Week 3 of college football's top plays, games, and takeaways
We presume we've learned something important when each Saturday's schedule comes to an end because college football's regular season is so singularly meaningful. We had discovered after two weeks that Notre Dame was over, Oregon was overrated, LSU wasn't any better under Brian Kelly than it was under Ed Orgeron, and Texas A&M couldn't score enough to win a crucial game.
However, college football changes the questions just when you think you have all the answers, to paraphrase the great Scots philosopher Sir Roddy Piper.
And so, in Week 3, Bo Nix made his way out of the pit for the 106th time in his career to lead the Ducks to a decisive victory over BYU.
In order to defeat Mississippi State, one of the SEC's supposedly dominant teams, LSU scored 21 points in the fourth quarter. With his passing and running, Jayden Daniels amassed 210 yards and two scores. Oh, sure, it would be less stressful if at some point this season he could play well prior to the fourth quarter, but LSU supporters will take what they can get.
In order to give Marcus Freeman his first victory, Notre Dame's offense came to life in the final seconds of Saturday's victory over Cal. They then held off a crazy Hail Mary attempt that was not the most outrageous of the day. Still, it's generally wise to refrain.
As a result, Texas A&M managed to defeat No. 13 Miami despite playing nearly as poorly on offense as they did in their disastrous loss to Appalachian State the week prior. Max Johnson did just enough to secure the victory after Jimbo Fisher switched QBs. Although ugly, it wasn't nearly as ugly as last week, and given that the Aggies were down four DBs at the half, the Aggies' defensive performance was commendable.
On every day of the itinerary, expectations were dashed on Saturday.
We believed USC to be the Pac-12's best chance at a playoff team, but Washington stunned Michigan State 39-28, with Michael Penix Jr. tossing four touchdown passes in the victory.
We believed that Anthony Richardson's weak performance in Week 2 was due to a strong Kentucky defense and that Florida's rising star would shine once more against the appalling USF. Instead, Richardson completed just 112 yards of passing while hurling two interceptions as the Gators barely held on, winning 31-28 only after USF failed to convert a 49-yard field goal attempt.
We wrongly anticipated that Texas would suffer without Quinn Ewers since the Longhorns still have Bijan Robinson, who is a very awful person.