CFN Rankings No. 1 to 130: Recaps & Reaction After Week 3
The CFN ranking of all 130 teams – along with recaps and reaction – after Week 3
130 Charlotte (0-3)
LAST WEEK 128. North Carolina A&T 35, Charlotte 31. A total disaster, Charlotte was crushed by three turnovers and a rough day from the secondary. On the plus side, Benny LeMay ran for 158 yards.
129 Georgia State (0-2)
LAST WEEK: 130. at Penn State 56, Georgia State 0. It’s not just that the Panthers lost at Penn State – that’s hardly shocking. It’s the five turnovers and getting shut out that stinks. The Panthers were live bodies for the Nittany Lions to roll against.
128 Bowling Green (0-3)
LAST WEEK 127. at Northwestern 49, Bowling Green 7. The defense didn’t make the trip to Evanston, allowing 678 yards and getting drilled on in every way possible. The offense that’s supposed to keep up wasn’t even close.
127 Massachusetts (0-4)
LAST WEEK 125. at Temple 29, UMass 21. The Minutemen hung tough, but they didn’t take advantage of all of their opportunities to put points on the board. Andrew Ford threw for 377 yards and two scores.
126 Kent State (1-2)
LAST WEEK 124. at Marshall 21, Kent State 0. The O had a few night runs and big plays, but they didn’t result in points. The quarterback combination of Dustin Crum and George Bollas – 7-of-17 for 117 yards with a pick – was a problem.
125 Coastal Carolina (1-1)
LAST WEEK 123. at UAB 30, Coastal Carolina 23. The Chanticleers aren’t good enough to go -2 in turnover margin against anyone. The D held UAB to just 274 yards, but the passing game was abysmal – the QBs went 9-of-23 for 100 yards with three picks.
124 UAB (2-1)
LAST WEEK 129. at UAB 30, Coastal Carolina 23. It was hardly a thing of beauty, but so what? The defense came up with three picks, the offense was opportunistic, and it’s a win. So what if the O came up with 274 yards?
123 Georgia Southern (0-2)
LAST WEEK 122. Didn’t Play This Week. At Indiana up next
122 UTEP (0-3)
LAST WEEK 121. Arizona 63, at UTEP 16. The defense was able to hang on for about a quarter, and then the run defense went bye-bye. 17 rushing yards with no big plays couldn’t slow things down.
121 FIU (1-1)
LAST WEEK: 120. Didn’t Play This Week – cancelled on Indiana. At Rice up next.
120 Texas State (1-2)
LAST WEEK 126. Appalachian State 20, Texas State 13. Even in a loss, this was about as impressive as Texas State has been in a while It outgaiend ASU by over 100 yards, played great D, and did everything okay … but win.
119 Nevada (0-3)
LAST WEEK 84. Idaho State 30, at Nevada 28. Ohhhhh, nooooo. the Wolf Pack were able to mount a late comeback, but the offense took too long to get going. Kamyen Cureton threw three touchdown passes, but Nevada was -3 in turnover margin.
118 Rice (1-2)
LAST WEEK 119. at Houston 38, Rice 3. The Owls were never in it. The secondary got picked clean in the first half, and there wasn’t any passing game to make any sort of a comeback down 38-0 at the half.
117 Idaho (1-2)
LAST WEEK 118. at Western Michigan 37, Idaho 28. The Vandals did what they could against the run, and they were fine for three quarters, but they couldn’t hang on in the fourth, getting outscored 18-0.
116 San Jose State (1-3)
LAST WEEK 117. at Utah 54, San Jose State 16. The defense didn’t give the offense much of a shot. The O line was destroyed – Utah was always behind the line.
115 Louisiana (1-2)
LAST WEEK 116. at Texas A&M 45, Louisiana 21. The five turnovers killed any sort of a shot to pull off the shocker. The defense had to deal with a fired up Aggie team in the second half – ULL was outscored 31
114 Akron (1-2)
LAST WEEK 115. Iowa State 41, at Akron 14. With three turnovers and no ground game, the Zips didn’t play the type of game they needed to have a chance. The offense hit on third downs, but couldn’t score in the second half.
113 UNLV (1-1)
LAST WEEK 114. Didn’t Play This Week. At Ohio State up next.
