Baylor is putting up ridiculous numbers, consistently ridiculous numbers, even as the competition improves. The 20th-ranked Bears have rung up 69, 70 and 70 points, the latest a 70-7 lashing of a decent Louisiana-Monroe team. Baylor is the first major-college team since 1930 to score 60-plus points in its first three games.
You want yardage? The Bears have registered 692, 781 and, yes, again 781 yards. They lead the nation in yards and points.
The best news for Baylor? The Bears’ previously maligned defense has stepped up, allowing just two touchdowns and 23 total points. These guys will be 7-0 heading into November when the Oklahoma schools arrive on the schedule.
Blowout: Saturday’s Top 25 lineup, on paper, shaped up as the worst of the year. Unfortunately, it delivered. Ohio State 76, Florida A&M 0 … Louisville 72, Florida International 0 … Miami 77, Savannah State 7 … Washington 56, Idaho State 0 … Florida State 54, Bethune-Cookman 6 … And, of course, Baylor.
Even the FCS juggernaut that hosted ESPN’s “GameDay” posted an FBS Top 25-like squashing: North Dakota State 51, Delaware State 0.
Tree tall: No. 5 Stanford looked stout in whacking No. 23 Arizona State 42-28, a result not nearly as close as the score indicated. The Cardinal suffocated the Sun Devils with 10 tackles for loss, eight hurries, three sacks and two blocked punts. And that was your only Top 25 matchup of the day.
Homers: Once again, home-field officiating reared its ugly head. Just like Wisconsin at Arizona State and TCU at Texas Tech, Michigan State got jobbed at Notre Dame. The Spartans weren’t allowed to play pass defense without getting flagged, at least at key moments, and lost 17-13. There’s a long history of this kind of thing in South Bend.
MSU coach Mark Dantonio said he could never recall seeing so many defensive pass interference calls. “No, never. I’ve been coaching 30-some years,” he said. “I guess that’s where we should stop.”
DGB sighting: Remember Dorial Green-Beckham, Texas fans? The big, tall No. 1-ranked receiver in the class of 2012 who teased the Horns before signing with home-state Missouri? Well, after a tame freshman season (9 catches, 134 yards), Green-Beckham had his first big game, 8 catches for 105 yards and a touchdown in Mizzou’s 45-28 thumping of Indiana. The Tigers (3-0) should be 5-0 heading into Georgia on Oct. 12.
Tough Terps: Nobody expected much out of Maryland, but the Terrapins are 4-0 after mauling West Virginia 37-0. The Terps collected six turnovers and held the Mountaineers to two first downs in the first half, which ended 30-0. The ‘Eers had owned this border rivalry, winning the last seven.
Gator out: Florida lost quarterback Jeff Driskel for the year with a broken right leg in the 31-17 win over Tennessee. Lightly recruited Tyler Murphy is the new starter, and his job will be game managing. He can break in softly against Kentucky and Arkansas before a Oct. 12 trip to LSU.
USC’s D: One Kiffin is enough at Southern Cal. Now that Monte Kiffin was sent packing to the Dallas Cowboys, USC has a good defense. The Trojans, who nipped Utah State 17-14, have allowed just 44 points in four games under Clancy Pendergast.
Shuffling QBs: No. 25 Texas Tech continued to flip freshmen quarterbacks in a 33-7 win over Texas State. After Lake Travis’ Baker Mayfield was ineffective early, the Red Raiders went to Davis Webb, who threw for 310 yards, before returning to Mayfield.
Track meet: It was an inconsequential game, but Pitt (2-1, 1-1) and Duke (2-2, 0-2) sure put on a show. The Panthers won 58-55 as Tom Savage threw an ACC-record-tying six touchdown passes.
Broncos busted: Boise State won’t be going to any big bowl this year. The Broncos lost a 41-40 thriller at Fresno State late Friday to drop to 2-2. Derek Carr threw for 460 yards for the Bulldogs (3-0), notching their first win over Boise in eight tries.
Solidarity: Some players from Georgia, Georgia Tech and Northwestern wore the letters APU — All Players United — starting a campaign to convince the NCAA to be more concerned about player safety and lift restrictions on legitimate player employment and the ability to benefit from commercial opportunity.
Extra points …
- The All America Conference now has as many wins over the SEC as the Big 12 after Rutgers rallied from 17 down to clip Arkansas 28-24.
- Kansas ended a string of 22 straight losses to FBS opponents with a comeback 13-10 win over Louisiana Tech.
- Ohio State backup QB Kenny Guiton threw a school-record six TD passes, all in the first half.