College football games, week 3: Jimbo Fisher seat heats up at Texas A&M, keep an eye on Oklahoma-Nebraska

Hykeem Williams is the story behind the story this week at Texas A&M. That’s because it’s impossible to split Williams — a coveted wide receiver in the Class of 2023 — in half. Williams, a five-star hopeful from Fort Lauderdale, Floridamakes an unofficial visit to College Station, Texas, this week with No. 13 Miami (FL) come to town.

Among his top five are Alabama, Georgia and Pittsburgh …as well as the Aggies and Hurricanes, who conveniently face off Saturday at Kyle Field. Williams is expected to make his decision within a week. It might be too simple to suggest that his decision is based on the outcome of the game, but recruiting never sleeps.

Jimbo Fisher proved it in his fifth year at Texas A&M. At the same time, it seems that much of the Aggies program has fallen asleep.

Fisher’s seat is heating up considerably after an inexplicable loss at home to Appalachian State. No, he’s not going to be fired anytime soon, but Aggie Nation is starting to grumble.

The school and its boosters didn’t pay all that guaranteed money for… this. Aggies everywhere are enveloped in a ball of confusion. Even if Texas A&M wanted to fire Fisher, it would take until 2026 to owe him less than $50 million. A prominent lawyer from the Southeast took his picture on Twitter.

Others too. Fisher must own it. You don’t get all those millions and lose to App State. Already. But watching last week’s film, the basic conclusion was a lack of preparation and effort. Texas A&M was an 18-point favorite. He should have been notified of the status of the app after seeing him score 61 on North Carolina.

The Mountaineers came out and held the ball for 41 minutes, limiting the Aggies to 186 total yards. App State running backs turned the corner on elite SEC defenders.

But they’re college kids, well, they’re not robots. There have been passes dropped by Texas A&M receivers. Passing interference penalties on consecutive plays. The Aggies scored an offensive touchdown against a defense that had just given up 63 to UNC.

Texas A&M actually lost twice to App State. ESPN’s “College GameDay” moved to the Mountaineers campus for this week’s counter Troy instead of visiting College Station.

Anyway, the Aggies didn’t show up. It happens. Ask Our Lady and Marcus Freeman. The time Fisher will have to fix it is undetermined.

In Year 5, the results were disappointing: two second-place finishes in SEC West, a six-bowl New Year’s game, a big win over Alabama that ultimately didn’t mean much. The Aggies are 5-3 since that Oct. 9, 2021 triumph. In 50 games, Fisher (35-15) is one game better than the guy he replaced, Kevin Sumlin (34-16).

What might be most disturbing is the quarterback’s play. Fisher inherited career leader Kellen Mond. The backup that beat Alabama, Zach Causewaynow holds the same position at Auburn. Second year Haynes King was substandard. Don’t be surprised if USL to transfer Max Johnson see if things go wrong against the rods.

Fisher was hired by Texas A&M as the national championship coach of a Heisman Trophy winner (Jameis Winston). If he’s smart, he’ll soon start selling the future.

That’s where Williams comes in. We can wring our hands over the Aggies’ disappointing start, but it’s all about recruiting. Fisher landed what was described as the best class ever earlier this year. Some of these guys will have to play like real freshmen.

Whether or not they will, remains to be seen, but they should contribute in 2023 and 2024. Imagine Williams and his 6-foot-3, 200-pound frame in the mix. Fisher has to remind Aggies of this while arming the current situation.

Texas A&M needs to show well on Saturday to avoid starting 1-2. Above all, it must show Williams that he should be a part of what’s happening at College Station.

Week 3 Scenarios

Georgia is perhaps better: Until recently, the main conversation surrounding the now no. 1 Bulldogs is whether they could perform at the level they achieved last season by winning the program’s first national title in four decades. Consider that the conversation has changed. The Dawgs open the SEC game at Caroline from the south giving up just 1.5 points per game for two weeks. Georgia (-24.5) has covered in its last three visits to Columbia, South Carolina. And yes, quarterback Stetson Bennet is a strong contender for the Heisman Trophy.

