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Week 3 2023 College Football Recap And Top Performers






You can't deny it—college football this season is unlike anything we have ever seen.


Much of that is due to the influence of Coach Prime, but in general, the energy this season is as high as it has ever been.


With all this said, let's review what we learned this past week.

 

What Did We Learn in Week 3?


  • After the comments made by Colorado State coach Jay Norvell prior to this game, many would have assumed that Coach Prime's team was going to run over them. Instead, we were treated to one of the most the most epic games you will ever watch. The Rams took the lead early over the Buffaloes, but the Shedeur Sanders, minus his favorite target, Travis Hunter, found a way to tie the game and send it into overtime.  After two overtimes, Coach Prime's Buffaloes were able to overcome the Rams' dirty tactics (16 penalties for 176 yards) to stay undefeated. It's official: Colorado has become the center of the college football world, and it is being led by Coach Prime.


  • Notre Dame is college football's only 4-0 team. It is not the fact that they are winning games; it is the manner in which they are beating opponents. This squad is the real deal.


  • It's official: Miami quarterback Tyler Van Dyke has returned to his 2021 self. As a matter of fact, he looks  better than that, as Bethune-Cookman found out the hard way. With Van Dyke playing at such a high level, the Hurricanes are destined for a spot in this year's ACC title game.


  • Oklahoma is low-key, the most dangerous team in college football. When quarterback Dillon Gabriel is performing at a high level, the rest of the team follows suit. In their first two games, the Sooners averaged over 50 points per game. After dropping 66 points on Tulsa, that average will soon increase again. They are one heck of a team. 


  • When Jayden Daniels and the LSU offense are firing on all cylinders, they are nearly impossible to beat. He and receiver Malik Nabers absolutely demoralized Mississippi State. It kind of makes you wonder how they lost to Florida State the way they did.


  • Speaking of Florida State, they were lucky to escape Boston College with a win. Truth be told, the Eagles were the better team even though they trailed the entire game. The Seminoles weaknesses were exposed in such a way that they may not be as good as once advertised.


  • Don't look now, but Taulia Tagovailoa and his Maryland Terrapins are 3-0 and looking like a dangerous team. Can they beat the likes of Michigan or Ohio State? That remains to be seen. For now, this team is well balanced and should be taken very seriously. 


  • Tennessee should be ashamed of itself. Not just because of the fact that they lost to Florida but because of the brawl they instigated at the end of the contest. Simply put, the Volunteers are not the team we thought they were.


  • Quarterback Garrett Shrader is a star, and he is taking Syracuse to higher heights this season. The Orangemen are a team to watch in the ACC.


  • One team that should be getting more attention is Missouri. After their dramatic win over Kansas State, they are 3-0 and only getting better; oh, and they have one heck of a kicker in Harrison Mevis. Expect them to be in the Top 25 after this week.


  • There may be no more efficient offense in college football than Washington's. When Michael Penix Jr. and his band of receivers get going, they can score points at will. To make a long story short, their contest against Michigan State was over by the end of the fourth quarter.


  • Ohio State has truly found their offensive groove back, as they showed in their win over Western Kentucky. Marvin Harrison Jr. registered his second straight game with 100+ receiving yards, while the defense registered their first touchdown of the season. Everything that could go right went right for the Buckeyes on this day.


  • When it comes to Alabama, we learned this week that a team without a quarterback simply cannot win games. After starting Tyler Buchner, Nick Saban learned quickly that he was not the right one and replaced him mid-game with Ty Simpson. Thankfully for Saban, Dallas Turner, and the rest of the Crimson Tide, defensively kept Southern Florida at bay. The biggest takeaway from this game is that this year's team has a serious quarterback problem that needs to be rectified quickly.


  • Penn State continued its winning ways by beating Illinois. The biggest concern for the Nittany Lions right now, the status of their star quarterback, Drew Allar, who injured his right arm during the game. Without him, this team may not be as formidable as we once thought.


  • For at least a quarter, South Carolina looked like it could hang with Georgia. Eventually, the Bulldogs woke up and put away the Gamecocks in the second half. It is becoming abundantly clear that they don't have enough to be contenders in the SEC.

 

Top Performers For Week 3



Offense -


K Harrison Mevis - Missouri

QB Brayden Fowler-Nicolosi - Colorado State

QB Dillon Gabriel - Oklahoma

QB Shedeur Sanders - Colorado

RB Trevor Etienne - Florida

QB Jayden Daniels - LSU

QB Kaidon Salter - Liberty

WR Malik Nabers - LSU

QB Tyler Van Dyke - Miami

QB Garrett Shrader - Syracuse

QB Brady Cook - Missouri

RB Audric Estime - Notre Dame

WR Tory Horton - Colorado State

WE Louis Brown IV - Colorado State

QB Sam Hartman - Notre Dame

QB Cameron Ward - Washington State

QB Michael Penix Jr. - Washington

QB Drake Maye - North Carolina

WR Rome Odunze - Washington

QB Taulia Tagovailoa - Maryland

RB Alex Tecza - Navy

WR Xavier Restrepo - Miami

RB Blake Watson - Navy

RB Jonathon Brooks - Texas

WR Luther Burden - Missouri



Defense -


LB Dallas Turner - Alabama

DB Shilo Sanders - Colorado

DL Tyleik Williams - Ohio State

DL Mohamed Kamara - Colorado State

DL T.J. Sanders - South Carolina

DL Kameron Butler - Virginia

DB Tarheeb Still - Maryland

LB Daniel Green - Kansas State

LB Juwan Mitchell - Colorado

LB Marlowe Wax - Syracuse

LB Nick Jackson - Iowa

DB Jerrin Thompson - Texas

LB Trevin Wallace - Kentucky

LB Deontae Lawson - Alabama

EDGE Andrew Chatfield - Oregon State

LB Harold Perkins Jr. - LSU

DL Thomas Gore - Miami

DL Josh Ellison - Navy

DB Kamari Lassiter - Georgia

LB Alec Mock - Air Force

LB Jamon Dumas-Johnson - Georgia

LB Jack Kiser - Notre Dame

DL Jared Verse - Florida State

LB Nathaniel Watson - Mississippi State



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