Week 3 saw some more action involving serious match ups. Some teams are still working through their cupcake schedule. Some of them, like Arkansas and Nebraska, aren't doing very well with it. If you're going to lose anyway, just play a top notch team.
Some teams tried that advice this weekend. Here are 3 games that mattered:
LSU 22 Auburn 21
This was predicted to be a good one and it did not disappoint. No one is surprised that it came down to a last second field goal. With wins over Miami and now at Auburn, it is time for the football world to start taking Ed Orgeron seriously, whether you want to or not.He has put a winner on the field and LSU is now a serious contender for the SEC West title. The road won't be easy with upcoming games against Georgia, Mississippi State, Alabama, and A&M. This schedule keeps Auburn in the hunt, even with the loss.
Ohio State 40 TCU 28
The Frogs took control of the game tempo early on The incredible pace they set on offense threatened to wear down the Buckeye defense. But that defense is what kept Ohio State in the game. While the offense spit and sputtered under the relentless TCU pass rush, the Buckeye defense made the Frogs make offensive errors and then punished them severely for them. Three TCU turnovers were the difference in the game. Ohio State made no turnovers. That and controlling the game tempo in the second half earned them the W in their last game with head coach Urban Meyer on suspension.
Washington 21 Utah 7
The Huskies needed this win after that loss to Auburn. With a convalescent game in between, this was Washington's first real game since that loss. Regardless of rankings, Utah is a quality opponent. Washington went on the road and gave an excellent defensive effort. Washington was a locked door in the red zone all night. Even when Utah DL Pita Tonga intercepted an errant pass and runbled it down inside the 10 before fumbling it out of bounds, The Huskies defense came on the field and refused to give up any points, forcing a turnover on downs. Even with the loss to Auburn, don't count the Huskies out just yet. They are still very much in the running for the PAC-12 title. That could mean a playoff appearance.
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