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College Football Week 3 Review
By Jonathan Hull

Everyone knows college football is headed the direction of 16-team power conferences. The theory has always been there will be four of those super conferences and it's well understood that three of those four leagues will be the Pac-12, Big Ten and SEC. The question is where would the fourth conference be. It looks like the answer came on Saturday.

The Big East took a major blow in its bid to be the fourth major conference with Pittsburgh and Syracuse announcing its intentions to join the ACC as the 13th and 14th members of the conference. The ACC became the first league to expand to 14 teams and second to go past 12 teams since the SEC has officially agreed to add Texas A&M, although that move has been temporarily blocked.

The move actually caught most off guard. With all the realignment attention being paid on the Big 12 with what Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Texas plan to do, no one was really looking at the Northeast region of the country. I personally like the way TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte put it.

"There are earthquakes going on all around us," Del Conte said. "And we don't know when they'll settle."

Of course for TCU, this earthquake is weakening the Big East, while the ACC grows stronger. The Horned Frogs have the start wondering if they're going to be left out of the picture with the new super conferences despite being one of the most successful football programs in the country.

There might be some aftershocks for the Big East after this move, too. When looking at who might be teams 15 and 16 for the ACC, no program makes more sense than West Virginia. The Mountaineers now see three of their four biggest rivals playing in the ACC with Pitt, Syracuse and Maryland. Marshall is the only WVU rival not in the conference. A move to the ACC could also allow West Virginia to renew a couple regional rivalries with Virginia Tech and Virginia as well.

As for the 16th member of the ACC, Connecticut might get the nod. Rutgers and South Florida could make some sense as well, but UConn is the better basketball representative and don't forget how importanta that sport is to that conference and the additions of Pitt and Syracuse obviously strengthen the league in men's basketball.

One thing is clear, the ACC isn't going to be a conference that is going away. The league ensured that by raising the penalty for leaving the conference to $20 million. Orginally, it was believed Virginia Tech was the frontrunner to be the 14th member of the SEC and Maryland was a darkhorse candidate. That becomes highly unlikely now.

Where the SEC looks to expand further is now in some question. With all the members of the ACC now out of contention, the SEC is forced to look back to the Big 12. Obviously, Texas A&M is on board, but Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas Tech appear headed for the Pac-12 in a report coming from the Austin American-Statesman on Sunday.

Missouri remains a real option for the SEC, but the Big Ten might have some interest there as well. Baylor might be wishing it hadn't raised the fuss it had when the Aggies tried to leave. The SEC might be willing to take on the Bears as the Vanderbilt of the West division, but they likely burned that bridge.

One thing is clear, no matter how much some want to slow it down, realignment is coming and it will be here sooner rather than later.
Week 3's Top 10 Performances

10. Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
2 INTs, 1 tackle
Claiborne is one of the best CBs in the nation and the junior proved his value in LSU's 19-6 victory against Mississippi State on Thursday, picking off two passes. Claiborne and the LSU defense was absolutely dominant against a good Mississippi State offense. The Tigers managed to take the Bulldogs completely out of their comfort zone and took dangerous MSU RB Vick Ballard out of the gameplan early.

9. John White IV, RB, Utah
Rushing, 22-174, 3 TDs
White was a JUCO standout and a great find for the Utes. On Saturday, White was key in the Utes' 54-10 victory against in-state rival BYU. It's the most lopsided victory in the Holy War series in nearly 20 years. White has already rushed for 380 yards and six TDs in three games this season.

8. Illinois Defense
14 points allowed, 12 tackles for loss, 6 sacks, 2 INTs, 1 FR
That's quite a line for the Illini defense, which helped given them a 17-14 victory against Arizona State and allowed them to move into the top 25 of the AP poll at No. 24. I considered the Illini a darkhorse in the Big Ten before the season and this win against a strong Arizona State squad re-enforces that line of thought for me.

7. Ronnie Hillman, RB, San Diego State
Rushing, 32-191, 4 TDs; Receiving, 2-31
Hillman is second in the nation running the football and had his most productive day of the year in a 42-24 victory against Washington State. It's San Diego State's  first win against a team from a major conference since 1999 when the Aztecs defeated Kansas, 41-13.

6. Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State
Passing, 32-42-1 455 yards, 5 TDs
Moore was his typical brilliant self in a blowout win against Toledo -- a team that gave Ohio State fits. Moore and Boise State need to continue to make their mark felt and hope some dominoes fall correctly to finally allow them to play for a national title. With all the conference reshifting, it's not going to be surprising if Boise State is left out of the super conferences when realignment comes.

5. Seth Doege, QB, Texas Tech
Passing, 40-44-0 401 yards, 5 TDs
Just because Mike Leach is gone from Texas Tech doesn't mean Texas Tech QBs aren't going to continue ot put up big numbers. Doege was extremely efficient, connecting on 40 of 44 passes. Missing on only four passes when you throw 44 is phenomenal. It's the kind of performance we should all be used to from Tech QBs, but it was one that seemed to be missing from the Red Raiders last season. Doege is currently third in the nation in passing efficiency and fifth in total offense.

4. Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina
Rushing, 37-246, 3 TDs; Receiving, 4-25
The nation's leading rusher scored all three of South Carolina's TDs in a narrow 24-21 victory against Navy. Lattimore is a legit Heisman contender as long as he continues to average 178 yards per game and South Carolina can find a way to run the table in the SEC.

3. Tom Wort, LB, Oklahoma
8 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks, 1 INT
This could have been awarded to a couple different Sooners' defenders, but Wort was the standout in OU's 23-13 victory against Florida State. The Sooners starting middle linebacker gave his team a charge with an interception in the first half and made big play after big play in the Seminole's backfield.

2. Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson
Passing, 30-42-0 386 yards, 4 TDs; Rushing, 7-30
Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
Receiving, 10-155, 2 TDs; Rushing, 7-44
Boyd and Watkins connected twice in the second half, keying Clemson's 38-24 victory against Auburn. Clemson had struggled with FCS team Wofford the week before, but ended Auburn's run of magican runs. Watkins is only a freshman, while Boyd is entering his first season as the full-time and unquestioned starter.

1. James Vanderberg, QB, Iowa
Passing, 31-48-1 399 yards, 3 TDs; Rushing, 8-(-8), 1 TD.
The Hawkeyes were left for dead. Pitt was up 24-3 and Iowa hadn't put together much of a fight on offense for three quarters. The Vanderberg channelled his inner Ricky Stanzi and brought the Hawkeyes back to a 31-27 victory. All three of Vanderberg's TD passes were thrown in the fourth quarter, including the decisive score with 2:51 play in the game. This is the type of win that could get Iowa moving in the right direction. But for the first time in a long time, there are some legit concerns on defense for the Hawkeyes and they're yet to face a great offense.

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