Week 3 in college football was much more like it. After a thrilling opening weekend, week 2 was a bit of a letdown. But week 3 picked up matters significantly again with plenty to talk about. Perhaps the biggest match-up was #1 Alabama’s trip to Florida to take on the #11 Gators. The Tide had built up an early 21-3 lead after the first quarter and looked set to hammer the hosts in Gainesville, but the Gators battled back to make a game of it heading into the fourth. A late touchdown got them to within two, but they failed to obtain the two-point conversion, causing them to fall 31-29 to the team in crimson.
Bryce Young had three touchdown tosses for Alabama and 240 yards in a game that showed that maybe, just maybe the Tide are more vulnerable than we thought. Elsewhere, Penn State hosted Auburn in a clash of top-25 teams. The home team came out on top, coming back from two early deficits to claim a 28-20 victory. The Nittany Lions, ranked #10, got 280 yards and two TD’s out of QB Sean Clifford as they downed the #22 Tigers in what was Auburn’s first trip into Big Ten territory in quite some time. The only other game on the day that featured two ranked teams against one another saw #23 BYU overcome #17 Arizona State by a score of 27-17. The Cougars’ defense created four turnovers and held on to go 3-0 on the season. As far as upsets go, #24 Miami fell to Michigan State 38-17, West Virginia defeated #15 Virginia Tech 27-21, and #13 UCLA lost 40-37 to Fresno State. The likes of #3 Oklahoma, #6 Clemson, and #8 Cincinnati all warded off potential upsets that could have cost them a shot at the College Football Playoff later this year.