112 South Alabama (1-2)
LAST WEEK: 119. at South Alabama 45, Alabama A&M 0. The Jaguars got out to a 24-0 first quarter lead and coasted from there. Dallas Davis hit 9-of-12 passes for 255 yards and two scores before the O took its foot off the gas.
111 East Carolina (0-3)
LAST WEEK 112. at Virginia Tech 64, East Carolina 17. For 15 minutes it looked like the Pirates might be interesting, and then can the 57 unanswered Hokie points. There’s absolutely no running game to help out Gardner Minshew – the Pirates ran for 40 yards.
110 Baylor (0-3)
LAST WEEK 111. at Duke 34, Baylor 20. It wasn’t a total disaster, but it was still a double-digit loss. Zach Smith threw three touchdown passes as the new starting QB, but he only hit 12-of-34 passes with three picks.
109 Buffalo (1-2)
LAST WEEK 110. at Buffalo 33, Colgate 10. The UB rushing game took over right away, with Emmanuel Reed running for 120 of the team’s 302 yards on the ground.
108 ULM (0-2)
LAST WEEK 108. at Southern Miss 28, ULM 17. The Warhawks weren’t bad against a good USM team, but it couldn’t break through in the second half when the chances were there. The quarterbacks combined to hit just 11-of-27 passes for 112 yards.
107 Ball State (2-1)
LAST WEEK 100. at Ball State 28, Tennessee Tech 13. It wasn’t a walk in the park thanks to three turnovers, but James Gilbert finally got going with 92 yards on 11 carries.
106 New Mexico (1-2)
LAST WEEK 107. at Boise State 28, New Mexico 14. The offense clunked after losing QB Lamar Jordan early on. Down to a third-stringer Coltin Gerhart, nothing worked in a rough performance. | 3 Things That Matter
105 New Mexico State (1-2)
LAST WEEK 105. Troy 27, at New Mexico State 24. Tyler Rogers is still winging it – throwing for 331 yards and three scores – but it wasn’t enough in the comeback attempt. The run defense struggled too much.
104 Florida Atlantic (1-2)
LAST WEEK 104. at Florida Atlantic 45, Bethune-Cookman 0. Lane Kiffin gets his first win as the FAU head man as the ground game rolls for 439 yards and four scores. Gregory Howell and Devin Singletary each ran for over 100.
103 Connecticut (1-1)
LAST WEEK 109. at Virginia 38, Connecticut 18. The UConn secondary got ripped to pieces, while the offense didn’t perk up until it was too late. Bryant Shirreffs threw for 227 yards and two scores with a pick, and he ran for 90 yards.
102 North Texas (1-2)
LAST WEEK 103. at Iowa 31, North Texas 14. The Mean Green defense came up with a nice game, but there weren’t enough impact plays on offense. When Jeffery Wilson wasn’t running, the O wasn’t moving.
101 UTSA (2-0)
LAST WEEK 106. at UTSA 51, Southern 17. It was the Dalton Sturm show with four touchdown throws and a rushing score. The Roadrunners were up 48-0 at halftime.
100 Temple (2-1)
LAST WEEK 102. at Temple 29, UMass 21. Scoring for the Owls is still like pulling teeth, but with nine sacks and 12 tackles for loss, the defense did its job.
99 Miami Univ. (1-2)
LAST WEEK 101. Cincinnati 21, at Miami University 17. Gut-wrenching. The RedHawks had the thing won, and gave up two touchdowns in the final three minutes, losing on a pick six.
98 Fresno State (2-1)
LAST WEEK 99. at Washington 48, Fresno State 16. The Bulldogs were wiped out right away, going into halftime down 41-7. Chason Virgil threw for 98 yards and a score with a pick.
97 Tulane (1-2)
LAST WEEK 98. at Oklahoma 56, Tulane 14. Johnathan Brantley filled in at quarterback and wasn’t awful, but the offense couldn’t keep up the pace after a great first quarter. Whatever – Oklahoma is rolling right now.
96 Old Dominion (2-1)
LAST WEEK 97. North Carolina 53, at Old Dominion 23. The Monarchs were dominated on the defensive front and couldn’t slow down the UNC ground game. The O moved the ball a bit in the second half, but it was way too late.
