The third weekend of college football blew our expectations out of the water. A solid early-season slate featured several top-25 upsets. And our SuperDraft rosters were led by top stars around the country.
The most explosive performances of the week came from the Virginia at North Carolina matchup. Star quarterbacks Brennan Armstrong and Sam Howell broke out for a combined nine touchdown passes and 861 yards. We recommended Armstrong and playmakers Dontayvion Wicks and Josh Downs from that battle. Wicks and Downs totaled 15 receptions for 386 yards and three touchdowns.
Having any one of the stars in your SuperDraft lineup this week would’ve put you in prime position to win.
Another set of playmakers we were predicting big games for came through. Michigan State quarterback Payton Thorne racked up four scores and 261 yards against Miami. Star rusher Kenneth Walker III paved his own way to 172-yard output but couldn’t find the endzone.
Other top performers who put their name on the SuperDraft map were Ohio State running back TreVeyon Henderson and Oklahoma State rusher Jaylen Warren. Henderson stole the show against Tulsa, racing to 277 yards and three touchdowns. His ability to make defenders miss in the open field makes him someone to consider playing every week from here out. We thought Miyan Williams would earn the lion’s share of carries after doing so through two games, but the Buckeyes seem to be handing Henderson the full-time role.
Hard Fought Wins
Oklahoma State won a tough road game against Boise State thanks to Warren’s takeover. The usually productive passing game for the Cowboys was held to only 82 yards. But Warren accumulated 218 yards and two scores to push the Cowboys to 3-0. We’ll need to consider playing Warren moving forward.
Arguably the most dominant play of the season was Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral. Corral threw for 335 yards and three scores, which would’ve made him a top-four quarterback on the week alone. But then he added four rushing touchdowns and 68 yards, putting him in rare air as far as statistical accomplishments.
Although I almost always urge a strong stack to anchor your lineup, this week was an exception due to a lack of opportunity and cost. Unless you grabbed Corral and receiver Jonathan Mingo, one of our recommended plays, there wasn’t a strong stack in Week 3. Many top playmakers lacked the scoring needed to push a lineup to the next level.
Even the biggest game of the week, Alabama at Florida, failed to produce an excellent SuperDraft playmaker. Crimson Tide passer Bryce Young was the closest thing with 240 yards and three scores, but none of his touchdowns went to viable DFS options. And Florida’s offense proved unable to reliable produce against the Tide.
Overall, this was a crazy and unpredictable Week 3 of college football. Hopefully, your SuperDraft roster took advantage of the randomness that occurred on Saturday. As we near the end of the first month of football, we’ll know the trends and tendencies of each team more.
This article expresses the personal views of the writer and does not reflect the view(s) of SuperDraft in any way.