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    Devon Ashan of Texas A&M (Jack Gorman/Getty Images)

    One week after being stunned at home by Appalachian State and then dropping 18 points in the AP Poll, the Texas A&M Agies reclaimed with a defensive effort against AP No. 13 Miami Hurricanes, winning the marquee showdown in Week 3 with a score of 17-9.

    Miami gained nearly 400 total yards, made 27 first touchdowns and made it in the A&M on seven different drives, but ‘Canes’ couldn’t find the finish zone.

    As a result, Texas A&M moved up from second to 17th in the B/R Top 25 — with ballot papers from David Kenyon, Adam Kramer, Kerry Miller, Morgan Moriarty and Brad Shepard — while Free Miami fell from 12th on all-time road to exit. Our first team.

    The other big dips come courtesy of Michigan and Arkansas, but we’ll have more to say about these two teams soon.

    Ovarian report for top 25 after the third week:

    1. Georgia (The last week: 1)
    2. Alabama (2)
    3- Ohio (3)
    4. Michigan (4)
    5. Clemson (5)
    6- Oklahoma (8)
    7. USC (6)
    8- Oklahoma (10)
    9 – Kentucky (9)
    10. Tennessee (13)
    11. Pennsylvania (16)
    12. Ole Miss (19)
    13. Arkansas (7)
    14- North Carolina (18)
    15. Washington (NR)
    16. Utah (14)
    17. Texas A&M (NR)
    18. Oregon (NR)
    19. Wake Forest (17)
    20. Baylor (20)
    21- Texas (24)
    22- Syracuse (NR)
    23- Kansas (NR)
    24 (tie) BYU (11)
    24 (tie). Washington State (NR)

    Others receiving votes: Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Florida, Miami, Florida

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    Oregon Bo Knics (AP Photo/Andy Nelson)

    Two weeks ago, Oregon looked like a little garbage fire.

    The No. 11 preseason Duck No. 3 allowed Georgia to score touchdown points on each of its first seven possessions of the game. And we’re not talking about short driving either. The average starting field position in Georgia for those seven engines was her 23.5-yard streak, but Dogs kept going in the field, and not once did they need to attempt a fourth down turn.

    And in that 49-3 loss, let’s just say the attack looked as powerless as the defense.

    Under first-year coach Dan Lanning, though, the Ducks did a great job getting back into the proverbial horse, smashing Eastern Washington 70-14 in Week 2 before Saturday’s most impressive 38-20 win over No. 12 BYU.

    Bo Nix’s first-team attack couldn’t do anything against Georgia, but after scoring in each of their first seven possessions against the Eagles, they followed it up with five touchdowns and a field goal in their first six possessions against the Eagles. Cougars. (Nicks had two transient landings and three rapid landings.)

    As a result, the Ducks led 38-7 midway through the third quarter against a BYU team that may have been, sort of, a sneak peek into the very early College Football Playoff conversation.

    Oregon has a long, steep hill to climb to get itself back into the mix, but this was a huge first step in the right direction.

    The Ducks won’t play for USC during the regular season, and they’ll get Utah home in mid-November. If they can stay hot and score an impressive 3-0 win over Washington State next Saturday, the 11-1 regular season with the only defeat on the road* against the nation’s top team is still possible here.

    Oregon entered week three at number 25 in the AP poll and was found nowhere in our rankings, but this phrase’s win comfortably returns the ducks to our top 20. Expect a similar jump in an AP poll on Sunday.

    *You could try calling it a location-neutral game because it was in Atlanta and not in Athens, but it was a road game.

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    KJ Jefferson in Arkansas (AP Photo/Michael Woods)

    Every now and then, the FCS team upsets a ranked opponent.

    According to NCAA.comThere have been six such games dating back to 1978, including Montana over No. 20 in Washington in the first week of last season.

    The AP Top 10 loses to an FCS opponent, though?

    It’s only happened once, when the famous Appalachian (in) No. 5 Michigan surprised their 2007 campaign opening.

    That’s still true after week three, but Missouri State coach Bobby Petrino was sure his former CFP’s life was flashing before his eyes.

    Thanks in part to the Razorback’s early falter, Missouri State jumped to a 17-0 lead early on to No. 10 in Arkansas. Former Utah State and Utah quarterback Jason Shelley quietly led the Bears in three consecutive scoring attempts, punctuating the last one with a 24-yard scramble for six points.

    The Razorbacks trimmed the deficit to three before the break and tied it up midway through the third quarter, but MO State jumped right into the lead with a running fake on Day 4 and 1 for a 47-yard touchdown, then extended. He advanced to 27-17 with a field goal early in the fourth quarter.

    This response made it feel as though the Bears were going to succeed in the historic meltdown, but the Razorbacks finally woke up and affirmed their will.

    KJ Jefferson found Raheim “Rocket” Sanders two games later for a 73-yard touchdown. And after he sacked the Hogs Shelley defense in two consecutive games and forced Bryce Stephens to an 82-yard penalty in the first touchdown of his career and Arkansas’ first lead in the game. The Razorbacks sealed the deal with a five-minute, 80-yard touchdown drive to win 38-27.

    You rarely see a team drop in the standings after winning double digits, but Hogs’ number is down at least a few points after that nibble.

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    Washington QB Michael Benicks Jr. (Jacob Snow/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

    For the first two weeks, the Michigan State Defense did an admirable job against excessive crime in western Michigan and Akron. Neither MAC team had a passing touchdown and finished with very similar pedestrian lines (21 of 36 for 193 yards; 20 of 35 for 203 yards) against the routinely destroyed minor Spartans last season.

    But in her first real test of the season, Michigan State No. 11 failed miserably in unseeded Washington.