95 Kansas (1-2)
LAST WEEK 96. at Ohio 42, Kansas 30. The defense just doesn’t have any answers. Ohio was able to do whatever it wanted for three quarters, and the D was fine until late. It was a double-digit win over a Big 12 game.
94 Hawaii (2-1)
LAST WEEK 95. Didn’t Play This Week. at Wyoming up next
93 Troy (2-1)
LAST WEEK 93. Troy 27, at New Mexico State 24. Brandon Silvers threw for 286 yards and a score – and ran for another – but Jordan Chunn and the ground game continue to struggle to get going.
92 Rutgers (1-2)
LAST WEEK 92. at Rutgers 65, Morgan State 0. And that’s why you schedule Morgan State. Rutgers got to have a little easy fun, but Kyle Bolin only completed 11-of-17 passes. The running game rumbled for 326 yards and seven scores.
91 Eastern Michigan (2-0)
LAST WEEK 91 Didn’t Play This Week. Ohio up next.
90 Utah State (1-2)
LAST WEEK: 90. at Wake Forest 46, Utah State 10. If Kent Meyers is off, forget it. He hit 9-of-23 passes with a pick. The O line couldn’t keep the Demon Deacon D out of the backfield – the ground game finished with just 42 yards.
89 Marshall (2-1)
LAST WEEK 89. at Marshall 21, Kent State 0. The offense might not have been fantastic – it didn’t put the game away until the fourth quarter – but the defense wasn’t going to be scored on. Tyler King ran for 101 yards and a score on just 14 carries.
88 Ohio (2-1)
LAST WEEK 88. at Ohio 42, Kansas 30. The Bobcats showed off a passing game. Nathan Rourke and Quinton Maxwell combined to complete 16-of-22 passes for 254 yards and three scores with a pick. The D gave up late yards, but the O took care of things early.
87 SMU (2-1)
LAST WEEK 87. at TCU 56, SMU 36. There’s no need to get into too much of a twist – TCU is really that good. The two interceptions were an issue, and the defense didn’t come through. but Ben Hicks threw for 305 yards and two scores.
86 Western Kentucky (1-2)
LAST WEEK 83. Louisiana Tech 23, at WKU 22. The Hilltoppers lost on a late field goal as the offense went cold in the second half. Mike White threw for 226 yards and no scores.
85 Cincinnati (2-1)
LAST WEEK 81. Cincinnati 21, at Miami University 17. It’s the type of win that propels a new era and coaching staff to big things. The Bearcats didn’t play well, but a late touchdown and two, and then a game-winning pick six overcame a slew of problems.
84 Army (2-1)
LAST WEEK 86. at Ohio State 38, Army 7. The defense kept this from being a total wipeout early on, but the ground game just couldn’t get the machine going. The Black Knights were outgained 270 rushing yards to to 259.
83 Louisiana Tech (2-1)
LAST WEEK 85. Louisiana Tech 23, at WKU 22. J’Mar Smith threw for 306 yards and a touchdown, rallying the Bulldogs back with ten fourth quarter points in the walk-off win. The defense was fantastic when it needed to be.
82 Oregon State (1-3)
LAST WEEK 80. Washington State 52, Oregon State 23. There’s nothing that’s working all that well – QB Jake Luton was carted off the field – but Ryan Nall finally got going running fro 118 yards and two scores on just 15 carries. The pass defense was a disaster, getting hit for 431 yards and six scores.
81 Central Michigan (2-1)
LAST WEEK 79. at Syracuse 41, Central Michigan 17. Shane Morris threw for 279 yards and two touchdowns, but he also gave up two picks. The run defense couldn’t hold down the Orange ground game, giving up 300 yards.
80 Syracuse (2-1)
LAST WEEK 82. at Syracuse 41, Central Michigan 17. The offense shifted things up a little bit and got away from the high-powered passing game – Eric Dungey ran it. He threw for 279 yards and two touchdowns, and also took off for 105 yards and a score. The Orange finished with 300 rushing yards averaging close to seven yards per carry.
79 Middle Tennessee (1-2)
LAST WEEK 78. at Minnesota 34, Middle Tennessee 3. QB Brent Stockstill was announced out before the game, and that was it. John Urzua threw for 135 yards and two interceptions, while the running game came up with just 46 yards.
