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CFB Week 3 Overreactions and Takeaways

Week 3 may not have provided us with the top tier matchups of the other two, but we were provided the drama. BYU at Oregon and Miami at Texas A&M were the marquee matchups of the day and while Miami nearly came back late to tie it, BYU was blown out as Oregon reminded the country they aren't the same team that got walloped by Georgia in Week 1. Lets get into my takeaways and overreactions!

Georgia will go back-to-back for the first time since Alabama in 2012

Georgia's defense was expected to be great this year. They lost almost everybody from an all-time great defense in 2021, but everyone knows they had five and four star recruits waiting in the wings. What makes those former backups more viable to slot right in is that they were given run consistently last year through rotations and play-time in blowouts. These new starters aren't bright eyed and are familiar with Kirby Smart's defense. They've picked up just where the last group left off, allowing just 10 points through 12 quarters this season.

Stetson Bennett walked-on to Georgia and because of that he is consistently disrespected. Bennett has turned into a fantastic playmaker and a pivotal part of this offense. Against Oregon and South Carolina he's showed that scrambling ability time and time again with jukes on linebackers and outracing players to the pylon. Sync that with dropping dimes to one of the best receiving corps in the country and Georgia could very well see themselves being in the championship game hoisting the trophy.

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Oregon will win the Pac 12

It's no secret that I'm high on Oregon this season. I bet them to win the Pac 12 before the season started and I'm sticking to my guns. The 49-3 loss to Georgia was indeed worse than I thought it'd be, but their dominant victory against an albeit banged up BYU squad reminded us of the talent they have on both sides of the ball. USC looks as good as ever, and Utah will surely be a consistent force across the conference, but I still like the Ducks to get it done. They don't play the Trojans in the regular season but if they were to matchup in the conference championship we might see a 48-42 final score as both offenses look primed for amazing seasons.

Everyone is high on the Trojans as they should be, but I'll take the Ducks to upset the star studded team led by Lincoln Riley.

Oklahoma will finish the season 12-0

Looking at Oklahoma now this might not seem like an overreaction, but this team entered the season with a win total of 9.5 and still have some of their biggest tests left. Brent Venables has improved this defense from last year with just 31 points allowed through 3 games, and the offense hasn't skipped a beat even after losing a ton of talent to the transfer portal and the NFL. The running game looks more dynamic than ever with Dillon Gabriel at QB and a stable of running backs to spell each other.

Texas and Baylor at home will be their two biggest tests this year, but given how good they've been on both sides of the ball I expect them to come out with both wins and finish the season undefeated. They might even make the national championship game with an upset in the CFP.

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