Oklahoma-Nebraska has become unavoidable: This is Nebraskathe first game since the dismissal of Scott Frost. Interim coach Mickey Joseph really, really, really wants the job. The players love him, and he’s a great scout, but it could get tricky. Joseph’s only head coaching experience was with Langston, a small NAIA school in Oklahoma (2011-12). If Nebraska wins Saturday, runs out, and goes to a bowling game (all it takes is 6-6), how do you deny Joseph serious consideration?

The presence of Urban Meyer further complicates matters. He once confessed to visiting campus “in disguise” to drink in the game-day atmosphere. If it wasn’t for, well, everything, he would be an ideal replacement. Nebraska is unlikely to ever hire him, but the whole scene is going to be overblown as Meyer will be on campus with Fox in Lincoln, Nebraska.

In what used to be called the Big Eight, these two teams played for its championship in this game every year from the early 1970s through the late 1980s. Oklahoma No. 6 (-11) is possibly a major favourite, but his line has gone down a full touchdown -17 from Frost’s shot.

Call for proposals for BYU? The No. 12 Cougars are officially college football Playoff bait after big win over No. 17 Baylor. BYU’s schedule definitely gives him a chance to break into the top four. If Baylor continues to win, that supports the BYU case, which could also include Saturday wins at No. 25 Oregonat Stanfordat Boise State and against Notre Dame (in Las Vegas). from oregon Bo Nix is 3-11 as a starter against the top 15 teams with eight career touchdown passes to go with 13 interceptions.

There’s a reason for state nepotism laws: Iowa enters Week 3 last 131st (last in FBS) in total violation. You probably know that third-year youth football teams average more points than the Hawkeyes (seven). You’re way ahead of me if you question the line this week against Nevada. Iowa is a 23.5-point favorite with an offense that has scored a total of 14 points in two games.

Coach Kirk Ferentz comes into this game having made few, if any, changes to offensive starters on the depth chart. This includes the quarterback spencer stone (45% success, 3.9 meters per attempt). Fifty-five qualified FBS running backs in NCAA stats average more yards per carry than Petras does in yards per pass. It’s worth noting that Ferentz hasn’t changed his offensive coordinator yet either. His son, Brian Ferentz, leads this unit.

Irish eyes cry: Is not it California better than marshal, especially with a defense that gives one more point (27) than Notre Dame conceded last week (26)? Are we to assume the Fighting Irish offense will buzz with the backup quarterback Drew Pyne (39 career passes) replacing the injured Tyler Bucher? North Carolina, BYU and Stanford are next. The Irish may be looking at 2-4 mid-season at best.

Fresno State referendum: No. 7 USC at Oregon State September 24 is shaping up to be the first big Pac-12 showdown of the season. Beavers (vs. state of montana) won only his 19th non-conference road game at Fresno State. The baton has passed to USC, which hosts the Bulldogs this week. The Trojans are poised to become one of 12 teams that have yet to turn the ball over. But to keep faith in their potential, they’ll have to stop looking like Oklahoma under Lincoln Riley. In beating Stanford last week, USC gave up 441 yards and committed 109 penalty yards.

Suggestions for Bobby Petrino’s return to Arkansas: (1) The state of missouri coach could drive into Razorback Stadium on a loud, fast Harley-Davidson, much like Oregon’s Puddles do at Autzen Stadium. (2) Arkansas should sign a game sponsor for the neck braces. Either way… Until the recent comeback with Sam Pittman, the Arkansas No. 10 has taken much of the past decade to bounce back from Petrino’s shenanigans. The first coach to win 11 games for the Razorbacks in 34 years is also responsible for sending the program into a spiral that saw him produce just three winning seasons from 2012-21.

Quick hits: As long as Nebraska employment is open, might as well add to the App State’s candidate list Shawn Clark, 21-8 in his fourth season. If he can win with three-star players in the mountains of North Carolina, think what he could do with that Big Ten recruiting money… No. 1 (Alabama) gave up that Top 25 position AP with the team he beat (Texas) entering the rankings for the first time since 1997. At the time, Nebraska went from No. 1 to No. 3 after beating Missouri, who moved to No. 25, in overtime … only eight FBS teams have yet to force a turnover. Alabama and Notre Dame are two. … Those betting on the first 500-yard passing game and 200-yard rushing performance this season, keep holding onto those tickets. In 276 games this season, there has been no such game by an individual.

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