78 Wyoming (1-2)
LAST WEEK 77. Oregon 49, at Wyoming 13. And now the Josh Allen detractors will be deafening. He completed just 9-of-24 passes for 64 yards with a. pick, while running for 25 yards and a touchdown. The O couldn’t move a lick.
77 Arkansas State (1-1)
LAST WEEK 75. at Arkansas State 48, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 3. The Red Wolves weren’t rusty in any way, with Justice Hansen completing 24-of-31 passes for 336 yards and five scores in the light scrimmage.
76 Virginia (2-1)
LAST WEEK 74. at Virginia 38, Connecticut 18. That’s what you’re supposed to do to a bad team. Kurt Benkert hit 30-of-40 passes for 455 yards and three scores with a pick. Three different receivers caught over 100 yards worth of balls.
75 Southern Miss (2-1)
LAST WEEK 73. at Southern Miss 28, ULM 17. Ito Smith busted out with 212 yards and a score, while Kwadra Griggs threw for 250 yards and three touchdowns with 57 rushing yards. It should’ve been easier, though, to put the game away.
74 BYU (1-3)
LAST WEEK 72. Wisconsin 40, at BYU 6. The offense that sunk before was totally lost without an injured Tanner Mangum. Beau Home made one nice throw at the end of the first half, but that was it. The defense couldn’t help bail out the O.
73 Appalachian State (2-1)
LAST WEEK 67. Appalachian State 20, Texas State 13. Where was the ASU running game? Held in check for most of the game, the offense was held to just 283 yards. But the team found a way to get it done – it just wasn’t pretty.
72 Western Michigan (1-2)
LAST WEEK 64. at Western Michigan 37, Idaho 28. The Broncos finally got the job done, but it was a fight – it took way, way too long to get the engine revved up. Jon Wassink went 21-of-31 for 212 yards with a score, and he ran for two late scores as WMU scored 31 second half points.
71 Pitt (1-2)
LAST WEEK 27. Oklahoma State 59, Pitt 21. Oklahoma State is really, really good, and it’s not all that fair to dog Pitt too much for this week and playing Penn State last weekend, but the defense isn’t getting any stronger.
70 Arizona State (1-2)
LAST WEEK 71. at Texas Tech 52, Arizona State 45. Okay, it was a loss, but there was a sign of life. There won’t be any defense all year, but if Manny Wilkins can keep throwing well and if the explosion is there. there’s hope.
69 Missouri (1-2)
LAST WEEK 60. Purdue 35, at Missouri 3. Oh no. Bad defense is one thing, but the offense went nowhere. Drew Lock threw for 133 yards and two picks, and the ground game finished with just 70 yards.
68 Illinois (2-1)
LAST WEEK 68. at USF 47, Illinois 23. The Illini defense is supposed to be a whole lot better than this. The bigger problem is the quarterback situation, with Chayce Crouch struggling and Jeff George Jr. coming in and throwing two picks. | 3 Things That Matter
67 Nebraska (1-2)
LAST WEEK 45. Northern Illinois 21, at Nebraska 17. A total and complete disaster, a good day from the defense was wiped out by an O that flopped with Tanner Lee’s three interceptions and no real ground game. It’s going to be a long, long, long year. | 3 Things That Matter
66 Northern Illinois (2-1)
LAST WEEK 94. Northern Illinois 21, at Nebraska 17. The offense might not have done much of anything other than get a 105-yard day from Jordan Huff, but it didn’t matter. The D did the job with two pick sixes, and NIU just beat Nebraska on the road. It’s amazing no matter how it looked. | 3 Things That Matter
65 Boston College (1-2)
LAST WEEK 69. Notre Dame 49, at Boston College 20. Uh oh. The Boston College run defense is still supposed to be solid, but it got destroyed by the Notre Dame ground game for 515 yards and seven scores. The offense moved it a bit, though, with Charlie Callinan catching two touchdown passes.
64 UCF (1-0)
LAST WEEK 70. Didn’t Play This Week – cancelled on Georgia Tech. at Maryland up next.
63 Texas A&M (2-1)
LAST WEEK 66. at Texas A&M 45, Louisiana 21. The Aggies have to put together a full sixty minutes at some point. Kellen Bond wasn’t miserable – he hit 21-of-34 passes with three scores and a rushing touchdown – but everyone will have to be patient.
