Jim McElwain is given McElwain’s organisation won 26-20. To be sure, conjunction coached anywhere tighten to their best game. The Vols consumed scoring opportunities in plus-territory and a red zone. Play job was customarily presumably conservative, unnecessarily lovable or controversial given down-and-distance situations. It took clearly perpetually to feed Kelly a round on offense — he was most nonexistent in goal-line situations — and a Vols were somehow not lined adult rightly for a Gators’ Hail Marry attempt. It’s easy to doubt play-calling in a loss, nonetheless this was bad diversion government by Jones in roughly any aspect.  

Winner/Loser —
UCLA Bruins
Josh Rosen
Let it be know that we like Rosen a lot. His arm talent is definite and he creates copiousness of sweet, NFL-level throws. To his credit, he’s played mostly good in a Bruins’ initial 3 games (1,283 yards, 13 TDs, 2 INTs). He should be one of a initial quarterbacks taken in subsequent year’s NFL breeze if he chooses to declare, nonetheless a one thing that continues to be an emanate for Rosen is forcing passes. He did it opposite
Memphis Tigers
on Saturday and it came behind to punch him in a form of dual interceptions, including a pick-six. A integrate of other passes presumably could have been picked. Rosen’s pass insurance has been bad and using for his life has been partial of his game, and that’s not his fault. Neither is a fact that UCLA couldn’t stop Memphis, so forcing a offense’s palm to try to play favourite ball. However, it’s value wondering if Rosen feels like he has to make any play. That’s, unfortunately for him, a detriment. 

Winner —
Oklahoma State Cowboys
far-reaching receivers:
Mason Rudolph
is great. He’s estimable of being in a Heisman discussion. Let’s deviating from that for a minute, though. What creates Oklahoma State’s offense so tough to urge are a weapons Rudolph has during his disposal. Four receivers eclipsed 100 yards in a 59-21 win over Pitt. It’s not customarily a
James Washington
show. (It never was.)
Jalen McCleskey
had 3 touchdowns while
Marcell Ateman
Dillon Stoner
had one each. 

That abyss is unequivocally given this offense runs during a turn it does. Rudolph has a pinnacle certainty in an whole starting receivers group. That means a throws he would make to
Washington Huskies
are a ones he’d make to Stoner. From a initial drive, it was transparent Oklahoma State was in control. Good thing some simpleton didn’t put a Pokes on dissapoint alert or anything. 

Loser —
Nebraska Cornhuskers
Coach Mike Riley isn’t on a prohibited seat. Not yet. Drop a diversion to
Rutgers Scarlet Knights
or Illnois — Nebraska’s subsequent dual opponents — and we can talk. But there’s no other approach to cut it: losing 21-17 to
Northern Illinois Huskies
is a bad look. Quarterback
Tanner Lee
threw 3 interceptions, including dual pick-sixes, nonetheless not all was on him. Nebraska couldn’t retard and keep a container clean. It says a lot about how bad a offense was when a hostile organisation scored a singular touchdown and won. Getting kick adult front by a MAC organisation — and these are not a Orange Bowl Huskies of 2012 — is deeply concerning. 

Winner —
Brandon Wimbush
Josh Adams
The quarterback and using behind combo for
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
rushed for some-more than 200 yards a square in a Irish’s 49-20 win over
Boston College Eagles
. Adams led a organisation with 229 yards while Wimbush combined 207 yards and 4 touchdowns. It competence just be Boston College, nonetheless racking adult a integrate of deuces on a belligerent in a singular diversion is worthwhile. we mean, Paul Johnson was jealous. 

Loser — Whatever was function with
Kansas Jayhawks
 Like, is this by pattern or … ? You’ll be dumbfounded to know a Jayhawks’ highway losing strain trudged on to 42 games after a 42-30 wreckage to
Ohio Bobcats

Winner — Your new Group of Five organisation du jour: Congrats, Memphis. You’re now a smart Group of Five organisation to potentially make a New Year’s Six bowl. Yes,
South Florida Bulls
carried that climax in a offseason, nonetheless after Week 3, there’s no comparison. The Tigers have a softened matter win — even if UCLA is injured — and a Bulls have been slow-starting, messy or both. Memphis quarterback
Riley Ferguson
looks like a genuine understanding with a approach he manipulated a Bruins invulnerability and forsaken dimes. It’s wholly probable Memphis and South Florida accommodate in a AAC championship, that would be a lot of fun. 

