Photo courtesy of Taris Smith/Louisville Athletics
Week 3 of the 2020 college football season is officially in the books.
While it may be different, we certainly have seen plenty of action early on across the country. In fact, we had so many great games this week, we’ve decided to name our top five performing teams for this past college football Saturday.
5. Louisiana Tech
With the SEC not joining the party until next week, and the Big Ten and Pac 12 still a ways away, you’re going to see a lot of little guys on this list. The Bulldogs are no exception.
Coming into Southern Mississippi as 5.5-point underdogs, Louisiana Tech rallied from a 17-point deficit in the third quarter to pull out a last-minute 31-30 win.
The Bulldogs were down six starters heading into Saturday’s game due to injuries, positive COVID-19 tests, and contact tracing. It was the first game for Golden Eagles’ interim head coach Scotty Walden, who took over for Jay Hopson following his resignation after a Week 1 Loss to South Alabama.
Not only did the 17-point comeback make this win so special for Skip Holtz and company. But the photo finish really put this game on the college football map.
With 14 seconds remaining, Griffin Herbert hauled in an unbelievable grab on 4th-and-goal. After initially being called incomplete, the booth overturned the call to tie the game and allowed the PAT to put the Bulldogs up for good in Hattiesburg.
4. Boston College
The Jeff Hafley era got off to an unbelievable start for the Eagles. Boston College arrived in Durham as 6-point underdogs and ended up throttling Duke by a score of 26-6. One of the few teams in the country to not have a single positive test since July, the Covidless Eagles used that to their advantage and controlled the game from the start.
Notre Dame transfer quarterback Phil Jurkovec was phenomenal in his first career start. The Pittsburgh native put up 300 passing yards and two touchdowns, making his first impression a pretty good one for Hafley and company. Star sophomore wide receiver Zay Flowers put up 162 yards on five receptions and a touchdown in the winning effort.
It’s safe to say that Hafley has to be pleased after his first-ever game at the helm. The Eagles will now get a bye week before a big showdown with the ranked North Carolina Tar Heels in Chestnut Hill.
Longtime head coach Doc Holliday and the Marshall Thundering Herd got a historic win in Huntington on Saturday. In the 3:30 p.m. ET CBS spotlight, the Herd and company took full advantage when they welcomed the 23rd-ranked Appalachian State Mountaineers into Joan C. Edwards Stadium.
The defense shined for the Herd as they held a power App State offense to just seven points in a 17-7 victory. This is just the second win in school history against an AP top-25 team, and the first since 2003.
This win also likely knocks the Mountaineers out of the top 25, with the Herd potentially taking their spot. Nevertheless, this is a huge upset win for a very solid and respectable Conference USA program that always is waiting in the shadows for a day like this.
The Midshipmen pulled off an absolute shocker against conference foe Tulane on Saturday in New Orleans. After getting embarrassed by BYU on prime time TV on Labor Day night, no one expected Navy to pull this one off.
The comeback to do so was even more improbable. After trailing 24-0 midway through the third, Navy scored 24 straight points to draw even.
Then, as time expired, Bijan Nichols drilled a 33-yard field goal to give Ken Niumatalolo’s team an improbable 27-24 win over the Green Wave.
All of a sudden, after a brutal Week 1, the Midshipmen have life. The service academy now looks to turn its season around. There’s still hope for a special year in Annapolis.
You guessed it. The Miami Hurricanes are the top performers from Week 3 of the season. What else is there to say? Manny Diaz’s team looks good, making an absolute statement in the ABC prime time slot against the 18th-ranked favorite Louisville Cardinals.
D’Eriq King looks like an absolute stud, throwing for 325 yards and three touchdowns. He’s only the third Miami quarterback to ever do so. So far, first-year offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee’s system is showing out quite well for the Hurricanes.
The defense also came to play. The turnover chain came out three times in the 47-34 win.
Diaz’s squad will be put in prime time again next weekend, as College GameDay prepares to head to South Florida for the Canes’ upcoming match-up against Florida State. The game will be broadcasted at 7:30 p.m. ET on ABC.
Notre Dame (52-0) vs. USF
UCF (49-21) at Georgia Tech
NC State (45-42) vs. Wake Forest