62 Navy (2-0)
LAST WEEK 65. Didn’t Play This Week. Cincinnati up next.
61 Tulsa (1-2)
LAST WEEK 62. at Toledo 54, Tulsa 51. The offense gave it a go – with the running game. D’Angelo Brewer, Shamari Brooks, and Chad President all ran for 130 yards or more, but Toledo cranked up 679 yards.
60 Iowa State (2-1)
LAST WEEK 61. Iowa State 41, at Akron 14. That’s how you get over a loss like that to Iowa. Jacob Park was solid throughout, the offense put up over 500 yards, and there weren’t any turnovers to give Akron any breaks.
59 Colorado State (2-2)
LAST WEEK 59. at Alabama 41, Colorado State 23. It wasn’t horrible performance all things considered. Nick Stevens threw two picks, but he threw two touchdown passes and ran for another – the team didn’t quit.
58 Air Force (1-1)
LAST WEEK 58. at Michigan 29, Air Force 13. The Falcons put up a great fight defensively, and stayed alive until late, but the offense could never find a groove on the ground. | 3 Things That Matter
57 Toledo (3-0)
LAST WEEK 57. at Toledo 54, Tulsa 51. And there’s the game we’ve been waiting for out of the Toledo offense. Logan Woodside threw for 458 yards and six touchdowns in the amazing firefight. On the downside, the D gave up 423 rushing yards.
56 Arizona (2-1)
LAST WEEK 56. Arizona 63, at UTEP 16. Now that’s how the machine is supposed to work. The Wildcats were unstoppable after the first quarter, with Brandon Dawkins hitting 18-of-21 passes for 155 yards and three scores, and rushing for 133 yards and three scores.
55 Northwestern (2-1)
LAST WEEK 55. at Northwestern 49, Bowling Green 7. You don’t thing the Wildcats were ticked after last week’s loss to Duke? Clayton Thorson threw for 370 yards and two scores, and Justin Jackson ran for 121 yards and three touchdowns.
54 Boise State (2-1)
LAST WEEK 53. at Boise State 28, New Mexico 14. The defense did its job in a conservative game for both sides. Montell Cozart was sharp, hitting 15-of-19 passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns, along with 71 rushing yards with a score. | 3 Things That Matter
53 North Carolina (1-2)
LAST WEEK 50. North Carolina 53, at Old Dominion 23. The Tar Heels didn’t use Brandon Harris all that much – this was Chazz Surratt’s game, hitting 16-of-24 passes for 257 yards and a score. The ground game came up with six runs.
52 Ole Miss (2-1)
LAST WEEK 47. at Cal 27, Ole Miss 16. The hamstring injury to PK Gary Wunderlich turned out to be bad, but the 16 penalties were a killer. Shea Patterson threw for 361 yards and two scores, but he gave up three interceptions and a pick six.
51 California (3-0)
LAST WEEK: 49. at Cal 27, Ole Miss 16. The defense showed up when it had to. The offense might not have been anything special, but it was opportunistic. It was a good win over an SEC team – the program is quickly improving.
50 USF (3-0)
LAST WEEK 63. at USF 47, Illinois 23. Now that’s the USF offense we’ve all been waiting to see break out. Quinton Flowers was brilliant, throwing for 280 yards and four scores, and running for 106 yards and a score. | 3 Things That Matter
49 Houston (2-0)
LAST WEEK 48. at Houston 38, Rice 3. How good was Kyle Allen? 31-of-33 for 309 yards and two scores. The Cougars were up 38-0 at halftime before easing up on the gas.
48 South Carolina (2-1)
LAST WEEK 25. Kentucky 23, at South Carolina 21. Really, South Carolina? The offense finally works, but it never has the ball? The Gamecocks can’t win games when it loses the time of possession battle by over 13 minutes. Deebo Samuel caught five passes for 122 yards and a score, but he suffered a broken leg and is gone for the year.
47 Kentucky (3-0)
LAST WEEK 55. Kentucky 23, at South Carolina 13. It hasn’t been a thing of beauty in any way, but the Wildcats are getting it done with defense, smoke and mirrors. 3-0 is 3-0 … now beat Florida. Finally.
46 Texas Tech (2-0)
LAST WEEK 43. at Texas Tech 52, Arizona State 45. So that’s how it’s going to be? Nic Shimonek threw for 543 yards and six touchdowns, and it still almost wasn’t enough. The D almost blew it.
