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Here are 10 things we learned during the third college football weekend:

1. Ohio State is undeniably the best team in the Big Ten right now. The Buckeyes put on an impressive second-half performance to storm back from an eight-point deficit before going on to crush then-No. 15 TCU 40-28. Ohio State scored two defensive touchdowns and amassed more than 526 yards on a day when much of the rest of the Big Ten crumbled during nonconference showdowns.

2. The rest of the Big Ten is a hot mess right now. Seven Big Ten schools suffered nonconference losses on Saturday, including No. 6 Wisconsin, Nebraska, Maryland, Illinois, Purdue, Rutgers and Northwestern. With 12 losses so far this season, the Big Ten is last among the Power 5 leagues against nonconference foes.

3. Joe Burrow and the LSU offense is good enough to be a factor in the SEC West: While his performance was less than perfect, the Tigers quarterback announced his arrival in the SEC by leading his team to a come-from-behind win over No. 7 Auburn. It was No. 12 LSU's second win over a top 10 team this season and gave Ed Orgeron's team a leg up in a crowded divisional race.

4. Kansas building confidence thanks to stout defensive. After a disappointing loss to Nicholls State in the season opener, Kansas has now won two consecutive games for the first time since 2011. The Jayhawks' defense has been opportunistic, forcing 12 take-aways, including two interceptions returned for touchdowns during a lopsided 55-14 win over Rutgers.

5. Notre Dame continues to survive. The Fighting Irish needed another stellar performance from its defense, including stopping Vanderbilt on a fourth-and-four deep in their own territory late to seal a win. It's the third straight game during which Notre Dame has been forced to hold on for a win, with each of its first three games decided by a touchdown or less.

6. Oklahoma State makes a big statement with a win over Boise State. With Oklahoma, West Virginia and TCU stealing much of the headlines, the Cowboys have been an overlooked bunch, but that will change after the team handled the No. 17 Broncos on Saturday. While the Oklahoma State offense managed more than 400 yards, the defense registered seven sacks and blocked a punt for a touchdown during the win.

7. Texas gets a much-needed win that could jumpstart the season. Week 3 seems a bit early to declare must-win games, but that was the case for coach Tom Herman and a Longhorns program that seemed to be adrift. Texas responded in dominating fashion, beating No. 22 USC 37-14 and earning the program its biggest win over a top 25 opponent during Herman's tenure.

8. The Pac-12 South has been a disappointment so far. The additions Kevin Sumlin, Chip Kelly and Herm Edwards were supposed to inject new life and excitement into the Pac-12, but things haven't gone as planned. Arizona (1-2), UCLA (0-3) and Arizona State (2-1) all picked losses Saturday. Struggling powerhouse USC has also dropped two straight, leaving Colorado the team to beat in the division.

9. Alabama is who we thought the Tide would be _ good. For about 11 seconds Saturday night, it appeared that Ole Miss might be able to pull off another stunner against the top-ranked team in the country thanks to a 75-yard touchdown pass to start the game. But those thoughts quickly dissipated as the Tide scored 62 consecutive points to blow out the Rebels. The Alabama offense rolled up 516 yards and Nick Saban's team became the first team in SEC history to score 50-plus points during its first three games.

10. Halloween may be more than a month away, but FSU's offense is scary _ scary bad. Things have gone from bad to worse for first-year coach Willie Taggart, whose team managed just 240 yards and seven points during a 30-7 loss to Syracuse. Taggart pointed to a porous offensive line that's given up 10 sacks and 27 tackles for loss so far this season.

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(c)2018 The Orlando Sentinel (Orlando, Fla.)

 

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