Week 3 of the school football season was highlighted extra by the happenings off the area than the video games that occurred on the area. Arizona State and Nebraska are each searching for new head coaches, and College Gameday lastly got here into Boone, North Carolina (seemed like a spectacular time by the means, I’m positively going to Boone for a game).
Nevertheless, we had school football on Saturday, which suggests we’ve extra winners and losers from round the nation. Let’s break them down right here.
Winner: Michael Penix Jr.
Have a day, Michael Penix Jr.! The switch from Indiana threw for 397 yards and 4 touchdowns as the Washington Huskies knocked off the Michigan State Spartans 39-28. Penix carved the Spartan protection from inside the pocket and exterior the pocket, together with this strike that gave the Huskies a 29-8 lead.
Loser: Mario Cristobal’s game management
Miami and Texas A&M performed what individuals name a “football game” on Saturday in College Station, a 17-9 Aggie victory. Miami was spectacular, however for all the improper causes. They in some way: out-gained the Aggies in whole yardage, had extra yards per carry, and but nonetheless lost.
The most staggering a part of this was Hurricanes’ head coach Mario Cristobal and his questionable clock management. Cristobal settled for area objectives in the crimson zone usually, the most egregious of which got here in the 4th quarter with eight minutes left, turning a two possession game…right into a two possession game. The Hurricane offense struggled mightily, with the receivers notching six drops, however Cristobal wanted to know that he may not have gotten one other probability like that to attain a landing for the remainder of the game.
Naturally, Cristobal’s management got here into query on Twitter:
Miami followers getting a style of that candy, candy Mario Cristobal Game Management ™ that Oregon followers loved a lot
— Alex Kirshner (@alex_kirshner) September 18, 2022
Unfortunately for Miami, Mario Cristobal introduced his game management expertise from Oregon.
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) September 18, 2022
You needed Mario Cristobal, Miami?
Well, that comes with Mario Cristobal Game Management:
It is not good. Actually, it’s the reverse of that. It’s horrible.
And no – you’ll be able to’t uninstall it.
— Cameron Soran (@cameronsoran) September 18, 2022
Cristobal has at all times been this manner as a coach, which makes what he did towards the Aggies disappointing, however not stunning. Miami ought to be positive; they did not have main receiver Xavier Restrepo in College Station, and six drops could not occur once more. However, Cristobal’s game management ought to be worrisome for followers.
Winner: Brock Bowers and wherever they make different Brock Bowers
Wherever Georgia discovered Brock Bowers, no matter lab they created him in, no matter tremendous soldier serum they gave him: they should make it open to the public as a result of Brock Bowers is just not actual.
Bowers had 5 catches for 121 yards and two touchdowns, and additionally ran for a TD in the Bulldogs’ 45-7 demolition of South Carolina. It wasn’t simply Bowers dominating, it was how he did it that makes him particular. The first landing was an finish round, a mere two performs after Georgia ran a jet sweep with him. Reminder: HE IS A TIGHT END AND HE OUTRAN A DB TO THE ENDZONE!
The second landing was a fade route the place Bowers is just too large of a human being to defend that go. You can strive, however you’ll completely fail.
The last landing may need been the funniest one. Bowers is left broad open by the Gamecock protection and he rumbles into the endzone. Two defenders tried to deal with him, and each ended up on a TikTookay someplace, a disgrace actually:
People name him “Baby Gronk” however in actuality he jogs my memory loads of Travis Kelce or peak Greg Olsen. People should not have the ability to transfer like he does at his measurement, and but he makes these performs on the regular. He won’t be draft eligible till 2024, however he is already solidified himself as the greatest TE in the nation.
Loser: Purdue’s late game technique
If Purdue needed to play each single game on demise defying mode like combating Tree Sentinel in Elden Ring, I respect it. However, you’ll be able to’t shoot your self in the foot in these video games. Against Syracuse, the Boilermakers placed on a masterclass in learn how to lose a football game.
Let’s set the scene: Purdue scores with below a minute to play in the game, then commits not one, however TWO unsportsmanlike conduct penalties, forcing them to kick off from their very own ten yard line. It did create this stunning visible, nevertheless:
Purdue simply took the lead with a minute left and then instantly acquired two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties, forcing them to kickoff from their very own 10 yard line lol pic.twitter.com/FQty73P6vG
— SB Nation (@SBNation) September 17, 2022
On high of that, when the Orange acquired the ball dedicated holding and go interference on two separate third and tens earlier than Syracuse QB Garrett Shrader threw the game successful TD.
Overall, the Boilermakers dedicated 13 penalties for 138 yards, however 4 in the last minute of a football game is absurd.
Winner: Marty Smith
I aspire to be Marty Smith. Having enjoyable wherever he is at, speaking to residents of Boone, North Carolina about beer or leaping right into a lake carrying a go well with.
He merely deserves the world.
Loser: The Auburn booster membership
Sold out crowd at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
A ranked, however very beatable Penn State group coming into city.
What does a Bryan Harsin-led group do?
They exit and die. One of these gradual, painful deaths.
The Nittany Lions embarrassed the Auburn Tigers 41-12 in a game the place Auburn seemed overmatched, and that falls on the head coach.
Harsin is meant to be an offensive man. Well, the offense positive was offensive, solely giving star RB Tank Bigsby 9 whole carries, whereas platooning at the QB place simply made issues worse. To be honest, you might put Cam Newton behind that offensive line and with that teaching workers and he would not succeed.
Defensively, the Tigers had been completely dominated up entrance. What was alleged to be a energy for the Tigers rapidly turned a weak point; Penn State had their means up entrance en path to 245 dashing yards and 5 TDs on the floor.
The purpose this loser is the Auburn booster membership and not Bryan Harsin is that Harsin will in all probability find yourself nicely off. His buyout is in the $18 million vary and he can go do coaches rehab at Alabama earlier than taking some job in California later.
The Auburn booster membership tried to fireside Harsin in the offseason. The investigation into alleged mistreatment of gamers and the rumor on social media that Harsin had an affair was all a solution to strive and fireplace him for trigger, so they would not pay the buyout. Why would not they need to pay the buyout? Because they’re paying Gus Malzahn $21.7 million in buyout cash. The investigation was, in a phrase, a shitshow, and Harsin stored his job amongst literal chaos on the Plains. Oh, and the athletic director who employed Harsin was fired simply weeks earlier than the season.
Auburn dug themselves into this gap. The issues you see on the area are a mirrored image of poor management at the high. Management by the boosters who do not know what they need in a coach, setting the Tigers again and touchdown them in the doldrums of the SEC.