Loser — You get a flag! And we get a flag! Everybody get’s a flaaaaaaaag! If we missed South Florida’s win over
Illinois Fighting Illini
on Friday night — and we positively wouldn’t censure we if we did — we missed a genuine contender for ugliest diversion of a year. The dual teams combined for a whopping 31 penalties, 26 of that came in a initial half alone. The officials could have let during slightest a few slide, and that’s frustrating, nonetheless what transpired was presumably pithy opening art or dual not good teams personification football. 

Winner — Your new Group of Five organisation du jour (Part II): With a 20-17 win over
Stanford Cardinal
San Diego State Aztecs
now has back-to-back wins opposite Pac-12 opponents and has kick 3 loyal Power Five opponents for a initial time ever. The Aztecs are 24-3 given Oct. 3, 2015 and have a resume to trip into a New Year’s Six play slot. With star using behind
Rashaad Penny
, this organisation is legitimately good and will plea a likes of Memphis and South Florida for big-bowl access.

Loser —
Southern Methodist Mustangs
Hail Mary defense:
 Florida wasn’t a customarily organisation to finish a Hail Mary.
TCU Horned Frogs
threw one to finish a initial half in a Battle of a Iron Skillet opposite SMU, and a Mustangs positively — maybe on principle? —  refused to make a play on a ball. So concede me to quote a imperishable difference of one Thomas Fornelli: A verbatim Iron Skillet could have shielded this Hail Mary better. 

Winner —
Purdue Boilermakers
: After dual games, it was satisfactory to consider that a Boilermakers were softened underneath manager Jeff Brohm. And, yet, they were approaching still underrated. That won’t be a box any some-more after doing
Missouri Tigers
35-3. Purdue led 28-3 during a half and finished one mistake — a sloping interception that led to a Tigers margin goal. Mizzou’s invulnerability has been porous, so carrying a Tigers as home favorites given Purdue’s descent success seemed weird. However, a Boilermakers were customarily 2-13 in loyal highway games dating behind to 2013. In that way, this was a matter win. Brohm has given this organisation life, that many figured he would. How many suspicion he’d do it this quickly?

Loser —
LSU Tigers
 Tennessee had a frustrating and eventually overwhelming loss, nonetheless LSU had a soul-crushing loss. Ed Orgeron’s organisation got positively worked by
Mississippi State Bulldogs
 in Starkville. The Bulldogs rolled with a using diversion (5.9 yards per rush) so LSU never had most of a possibility to let star using behind
Derrius Guice
get going. It didn’t assistance that LSU mislaid dual players to targeting ejections and racked adult 9 penalties for 111 yards. There was no pull in a trenches from LSU’s invulnerability and a Tigers’ offense was overmatched with no flitting diversion able of personification catch-up. Mississippi State manager Dan Mullen is good during what he does and he has an evidence as a next-best manager in a SEC behind Nick Saban. He totally outcoached Orgeron and his staff on Saturday. 

Winner — Rutgers: Hey, man, a Scarlet Knights kick Morgan State 65-0. It was Rutgers’ initial win in literally a calendar year. The final module feat was over
New Mexico Lobos
on Sept. 17, 2016. Here during WL, we conclude all streaks of wretchedness entrance to an end. 

Loser — Anyone who has to face
Vanderbilt Commodores
The Commodores kick
Kansas State Wildcats
14-7 and have authorised a small 13 points in 3 games. Granted, those opponents are
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
(not a good team), Alabama AM (technically a football team) and a aforementioned Snydercats (not a traditionally bomb descent team). Still, a college football invulnerability could give adult 13 points merely by accident. This is a vigourous section and
Alabama Crimson Tide
customarily so happens to come to city in Week 4 … 

Winner —
Ohio State Buckeyes
quarterback J.T. Barrett:
With all a huffing and blasting about Ohio State’s problems in a flitting game, it can be easy to forget that Barrett is a flashy player. The comparison now has another record to his name as a Big Ten’s all-time personality in touchdowns. With 107 scores, Barrett surpasses a before record set by Drew Brees, and after a 38-7 win over
Army West Point Black Knights
, Barrett perceived a diversion ball. Barrett has taken some feverishness for his performances lately, nonetheless he’s been a good teammate and he’s finished a lot of things right over a years. Good on him. 

