After a week of upsets in college football, Week Three is now upon us with more exciting matchups! Here are some of the top things to watch for this week!
Can Texas A&M Bounce Back?
If there is any team that needs a huge redemption week, it is Texas A&M. In Week Two, they lost 17-14 to Appalachian State, and it wasn’t a great performance. Now in Week Three, they face the Miami Hurricanes. The Aggies have a few questions on both sides of the ball, the first being on the offense that struggled to not only score against the Mountaineers but also in their 31-0 win over Sam Houston State in Week One. King did throw three touchdowns in Week One, but he also threw two interceptions as well. In the game against the Mountaineers, he only threw for 90 yards and no touchdowns. King has the accuracy, but he needs to find how to do it consistently while also improving his decision-making.
It is not all on King though, he needs help from his receivers to not drop passes, his line to keep him clean, and Jimbo Fisher to adjust his offensive scheme to better fit King’s strengths. The defense also needs improvement. Last week against the Mountaineers, they allowed 22 first downs and 315 total yards. If there is a weakness of the Hurricanes, it is their offensive line as they allowed Tyler Van Dyke to take four sacks last week. The Aggies need this home win because if they don’t, there will be major questions going forward.
Can Auburn Score Against Penn State?
Over two weeks so far Penn State faced Purdue and Ohio, between those matchups they have only allowed a passing completion percentage of 48%. The Nittany Lions’ secondary is led by Keaton Ellis and Joey Porter Jr. Ellis leads the secondary so far in pass breakups with four, with Porter Jr. right behind him with three. The defense in total so far through two games has 17 deflected passes. Their pass defense has been clicking, while Auburn’s passing offense has not. So far through the 2022 season, the Tigers have had two quarterbacks get playing time, those quarterbacks being T.J. Finley and Robby Ashford. Finley has been the only quarterback to throw one touchdown, it is the only passing touchdown so far compared to the four interceptions they have thrown.
If they are going to score it will be on the ground with Tank Bigsby. Last season when these two teams faced Bigsby rushed for 182 yards, and so far this season he has 29 attempts for 198 yards and three touchdowns. Bigsby will be the focal point of the offense, and Penn State will key in on him, if they are going to score they need to find out how to keep Bigsby productive.
The Texas Quarterback Situation
Quinn Ewers was looking phenomenal in his first year for the Texas Longhorns, throwing for 359 yards and two touchdowns with a 69.4% completion percentage. After suffering an AC sprain against Alabama, Ewers will now be out two to six weeks. Hudson Card came in to replace him, but also ended up suffering an injury to his right ankle on a scramble. Malik Murphy is not healthy either, so it will be Charles Wright getting the start. Wright committed to Texas in 2021, after he completed 222-of-345 passes for 2,759 yards and 35 touchdowns, while also rushing 112 times for 442 yards and five touchdowns in his senior year of high school. Wright throws the ball accurately and has the ability to throw to all three levels of the field. He also brings the rushing ability to throw off-schedule and pick up yardage. Wright will be bringing an unknown element to this offense in their matchup against UTSA.
The Kansas Jayhawks Momentum
For the first time since 2011, the Kansas Jayhawks have started 2-0. They had a dominant 56-10 win over Tennessee Tech in Week One, while they had a hard fought 55-42 win over West Virginia in Week Two. The Jayhawks’ offense has been clicking, so far they lead the nation in points per game with 55.5. It starts with their quarterback Jalon Daniels who has completed 70.2% of his passes for 408 yards and four touchdowns. His rushing ability has also been utilized as he is electric when he gets in space, rushing for 114 yards so far. In fact, the rushing attack in general leads the offense with elusive running back Devin Neal leading the way with 150 yards and four touchdowns. In total, they have rushed for the 14th most rushing yards in the nation with 497 but have done so on just 66 attempts. The Jayhawks’ defense has also been better, for the first time since 2010 it is only the third time through two games they have allowed fewer than 250 rushing yards. Can they go 3-0 with a win over Houston this week? Momentum is on their side, so there is a very great possibility they can.
The Return Of Jordan Travis
It has been an up-and-down career for Jordan Travis, but now in 2022 he looks to be turning the page. Through the first two games against Duquesne and LSU, Travis has completed 31-of-48 passes for 467 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions, and only one sack. Travis is finally looking confident and comfortable in his fourth year with the Florida State Seminoles. He is reading the field better, and placing the ball in better spots to give his receivers a chance to make a play and gain yards after. He is even doing a better job of picking up the blitz and knowing how to get rid of the ball quickly or use his legs to evade the pressure. Now, Travis will be going back to where he began his college career, Louisville.
In that 2018 season for Louisville, Travis was buried on the depth chart behind Jawon Pass and the Cardinals’ current starter, Malik Cunningham. This led to Travis transferring to Florida State. As Travis is showing improvement this year, Cunningham has struggled completing 30-of-51 passes for 353 yards and no passing touchdowns while throwing two interceptions. The last time Travis faced his former team was in their 48-16 loss in 2020 where Travis struggled completing 43.8% of his passes for only one touchdown and an interception. He will now be carrying momentum into this matchup as he continues to improve.