College Football on Sling: Clemson’s Title Defense Motoring Along

Dabo Swinney led his team to a miracle win over Alabama in last season’s National Championship game, and the title defense is off to a good start as #2 Clemson is 3-0, despite losing QB Deshaun Watson, leading rusher RB Wayne Gallman, and their top two receivers Mike Williams and Jordan Leggett, to say nothing of a bunch of talent on the other side of the ball. In the previous two weeks, they’ve beat then-#13 Auburn and then-#14 Louisville, thanks to one of the stingiest defenses in the land and an offense that manages 500+ yards per game despite none of their skills guys averaging more than 74 ypg. Clemson should have no trouble at all with Boston College, who’ve allowed nearly twice points (103) as they’ve scored (53), and are a decade removed from their last appearance in the top 10. (Boston College vs Clemson 3:30pm ET on ESPN2)

#3 Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield moved to the top of the Heisman heap with a huge Week 2 win over Ohio State, as he completed 27 of 35 passes for 386 yards and 3 TDs en route to a 31-16 final. His team is now 3-0 and the senior QB has completed 76.8% of his passes this season for 1,046 yards and 10 touchdowns. He must be licking his chops over the prospect of facing Baylor, whose defense is as inept as its erstwhile AD, having allowed 482 yards, 33 points, and just one turnover per game. (Oklahoma vs Baylor at 6:30pm ET on FS1)

The defensive unit of #4 Penn State holds their opponents to less scoring (4.7) than 16 Major League Baseball teams – think about that for a moment. And the offense is so efficient that it’s 11th in the nation in scoring with 47 points per game, despite racking up the same number of first downs, 57, as their opponents. This week they face an undefeated Iowa whose program is currently best known for the “Hospital Wave,” which is truly a great thing, but won’t be much help against the Lions. (Penn State vs Iowa at 7:30pm ET on ABC/ESPN3)

It’s happy days at #5 USC, but they could easily be 2-1 and much farther down in the polls but for the grace of freshman walk-on placekicker Chase McGrath who last week saved their bacon with a last-second FG to tie it in regulation and then drilled home the game winner in the second overtime for a 27-24 win over Texas. This week the Trojans face their upstate rivals from Cal, whose defense isn’t likely to be nearly as effective against USC QB Sam Darnold as it has been against the likes of Milo Yiannopoulos. (USC vs Cal at 3:30pm ET on ABC/ESPN3)

About 80 miles north of the Sooners, #6 Oklahoma State’s QB, Mason Rudolph, is making some Heisman noise of his own, completing 72.3% of his passes for 1,135 yards and 11 TDs in leading the Cowboys to a 3-0 record. The Cowboys have been feasting on a weak schedule, however, and this week things get serious as they face #16 TCU. Don’t be fooled by TCU’s point differential, though, they opened their season with a 63-0 win over Jackson State. Still, TCU has allowed a completion percentage of just 45.3% and just 172.7 passing yards per game, meaning Rudolph will be facing easily the biggest test of the young season. (TCU vs Oklahoma State at 3:30pm ET on ESPN)


Here’s Sling’s complete lineup of top 25 College Football action this weekend:


Temple vs #21 South Florida

7:30pm ET on ESPN



#23 Utah vs Arizona

10:30pm ET on FS1



NC State vs #12 Florida State

Noon ET on ABC/ESPN3 or ESPN2


Kent State vs #19 Louisville

Noon ET on ACC Network


Old Dominion vs #13 Virginia Tech

2pm ET on ACC Network


Boston College vs #2 Clemson

3:30pm ET on ESPN2


#5 USC vs Cal

3:30pm ET on ABC/ESPN3


#16 TCU vs #6 Oklahoma State

3:30pm ET on ESPN


Toledo vs #14 Miami

3:30pm ET on ACC Network


#8 Michigan vs Purdue

4pm ET on FOX


Nevada vs #18 Washington State

6pm ET on PAC12


#3 Oklahoma vs Baylor

6:30pm ET on FS1


#17 Mississippi State vs #11 Georgia

7pm ET on ESPN


Syracuse vs #25 LSU

7pm ET on ESPN2


#4 Penn State vs Iowa

7:30pm ET on ABC/ESPN3


#15 Auburn vs Missouri

7:30pm ET on ESPNU


#20 Florida vs Kentucky

7:30pm ET on SECN


#7 Washington vs Colorado

10pm ET on FS1


#24 Oregon vs Arizona State

10pm ET on PAC12

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All stats courtesy of ESPN and SRCFB







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