When Auburn Number 22 is connected Penn State Last season, early in Brian Harsin’s tenure, there was a chance for an exciting win. A year later, Saturday’s matchup at Jordan-Hare Stadium was a chance to save time. That’s how quickly the narrative can change in the SEC.

Unfortunately, in a 41-12 loss to the Nittany Lions, the worst was on display as the Tigers dominated in every aspect. Auburn averaged just 3.3 yards per carry, allowing Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford to move the ball at will. Freshman Lions running back Nicholas Singleton outscored counterpart Tank Bigsby by a mile, while both TJ Finley and Robbie Ashford threw interceptions.

The seat was warm for Harsin after a rough season and poor showing. San Jose State A week ago. with bad Missouri And LSU Teams on the Horizon The embarrassing, ineffective loss to Penn State in an 87,000-strong loss at Penn State can be remembered as the moment Harsin ran out of rope.

More winners, losers and overreactions from the world of college football in Week 3.

Winners

Washington: The Huskies scored a total of 97 points. Kent State And Portland StateBut the fight against the number 11 Michigan State The offensive numbers proved to be nothing. Transfer quarterback Michael Penix Jr. was in the bag, throwing for 397 yards — hitting nine different receivers — and four touchdowns against a high-profile Big Ten opponent. Washington was one of the worst offenses in college football a year ago, allowing just 21.5 points per game during a 4-8 season. Coach Kalon DeBoer changed things quickly, and now has the Huskies as a serious competitor in the Pac-12. Washington should be the biggest pollster on Sunday.

Basketball Schools; In college basketball, the biggest and the best dominate on the gridiron. North Carolina And Kentucky It was assumed that they would be competitors. Kansas, Duke, Syracuse And Indiana All had to be cabin dwellers. Well, it’s amazing! Basketball Powers is a perfect 6-0 against Power Five competition, three weeks into an 18-0 season. Ironically, schools with basketball titles since 2000 are said to have the best football — Bayer, Florida and Michigan State — all have losses.

Oklahoma: Number 6 was given early Nebraska One of the darkest losses in program history was a 49-14 decision that was never close. Oklahoma emptied the clip offensively, and it caused major issues defensively. In Baylor’s loss, Texas And Kansas State Already, the Sooners are the new Big 12 frontrunner.

Losers

BYU: A week ago, after a top-10 win over Baylor, we were poised to throw the Cougars into the playoffs. Instead, BYU suffered an embarrassing 41-20 loss to No. 25. Oregon At the Auzen Stadium. Oregon physically dismantled BYU’s impressive front, rushing for 212 yards. BYU quarterback Jaren Hall played well, but the Cougars couldn’t create any opportunities outside of the short passing game. The Cougars had a real shot at running the table and competing for a spot in the College Football Playoff, but those dreams are now over.

Colorado: Kansas is 3-0. Duke is 3-0. Vanderbilt It’s 3-1. Arizona It’s 1-1, and it looks promising. And then there’s Colorado, which is quickly staking its claim as the worst Power Five team in college football after a 49-7 loss. Minnesota. The Buffaloes have won 128-30 in three games one 100-yard pass.

“I feel good about our attitude going into the game,” Colorado coach Carl Dorrell told reporters after the game. “We’re not really very good at playing him effectively and efficiently.”

Unless Colorado digs out the arcane rule that gives four touchdowns in lieu of a positive attitude, Dorrell’s team might not win a game this season.

Excessive reactions

Georgia It’s better than last year.: Maybe it’s worth believing that the Bulldogs can get better after losing 15 players to the NFL draft, but No. 1 Georgia’s start to the season has been incredible. The ‘Dawgs started the year with a 49-3 demolition of Oregon and finished with a 48-7 shutout on Saturday. South Carolina. Gamecox’s lone score came with 53 seconds left in the game.

But when Georgia held its first three opponents to seven points or fewer for the first time since 1954, the offense was even more impressive. Quarterback Stetson Bennett has 952 yards passing and five touchdowns in three games without a pick, with three rushing scores. Georgia has 95 combined points against FBS foes.

If the defense doesn’t rebound — and if the early returns are good — this impressive offensive performance could give Georgia a higher ceiling. After winning it all last year, this is a scary thought.

The Big Ten middle division is in disarray.: Week 3 featured the most potential Big Ten win games. The results were mixed. Southern Illinois given Northwest First FCS-over-power five win of the season. Purdue It allowed Syracuse to go down the field with 40 seconds left for the win. Nebraska allowed 49 straight points in the rivalry game against Oklahoma.

The closest call could be worse. Indiana needed overtime and a 51-yard field goal Western Kentucky Team II Division II quarterback transfer starts. Rutgers It was necessary to stop late to win with a terrible 16-14 Temple group. Add the results here Wisconsin loss Washington State at home, Iowa He scored seven points against South Dakota State and Michigan State.

Ohio State And Michigan It looks great. Penn State looks strong. Maybe Minnesota can push for eight wins. After that, it’s hard to find tough teams in this conference.



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