The college football season is just two games old, but there’s little to suggest the status quo will be disrupted anytime soon.
Clemson made it two wins out of two with a 24-10 victory over Texas A&M on Saturday. Trevor Lawrence finished 24-for-35, throwing for 268 yards and one touchdown.
Lyn-J Dixon had 79 rushing yards and one touchdown on 11 carries, while Justyn Ross finished with 94 receiving yards and a touchdown over seven receptions.
The Tigers were kept scoreless in the first and last quarter but were never in any trouble against the Aggies. Next up for the defending champions is a trip to Syracuse, which dropped out of the Top 25 after suffering a 63-20 shellacking at the hands of Maryland on Saturday.
As expected, Alabama, Clemson’s main rival for the national title, put on a show against New Mexico State. The Crimson Tide won 62-10 against the lowest-ranked program in the FBS—the top tier of college football—with Tua Tagovailoa throwing for 227 yards and three touchdowns, adding 33 rushing yards and a score on the ground.
Alabama racked up 603 total yards in the game to move to 2-0 and will face South Carolina on the road on Saturday.
Tagovailoa wasn’t the only quarterback to catch the eye over the weekend, with Jalen Hurts continuing where he left off in Week 1.
Hurts, who lost his starting spot in Alabama to Tagovailoa last season, finished 14-of-18 with 259 passing yards and three touchdowns in Oklahoma’s 70-14 thrashing of South Dakota.
Hurts, who added 47 rushing yards, has been unstoppable since transferring from Alabama in the offseason. He has completed 83 percent of his throws in the first two games, amassing 814 yards, nine touchdowns and no interceptions so far.
The Sooners’ signal-caller could add to his stellar figures next week, when Oklahoma travels to California to face a UCLA team that is 0-2 so far.
Like Hurts, Justin Fields transferred to a new school in the offseason, swapping Georgia for Ohio State. And also like Hurts, Fields has been mightily impressive so far.
The quarterback completed 20 of his 25 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns, adding 42 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the ground as the Buckeyes beat Cincinnati 42-0.
Next up for Ohio State is a trip to Indiana to face the Hoosiers, who are 2-0 this season and have just thrashed Eastern Illinois 52-0.
No. 3-ranked Georgia, meanwhile, will face Arkansas State at home after dispatching Murray State 63-17 on Saturday.
Here’s all you need to know about Week 3.
When does Week 3 start?
Week 3 of the college football season begins on Friday, with North Carolina taking on Wake Forest on the road, before Boston College hosts Kansas and No. 20-ranked Washington State travels to Houston.
There are no clashes between Top 25 teams and No. 10 ranked Michigan and No. 14 ranked Wisconsin do not play this week.
As usual, coverage of the college football season will be split across a variety of networks. ABC will broadcast games in the ACC, American, Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences.
Games in the latter three conferences will also be broadcast on FOX and ESPN, with ESPN carrying matchups from the ACC, American, Mountain West, SEC and Sun Belt conferences.
CBS will broadcast SEC conference games, while NBC retains exclusive broadcasting rights to Notre Dame’s home games.
Live streams throughout the season will be available via the broadcasters’ digital platforms, as well as fuboTV and DirecTV.
Week 3 TV schedule for college football Top 25 teams (All times ET)
Friday, September 13
- Washington State @ Houston—9.15 p.m., ESPN
Saturday, September 14
- Arkansas State @ Georgia—12 p.m., ESPN2
- Ohio State @ Indiana—12 p.m., FOX
- Pittsburgh @ Penn State—12 p.m., ABC
- Maryland @ Temple—12 p.m., CBSSN
- New Mexico @ Notre Dame—2:30 p.m., NBC
- Alabama @ South Carolina—3:30 p.m., CBS
- Stanford @ UCF—3:30 p.m., ESPN
- USC @ BYU—3:30 p.m., ABC
- Arizona State @ Michigan State—4 p.m., FOX
- Iowa @ Iowa State—4 p.m., FS1
- Idaho State @ Utah—4:15 p.m.
