Week three had very few marquee games scheduled, but still provided plenty of shock and intrigue as college football inevitably does. For the top ranked sides it was plain sailing, however for some lower down the AP Top 25 rankings there was plenty of drama. Let’s look back at some of the main talking points from the past weekend.
1) Georgia dominate Arkansas State
This headline is not shocking at all, but the Bulldogs are flying slightly under the radar this season. So far plenty of people are talking about Clemson and Alabama, but Georgia has looked convincing in every win.
The third ranked side are stacked with NFL talent led by Running Back D’Andre Swift, currently fourth in the nation for yards per attempt at 9.4. Quarterback Jake Fromm leads this team and will likely go in the first round of next years NFL Draft if he declares. They will face their first test this weekend with a matchup with seventh ranked Notre Dame.
2) Alabama Cruise Past South Carolina
Alabama beating South Carolina doesn’t usually create headlines, however their manner of victory will have the rest of the country on notice. It appears they have used last years defeat to Clemson to come back much stronger this year.
Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa had a career day going 28-36 for 444 yards and five touchdowns, both records for the junior. They have three of the best receivers in the nation in Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs III and DeVonta Smith and always have a stacked defense. Clemson still have questions surrounding them, unlike the Crimson Tide.
3) Clemson Win but Questions Remain
Clemson clobbered Syracuse 41-6 in what some had previously said could be a difficult matchup for the Tigers. Despite the convincing win, some are still questioning QB Trevor Lawrence.
Lawrence has thrown five interceptions in three games, tied for second in the nation amongst all college quarterbacks. This is also one more than he threw all of last season. He’s already been anointed the chosen one, but we forget he’s still only a 19 year-old kid. Talk of being the first pick in the NFL Draft can wait, for now we need to let him develop as a player and person first.
4) UCF Stun Stanford, Shock the Nation
The University of Central Florida is not a powerhouse college football program, but they have everyone’s attention after this past weekend. They mauled Stanford 45-27 in a statement win for this program.
UCF had gone 25 straight games unbeaten before this season, but was never respected by the play-off voters because of their American Athletic Conference. A convincing win like this against a previously ranked Stanford side is massive for this team and has already seen them rise to 15th in the AP Top 25. If they go unbeaten they could rise into the top ten.
5) Iowa Win Crazy Cy-Hawk Game
The matchup of the weekend was this annual Cy-Hawk trophy game between Iowa and Iowa State, with the Hawkeyes coming out on top in a close encounter. The game was weather delayed twice and went on for over six hours.
Iowa State started strongly and fans began to dream of reclaiming the Cy-Hawk trophy after four years of Iowa wins, but their own mistakes cost them late in the game. With one minute to go they were set to get the ball back, but fumbled the return in bizarre circumstances, handing Iowa a narrow 18-17 win in Ames.
6) Upsets From Week Three
Week three saw some of the lower ranked top 25 sides fall in dramatic fashion. Arizona State shocked 18th ranked Michigan State 10-7, going ahead with 50 seconds left. Michigan State missed a game tying 47 yarder, having seconds before made a 42- yard kick, only for a penalty to negate it.
21st ranked Maryland were upset by Temple 20-17, only a week after shocking Syracuse to vault into the AP Top 25 rankings. 24th ranked USC fell in overtime to BYU 30-27, a loss that piles the pressure on head coach Clay Helton.
7) Feleipe Franks Likely Finished for Season
Florida QB Feleipe Franks is likely out for the season after breaking and dislocating his ankle in last weekends close win against Kentucky. The junior had looked good in the opening two games and was set for a big season for the Gators.
Whilst it hasn’t been officially confirmed he’s out, head coach Dan Mullen alluded to this during his post-game press conference. From here Franks may apply for a medical redshirt to preserve this seasons eligibility, or may choose to rehab and declare for the 2020 NFL Draft.
8) Top Running Backs Through Week Three
Now that week three has past we’re beginning to see a good sample size to evaluate some of the top Running Backs this season. Leading the nation is Oklahoma State’s Chuba Hubbard with 521 yards and seven touchdowns through three games. He wasn’t a highly rated player heading into the season, but could declare for the Draft next year if he continues on this form.
Of the more recognisable names it’s Ohio State’s J.K Dobbins and Florida State’s Cam Akers leading the way, with 425 and 387 yards respectively. The big surprise is Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts joint sixth with 373 rushing yards.
9) Top Wide Receivers Through Week Three
Much like with the Running Backs, we can begin to evaluate the early standout Wide Receivers from the first three weeks of the college football season. Oklahoma State junior Tylan Wallace leads with 390 yards and six touchdowns. Wallace was a draft sleeper heading into the year, but will already be climbing 2020 draft boards.
Of those leading the way going into the season, it’s Clemson’s Tee Higgins and Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy who have impressed the most. They have 318 1 TD and 308 4 TD’s respectively. Both will be early first round picks in the 2020 NFL Draft.
10) Week Three AP Top 25
The week three AP Top 25 rankings have been released, and to nobodies surprise the play-off places haven’t changed at all this week after convincing wins by all four sides. Utah is the only move in the top ten, jumping Michigan for tenth, after Michigan had a bye week.
UCF has risen two places after destroying Stanford to 15th, with Virginia rising to 21st after their 31-24 win over Florida State. California, Arizona State and TCU all debut in the top 25 polls, replacing Michigan State, USC and Maryland.
That wraps up this look back at ten of the talking points from the past weekend of college football. If you have any thoughts about these points feel free to comment below or find me on Twitter @JWjournalism. Finally, a big thank you to anyone who read this article I really appreciate it!