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. Georgia Fans Did a Good Thing
There wasn’t much to note about Georgia’s 55-0 win over Arkansas State this weekend. The Bulldogs were in control the whole time and picked up an easy win, just as expected. There were some good deeds done by Georgia fans that let fans know that sometimes sports can mean more.
Georgia fans wore pink to the game to help honor Blake Anderson’s, the Arkansas State head coach, wife Wendy, who passed away battling breast cancer earlier this year. This was completely impromptu and was started on an online message board. Georgia fans deserve some props for doing a really cool thing.
2. UCF is for Real…Again
UCF has been a great program for the last few years. Whether they should be in the CFP is a debate to be had on its own. They have, however, proven to be a great team that can compete with some of the teams near the top of college football. That is true again this season.
While Stanford isn’t the same team it has been in the past, UCF took it to them. The Knights beat Stanford 45-27 and were in control of the game the entire time. There will be some competition for the New Year’s Six spot for Group of 5 conference teams, as Boise State also is having a solid start to the year. UCF though, should feel confident against most Power 5 teams they go up against.
3. Arizona State Could Compete in the Pac-12 South
One of the most competitive games on the table for college football fans featured Arizona State and Michigan State. It was an ugly game, with the final score being 10-7. Michigan State made a field goal to tie the game late in the fourth quarter, but had too many men on the field. Then they missed the second attempt and Sun Devils won the game.
With a solid win in a tough road environment, Arizona State could prove to factor into the Pac-12 South race. The frontrunner to win the division is Utah, but they could have more competition than they originally thought. If Herm Edwards can keep winning games like this, Arizona State could just win the Pac-12 South.
4. Maryland was Overrated
Maryland scored a lot of points in their first two weeks of the season against Howard and Syracuse. After beating Syracuse, the Terrapins jumped into the top 25 and looked poised for bigger things this season. They lost to Temple on Saturday and didn’t exactly look great.
Temple defeated Maryland 20-17 in Philadelphia. The Terrapins had their chances to win, including a fourth and goal from the one yard-line, which they failed to convert. Temple is a solid team, but Maryland should’ve won, especially with how their offense was playing. Now Maryland will drop out of the rankings and they may not return this season.
5. Clay Helton’s Seat is Hot
Clay Helton entered the season on the hot seat. Even after starting the season 2-0, Helton’s job was still in jeopardy for the end of the season after he finished last season 5-7. This weekend didn’t help Helton, as his Trojans lost to BYU on the road.
It was a close game and USC was starting an inexperienced quarterback, but when it comes to college football, boosters are anything but understanding. If the losses continue to pile up, Helton could be gone even before the end of the season.
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