CFB Recap: Week 3 Biggest Game Takeaways

College Football Wrap-Up recaps the biggest developments in the day’s action and examines the importance of moving them forward.

Oklahoma’s offense doesn’t fail

Lincoln Riley may have departed from Oklahoma, but he apparently left the plan to a high-powered offense as a parting gift. Despite losing star quarterback Caleb Williams and wide receivers Mario Williams and Jadon Haselwood, the Sooners’ offense has capitalized on UCF transfer Dillon Gabriel’s brilliant play this season to continue racking up video game numbers.

That trend continued Saturday in the team’s first game against Power 5 competition when Oklahoma completely crushed Nebraska’s beleaguered defense to win 49-14. Gabriel threw for 230 yards and two touchdowns while adding a 61-yard touchdown run. He is now averaging 253 passing yards per game with seven touchdowns against zero interceptions.

Many expected Brent Venables to bring his trademark strong Clemson defense, but the offensive drive was questionable once Riley headed to the West Coast. Consider that question largely answered over the course of three weeks.

Brian Kelly puts his stamp on LSU

make fun of her fake southern accent, his weird dances with recruits, or his snappishness with the media all you want, but there’s no denying that Brian Kelly is among the best football coaches in the country. It didn’t take the former Notre Dame bench manager to get his first signature win with LSU when the Tigers defeated Mississippi State on Saturday at Tiger Stadium.

He is rarely nice with Kelly’s teams, but his style of football has proven effective over the years. That was the case on Saturday, with LSU relying on Jayden Daniels to run the offense. The Arizona State transfer threw for 210 yards and rushed for 93, providing two total touchdowns. The defense controlled the offense of the Mississippi State passing attack, limiting Will Rogers to just 214 yards.

The opening loss to Florida State was tough, but there’s a good chance LSU enters Week 6 as host to Tennessee with a 4-1 record, undefeated in the SEC.

Basketball schools branch out

Earlier this season, Kentucky’s Mark Stoops and John Calipari had a heated debate over whether the SEC institution was a school of basketball or football. It may not be just the Wildcats experiencing an identity crisis in 2022: traditional basketball powerhouses Kansas, UCLA, North Carolina, Duke, Syracuse and Indiana are perfect to kick off the year.

The most surprising on that list certainly has to be Kansas, which beat Houston on the road on Saturday to win its third game of the season. Going back to last season, the Jayhawks are now 3-1 in their recent away contests – Lance Leipold has vastly improved over previous partner regimens in Lawrence.

Get ready for a lot of basketball content heading into next week when the Jayhawks host Duke on Saturday.

Brock Bowers highlights Georgia’s dominance

There are plenty of ways we could highlight just how outrageously dominant Georgia has been entering the campaign. We could point to the hilarious 130-10 combined score in three games this season or the Bulldogs’ defense that didn’t allow a touchdown until the 179-minute mark of game action. The brilliant first-team offense’s 14 touchdowns and four field goals in 21 drives so far would be another angle to look at. However, today is about Brock Bowers.

The star tight end started things off with a five-yard rushing touchdown early in Saturday’s game against South Carolina. He then provided the last glimpse of his elite talent with an incredible toe kick touchdown in the corner of the end zone. He saved the best for last, completing the hat-trick with an electric 78-yard catch-and-run touchdown early in the second half.

According to Matt Zenitz of On3.comBowers has now played 17 career games at Georgia and has produced the following:

  • nine games with at least one touchdown
  • six games with at least two touchdowns
  • two games with at least three touchdowns

A tight end hasn’t won a Heisman since 1949, but Bowers again reminded the college football world Saturday that he deserves some consideration.

Put some respect on Oregon

Turns out Oregon’s opening-week blowout loss to Georgia might have been more about how awesome the defending champions are, not how poor the Ducks might be. After rebounding with a 70-14 blowout of eastern Washington in Week 2, Oregon defeated No. 12 BYU 41-20 at home on Saturday to improve to 2-1 on the campaign.

Bo Nix threw for 222 yards and two touchdowns while also finding the end zone three times on the ground as the Ducks racked up 439 total yards of offense. Oregon put the game to bed early: The 21-point difference looks flattering for BYU thanks to its two fourth-quarter touchdowns.

Week 1 showed that the Ducks are clearly not up to par with the Bulldogs, but that seems to be the case for 128 other FBS shows as well. Oregon proved Saturday that the team will be a force in the Pac-12 this season.

Penn State makes a BIG statement

Penn State made a big statement for the Big Ten on Saturday, absolutely shredding Auburn 41-12 at home. The Nittany Lions ran over the Tigers, racking up a whopping 245 rushing yards and five touchdowns in the win. Nicholas Singleton continued his breakout season for Penn State with 10 carries for 124 yards in the win. The Nittany Lions defense surrounded Auburn all afternoon, forcing four key turnovers and limiting Tank Bigsby to just 39 rushing yards.

Most pundits view the Big Ten East as a two-horse race between Ohio State and Michigan, but James Franklin’s team proved Saturday that it shouldn’t be ruled out in college football’s toughest division.

Michigan’s 50+ offense

Two things are certain about Michigan over the three weeks this season: The Wolverines have played one of the easiest schedules in the country, and they’ve also sucked the tar out of anyone who steps on the same field as them. With a 1-7 record entering Saturday, Colorado State, Hawaii and UConn aren’t exactly a murder row, but Michigan has left no doubt about their dominance in every game.

With JJ McCarthy now firmly entrenched as the starting quarterback, Michigan’s offense rolled out its third burger of 50 of the season with a 59-0 victory over the Huskies. It’s the first time the show has scored more than 50 in each of the first three games of the year in its 133-season history.

After a home date with Maryland next week, Jim Harbaugh’s team will face its first big test with a defensive standout when the Wolverines visit Iowa on Oct. 1.

Scorching seats at Georgia Tech, Auburn

Geoff Collins and Bryan Harsin may want to start listing moving companies in Atlanta and Auburn, respectively. Both coaches came into Saturday already sitting on a very hot bench in terms of job status, and neither did anything to cool that down with their team’s performances.

Collins’ experiment at Georgia Tech appears almost over after a 42-0 rout of Ole Miss. Collins has never won more than three games in a season with the Yellow Jackets, and the complete lack of progress through the first three weeks of his fourth campaign suggests that won’t change this year. While there are problems all over the field, the offense has been particularly poor during Collins’ tenure: the Yellow Jackets never ranked better than 95th nationally in scoring under his watch.

Auburn’s boosters went to great lengths to get Harsin fired in the offseason, and despite a 2-0 start to the season, they could be successful by the end of 2022. Penn State absolutely hammered the Tigers at home, with the largely empty stands before the start of the fourth quarter at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The loss by 29 points belongs to the Tigers the worst non-conference home loss since 1982. Now that the athletic director who hired Harsin is gone, it seems like it’s only a matter of time before he’s next out on the Plains.

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