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Three-Point Stance: Best and worst from Saturday, inconsistent teams

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Trajan Bandy
Trajan Bandy (AP Images)

Here are the college football teams, players and coaches that impressed me over the weekend.

Tennessee – The Vols finally put Butch Jones out of his misery.

Miami defense – This is a fast, nasty, aggressive and confident group that put their foot on Notre Dame's throat and wouldn’t let up.

The Turnover Chain – We saw it four times on Saturday night and it’s become one of the coolest traditions in college football.

Oklahoma offense – The best offense in the country? It could be as Baker Mayfield is unstoppable and puts the ball tight spots as well as hitting wide open receivers.

Oklahoma RB Rodney Anderson – Four touchdowns and just killing TCU in the run and passing game, he looked like he was toying with them.

Auburn – The defensive front should get called out here, but overall this was the most balanced game they have played all year on defense and offense.

Auburn RB Kerryon Johnson – This guy needs to be in the Heisman talk now as he’s been the difference-maker on offense all season long. Georgia knew he was getting the ball and couldn’t stop him.

Auburn QB Jarrett Stidham – He throws a pretty ball and when he has a clock in his head, he’s dangerous. When Stidham gets into a confident rhythm, watch out.

Clemson's defensive line – Did you see the hits that James Blackman was taking out there on Saturday? I almost felt sorry for him.

Wisconsin's running game – Once again Wisconsin lined up and ran over an opponent. Yes, Alex Hornibrook threw a couple of touchdown passes, but the Badgers won with the run game.

USC QB Sam Darnold – He didn’t turn the ball over in the win against Colorado and that’s a big deal.

Alabama QB Jalen Hurts – He won the game against Mississippi State with his arm and not his legs, something many critics didn’t think was possible.

Ohio State's offense – They could be under shame as well because they are so unpredictable, but the Michigan State game was an epic display of offensive firepower.

Ohio State RB Mike Weber – A career game for the man many forgot when J.K. Dobbins broke out, he’s a damned good running back.

Oklahoma State's offense – The Pokes have to outscore opponents to win but Mason Rudolph keeps putting up monster numbers and Justice Hill is the best running back you may have never heard of.

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson – He keeps winning with the triple option in Power Five football and is arguably the toughest out week-to-week in the ACC. The win over Virginia Tech was huge.

Washington State – The Cougars are 9-2, Luke Falk is setting records and Mike Leach's team has a chance to win the Pac-12 North outright. Who would have predicted that before the season?

LSU RB Derrius Guice – We finally got to see the angry runner healthy and he tore through Arkansas with ease.

Northwestern QB Clayton Thorson – Quietly he has turned his season around or at least become that pro prospect we’ve been waiting to see.

Mississippi State – The Bulldogs gave Alabama all they could handle and have become a tough opponent for many. The team's running game was working and the defense is underrated.

Army – Who needs to pass the ball? Army just wins with solid coaching, effort and an underrated squad. The Black Knights notched a nice win over Duke and are undefeated at home.

Wake Forest QB John Wolford – Wolford accounted for six touchdowns and nearly 500 yards of offense against Syracuse.

Louisville QB Lamar Jackson – Jackson has scored fewer touchdowns than last year, and the Cardinals aren't nearly as good as they were in 2016, but he's still putting together a ridiculous season.

West Virginia QB Will Grier – He keeps on putting up ridiculous numbers most every week.

Michigan QB Brandon Peters – A quarterback with a pulse in Ann Arbor is a good thing.

Minnesota QB Demry Croft – Croft rushed for 183 yards and three touchdowns and was efficient passing as well.

Stanford RB Bryce Love – Keep on running, my man. He's putting together an awesome season for the Cardinal.

Arizona QB Khalil Tate – He’s outrushing the rest of the county since early October and he’s a quarterback.

South Carolina coach Will Muschamp – Remember when everyone, myself included, felt this was an awful hire? Now the Gamecocks are 7-3 and Muschamp just beat up on his old team.


Gary Patterson
Gary Patterson (AP Images)

Here are the college football teams, players and coaches that disappointed me over the weekend:

Tennessee – They fired Jones about four games too late.

Georgia's defense – One of the best defenses in the country got schooled by Gus Malzahn and Auburn. This was never a contest after the opening drive. Auburn did what they wanted when they wanted against the Bulldogs.

Notre Dame's offense – Yuck. The vaunted Irish offensive line couldn’t open holes, Brandon Wimbush looked lost and Notre Dame never had a chance in this game against Miami's quickness.

TCU's defense – The best defense in the Big 12? I sure hope not because they got absolutely smoked and couldn’t tackle a dummy.

Washington – The Huskies blew it. They had a chance to hold serve in the North but their loss to Stanford let the entire conference down as there will be no Pac-12 playoff team.

Iowa Josh Jackson aside, this team didn’t show up to play and got smoked by Wisconsin.

Michigan State's defense – What kind of performance was that? Ohio State, a team that has looked awful on offense against average defenses like Oklahoma and Iowa, looked like the Greatest Show on Turf against a Michigan State defense that just didn’t show up.

Saquon Barkley – Barkley's Heisman Trophy chances took a major hit this weekend as he was shut down by Rutgers. He has zero chance now after a game where he should have put up monster numbers.

Arkansas – What a horrible excuse for an offense and it’s not much better on defense. Bret Bielema has lost this team.

Wisconsin QB Alex Hornibrook – If he keeps underthrowing receivers and floating the ball, Wisconsin will not be undefeated. Two pick-sixes is not a good look.

Pitt – You did what only Old Dominion could do this season and that’s lose to North Carolina– and in those awesome throwbacks to boot. Disgraceful.

Syracuse's defense – The Orange gave up 64 points to Wake Forest? Really?

Florida State – Rescheduling the ULM game in an effort to keep a bowl streak alive is just lame.

Texas' defense – Giving up 27 points to Kansas is kind of embarrassing, but I guess it's better than actually losing to the Jayhawks.

Nebraska's defenseBob Diaco can’t explain it in words, but the Huskers' defense is just awful.


Jarrett Stidham
Jarrett Stidham (AP Images)

Several teams have had Jekyll & Hyde-type seasons. Here are the teams that I just can't figure out:

1. Ohio State – You never know what team you’ll get with this group. The Buckeyes blew out Michigan State and came back against Penn State, but also managed to look horrible against Oklahoma and Iowa.

2. Auburn – This team has the talent to win the national title, but will we continue to see the offense that dominated Georgia or the inept group that couldn’t move the ball against Clemson and blew a big lead against LSU?

3. TCU – The Horned Frogs manhandled Oklahoma State yet lost a defensive struggle against Iowa State and the defense was non-existent against Oklahoma.

4. USC – This team has talent and will likely win the Pac-12 but it’s hard to get past the awful loss to Washington State and the blowout to Notre Dame.

5. Stanford – Remember when the Cardinal lost to San Diego State to drop to 1-2? Now they rebound from a tough loss to Washington State to beat the last Pac-12 playoff contender in Washington? Weird.