Thoughts, Oberservations, and Things to Watch for in Week 3

Week three of the college football season looks like it’ll be an exciting one, featuring four games between top 25 opponents. Here are some notes, stats, and observations to pay attention to.

  • Just how good is the Georgia Tech option attack, which averages 457.5 yards per game and a whopping 8.47 yards per carry? We’ll find out when the Jackets face a stingy Notre Dame defense that’s allowed just 3.17 yards per attempt.
  • The reverse of that matchup is equally intriguing, with DeShone Kizer making his first career start against a Tech defense that ranks 22nd nationally in total defense, giving up just 260 yards per game.
  • Make no mistake about it: Kizer can get the job done for the Irish. He’s played well in limited action over the first two games, going 6 of 8 for 83 yards and 2 TDs when Notre Dame was either tied or trailing.
  • Here’s a number to keep an eye on: 7. It’s the number of TFLs the Tech front seven averages per game… which is also the average number of TFLs the Irish have allowed per game.
  • Thanks to Tanner Mangum’s late-game heroics, BYU’s stellar run defense has gone largely unnoticed. The Cougar front seven has done an excellent job stuffing the run against Nebraska and Boise State, holding them to just 2.79 yards per carry. The D has been even tougher to run against on third down and short (defined here for purposes of clarity as fewer than 6 yards), allowing its opponents to -5 yards on 7 carries in these situations.

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