The Week 3 college football roundup. The 5 things that matter, winners and losers, overrated and underrated, and what it all means.
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5. Winners & Losers From Week 3
Winner: Herm Edwards
Arizona State has a struggling offense, it worked way too hard to survive against Sacramento State, and it was supposed to rebuild a bit after losing a slew of key parts while breaking in a new starting quarterback. All Edwards did was beat Michigan State for the second year in a row.
Loser: Mark Dantonio
And the reaction if a Jim Harbaugh team ended up losing because it had 12-men on the field to negate a game-tying field goal that would’ve forced overtime would be ….
Winner: Big 12
It was a rough day for the rest of the Power Five conferences in various ways, but the Big 12 stepped up going 7-2, with Baylor the only team not playing. Iowa State and Texas Tech didn’t get the memo – losing to Iowa and Arizona, respectively – but those were hardly embarrassing defeats.
It started with Kansas shocking Boston College on Friday night, was helped by Kansas State going to Mississippi State and getting the win and was punctuated by Oklahoma beating UCLA, West Virginia dominating NC State, and TCU rolling by Purdue. Most impressively, six of the nine wins were on the road.
The Boston College home loss to Kansas was awful, and Pitt’s loss to Penn State and NC State’s loss to West Virginia were rough. Throw in Georgia Tech loss to The Citadel from the FCS, and it was a rough weekend.
Winner: Washington Pac-12 teams
Washington bounced back from its loss to Cal to dominate a Hawaii team that beat Arizona and Oregon State to start the season. Washington State went on the road and got by Houston to not only stay unbeaten, but to thrust QB Anthony Gordon into the national spotlight.
Loser: Los Angeles Pac-12 teams
And it doesn’t look like it’s going to get better any time soon. UCLA didn’t look like it belonged on its own home field against Oklahoma, and USC lost late in an overtime loss to BYU. There’s a real possibility that LA will be without a bowl team for the second year in a row. However …
Winner: Ranked Pac-12 teams
The Pac-12 is loaded with ranked teams. Utah cracked the top ten of the AP poll, with Oregon at 16, Washington State 10, Washington 22, Cal 23 and Arizona State at 24. The same six teams are in the Coaches Poll, but …
Loser: The rankings misfire
The pollsters could be forgiven for missing Cal’s 20-19 win over Washington two weeks ago. Thanks to a long weather delay, the game ended past 4 am on the East Coast. Both polls last Sunday had Washington ranked with Cal not making either top 25.
So what happened this week with a chance to fix the glitch? 2-1 Washington was 23rd in the AP and 21st in the Coaches, and despite that win in Seattle, Cal was 23rd in both polls behind the Huskies, who moved up to 22nd in the AP.
Winner: The big boys
No. 1 Clemson, No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Georgia, No. 4 LSU, No. 5 Oklahoma, No. 6 Ohio State, No. 7 Notre Dame, and No. 8 Auburn all won their respective games by at least 24 points. The eight combined to win by a total score of 428-97, or an average of 53.5 to 12. But it also meant you were a loser if you got caught …
Loser: Going with the big game underdog
Unlike two weeks ago, there was no last-gasp Texas A&M touchdown vs. Clemson or New Mexico State covering the 55.5 against Alabama.
There were crazy upsets across the board in a wild week, but out of the top eight teams, if you take out LSU – it played Northwestern State from the FCS – the big boys went 6-1 against the spread, with only Alabama failing to cover the 26.5 against South Carolina.