    Former Indiana QB Michael Bennex Jr. was able to do anything he wanted in the air against the Spartans.

    In six of Washington’s first seven possessions, Penix had a lead spanning at least 22 yards. In the other, he had four completions for at least 10 yards, including a 17-yard hit to Ja’Lynn Polk wide open in the end zone just seconds before the break.

    Finally, he set the Spartans on fire for 397 yards and four touchdowns — almost all in the first three quarters — driving the Huskies into a fairly convincing turmoil 39-28.

    For fans in East Lansing, deja vu is back.

    Not only did Penix throw 606 yards and five touchdowns in two games against Michigan State in 2019 and 2020, but games like this were all too common in 2021.

    Eight of Michigan State’s 13 opponents threw for at least 280 yards and multiple touchdowns in 2021, including four cases of at least 400 yards and three or more points through the air. And if they don’t spot anything soon, the Spartans are headed into a world of trouble against the likes of Ohio, Michigan, Penn State and Maryland later in the season.

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    Georgia’s Nolan Smith (4) and Smile Mundon Jr. (2) (Charles Brock/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

    The #1 ranked Georgia Bulldogs entered Week 3 with the strongest defense in the country, allowing only one field goal during their first two games against Oregon and Samford.

    Until the bitter end against South Carolina on Saturday afternoon, it looked like they might pause the game again to cut that scoring rate down to an unreasonable 1.0 point allowed per game.

    But with a 48-0 lead and backups on the field against QB No. 2 in South Carolina, Luke Doty was able to lead the Gamecocks 45 yards down. He sealed the deal with a 13-yard scoring hit to Traevon Kenion at 3 and 11 with less than a minute left in the game.

    This is how Georgia’s lower defense streak ended in three hours, nine minutes and 21 seconds[دت بك]to the fourth quarter of[لست ر]National Championship victory over Alabama.

    This is a little longer than Avengers: Endgame (three hours and two minutes); Not long Titanic (Three hours and 14 minutes). During that time, Georgia outperformed its opponent by 150-3.

    It’s been a decade since the team last repeated as National Champion (Alabama in 2011-12), but Georgia certainly looks like a strong candidate to do so with a defense that may be unimaginably better than what was on its way to allowing 10.2 points in year 2021.

    For what it’s worth, impenetrable D was also the recipe for repeated Alabama success 10 years ago. Crimson Tide allowed 8.2 points per game in 2011, followed by 10.9 in 2012.

    It’s unbelievable that this Georgia team lost their defensive coordinator and had five defenders in the first round of the NFL Draft (eight drafted defenders overall) and didn’t miss a beat.

    I wish you good luck in Kent next weekend. The Golden Flash was saved by three points by Oklahoma in Week 2, and they will struggle to do that much damage against Georgia.

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    Hendon Hooker of Tennessee (Joe Robbins/Sportswear Icon via Getty Images)

    There was a bit of interesting work within the conference during the first three weeks of the season, but week four is the time when the business is really picking up.

    Let’s just go round by league to take the point home.

    ACC: No. 5 Clemson at No. 5 19 Wake Forest (Noon ET). It’s arguably the biggest game of the weekend and probably the biggest game of the entire ACC season. Wake Forest has an insatiable attack, but can the Deacons’ defense – who narrowly survived 37-36 against Liberty on Saturday night – make the necessary stop to save the house?

    Big 12: No. 17 Baylor, Iowa (noon EST). #21 in Texas at Texas Tech (3:30 p.m. ET) is also a big event, but Iowa State looking to improve to 4-0 at the expense of the seeded bears should be the standout game on the early roster. In each of the last three encounters between these programs, the home team has won one possession. Last year’s game came with a two-point conversion attempt in the last 30 seconds of regulation.

    Big Ten: Wisconsin at No. 3 Ohio (7:30 p.m. ET). Wisconsin was cut short by Washington State in Week 2, so this isn’t going to be the ranked showdown versus the rankings we were expecting in pre-season. But this Badgers defense, as usual, is no joke, as each of its top three opponents makes between 242 and 253 total yards. We have to assume Ohio State would do better than that, but perhaps Wisconsin at least threatens to snap up the Buckeyes’ eight-game winning streak in that streak.

    Pac-12: No. 25 Oregon in Washington State (4 p.m. ET), No. 7 USC in Oregon (9:30 p.m. ET) and No. 14 in Arizona (10:30 p.m. ET). Really choose what you want, as the three league-ranked teams are on the road to taking on a competent opponent. Washington State and Oregon are perfect 3-0, and Arizona had at least a respectable fight in their second week loss at the time — no. 11 Oklahoma. It could be one of those weeks when Pac-12 does itself no favors in its quest to end the CFP drought.

    SEC: No. 18 Florida at No. 15 Tennessee (3:30 p.m. ET). Shout out to No. 10 in Arkansas at No. 24 Texas A&M (7 p.m. ET), but the Gators-Volunteers is where it is this week as we continue our eternal quest to see if Florida QB Anthony Richardson is a legitimate star or just a crossover highlighting the champ. Alternatively, perhaps this is where Tennessee QB Hendon Hooker interacts with the Heisman conversation, and what with 36 touchdown passes, seven quick touchdowns and just three interceptions since moving to the Vols last season.

    Additional No-Conference Game: Duke at Kansas (Noon ET). Duke and Kansas play big games against each other in men’s college basketball at least a few times each decade. But do you care to guess the last time Duke and Kansas started a file football Season 3-0? It actually happened, but not seven decades ago in 1952. And if the Jayhawks win this game, it will be their first season with at least four wins since 2009. Take it to the bank that everyone will be tweeting about this game then on Saturday afternoon.