The Good The Bad And The NCAA
Saturdays were made for families and College Football and as we enter week 3 of the 2019 College Season, there is some really good football being played!
For the first time in roughly two years, there are no games on this week’s college football slate featuring two top-25 teams. That doesn’t mean you have to skip to Week 3, though. There’s still plenty of action Saturday, and with sizable spreads prevalent all over the place, the potential for things to get weird is certainly there.
Consider that there are eight top-25 teams playing in true road games in Week 3, including five top-10 teams. Even with some of the spreads, probability tells us that at least one or two of these games will be tighter than Vegas projects. As we navigate through Week 3, be sure to check below often as we update you with the latest scores, storylines and highlights to watch.
Here are the Big stories we are following:
UCF Handles Stanford
On a wet Saturday afternoon in Orlando Florida the Stanford Cardinals visited Spectrum Stadium commonly known as the Bounce House, and the University of Central Florida Knights ran it like a kingdom.
No matter who is behind the center, whether it is true freshman Dillon Gabriel, Notre Dame senior transfer Brandon Wimbush or Mckenzie Milton’s backup from a year ago, Darriel Mack, directing the attack, the Knights function well, and score often. The fast pace offense makes the Knights the BEST TEAM in the State of Florida, and Saturday they showed out.
The Knights (3-0) scored on six of seven possessions, building a 31-point halftime lead in what was expected to be a much tougher test for the two-time defending American Athletic Conference champions, who won their first two games of the season by a combined score of 110-14 against Florida A&M and Florida Atlantic.
Gabriel completed 22 of 30 passes, including TD throws of 28 yards to Marlon Williams, 38 yards to Tre Nixon, 38 yards to Gabriel Davis and 1-yard to Jake Hescook. Greg McCrae rushed for 109 yards and one touchdown for UCF, which has won 25 consecutive regular-season games and 28 of 29 overall since the start of 2017.
Florida overcomes QB injury, ousts Kentucky
Florida’s 31-game win streak over Kentucky came to a halt last season, but by golly, the streak is back on. The ninth-ranked Gators defeated the Wildcats 29-21 on Saturday despite losing starting quarterbackin the third quarter of action.
In Franks’ stead was junior Kyle Trask who was excellent in relief as he completed 9 of 13 pass attempts for 126 yards and also converted his only rushing attempt for a score. The game was 22-21 with a Florida edge before Josh Hammonds only rushing attempt of the evening went for a 76-yard score.
No. 25 Cavs come on strong in 4th quarter to stop Seminoles
The FSU Fallout continued on Saturday as the Seminoles find yet another way to lose a game! Despite a horrendous fourth quarter in which the Seminoles were outscored 21-7, the FSU offense was knocking at Virginia’s door with a chance to tie or win after a first-down catch by Keyshawn Helton. At that point the clock should’ve been stopped with 7 seconds left to spot the ball and reset the chains. Instead, it continued to run down.
The mishap comes just a day after another game-clock gaffe in the Wake Forest-North Carolina game, after which the ACC ruled that the referees erred on the final play and should’ve allowed UNC one more second to play.
Charlotte Explodes for 52-17 Win Over UMass
Charlotte set school records, posted an array of firsts and piled up 31 first half points on its way to a 52-17 home victory over visiting Massachusetts in front of a crowd of 12,812 Saturday night at Jerry Richardson Stadium.
The 52 points are the most scored by the 49ers against an FBS opponent. Charlotte has now scored over 40 points in three straight games for the first time in school history. R-Jr. wide receiver Tyler Ringwood and R-Fr. Ishod Finger both scored two touchdowns – their first career touchdowns for the 49ers.
Penn State survives low-scoring game against Pitt
It wouldn’t be a big game with a highly ranked opponent if Pitt wasn’t at least making things interesting. Yet the Panthers came up painfully short in a 17-10 loss to Penn State. The biggest swing of events came in the fourth quarter when the Panthers, down a touchdown and faced with a fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line, opted for a 19-yard field goal. Kicker Alex Kessman missed, proving once again that a team is better off going for it in those situations. Still, needing a touchdown vs. the field position is a non-debate. In any case, Penn State gets the win and advances.
Maryland stunned by missed opportunities in Temple loss
Remember how Maryland scored 142 points in the first two weeks? That was good enough to lead the nation in points per game, but it was irrelevant against Temple. The Terps had zero offensive points through the first half and a safety is the only reason they were on the board at all as the Owls led 7-2 at halftime. Things picked up a little bit in the second half with a pair of third-quarter touchdowns, but Temple had an answer for everything. In the end, Maryland fell 20-17 and missed opportunities will haunt them. The Terps had zero points off of three different red zone trips, including two inside the 10-yard line. That’s how you lose a game.
Ohio State cruises on the road against Indiana
First road games of the season can be tricky even for the most talented teams. That wasn’t the case with Ohio State, which raced out to a commanding 51-10 win over Indiana. Once again, Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields was a touchdown machine with four total scores, including three in the first half. However, the big surprise has been receiver Chris Olave, who had 70 yards receiving, a touchdown and even recorded a blocked punt.
Jalen Hurts leads Oklahoma past UCLA
No. 5 Oklahoma’s road trip to the Rose Bowl went as smoothly as an afternoon under the sun in Malibu. The Sooners cruised to a 48-14 victory over UCLA, pushing the Bruins to their second 0-3 start in consecutive seasons under Chip Kelly. OU dominated on the strength of its offense much like it has done all season. Jalen Hurts scored four total touchdowns and led the Sooners in passing and rushing, combining for 439 yards of total offense — the second game this season he’s easily surpassed 400 yards of offense in a game. OU has a bye next week before its Big 12 opener at home against Texas Tech.
AP Poll: Top 25 for Week 4