Notre Dame’s strong first half defensive performance shut down the Yellow Jacket’s prolific offense and that was enough to preserve a 30-22 win over Georgia Tech in South Bend Saturday. The Fighting Irish remain unbeaten at 3-0 and moved from #5 to #3 in this week’s Billingsley Report. Ohio State remained #1 despite surviving a huge upset bid by MAC front runner Northern Illinois. The Buckeyes were a whopping 33 point favorite in Las Vegas but only favored by 18 in the Billingsley Projection. Ohio State won 20-13.
Around the nation, Ole Miss stunned Alabama 43-37, winning for the first time in Tuscaloosa since 1988 and secured a back to back win over Bama for the first time in school history. The two old time rivals have been playing since 1894, with Alabama holding a 52-10-2 record in the series. TCU struggled with cross town rival SMU before pulling away for a 56-37 win in Fort Worth. The Froggies dropped to #7 after being leapfrogged by Notre Dame, Ole Miss, LSU and UCLA all of whom played much superior opposition. Stanford surprised the Trojans in the Coliseum 41-31 striking a severe blow to USC’s quest for a Pac 12 South title. The most impressive performance of the weekend was probably Ole Miss, but LSU certainly put on quite a show in Baton Rouge beating Auburn 45-21. Arkansas is reeling from a second loss of the season, both to teams they were favored to beat, (Toledo and Texas Tech). The Red Raiders used their signature wide open passing game to fly by the Hogs 35-24. With the SEC schedule in front of them, things do not look promising for the Razorbacks.
All 3 Billingsley Reports are now posted online under the rankings tab. Stay tuned for week #4 projections Wednesday.