Snap judgments from college football's Week 3

Nebraska coach Mike Riley.

Nebraska coach Mike Riley.

If there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that college football fans love to overreact. And we are here to help them.

1. Oklahoma State is going to the Playoff

Forget about that other team from the Sooner state … did you see what the Cowboys did to poor Pittsburgh on Saturday on the road? It was 35-nothing early in the second quarter before the Panthers could even catch their breath.

Mason Rudolph went 23-for-32 for 497 yards and five touchdowns, and four OSU receivers recorded at least 100 yards receiving. Oklahoma State is clearly trying to send a message that when you talk about the class of the Big 12 and a potential playoff berth, they better be leading the conversation.

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2. Mike Riley’s job security is in danger

You’ll be hard pressed to find a more frustrated fan base than Nebraska (though Tennessee is certainly in the discussion). The Huskers, who boast one of the proudest and richest traditions in college football, have started 1-2 just three times in the last 56 seasons … and two of them have come under third-year coach Mike Riley.

Saturday, Nebraska quarterback Tanner Lee threw three interceptions and the Huskers lost 21-17 to Northern Illinois. Earlier this week, Riley signed an extension that puts his contract through 2020. After the loss, Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst told reporters the loss was “not acceptable” and he was angry and frustrated. 

3. Memphis can crash the playoff

South Florida who? For the third time in three years, the Memphis Tigers knocked off a ranked opponent and this time, they did it in style, holding on for a 48-45 win against UCLA. Quarterback Riley Ferguson threw for 398 yards and six touchdowns in the win.

Highly touted UCLA signal caller Josh Rosen, meanwhile, threw two interceptions, including a pick-six in the third quarter. Keep an eye on the Tigers, a Group of Five team, the rest of the season. 

4. Sam Darnold is your new Heisman favorite

We heard all summer about USC’s super sophomore quarterback. Turns out the hype is real. Darnold’s statistics — 28-for-49, 397 yards, three touchdowns, two interception s—weren’t necessarily Superman-like, but he was tremendous in the clutch during USC’s 27-24 double overtime win over Texas at The Coliseum. First, with five seconds left in the first half and a 7-7 tie, Darnold hit Ronald Jones II with a 56-yard touchdown pass to give USC the lead going into the locker room.

Then, trailing 17-14 with 45 seconds to play in regulation and out of timeouts, Darnold engineered a 9-play, 52-yard scoring drive, completing passes of 13, 21 and 18 to set up the game-tying field goal. His first play of overtime? A beautiful 25-yard touchdown pass on a post route to Deontay Burnett — and he looked calm, collected and California cool while doing it.

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Source: USA Today Fan Sports Poll

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