College football week 3 is in the books. After every week fans can take away things from what happened on the field. Here are five things learned from college football week 3.
1. Miami’s Offense can be Great
There was a lot of hype about Miami’s offense coming into the season. With D’Eriq King transferring in, it opened up a world of opportunity for the Hurricanes. Offensive coordinator Lashlee coming in from Auburn gave the offense even more hope. Those guys were paired with tight end Brevin Jordan and the offense was able to prove on Saturday that they can be great.
Miami put up 47 points in their win over Louisville. King went 18 of 30 passing for 325 yards and three touchdowns. He didn’t even run the ball that much, finishing the game with eight attempts for nine yards. Brevin Jordan once again showed he is a matchup problem with seven catches for 120 yards and a touchdown. The offense is worth watching every week in the ACC.
2. Notre Dame can be Elite at Running the Ball
Notre Dame was favored by 25 points over USF, but they played much better than that. The Fighting Irish won 52-0. They played well in all three facets of the game with the defense getting a shutout and the special teams coming up with a touchdown. It was a great effort by Notre Dame.
The most impressive thing for the Fighting Irish is their running game. They had 45 rushing attempts for 281 yards and six touchdowns. C’Bo Flemister, Chris Tyree and Kyren Williams all had big days on the ground. The offensive line is experienced and is showing how good at run blocking they are. The Fighting Irish will need to run the ball well in big games, because Ian Book will not be able to win the biggest of games with his arm alone.
3. Oklahoma State Needs Spencer Sanders
With Spencer Sanders, Tylan Wallace and Chuba Hubbard back on campus, Oklahoma State’s offense was expected to be high-powered. Sanders has dual-threat abilities at quarterback, Wallace is a big-play receiver and Hubbard is a workhorse back. The trio is very talented, but Sanders had to leave the Cowboys’ game against Tulsa with an ankle injury.
Sanders leaving the game resulted in the Cowboys scoring only 16 points. They were lucky to win the game 16-7. It took Hubbard a while to get going on the ground, as he finished with 27 carries for 93 yards and a touchdown. Tylan Wallace also struggled in the first half, but ended up with four catches for 94 yards. Sanders will have to return to the lineup soon, although third-string quarterback Shane Illingworth looked good after backup Ethan Bullock struggled.
4. UCF is Good Again
UCF has been a solid program for a while now. Coming into the season, UCF had decently high expectations, along with other AAC frontrunners Cincinnati and Memphis. Unfortunately, the Golden Knights had 10 players opt out of the season for COVID reasons.
The Golden Knights did not struggle with a lack of depth and their offense was great again vs. Georgia Tech. While Georgia Tech had the game within two scores in the fourth quarter, UCF won 49-21. UCF quarterback Dillon Gabriel passed for 417 yards and four touchdowns. The AAC better watch out for UCF.
5. Boston College was Underrated
Boston College was not highly thought-of coming into the season. Heading into the season opener against Duke, a team that is also not expected to be great, the Eagles were six point underdogs. That seemed to motivate Boston College, as they beat the Blue Devils 26-6.
Jeff Hafley got his first win as a head coach at Boston College against Duke. The Eagles might have a star on their hands in Phil Jurkovec, the Notre Dame transfer, who had 300 passing yards and two touchdowns. It will be worth watching how Boston College does in the coming weeks.
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