Loser — The
Josh Allen
: It’s not Allen’s error that he got tagged with first-round breeze collect hype this offseason. Lord knows we was high on him. Maybe too high. He was fun in some late-night Mountain West games a year ago. He’s a large child with a bigger arm and some moves, and those are all good things to have as a college quarterback. However, this deteriorate customarily hasn’t panned out for him like it was ostensible to. Allen went 9-of-24 for 64 yards and a collect in a 49-13 wreckage to
Oregon Ducks
. That puts him during one touchdown and 8 interceptions opposite Power Five opponents dating behind to final season. It’s not all on him; he lacks playmakers around him and personification from behind customarily isn’t a recipe for success. This has been a beating for Allen and a Cowboys. That’s a protected and accurate take no matter what was approaching of them before to a season. 

Winner — Colorado State wide receiver Warren Jackson: The Rams never stood a possibility opposite Alabama, nonetheless I’ll take this Tyrone Prothro-esque locate as a best squeeze of a day. 

Loser — Sad margin goals: Kicking margin goals when you’re down 56-0 with seconds remaining is sad. Icing a kicker attempting pronounced margin idea is savage. Congrats,
Penn State Nittany Lions
, on being a coldest organisation in Week 3. With
Georgia State Panthers
attempting a 31-yard margin idea with 11 seconds remaining, Nittany Lions manager
James Franklin
called a timeout. The margin idea attempt? No good. Just … a disrespect. Damn, man. 

Winner — 
Duke Blue Devils
 coach David Cutcliffe:
 The Blue Devils beat 
Baylor Bears
 34-20 to pierce to 3-0. It also happened to be Cutcliffe’s 63rd birthday, and there’s no softened approach to applaud your birthday than with a win and a small dance. As for a coach’s moves? We’ll give him a pass deliberation a occasion. Well done. 

Quick Hits

  • It’s rather prevalent for defenses to let adult in a blowout, nonetheless
    Wisconsin Badgers
    second-half invulnerability has been spectacular. The Badgers have nonetheless to concede any points in a final 30 mins of their 3 wins. 
  • Savor it while we can, we suppose. Florida scored a initial dual descent touchdowns of a deteriorate over Tennessee. However, a Gators’ invulnerability has still outscored a offense with 3 pick-sixes. 
  • This is some-more of a Oregon we’ve come to expect. The Ducks have scored during slightest 42 points in any of a initial 3 games this deteriorate underneath Willie Taggart. Not customarily that, a Ducks have scored 42 points in any initial half. 

  • Washington State Cougars
    Luke Falk
    threw 6 such touchdown passes opposite
    Oregon State Beavers
    in a 52-23 win. Falk has 22 flitting scores opposite OSU for his career. That’s … a lot. 
  • How’s this for postulated drives: In a win over LSU, Mississippi State had customarily one three-and-out, and it was mid by a fourth entertain when a diversion was in hand. 
  • Vanderbilt’s 14-7 win over No. 18 Kansas State was a program’s initial nonconference win over a ranked competition given 1946. 
  • Washington far-reaching receiver
    Dante Pettis
    is using divided as a best lapse male in college football. With his 77-yard punt lapse opposite
    Fresno State Bulldogs
    , Pettis has tied NCAA annals for career punt earnings for touchdowns (8) and uninterrupted games with a punt lapse for a measure (3). 
  • With 363 flitting yards in a wreckage to Cal,
    Ole Miss Rebels
    Shea Patterson
    fell 37 yards brief of being a initial SEC quarterback to ever chuck for 400 yards in 3 uninterrupted games.

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