Knee Jerk Tuesdays

How will we overreact to what we saw this week?

by Three Point Stance Managing Editor Brandon Rush | @BrandonRush |

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Well kids, we are one week into the 2019 football season, and there are TAKES OF THE HOT VARIETY out there on the airwaves and internets. We have our opinions and reactions to the first full weekend of college football and awards to hand out.

Clemson is still good… The Holy War (Utah vs BYU) is a treasure, but it should not be on Thursday night… UCLA, bruh…

Minnesota was lucky, the Jackrabbits of SDSU almost got em… Rice held Army to 14 points and still lost… FADE PURDUE EARLY IN THE SEASON, two years under Brohm and two bad season opening losses… Oklahoma State appears to have found their QB…

Neutral Site Gameday shows are no fun… Alabama sleepwalked and still won by 39… Justin Fields, Good… LSU can throw the ball now?!… Michigan, not impressive… Iowa State vs Northern Iowa was entertaining, sloppy, but entertaining… Hugh Freeze coaching from a hospital bed is the meme we didn’t know we needed… Nebraska had three non-offensive touchdowns, and still only beat South Alabama by 14… Northwestern, woof… Welcome back Les Miles, losing to Indiana State would have not been good for the brand… Ole Miss, bruh… West Virginia, woof… USC, woof bruh. Losing your starting QB is not an ideal situation when your coach is already on the hotseat… Mizzou, woof…

GIVE IT UP TO THE YOUNGINS! Three (3!!!) true freshman quarterbacks led double digit comebacks in week one. ALL AWAY FROM HOME. Boise State’s Hank Bachmeier threw for 407 yards, outscoring Florida State 17-0 in the second half to win 36-31 in Tallahassee.  Bo Nix, had a rocky first collegiate start completing only 13 of 31 passes including two interceptions, but stepped up when it mattered the most. His 26 yard toss to Seth Williams gave Auburn their first lead of the game with only nine seconds left in the the 4th quarter, outscoring Oregon 14-0 in the 4th.  Sam Howell got his first win, and the first for the second tenure of Mack Brown at North Carolina, by outscoring South Carolina 15-0 in the fourth quarter in Charlotte.

Jalen Hurts put together one of the best single game performances in Oklahoma history.  Considering there have been four Heisman trophy winning quarterbacks in Norman since 2003, that’s saying something.  Hurts threw for 332 yards and three touchdowns, ran for 176 yards and ANOTHER three touchdowns. Thirteen of Oklahoma’s first 16 plays resulted in first downs.

The only thing lacking was the deep ball, but if they are going to knock out first downs and touchdowns at that kind of pace, who cares?

Louisville looked as if they were competent, which was something that could not be said since Lamar Jackson won the Heisman. Even in the year after that breakout 2016 season, the Cardinals under Bobby Petrino seemed to stand around to watch and wait for Lamar to be great. Once Lamar left for the NFL, those left behind suffered from a lack of leadership.

Scott Satterfield appears to be an adult that the program needs and definitely lacked under Petrino. That first quarter was pure adrenaline and want to, after that, Notre Dame’s talent won out and I feel both teams feel good after that game.

Iowa State QB Brock Purdy – Iowa State was on the verge of an embarrassing opening week loss at home to little brother Northern Iowa, trailed 26-23 in triple overtime when his running back fumbled inside the five yard line. If UNI recovered, its game over. Purdy dove in from out of NOWHERE to recover the loose ball saving the Cyclones drive, and allowing ISU to win on the very next play.

Oklahoma State RB Chuba Hubbard – 221 rushing yards and three touchdowns in a road win against a Power 5 will get you recognition around here. Kid is a STUD.

Georgia State Panthers – Yes. The entire team. COMPLETE DOMINATION of Tennessee in Knoxville. The fact their coach sweat so much on the sidelines that it looked like he pissed himself shows dedication. Going from two wins in 2018 to winning at a power five blueblood is worthy of recognition.

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