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West Virginia QB Clint Trickett is Athlon Sports' National Player of the Week

Shaq Thompson, Shaun Wilson and Lincoln Riley also earn national honors
West Virginia QB Clint Trickett is Athlon Sports' National Player of the Week

Crooked passing numbers are the hallmark of Big 12 teams. In that way, West Virginia is starting to fit in again.

 

After a one-year bowl absence and a rotating cast of injured and ineffective quarterbacks, West Virginia is starting to look like a real Big 12 offense after a one-year absence.

 

Quarterback Clint Trickett completed 37-of-47 passes for 511 yards with four touchdowns and an interception in a 40-37 win on the road over Maryland, earning Athlon Sports National Player of the Week.

 

Week 3 Heisman Movers: Shifting fortunes for Todd Gurley, Trevor Knight, Bryce Petty

Injuries hamper Heisman campaigns for Brett Hundley, Taylor Kelly
Week 3 Heisman Movers: Shifting fortunes for Todd Gurley, Trevor Knight, Bryce Petty

Week 3 offered only one game between two ranked teams, so the notion of Heisman moments was in short supply this week.

 

There was one great play by the current frontrunner for the award, but that play came against Wyoming. It will live in Marcus Mariota’s highlight package, but there will be more to come in bigger games.

 

College Football's Most Viral Moments from Week 3

Rounding up Saturday's greatest plays, hits, and more
College Football's Most Viral Moments from Week 3

The third week of college football’s 2014 season is officially in the books. On paper, Week 3 was supposed to be boring. After all, there were few matchups featuring top 25 teams. However, Week 3 provided plenty of entertainment, including several night games that went down to the wire.

In case you missed any action, we tried to capture the big moments of Saturday in one article. The viral wrap-up features key plays, interesting quotes/comments in tweets, uniform unveilings and any major injuries.

Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders Game Preview and Prediction

Old SWC rivals meet on Saturday.
Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders Game Preview and Prediction

Arkansas and Texas Tech aren’t ranked in this week’s latest top 25 poll, but the matchup between the Razorbacks and Red Raiders is certainly one of the most intriguing games of Week 3. This contest features an interesting contrast in styles, as Texas Tech will attempt to win this one through the air, while Arkansas plans to use its ground attack to control the clock and dominate the line of scrimmage.

UCLA Bruins vs. Texas Longhorns Game Preview and Prediction

Will UCLA's offense improve in Week 3?
UCLA Bruins vs. Texas Longhorns Game Preview and Prediction

UCLA and Texas meet in Arlington, Texas for a neutral site matchup that is one of the marquee games on college football’s Week 3 slate. While this game is big on name value, the actual on-field matchup has lost some of its luster. Texas is 1-1, but its depth chart has changed drastically due to suspensions and injuries since spring practice. While UCLA is off to a 2-0 start, the Bruins have not impressed.

Oklahoma Sooners vs. Tennessee Volunteers Game Preview and Prediction

Oklahoma is a heavy favorite over UT.
Oklahoma Sooners vs. Tennessee Volunteers Game Preview and Prediction

College football’s Week 3 slate is light on good matchups, but there’s some name value in the meeting between Tennessee and Oklahoma. Both programs won national championships during the BCS era, and there’s some extra appeal in this game due to Bob Stoops’ comments about the SEC last season.

Betting Against the Spread: College Football 2014 Week 3 Picks

Each week, Braden Gall offers his top picks of the week.
Betting Against the Spread: College Football 2014 Week 3 Picks

I was feeling pretty good about my picks with about 19 minutes left in the Oregon game and about 19 seconds left in the Stanford game.

 

Then Marcus Mariota and Stanford’s red zone offense happened and I finished 2-3. Although, I did go 9-5 against the number in Top 25 games (see below), so I got that going for me.

 

It has not been a strong start for me, but I am feeling confident about rebounding in a very modest Week 3 slate.

 

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