Coming into Saturday, both Texas A&M and Oregon needed big showings to prove that they weren’t as bad as many feared them to be. Up against ranked teams and each having lost already, any shot at championship contention would likely go out the window with a loss. Neither felt that sting, however, during week 3, as both got big-time wins. The #24 Aggies got theirs over #17 Miami at home by a 17-9 score line as the hosts turned to Max Johnson under center and relied upon running back Devon Achane’s performance.
He had 88 yards rushing and over 40 yards receiving (with a reception for a TD) that proved decisive despite the men from College Station only picking up 16 first downs and 264 total yards. #25 Oregon, meanwhile, got the job done against #12 BYU at home as they dominated to win 41-20. The Ducks got a sensational outing from quarterback Bo Nix under center, with the former Auburn man throwing for two touchdowns and rushing for three more. They led 24-7 at the half and 38-7 after three, so the score looks closer than it was. Another Pac-12 team also got a huge win on Saturday as Washington made a case to move into the top-25 by taking down #11 Michigan State 39-28. Michael Penix, Jr. threw for three yards short of 400 and had four TD tosses and Jalynn Polk caught three of those touchdowns and had 153 yards receiving on a massive night for the Huskies. All other ranked teams held serve on the weekend, with the top nine all winning with ease. #18 Florida sustained a close call against South Florida, but they eventually prevailed 31-28 at the Swamp.