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The Week That Was: Week Three

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Week Three leaves us with more questions than answers

NCAA Football: Maryland at Temple Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Wins over the Power Five

Temple over Maryland: Just one week after the Terps shocked the world by blowing out a ranked Syracuse team they had to get up to play what is an underrated Temple team. The Owls defense made this game ugly and kept Maryland’s offense in check for most of it. The Owls win on a last one handed touchdown grab that you HAVE to see.

UCF over Stanford: This is far from any kind of upset. The Knights were favored in Vegas and rightfully so. UCF went up 21-0 seven minutes into this game and never looked back. Stanford which had been a really solid Pac 12 team the last decade was outclassed. More on UCF and this game a little later. Knights get the win, 45-27.

NCAA Football: Stanford at Central Florida Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Eastern Michigan over Illinois: Another year, another win over a Big Ten team for the Eagles. The program has come a long way from being the doormat of the MAC. Chris Chreighton’s group is in just about every game the play and this time it resulted in a win. Quarterback Mike Glass has a huge day and the defense holds the Illini late. The Eagles win, 34-31.

NCAA Football: Eastern Michigan at Illinois Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

Air Force over Colorado: Another team that was coming off of a big win in week 2 was Colorado. It looked as though the Falcons were dead in the fourth quarter when the Buffs took a 13 point lead but Air Force came storming back to tie it and send it to over time. In overtime Kadin Remsberg rips off a 25 yard run for the score and Air Force gets the win, 30-23. Are the Falcons the best team in the state? We’ll find out later this season.

NCAA Football: Air Force at Colorado Russell Lansford-USA TODAY Sports

Citadel over Georgia Tech: Not a whole lot to say about this one other than this comes just a week after Georgia Tech gets a much needed win over USF. They also lost to a team that.... ya know.... runs the triple option. Just throwing it out there. Bulldogs win in overtime, 27-24.

NCAA Football: The Citadel at Georgia Tech Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

Games of the Week

Southern Miss at Troy: The Golden Eagles have looked improved so far this year but this would a tough test against an established Sun Belt program and what some consider a rival in Troy. This game didn’t have a whole lot of defense but it did have a ton of explosive plays. Southern Miss had a late lead but the Trojans didn’t go down without a fight. With just over eleven minutes left in the fourth quarter Jaylon Adams does it again! This time it was a 100 yard kickoff return for a touchdown and that would thwart off the comeback attempt. Eagles win, 47-42.

Ohio at Marshall: What used to be a yearly MAC matchup is now rarely played but this one was just as intense as it used to be AND the winner gets ‘The Bell.’ Two really good football teams going back and forth the whole game. But with 7:45 left to play quarterback Isiah Green find dynamic play-maker Xavier Gaines for a 43 yard touchdown and that would seal the deal for the Thundering Herd. Marshall wins, 33-30.

Georgia Southern at Minnesota: Georgia Southern is off to a rocky start this season but a win here would’ve been a nice turning point before they start Sun Belt play. The Eagles traveled to Minnesota for this one and played their best game all year. The two teams would trade scores back and forth all game. Georgia Southern had a late fourth quarter lead when the Gophers scored a late touchdown to seal the deal. Eagles lose but look impressive, 35-32.

NCAA Football: Georgia Southern at Minnesota Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Top Dogs

TJ McDaniel- RB, SMU: The Mustangs got a lopsided win over Texas State on Saturday and McDaniel’s performance on the ground was a big reason why. He had 159 yards and three touchdowns.

Dillon Gabriel- QB, UCF: The Knights rolled Stanford and Gabriel showed why this coaching staff picked him to be the starter. Gabriel has 347 yards and four touchdown passes.

NCAA Football: Stanford at Central Florida Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Malcolm Perry- QB(kinda), Navy: The stats through the air for any Navy QB will never pop off the page but Perry had an impressive day on the ground for the Midshipmen. He had 156 yards and had four touchdowns in Navy’s big win over East Carolina.

NCAA Football: East Carolina at Navy Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Robison- QB, FAU: The Owls finally got a win this week against Ball State and Robison showed why he was highly touted out of high school. He had 366 yards and four touchdowns.

NCAA Football: Central Florida at Florida Atlantic Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Quez Watkins- WR, Southern Miss: Jaylon Adams had a big impact on Southern Miss’ win over Troy but you can’t overlook the day that Watkins had either. He had seven catches for 209 yards and two touchdowns.

NCAA Football: Southern Mississippi at Marshall Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

Xavier Gaines- TE/QB, Marshall: A very versatile player and while the stat sheet didn’t pop off Gaines had a huge impact in Marshall’s win against Ohio. He had a 26 yard touchdown run in the first quarter but also had the game winning 43 yard touchdown catch.

NCAA Football: Gasparilla Bowl-Marshall vs South Florida Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

In the Dog House

(Side note: Not a whole lot of negativity in this weeks action so this is all I got)

Frank Wilson- HC, UTSA: I’m going to sound like a broken record here but it needs to be repeated.... This seemed like a great hire on paper. A bright offensive mind that got off to a hot start and recruiting saw a significant uptick. For whatever reason something hasn’t clicked. Could be injuries but at some point the wins and losses will matter for Wilson.

NCAA Football: Texas-San Antonio at Arizona State Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Walt Bell- HC, UMass: This was basically a year zero for Bell so I am by no means calling for a change. But through three weeks the Minutemen look like one of the five worst teams in the country. This is a complete rebuild without a doubt but the on field product the last few weeks lands them in the dog house.

Tweets of the week

Eye-row-knee

The Vols finally win!

Don’t count them out, they can still win the south.

Final thoughts

Georgia shows that some things are bigger than the game: This week Arkansas State traveled to Athens Georgia to take on the Bulldogs. They would lose that game as most probably expected but on this day it wasn’t about who won or lost. It was about the really solid gesture that Georgia and their fans did for Arkansas State’s head coach Blake Anderson and his late wife Wendy. Anderson called it “one of the classiest gestures I’ve ever seen” and he’s spot on about that. What a cool moment for all involved.

Marshall is starting to separate itself from the pack: Last week we had our fun at the expense of Conference USA but looking around the league it appears to me that the Thundering Herd could be the team to beat. They didn’t have their best showing against a good Boise state team but they still almost won that game and they beat MAC favorite Ohio this weekend. Don’t look now but a conference championship game could be coming to Huntington.

UCF continues to impress: The Knights got another win over a power five team on Saturday and it was never really close. This win won’t convince the ones that doubt every move UCF makes but you can’t deny the consistency level that the program continues to operate at. It is the true definition of the word impressive. They’ll get another chance against a power five opponent this week on the road at Pitt.

NCAA Football: Stanford at Central Florida Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

BONUS

Furman beating Virginia Tech would’ve been something else. I’m gonna call this #PaladinGate