College Football Roundup Week 3: What It All Means, Winners, Losers, Overrated, Underrated

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College Football Roundup Week 3: What It All Means, Winners, Losers, Overrated, Underrated

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College Football Roundup Week 3: What It All Means, Winners, Losers, Overrated, Underrated

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The Really Big Week 3 Thing Was …

All of a sudden, Cincinnati’s path to being in the College Football Playoff discussion just got a whole lot easier.

Full disclosure, I’m a full-on Power Five snob.

More money, more resources, better recruits, better facilities, the pressure of playing other Power Five schools every conference week – yeah, Cincinnati, you beat Indiana; now beat Michigan State, then Michigan, then Penn State, then Ohio State – and …

That’s for later. When the time comes, I’ll be the one at the head of the line screaming about how it’s not fair for a Group of Five program to get into the tournament, but that’s not why you called.

For now, it’s about the possibilities, and for a Bearcat team that – all my obnoxious ranting aside – really is rock-solid enough to be dangerous in any one-game shot.

For Cincinnati – or any Group of Five program, or BYU for another few years – to even be in the College Football Playoff discussion in the conference room in a Grapevine, Texas hotel, it 1) has to go unbeaten – that’s non-negotiable. 2) It has to beat a few Power Five programs, and 3) it has to rip through everyone else.

The final score wasn’t exactly indicative of how tough the Indiana game was, but you are what it says on the scoreboard, and Cincinnati went on the road against a Big Ten team ranked in the preseason top 25 and left with a 38-24 win over Indiana.

It gets a week off, and then it’s on to Notre Dame. In a perfect world, the Irish beat Wisconsin this weekend to make that meeting mean that much more.

Step One was taken care of in Bloomington. South Bend is Step Two, and the Bearcats got another big step from another team’s awful break.

UCF has the talent to pull off a win at Cincinnati on October 16th, but star QB Dillon Gabriel suffered a broken clavicle this weekend in the loss to Louisville.

The date with the Knights comes after a layup against Temple, and the second half of the season is at Navy, at Tulane, Tulsa, at USF, SMU, at East Carolina and – if all goes according to plan – the AAC Championship.

Step Four, it needs some help.

Ohio State has a loss and doesn’t exactly look the part. The same goes for Clemson, Oklahoma has been shaky, Iowa still has a slew of tough games ahead, and really? You think Oregon won’t blow it at some point?

The big boys have to keep losing and/or looking bad. There can’t be four viable options from the Power Five conferences.

We still have several weeks to figure this out, but rest up, Cincinnati. It’s all coming together.

– Florida teams, BYU Winners & Losers
– Bama’s early win: Most Overrated Thing
– Florida’s ranking: Most Underrated Thing
– Time for alliance to work What It All Means, Week 3

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