45 Purdue (2-1)
LAST WEEK: 52. Purdue 35, at Missouri 3. The two quarterback system seems to be fine. David Blough completed 22-of-28 passes for 187 yards and a score, while Elijah Sindelar hit 4-of-6 throws for 85 yards and a score with pick, but the big key? The defense shut a high-powered Mizzou offense down to a dead stop.
44 Indiana (1-1)
LAST WEEK 40. Didn’t Play This Week – FIU cancelled. Georgia Southern up next.
43 Duke (3-0)
LAST WEEK 46. at Duke 34, Baylor 20. It wasn’t the dominant performance the Blue Devils came up with against Northwestern, but they pulled away in the second half. Shaun Wilson rolled for 176 yards and two scores.
42 Washington State (3-0)
LAST WEEK 39. at Washington State 52, Oregon State 23. Welcome back Luke Falk. He looked more than fine hitting 37-of-49 passes for 396 yards and six scores as the Cougars were unstoppable. Tavares Martin caught three scoring passes.
41 Arkansas (1-1)
LAST WEEK 38. Didn’t Play This Week, Texas A&M up next.
40 Wake Forest (3-0)
LAST WEEK 51. at Wake Forest 46, Utah State 10. Is Wake Forest really that good? Maybe. It dominated from the start with a 29-0 halftime lead. The passing game was just okay, but the lines dominated on both sides – the D was camped out in the backfield.
39 Minnesota (3-0)
LAST WEEK 36. at Minnesota 34, Middle Tennessee 3. There we go, Gophers – that’s how you win easily at home. Middle Tennessee has a dangerous offense that got shut down to a dead stop. Kobe McCrary and Rodney Smith each ran for 107 yards, with McCrary scoring three times.
38 Georgia Tech (1-1)
LAST WEEK 35. UCF game cancelled this week. Pitt up next.
37 UCLA (2-1)
LAST WEEK 27. at Memphis 48, UCLA 45. The Bruin defense was too banged up. Josh Rosen had to keep pressing with the porous D not doing anything. He might have thrown two picks, but his 463 yards and four scores kept the Bruins alive.
36 Memphis (2-0)
LAST WEEK 76. at Memphis 48, UCLA 45. The defense wasn’t going to stop Josh Rosen – and didn’t – but Riley Ferguson threw for 398 yards and six touchdowns, and Anthony Miller caught nine passes for 185 yards and two scores. Now, the Tigers have to use this win to be a factor in the New Year’s Six and AAC races.
35 NC State (2-1)
LAST WEEK 32. at NC State 49, Furman 16. It was a target practice game for Ryan Finley, who completed 22-of-27 passes for 231 yards and a score. Forcing three turnovers helped make this a breeze.
34 Utah (3-0)
LAST WEEK 31. at Utah 54, San Jose State 16. It was target practice time to get Tyler Huntley rolling in the offense. he turned it loose with 341 yards and four scores, while leading the team with 53 rushing yards.
33 Michigan State (2-0)
LAST WEEK 30. Didn’t Play This Week. Notre Dame up next
32 Tennessee (2-1)
LAST WEEK 28. at Florida 26, Tennessee 20. John Kelly was fantastic, running 19 times for 141 yards and a score, and led the team with six catches for 96 yards, but missed field goals and mistakes led to the painful loss. | 3 Things That Matter
31 Stanford (1-2)
LAST WEEK 12. at San Diego State 20, Stanford 17. The Cardinal got 184 rushing yards from Bryce Love, but there wasn’t anything from Keller Chryst and the passing game. For the second straight week, the Cardinal run D fizzled.
30 San Diego State (3-0)
LAST WEEK 44. at San Diego State 20, Stanford 17. Beating Arizona State was nice. Beating Stanford is special. Rashaad Penny ran 31 times for 175 yards and a score, while Christian Chapman hit 21-of-29 passes for 187 yards and a score.
29 Colorado (3-0)
LAST WEEK 26. at Colorado 41, Northern Colorado 21. It wasn’t always smooth defensively, but Steven Montez was wonderful, throwing for 357 yards and four touchdowns in an easy tune-up.
