College football season is officially in full swing after the conclusion of week three this past Saturday.
Week three kicked off on Fri., September 13 with many matchups, most notably, the matchup between the twentieth ranked Washington State University Huskies (3-0) and the Houston University Cougars (1-2) in the Advocare Texas Kickoff game. Washington State and head coach Mike Leach were able to defeat Houston and new coach Dana Holgerson 31-24, pushing their season opening undefeated streak to three. Quarterback Anthony Gordon ‘20 had a big game, throwing for 440 yards and three touchdowns. Houston’s star quarterback D’Eriq King ‘20 struggled through the air, but was able to add 94 yards rushing and 2 rushing touchdowns on 17 carries.
Saturday started with an uncharacteristically underwhelming slate of games, in which there was not a single matchup between ranked teams.
ESPN’s College Gameday headed out to Ames, Iowa for the very first time for the interstate matchup between the nineteenth Iowa University Hawkeyes (3-0) and instate rivals, the Iowa State Cyclones (1-1). Iowa came out on top by a point, 18-17 after a late field goal by kicker Keith Duncan ‘21. Iowa State University quarterback Brock Purdy ‘22 put in a valiant effort in defeat, completing 23 of 34 passes for 276 yards and a touchdown.
The top ranked Clemson University Tigers (3-0) won a big road game over the unranked Syracuse University Orange (1-2), 41-6. The defending national champions were led by quarterback Trevor Lawrence ‘22, who completed 22 of 39 passes for 395 yards and 4 touchdowns. Wide receivers Tee Higgins ‘21 and Amari Rogers ‘21 both went for a combined 271 yards on 13 catches. The Clemson defense held the Syracuse offense to under 200 yards of total offense.
The second ranked Alabama University Crimson Tide (3-0) rolled over the South Carolina University Gamecocks (1-2) 47-23. Quarterback Tua Tagovalioa ‘21 threw for 444 yards and 5 touchdowns, with a near perfect QBR of 95.3. Alabama receivers Devonta Smith ‘21 and Henry Ruggs III ‘21 both had huge games. Smith caught 8 passes for 136 yards and 2 touchdowns. Ruggs III caught 6 passes for 122 yards and an 81 yard touchdown reception.
Other notable results from this week included unranked Brigham Young University Cougars (2-1) upsetting the twenty-fourth ranked University of Southern California Trojans (2-1) 30-27 in overtime, the fourth ranked Oklahoma Sooners (3-0) dismantled the UCLA Bruins (0-3) behind another stellar performance from QB Jalen Hurts ‘20, 48-14, the ninth ranked Florida University Gators (3-0) escaped an upset bid from the Kentucky University Wildcats (2-1), winning on the road 29-21 and the thirteenth ranked Penn State Nittany Lions(3-0) won a tough matchup against the rival Pittsburgh Panthers (1-2) 17-10.
Week 4 is headlined by a couple of big games. Firstly, the Michigan University Wolverines (2-0) will travel to Wisconsin to take on the undefeated Wisconsin University Badgers (2-0) in a matchup of two undefeated Big 10 teams. The Texas A&M University Aggies (2-1) will look to get back on track, as they host the eighth ranked Auburn University Tigers (3-0). The biggest game of the week will see two blue blood programs collide as the seventh ranked Notre Dame University Fighting Irish (2-0) will head to Athens, Georgia, to matchup with the third ranked Georgia University Bulldogs (3-0).