Although no huge surprises happened in College Football Week 3, it’s obvious some teams aren’t nearly as formidable as we thought. Not only that, but one Power 5 Conference, outside of a few teams, is downright pathetic. Also, a classic Big 8 matchup happened between Oklahoma and Nebraska and it didn’t disappoint. Check out what happened in College Football Week 3.
College Football Week 4 Recap
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4. Penn State
9. Notre Dame
Arkansas beats #7 Texas A&M
The Arkansas Razorbacks are for real. On Saturday, one of the worst teams in the past couple of seasons has shown they can hang with a top 10 team. Then #16 Arkansas held then #7 Texas A&M to 10 points in an impressive 20-10 victory. Arkansas dominated from beginning to end.
The Razorbacks rushed for 197 yards versus what was supposed to be one of the best defenses in the nation. Arkansas plays in the SEC West, which means the Hogs can make their way. A battle at Georgia in Athens looms. After Georgia, the Razorbacks must contend with Ole Miss on Oct. 9 and then Auburn on Oct. 16. Arkansas plays against Alabama on Nov. 20.
NC State outlasts #9 Clemson in overtime
Right now, Clemson just isn’t a very good football team. The Tigers fell to an embarrassing 2-2 after NC State upset the favored Tigers in overtime. Clemson can’t score. Once again, the offense put up less than 24 points. Clemson’s largest point total this season, 49, was against FCS squad South Carolina State.
Dabo’s team is a mess. They can’t block upfront, leading the offense to put too much pressure on the defense. Clemson fell to #25 because, for some reason, when the Tigers lose it’s not as bad. Dabo Swinney’s squad shouldn’t even be ranked.
Notre Dame and Oregon State pull off big upset victories
The Fighting Irish had heard all week how they were the worst top 15 team in the nation. Ranked #12 in the country, the Irish headed to Madison to take on the Wisconsin Badgers.
Beating the Badgers in Wisconsin is one of the most difficult things to do in college football. But Notre Dame didn’t just win in Madison, they trounced one of the better teams in the Big Ten. The Irish blasted Wisconsin 41-13. Notre Dame faces #7 Cincinnati on Saturday in what should be one of the most intriguing games of the season.
Oklahoma escapes West Virginia
Then #4 Oklahoma hosted rival West Virginia a -17 ½ favorite. The Sooners struggled to score points and ended up beating the Mountaineers 16-13. So far this season, Lincoln Riley’s bunch hasn’t impressed. Although 4-0, the Sooners barely got by Tulane 40-35. The victory over West Carolina doesn’t count while Nebraska pushed the Sooners in a 23-16 win. Oklahoma’s almost loss to WVU sent them out of the top 4 and to #6. Penn State leapt to #4 while the Iowa Hawkeyes remain at #5.
#1 Alabama, #2 Georgia, and #3 Oregon roll
The three top ranked teams in the country blasted their overmatched opponents on Saturday. Georgia scored 35 points in the first quarter to dominate Vanderbilt 62-0. To prove they hadn’t lost their edge, the top-ranked school in the nation, the Alabama Crimson Tide, destroyed Southern Miss 63-14. Alabama quarterback Bryce Young threw for 313 yards and 5 TDs when completing 20-of-22.
The scoreboard shows the Oregon Ducks 41 and the Arizona Wildcats 19. But of the three top ranked squads, the Ducks struggled the most. Oregon had trouble breaking down AZ’s defense. If the Wildcats hadn’t thrown 5 picks, who knows what would have happened? It took Oregon to score 21 in the fourth-quarter to beat AZ by the listed score.
The Ducks must impress on Saturday versus rival Stanford. If Oregon can blow out the Cardinal, they’d secure their top 3 ranking.
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