2017 College Football Week 3: What We Learned

Well, it was another exciting week in college football. Here’s what we learned:

  1. Texas is back. Kind of. We’ll see. The Longhorns had a great showing, going on the road at USC, only losing 27-24 in overtime. This game was by far the brightest spot of this fledgling Tom Herman era of Texas football. This win also looks great for Maryland, who dominated Texas in week one. It may be too early to say officially, but it looks like this Texas team isn’t as bad as we originally thought early on.
  2. The state of Ohio can produce exciting football that doesn’t involve Ohio State. This weekend, Cincinnati outscored Miami (OH) 18-3 in the 4th quarter to win the rivalry game 21-17 on the road. It was one of the most exciting football games so far this season, and one that most people probably wouldn’t usually watch, but it’s a reminder that anything can happen on any given Saturday, especially between rivals.
  3. Clemson is officially 100% for real, and no one can doubt it anymore. For the second week in a row, the Tigers defeated a top 15 AP team, killing Louisville in a true road game 47-21. They consistently showed throughout the game that they were the better team, which is really difficult to do when you’re up against one of the best quarterbacks in college football and the reigning Heisman Trophy winner. If anyone still had doubts about this team, they should hop on the bandwagon now while they still can.
  4. Tennessee lives and dies by the Hail Mary. It seems like every time we see the Volunteers play, they’re in a close game decided by a Hail Mary with absolutely no time left on the clock. Many may recall their insane win against Georgia last year. This week, they fell to Florida 26-20 on a game winning bomb as time expired. It’s a tough loss for Butch Jones, who’s already situated nicely on the hot seat, and an absolute heartbreaker for Vols fans.
  5. The AAC is looking more and more like a Power 6 conference each week. We’ve all seen the slogan “American Pow6r”. It’s almost become a meme because of its overuse by Commissioner Mike Aresco and the conference executives as a whole. But, to be honest, the American has had a solid season. This past week, Memphis took down Pac-12 power AP #25 UCLA, and SMU went toe-to-toe for most of their game against Big-12 power AP #20 TCU. Not to mention that USF is ranked, and Houston has looked solid and could find themselves ranked soon as well. Navy’s also had a strong start to the season. There’s still a lot of football to be played, but the American is definitely gaining some “street cred” this season.

There’s plenty of football still to come! Can’t wait to see what we learn in Week 4!

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Sam Smith

Sam has been with MSB since 2015. He covers stories ranging from all things Maryland to breaking national stories, specializing in the NFL, and college football and basketball. He currently resides in Dallas, Texas, where he attends Southern Methodist University (SMU).

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