The third week of the college football season shouldn’t have been so exciting with only two matches between the top 25 ranked teams on the schedule, but that’s what makes the sport different. Appalachian State beat Troy in the last second of a Hail Mary with ESPN College GameDay in town for the first time, Arizona State fired Herm Edwards after an embarrassing loss to Eastern Michigan, Florida has endured a frustrated panic from a USF team that has gone 3-19 the last two seasons. and Jimbo Fischer’s Texas A&M Aggies did enough to beat Mario Cristobal’s Miami Hurricanes in prime time.
When it comes to recruiting, there haven’t been many crowded weekends across the country, which isn’t surprising given the number of Power Five vs. Group of Five and Power Five vs. FCS matches on the schedule. However, what happened in week 3 will have some effect on recruiting, so below are a few winners and losers.
Winner: Penn State Nittany Lions
Leading up to the weekend, only three Big Ten schools have won regular season road games in the SEC in the past 40 years: Northwestern in 2010 in Vanderbilt, Indiana in 2014 in Missouri and Purdue in 2017 in Missouri (thanks to Ryan Ford of Detroit Free Press for this gem). Thus, calling Penn State’s 42-12 loss to Auburn historic would be a bit of an understatement. Sure, the Nittany Lions entered the sold-out Jordan-Hare Stadium as three-point favorites, but not many pundits thought Penn State would easily handle the Tigers. James Franklinthe team did just that, gaining nearly 500 offensive yards and forcing four passes in one of the most complete performances of Franklin’s tenure.
After the game, Franklin discussed the possibility of the Nittany Lions adding more SEC opponents to the future schedule. He quickly knocked down the idea. Why? This is just a guess, but as former Penn State star Mike Parsons pointed out on Twitter, the Nittany Lions are basically just “swept” Auburn after winning 28-20 last season at State College. And that’s a pretty strong statement. I mean, damn it, it wasn’t too long ago that the Tigers were playing national championships. So why should Penn State keep planning the SEC when no one else is doing it?
Auburn’s win Saturday also came in front of some high-profile talent as the Tigers handed out tickets to several blue-chip players from across the South. The University of Pennsylvania, currently ranked 12th in the nation in recruiting by 247Sports, may not sign any of the 100 or so high schoolers who took a small part in a sea of orange shakers, but the Nittany Lions continue to field priorities. Alabama and surrounding areas are on the way to recruiting, and defeating a traditional power like the Tigers will only make the Penn State brand much stronger in the SEC. Take a four star wide receiver Carmello English and his recruitment, for example. Just a few hours after everything became final, a former Auburn commit tweeted, now deleted: “#WeAre”. Who knows where English will end up, but it’s clear that Nittany Lions is giving him – and probably others – food for thought.
Winner: Washington Huskies
After rocking at home Saturday night at Michigan State, 39-28, Washington is quickly turning into one of the biggest stories of the 2022 junior season. In the meantime, a lot has been written and will be written about the new coach. Kalen DeBoer and new quarterback Michael Penix, it’s time to talk about what the Huskies are doing on their way to recruiting because that’s pretty damn impressive too.
As of now, early Monday morning, DeBoer and his 2023 recruiting team are ranked 25th in the rankings, with just over three months left before the early signing period. A group of 19 commits is led by a trio of Top247 potential clients: Texas Defender Anthony Jamesquarterback from Louisiana Curly Reid and a wide receiver from California Rasheed Williams. It also includes South Dakota’s top rookie in quarterback. Lincoln Kienholtz as well as a linebacker with some Minnesota functional athleticism in Elinneus Davis. In essence, Washington has decided to recruit across the country under DeBoer, and it’s paying off.
The Huskies have run several notable recruiting courses before. In fact, they signed four consecutive recruiting classes that were in the top 25 until last year’s transition class, which seemed to be more focused on transfers like Penix than on high schoolers. We shouldn’t be surprised that Washington recruits better than anyone else in Pac-12s not named USC or Oregon. But what does a 3-0 start mean for the Husky? Well, that should allow them some big game hunting as they want to put a bow on the 2023 group. It also means they can start launching cases in the 2024 cycle, which they did on Sunday when they received a verbal commitment from a three-star Nevada edge rusher. Jackson Jones and athlete from Arizona Landon Bell, both of whom watched the win over the Spartans at Husky Stadium on Saturday. If DeBoer and Penix continue like this, other junior high school students may eventually join them on the UW commit list.
Loser: Auburn Tigers
I spent my weekends in the Auburn as a civilian, lounging around and enjoying the campus atmosphere. I can safely say that Brian Hars doesn’t have a ton of support from people who donate money and buy season tickets, especially after the Tigers lost to Penn State in the school’s worst home loss since 2012.
Who knows what will happen to Harsin, but the one who will coach at the Auburn next season will be deprived of his job because recruiting is bad now. Kind of bad, bad. Yes, the Tigers have taken on a couple of commitments from a four-star wide receiver in recent days. Adam Hopkins and a three-star defender Jamarrion Harklessand may well end up with other weekend visitors joining them in the coming days, but it’s hard to look at the list of commits, which is currently good enough for 58th in the class rankings of 2023, and find any real factors, making a difference, or at least players who can contribute in year 1 or year 2.
Auburn needs an influx of talent, and that was crystal clear on Saturday. The Tigers lost six sacks to the Nittany Lions and did not record a single sack of their own. Not good. Especially when you consider the fact that since he arrived at the Plains two years ago, Harsin has only signed three offensive linemen from high school (he also hasn’t received a transfer), and the fact that Auburn is likely ranked second or third at best for the state’s five-star pass rushers James Smith as well as Qua Russawboth of whom were in the stands on Saturday and witnessed fans finding exits early in the third quarter.
Winner: Florida State Seminole
Florida State is the first school this season to repeat the “winners” draw after making the list in its first week. The Las Vegas boys gave the Seminoles a slight lead over Louisville ahead of Friday night’s ACC show, but once Jordan Travis lost to injury in the second quarter, it looked like the Cardinals would eventually prevail. That didn’t happen, however, as FSU was able to rally with backup quarterback Tate Roedemaker and return to Tallahassee with a 35-31 win.
Of course, the Seminole couldn’t take on Friday night recruits, and most of their top targets played their own Friday night games, but Mike Norvell and his staff can now say what no one else in the Sunshine State’s other “big three” can say: “We’re 3-0.” More importantly, the UL win coming from behind is a testament to the culture that Norvell has created in the former Soviet Union, as some unsung heroes had to prove themselves at key moments for the Seminole due to injuries, making it feel like a real team win. . for the former USSR.
When it comes to what the result will mean for recruiting, the Seminoles remain optimistic about their chances of getting a Top247 wide receiver. Hykeem Williams, which is set to announce its intention this coming Friday (September 23) at CBSSports headquarters. A few months ago, the former Soviet Union felt like a loser in the Williams draw, but now the Seminoles are seen by some as Texas A&M’s biggest contender, and three straight wins for the former Soviet Union is a big reason many think so. Last Friday’s win also likely only helped ensure the Seminoles were drafted when the Top247 linebacker Blake Nicholson commits on Tuesday on the 247Sports YouTube channel. If the countries of the former Soviet Union received pledges from both Williams and Nitchelson this week, that would move them up to 15th place in the recruiter rankings. Not bad for Norvell, which quickly ditched the flame retardant on what was once considered a warmer seat.
Winner: Oregon Ducks
Dan Lanning he probably wouldn’t come out and admit it, but he needed this one, and that’s because it’s much easier to recruit in year 1 when you’re 2-1 instead…