Though Week 3 of the 2017 college football season may not be as jam-packed with marquee games as the first two, it is no slouch in its own right. Two massive top-25 games are on Saturday’s NCAA football slate with
and defending national champion
travelling to face defending Heisman Trophy winner
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Nick Fitzgerald leads Mississippi State to 17-7 halftime lead over LSU
While it hasn’t been easy for anybody, Nick Fitzgerald and the Bulldogs are up 17-7 on LSU at halftime of their big SEC West clash. Fitzgerald has thrown for 84 yards and rushed for 44 yards and both Mississippi State touchdowns. As important has he’s been, however, a lot of credit must go to the Mississippi State defense. It held LSU to only 149 yards in the first half. While Derrius Guice is getting his (66 rushing yards), nobody else on the LSU offense has managed to do much.
Weekly Saquon Barkley Highlight
It wouldn’t be a college football Saturday without a Saquon Barkley highlight, now would it? Here’s Barkley catching a short pass and taking it 85 yards to the house as he is known to do.
This touchdown gave Penn State a 14-0 lead over Georgia State, and if we’re being honest, that will probably be enough to seal the Penn State win tonight.
Feleipe Franks beats Tennessee with ridiculous Hail Mary
Are you serious?
QB of the week in the Big Ten is … Alex Hornibrook?
Freshman running back Jonathan Taylor followed up 223-yard performance against FAU with 128 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries, but the star for Wisconsin’s offense in a 40-6 rout of BYU was sophomore quarterback Alex Hornibrook. BYU’s defense is without a doubt the toughest Wisconsin has played this season, and Hornibrook completed 18 of his 19 pass attempts for 256 yards (13.5 yards per attempt) and four touchdowns. It is without a doubt the best performance of his young career and a great sign for the Badgers heading into conference play. The win also moved Paul Chryst to 9-1 in true road games as Wisconsin’s head coach and extended the team’s streak of non-conference wins to 11 games. Wisconsin will be off next week and back in action on Sept. 30 in Madison against Northwestern.
Return of AIRBHG for the Hawkeyes
Iowa has once again been hit with the injury bug at running back. According to the ESPN broadcast of the game, Hawkeyes running back Akrum Wadley sustained a minor ankle injury against North Texas. Additionally, running back James Butler suffered an arm injury. It didn’t ultimately matter against the Mean Green with Iowa finishing off a 31-14 victory, but the Hawkeyes would obviously like to be at full strength as they get into Big Ten play.
TCU Horned Frogs
gets a Hail Mary to end the first half against
Southern Methodist Mustangs
The Battle for the Iron Skillet between TCU and SMU has been high-octane football. Nothing embodied the craziness of this rivalry like the Horned Frogs’ Hail Mary to go up 28-22 at the half. It was a great play but, uh, hello, SMU? Is anyone going to make a play on the ball? TCU finished things off in the shootout for a 56-36 win over the Mustangs.
Despite being a near-touchdown favorite at home, Mizzou got wrecked by Purdue, which took a 28-3 lead into halftime. The Boilermakers outgained the Tigers by more than 300 yards in the first half, holding the hosts to just two first downs and eight minutes of possession. The Boilermakers coasted in the second half to a 35-3 win and one hell of a start for first-year coach Jeff Brohm.
Memphis takes care of UCLA at home in shootout
You don’t just walk into the Liberty Bowl and expect to win, and UCLA found that out the hard way in a 48-45 loss to Memphis that was easily the game of the early slate. It was a quarterback battle between
with Fergson’s Tigers getting the huge nonconference win. Ferguson finished the day with 398 yards and six touchdowns, while Rosen had 463 yards and four touchdowns … but two costly interceptions. One was a pick-six and the other was an ill-advised throw late in the game. Rosen has been excellent through three games, but it looks as though he feels the need to make every play. That came back to haunt him on Saturday.
Red zone issues hold
back in win vs. Air Force
Michigan freshman kicker
was worth all the extra effort Jim Harbaugh put in on the recruiting trail. Harbaugh famously showed up at Nordin’s house at midnight when the NCAA recruiting dead period ended for a sleepover in efforts to steal the nation’s top kicker from
Penn State Nittany Lions
. Nordin committed to the Wolverines, and on Saturday he tied a school record with five field goals in the 29-13 win against
Air Force Falcons
. He’s going to be a reliable piece of the special teams unit for the foreseeable future and that’s a great thing for Michigan.
But the reason why Nordin had to get out there for five field goal attempts highlights another issue for Michigan: offensive execution in the red zone. Michigan did not have an offensive touchdown until
got loose in the final minutes as the offense was bleeding the clock, shaking off tackles and catching the sideline for a 36-yard score.
acknowledged the red zone issues in an interview with the Big Ten Network after the game and identified better execution as the number one goal for this offense moving forward.
‘s pick sixes highlight struggles in
Northern Illinois Huskies
Yes, you read that correctly. Pick-sixes. Plural. Nebraska could not have gotten off to a worse start against Northern Illinois. Quarterback
has had two interceptions returned for touchdowns. One came on a screen pass that was well read by the Huskies, while the other came on a floater after Lee got rocked attempting a pass. Technically, those are the two worst plays, but it hasn’t been much better outside of that. The Cornhuskers could not protect Lee and there was no rhythm or urgency. The Huskies eventually prevailed 21-17 despite only passing for 128 yards in the contest.
‘s Heisman campaign is rolling
Jameis Winston’s Heisman campaign got cranking at Pitt to open the 2013 season, and Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph appears to be following in his tracks. The senior signal-caller for the Cowboys had four first-half touchdowns and led his Pokes to a 59-21 win over the home-standing Pitt Panthers. Rudolph threw for nearly 500 yards with five touchdowns in the game and now has 11 touchdowns to one interception on the season. Here was his tremendously ellusive throw to put Oklahoma State up three touchdowns early in the game.
Texas A&M Aggies
‘s struggles continue, but the Aggies pull away
You’d think that a home date against Louisiana-Lafayette would be no problem for Texas A&M. You’d be wrong. The Aggies were more than three-touchdown favorites over the Ragin’ Cajuns, but needed a second-half surge to pull away 45-21. However, A&M was down a touchdown at the half and tied in the third quarter. Boosters everywhere are getting Facebook loaded up and ready to fire off an angry status update directed toward Sumlin.