College football Week 3 winners, losers, overreactions: Worst-case scenario for Bryan Harsin, Washington is a contender – CBS Sports

College football Week 3 winners, losers, overreactions: Worst-case scenario for Bryan Harsin, Washington is a contender - CBS Sports

when Chestnut brown met #22 Penn State last season, it was a chance for an exciting win early in Bryan Harsin’s tenure. A year later, the matchup at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday was a career-saving opportunity. That’s how quickly the narrative can change in the SEC.

Unfortunately, the worst case scenario was exposed when the Tigers were dominated in every aspect during a 41-12 loss to the Nittany Lions. Auburn averaged just 3.3 yards per carry and let Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford move the ball at will. Freshman Lions running back Nicholas Singleton outscored his counterpart, Tank Bigsby, by a mile, while both TJ Finley and Robby Ashford threw interceptions.

The seat was already hot for Harsin after a brutal offseason and a poor showing against San Jose State a week ago With bad Missouri and LSU teams on the horizon, the embarrassing, ineffective loss to Penn State in front of 87,000 strong can be remembered as the moment that Harsin ran out of rope.

Here are more Week 3 winners, losers and overreactions from around the college football world.

Winners

washington: The Huskies scored a combined 97 points against Kent State and Portland Statebut a battle with No. 11 Michigan State the eye-popping offensive numbers proved to be no fluke. Transfer quarterback Michael Penix Jr. was in his 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, scoring just 21.5 points per game in a 4-8 season. Coach Kalon DeBoer quickly turned things around, and now has the Huskies as a serious contender in the Pac-12 after tonight. Washington should be the biggest poll on Sunday.

Basketball Schools: The biggest and best in college basketball rule the gridiron. North Carolina and Kentucky were projected to be contenders. Kansas, Duke, Syracuse and Indiana all are thought to have been basement dwellers. Well, surprise! The basketball powers are a combined 18-0 three weeks into the season, including a perfect 6-0 against Power Five competition. Ironically, the schools with basketball titles since 2000 that supposedly have the best football — Baylor, Florida and Michigan State — all have losses.

Oklahoma: The No. 6 Sooners delivered Nebraska one of its darkest losses in program history with a 49-14 decision that wasn’t as close as the final score. Oklahoma emptied the clip offensively, and caused major problems defensively. With losses from Baylor, Texas and Kansas State already, the Sooners are the new Big 12 frontrunner again.

losers

BYU: A week ago, after a top-10 win over Baylor, we were ready to throw the Cougars into the playoff mix. Instead, BYU had the hangover of all (sober) hangovers in a disappointing 41-20 loss to #25 Oregon at Autzen Stadium. Oregon physically demolished BYU’s imposing front, rushing for 212 yards. BYU quarterback Jaren Hall played well, but the Cougars couldn’t create any other opportunities outside of the short passing game. The Cougars had a real shot at running the table and competing for a College Football Playoff spot, but those dreams are over now.

Colorado: Kansas is 3-0. Duke is 3-0. Vanderbilt it’s 3-1. Arizona is 1-1, and looked promising. And then there’s Colorado, which quickly stakes its claim as the worst Power Five team in college football after a 49-7 loss to Minnesota. The Buffaloes were outscored 128-30 through three games, and produced just one 100 yard pass.

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

Unless Colorado digs up an arcane rule that grants four touchdowns in exchange for a positive attitude, Dorrell’s squad might not win a game this season.

Overreactions

Georgia is better than last year: It may be sacrilegious to believe the Bulldogs could be better after losing 15 players to the NFL Draft, but No. 1 Georgia’s start to the season is incredible. The ‘Dawgs started the year with a 49-3 dismantling of Oregon, and on Saturday, they completed a 48-7 evisceration of South Carolina. The only score for the Roosters came with 53 seconds left in the game.

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

If the defense didn’t regress — and early returns are good — this impressive offensive efficiency could give Georgia an even higher ceiling. After winning it all last year, that’s a scary thought.

The Big Ten middle class is a mess: Week 3 featured most of the Big Ten playing winnable games. The results varied. Southern Illinois delivered Northwest the first FCS-over-Power Five victory of the season. Purdue allowed Syracuse to march down the field in 40 seconds for the win. Nebraska allowed 49 straight points against Oklahoma in a rivalry game.

The close calls might have been even worse. Indiana needed overtime and a 51-yard field goal to edge a Western Kentucky team starting Division II quarterback transfer. Rutgers needed a late stop to get a 16-14 win over terrible Temple a team Add those results to Wisconsin losing to Washington State at home, Iowa scoring seven against South Dakota State and Michigan State getting out of the building by Washington.

Ohio State and Michigan look great Penn State looks solid. Maybe Minnesota can push for eight wins. After that, finding serious teams in this conference is rough.

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