28 Texas (1-2)
LAST WEEK 34, at USC 27, Texas 24 (2OT). Well would you look at that? Texas can tackle a little bit. Yeah, it was a good performance against a great team, but the four turnovers and ten penalties were a killer. The Longhorns had them, and let them off the hook. | 3 Things That Matter
27 Maryland (2-0)
LAST WEEK 33. Didn’t Play This Week. UCF is up next.
26 West Virginia (2-1)
LAST WEEK 29. at West Virginia 59, Delaware State 16. The Mountaineers did what they were supposed to do getting the offense rolling with 45 first half points. Will Grier hit 19-of-27 passes for 304 yards and three scores with a pick, and ran for 22 yards.
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25 LSU (2-1)
LAST WEEK 16. Up Next: Syracuse. at Mississippi State 37, LSU 7. The Tigers weren’t able to throw the ball a lick on the Mississippi State secondary. Derrius Guide ran for over five yards per carry, but the offense couldn’t get into a groove after getting down early. Just as big a problem is a run defense that got plowed on.
24 Kansas State (2-1)
LAST WEEK 23. at Vanderbilt 14, Kansas State 7. The offense didn’t work, the Wildcats lost the turnover margin 2-to-1, and got out-Kansas Stated by Vanderbilt. Jesse Ertz only hit 10-of-28 passes for 76 yards and two scores, but he ran for 126 yards and a score – but he was the only thing that worked on offense.
23 Louisville (2-1)
LAST WEEK 22. Up Next: Kent State. Clemson 47, at Louisville 21. There’s no reason to get into too big a twist over this – Clemson just so happens to be one of the top two teams in the country, with a case to be made for No. 1. However, soon, Lamar Jackson is going to need some help. | 3 Things That Matter
22 Florida (1-1)
LAST WEEK 20. Up Next: at Kentucky. at Florida 26, Tennessee 20. Beyond one of the most amazing finishes in recent college football history, Florida struggled with too many mistakes and misfires. Whatever … the Gators ripped Tennessee’s heart out. | 3 Things That Matter
21 Vanderbilt (3-0)
LAST WEEK 42. at Vanderbilt 14, Kansas State 7. Ralph Webb was shut down to a dead stop at times, Kyle Shurmur only threw for 205 yards and a score, and Vanderbilt still won because the defense came up with stop after stop. Shurmur’s two-yard TD run in the fourth gave Vandy the lead, and the D did the rest.
20 Oregon (3-0)
LAST WEEK 23. Up Next: at Arizona State. Oregon 49, at Wyoming 13. The offense was amazing, and the defense shut down Josh Allen to a stop. Royce Freeman ran for 157 yards and three touchdowns, while Justin Hebert was fantastic, hitting 18-of-29 passes for 251 yards and a score with a pick and a rushing touchdown.
19 Virginia Tech (3-0)
LAST WEEK 21. Up Next: Old Dominion. at Virginia Tech 64, East Carolina 17. It took a little while to get rolling, and the first quarter was rocky, but when the O kicked in … wow. Josh Jackson threw for 372 yards and five TDs, with Cam Phillips catching 14 passes for 189 yards and three scores.
18 Notre Dame (2-1)
LAST WEEK 19. Up Next: at Michigan State. Notre Dame 49, at Boston College 20. It wasn’t a perfect performance, and it took too long to get going, but then the running game broke through for 515 yards and seven scores. Josh Adams ran for 229 yards, and Brandon Wimbush took off for 207 yards and four scores.
17 Iowa (3-0)
LAST WEEK 18. Up Next: Penn State. at Iowa 31, North Texas 14. Iowa won, but it lost star RB Akrum Wadley to a minor leg problem and backup James Butler to an elbow injury. Fortunately, Nathan Stanley was solid, hitting 16-of-27 passes for 197 yards and two scores.
16 Mississippi State (3-0)
LAST WEEK 47. Up Next: at Georgia. at Mississippi State 37, LSU 7. That was the statement. That was the game the program has been waiting for. The Bulldogs have come up with nice wins under Dan Mullen, but this was a total decimation of the No. 12 team in the country. | 3 Things That Matter
15 TCU (3-0)
LAST WEEK 17. Up Next: at Oklahoma State: at TCU 56, SMU 36. It took a while to get the machine going, but Kenny Hill was fantastic, hitting 24-of-30 passes for 365 yards and four scores. The 11 penalties and three turnovers were sloppy, but the O put up 619 yards.
