The third week of the college football season was highlighted more by off-field events than by games that took place on the field. Arizona Nebraska and Nebraska are both looking for new head coaches, and College Gameday is finally in Boone, North Carolina (sounds like a great time by the way, I’m definitely going to Boone for a game).
However, we had college football on Saturday, which means we have more winners and losers from all over the country. Let’s break them down here.
Winner: Michael Benicks Jr.
I wish you one day, Michael Bennex Jr.! The transfer from Indiana threw 397 yards and four touchdowns like Huskies in Washington knocked off Michigan State Spartans 39-28. Penix carved out-of-pocket and out-of-pocket Spartan defense, including this hit that gave the Husky a 29-8 lead.
Loser: Managing the Mario Cristobal game
Miami and Texas A&M He played what people call a “football match” on Saturday at College Station, with Agee winning 17-9. Miami was great, but for all the wrong reasons. They are in a way: They gained Aggies in yardage, had more yards per load, and yet they lost.
The most impressive part of this was Hurricanes coach Mario Cristobal and his questionable management around the clock. Cristobal settled on field goals in the red area quite often, the most horrible of which was in the fourth quarter with eight minutes left, turning a game of two possession … into a game of possession. Hurricane’s attack battled hard, with the recipients scoring six drops, but Cristobal needed to know he probably didn’t get another chance like this to score a touchdown for the rest of the match.
Naturally, Cristobal’s management came into question on Twitter:
Miami fans get a taste of the sweet and sassy Mario Cristobal Game Management™ that Oregon fans enjoyed so much
– Alex Kirshner (@alex_kirshner) September 18 2022
Unfortunately for Miami, Mario Cristobal brought his game management skills over from Oregon.
– Dan Clouds (@DanClouds) September 18 2022
Did you like Mario Cristobal, Miami?
Well that comes with Mario Cristobal Game Management:
It’s not good. In fact, it’s the opposite. It is horrible.
And no – you can’t uninstall it.
– Cameron Soran (@cameronsoran) September 18 2022
Cristobal has always been that way as a coach, which makes what he did against the team frustrating, but not surprising. Miami must be fine; They didn’t have a pioneer Xavier Restrepo receiver at College Station, and six drops might never happen again. However, Cristobal’s management must be worrisome for fans.
Winner: Brock Bowers and wherever they make other Brock Bowers
Wherever Georgia finds Brock Powers, whatever lab they set up in, whatever super-soldier serum they give him: they need to make it open to the public because Brock Powers isn’t real.
Bowers had five grabs for 121 yards and two touchdowns, and also ran for a TD at the Bulldogs 45-7 demolition in South Carolina. Not only was Powers dominant, it was the way he did it that made him special. The first landing was an end around him, just two plays after Georgia ran with him in a jet-set sweep. Reminder: It’s a tight end and subtracts decibels to the end zone!
The second touchdown was a fading lane where Bowers is simply too big to defend this pass. You can try, but you will fail completely.
The last landing was perhaps the funniest. Bowers was left wide open by Gamecock’s defense as he rushed toward the end zone. A couple of defenders tried to tackle it, and they ended up on TikTok somewhere, really shameful:
People call it “Baby Gronk” but it actually reminds me a lot of Travis Kelsey or the heyday of Greg Olsen. People shouldn’t be able to move around as he does in his size, yet he makes these plays in the normal position. He won’t be eligible to enlist until 2024, but he’s already solidified himself as the best TE company in the country.
Loser: Purdue’s Late Game Strategy
If Purdue wants to play every game in a death challenge mode like the Tree Sentinel fight in Elden Ring, I respect it. However, you cannot shoot yourself in the foot in these games. Against Syracuse, the Boilermakers put together an advanced lesson in how to lose a football match.
Let’s set the scene: Purdue scores less than a minute into the game, then commits not one, but two unsportsmanlike penalty kicks, forcing them to break off their ten-yard line. I created this beautiful visual, however:
Bordeaux just took a minute ahead on the left and then immediately took two penalties with unsportsmanlike behaviour, forcing them to break off from their 10-yard line. pic.twitter.com/FQty73P6vG
– SB Nation (SBNation) September 17, 2022
Furthermore, when the orange got the ball, the pass committed to intervening in separate thirds and scores before Syracuse QB Garrett Shrader threw the match with a TD win.
Overall, Boilermakers committed 13 penalties for 138 yards, but four in the last minute of a football match is absurd.
Winner: Marty Smith
I aspire to be Marty Smith. Have fun wherever it is, talking to the natives of Boone, North Carolina over a beer or jumping into a lake in a suit.
He simply deserves the world.
Loser: Auburn Booster Club
Crowds sold out at Jordan Hare Stadium.
The Penn State team is seeded but very winnable coming to town.
What is the team led by Brian Harsin doing?
They go out and die. One of those agonizing slow deaths.
Black Nittany the . embarrassed Auburn tigers 41-12 in a game where Auburn seemed to be too much, and that fell to the coach.
Harsin is supposed to be an offensive man. Well, offense was definitely offensive, giving star RB Tank Bigsby nine campaigns total, while QB’s platoon made things worse. To be fair, you could put Cam Newton behind that offensive line with that coaching staff and it wouldn’t work.
Defensively, the Tigers completely dominated up front. What was supposed to be a strength for the tigers quickly became a weakness. Penn State had its way forward on the way to 245 yards and five TDs on the floor.
The reason this loser is the Auburn Booster Club and not Bryan Harsin is because Harsin will probably end up with him. His purchase is worth $18 million and he can go do coach rehab in Alabama before taking some jobs in California later.
The Auburn Booster Club attempted to fire Harsin in the off-season. Investigating the alleged abuse of players and rumors on social media that Harsin was having an affair were all way of trying to get him fired for some reason, so they wouldn’t push the buyout. Why don’t they want to push the buyout? Because they pay Gus Malzahn $21.7 million in takeover money. The investigation was, in short, a dirty show, and Harsin kept his job amid the literal chaos of the Plains. Oh, and the athletic director who hired Harsin was fired just weeks before the season.
Auburn dug herself in this hole. The problems you see on the field are a reflection of poor management at the top. Managed by boosters who don’t know what they want in a boss, which results in the tigers turning back and getting caught in the doldrums of the SEC.