- Florida @ Kentucky—6 p.m., ESPN
- Lamar @ Texas A&M—6p.m., ESPNU
- Clemson @ Syracuse—6:30 p.m., ABC
- Northwestern State @ LSU—6:30 p.m., SEC Network
- Hawaii @ Washington—6:30 p.m., Pac-12 Network
- Florida State @ Virginia—6:30 p.m., ACCN
- Oklahoma @ UCLA—7 p.m., FOX
- Texas @ Rice—7 p.m., CBSSN
- Portland State @ Boise State—10:15 p.m., ESPN2
- Montana @ Oregon—10:45 p.m., Pac-12 Network
No Female Character in CoD: Modern Warfare?
The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Multiplayer Beta has been in full swing for a couple of days now. While the game has received slack because of some unconventional design choices, it still is a core Call of Duty experience which i think most people would enjoy. However, while playing the beta, i couldn’t help but notice the lack of female characters in the multiplayer game modes. This was rather strange since Infinity Ward had announced earlier that the game would have playable female characters. Usually, these characters are much more nimble and really help if you prefer a faster playing style.
So, i went on over to twitter to ask if these characters had been removed for some reason. However, what i got in response was a bunch of dismissive, sexist and misogynistic replies saying that the game is better without females anyway. This sad state of affairs snapped me back to the reality of how inclusivity is actually frowned upon in the core video game community.
Inclusivity in video games has always been a massive point of debate throughout the history of games. While most people would agree that all forms of art and media should be inclusive enough for everyone, things have not been so smooth for the video games industry to adopt this mindset. The ‘hardcore’ gaming community, sadly, just isn’t ready to accept any change that pushes us towards the greater good.
Every time game developers try to include women and minorities in their games just to make them more relatable and inclusive for everyone, they are met with review bombs and other forms of unjustified criticism from the core ‘gamers’. It is actually pretty bonkers to see how far people are willing to go just to undermine something that does not affect them or their experience in any way.
Sadly, this bad behaviour isn’t just limited to the video game community. We’ve seen some really bad cases of sexism in the gaming industry during recent times as well. However, slowly but surely, things are moving in the right direction. For example, we’re seeing better working conditions for women in the industry thanks to a lot of hard work and bravery from these women.
Female Protagonists in Games are actually good
We’re also seeing video games being much more inclusive. From Cyberpunk 2077 not having a binary gender option for character creation to Gears 5 moving to a female protagonist for the first time in the series, things are moving in the right direction. However, if you think that these changes are hindering your experience in any way, you’re wrong. You can still choose to play as a white male in Cyberpunk 2077 and the majority of video games still have male protagonists in them.
However, some of the best video games of recent times like Horizon Zero Dawn, Tomb Raider, Gears 5 and the upcoming The Last of Us 2 all have female protagonists. So, saying that having a female lead in a game would somehow make it worse is just not true, whether you like it or not.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and why it is important for games to be more inclusive
Recently, when Infinity Ward announced that Call of Duty Modern Warfare will include playable female characters, it was met with the same unjustified criticism. This is not the first time we’ve seen this though and people are just used to it at this point. Back when Battlefield V was announced with Female characters, people had the same reaction. However, people need to realise that video games are a form of art and the right of expressing that art in any way or form is in the hands of the artist.
Video games have never been about being historically accurate. If you wanted that, you could watch a historical documentary instead. Video Games are meant to be fun and relatable. They’re played by millions of people around the entire world. If these people around the world don’t feel like they are a part of this magical universe that a developer has conjured up for them, then what is the point of art anymore? No other form of media can connect us with the characters it has like video games because for a brief moment in time, games make us feel like we are that character.
The ability to see yourself in the character you’re playing is probably what sets video games apart from everything else as an art form. This is especially true for multiplayer games, which brings us back to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Having a female character in multiplayer is only a good thing. This would mean that millions of female gamers would actually be able to feel like they’re a part of this universe that we’ve all come to enjoy and love. Furthermore, it doesn’t affect anyone else in any way. You can still pick your usual male characters so you’re not losing any part of the experience.
The addition of something doesn’t always have to come at a cost of something else. However, if, for some weird reason, even hearing a female character in a multiplayer match triggers you, then you have some serious issues and I hope you find the help you need.
Video games are arguably the most expansive and expressive form of art out there. Everyone deserves to experience this amazing art form in the most relatable and immersive way possible. We have made some really good strides during recent times to curb stomp the negativity that surrounds the whole industry. However, there is still a long way to go and I hope, with time, we can all feel happy just to be a part of this amazing community and experience these magical worlds together in complete harmony.