14 Auburn (2-1)
LAST WEEK 14. Up Next: at Missouri. at Auburn 24, Mercer 10. Ugh. After the problems against Clemson, Auburn’s offense needed to rock and roll – and it did – but five turnovers were an issue. Jarrett Stidham hit 32-of-37 passes for 364 yards with a pick. Kamryn Pettway shouldn’t have been used 34 times in a game like this.
13 Miami (1-0)
LAST WEEK 13. Up Next: Toledo. Didn’t play this week.
12 USC (3-0)
LAST WEEK 5, Up Next: at California. at USC 27, Texas 24 (2OT). The Trojans couldn’t run, the power game didn’t work, and it took a whole slew of big things to happen to pull it off – but they still got the gut-check overtime win over Texas. San Darnold keeps proving how special he is. | 3 Things That Matter
11 Wisconsin (3-0)
LAST WEEK 11. Up Next: Northwestern: Wisconsin 40, at BYU 6. If it’s possible to have a perfect performance in a dangerous environment, this was it. Alex Hornibrook hit 18-of-19 passes for 256 yards and four scores – the one miss was a drop – and the defense allowed just 192 total yards of BYU offense.
10 Penn State (3-0)
LAST WEEK 10. Up Next: at Iowa. at Penn State 56, Georgia State 0. Penn State has yet to beat anyone with a pulse, but it should be fully ready to roll in the Big Ten. Trace McSorley lit up Georgia State going 18-of-23 for 309 yards and four scores, helped by an 85-yard catch and run from Saquon Barkley.
9 Oklahoma State (3-0)
LAST WEEK: 15. Up Next: TCU. Oklahoma State 59, Pitt 21. Mason Rudolph continues to be amazing – throwing for 497 yards and five scores. Pitt might be awful, but at some point, someone needs to start taking this Cowboy team very, very seriously.
8 Ohio State (2-1)
LAST WEEK 8. Up Next: Army. at Ohio State 38, Army 7. It might not have been the totally dominant performance Buckeye fans might have liked, but it was more than good enough. J.K. Dobbins ran 13 times for 172 yards and two scores, and J.T. Barrett hit 25-of-33 passes for 270 yards and two scores, to go along with 32 rushing yards and a score.
7 Georgia (3-0)
LAST WEEK 7. Up Next: Mississippi State. at Georgia 42, Samford 14. It would’ve been nice if Jake Fromm was a little sharper. He hit 8-of-13 passes for 165 yards, but he threw three touchdown passes. Nick Chubb ran for 131 yards and two scores.
6 Michigan (3-0)
LAST WEEK 6. Up Next: at Purdue. at Michigan 29, Air Force 13. The red zone woes let Air Force stay in the game. The defense did its job outside of one big pass play, but the offense kept stalling, settling for field goal after field goal. | 3 Things That Matter
5 Washington (3-0)
LAST WEEK 9. Up Next: at Colorado. at Washington 48, Fresno State 16. Washington is playing better than it was last season. Fresno State is no big deal, but Jake Browning was still impressive, hitting 19-of-22 passes for 255 yards and four scores.
4 Florida State (0-1)
LAST WEEK 4. Up Next: NC State. Didn’t Play This Week
3 Clemson (3-0)
LAST WEEK 2. Up Next: Boston College. Clemson 47, at Louisville 21. Could Kelly Bryant handle the pressure of the big game on the road? 22-of-32, 316 yards and a score, and ran for two scores. The Tigers were the much better team, and they showed it. | 3 Things That Matter
2 Oklahoma (3-0)
LAST WEEK 2. Up Next: at Baylor. at Oklahoma 56, Tulane 14. There appeared to be a hangover – for about a quarter. The defense cranked it up after giving up 14 early, but the offense was its normal, dominant self. This team is an absolute machine.
1 Alabama (3-0)
LAST WEEK 1. Up Next: at Vanderbilt. at Alabama 41, Colorado State 23, There’s plenty to get grouchy about after allowing 13 points in the fourth, but whatever. Jalen Hurts was fabulous again, hitting 12-of-17 passes for 248 yard and two scores, with 103 rushing yards and a touchdown.