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Originally Published: Sep 9, 2013
Florida Atlantic. He didn't even arrive in Lubbock until July.

Mayfield, who had a 25-2 record as a starter in high school and led Lake Travis (Texas) High to a state championship, has completed 71.1 percent of his passes for 780 yards with seven touchdowns and no interceptions in 90 pass attempts. He threw for 413 yards on 43-for-60 passing with four touchdowns in a 41-23 win at SMU to start the season, and then threw for 367 yards with three touchdowns on 21-for-30 passing in the first half of a 61-13 rout of FCS foe Stephen F. Austin on Saturday.

"I think he's played well," Kingsbury said. "Anytime you have a true freshman in a new system who didn't get her too long ago come in and move the ball like he's moved it, that's exciting. Hopefully, he'll just keep getting better."

The competition starts to get more difficult on Thursday night, when the Red Raiders host No. 24 TCU in their Big 12 opener.

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John Reed/USA TODAY SportsArkansas State was dinged two penalties on Saturday because of its uniforms.

Arkansas State already had its hands full playing at Auburn on Saturday, but then the Red Wolves were penalized at the start of both halves for a fashion faux pas. Officials ruled that the Red Wolves violated a new NCAA rule by wearing jerseys that were too similar to Auburn's blue home jerseys. Arkansas State wore dark gray jerseys with red numbers.

The Red Wolves were penalized 15 yards at the start of the first half and 13 yards at the start of the second in their 38-9 loss, which ended their nine-game winning streak.

"I knew about it," Arkansas State coach Bryan Harsin said. "That was my decision. I think it was something for our team and that decision I made and I would not change it."

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Vitek's BBQ in Waco, Texas, serves something called the "Gut Pak," which is a Styrofoam container filled with Frito's, cheese, chopped beef, beans, sausage, bread, pickles, onions and jalapenos. It might be the only thing that can slow down Baylor's offense.

There's fast, and then there's Art Briles fast. Baylor opened the season by breaking the school's modern-day record (since 1929) for points scored in a game with 69 against FCS foe Wofford last week and then 70 against Buffalo on Saturday. The Bears scored 16 of their 17 offensive touchdowns in two minutes or less, including seven in less than one minute.

"You don't want to pat yourself on the back or anything, but I think our guys are confident, they know what they're doing, and we're playing at a high speed with a lot of highly-effective plays," Briles said.

In the 70-13 rout of Buffalo, Baylor set a school record with 781 yards of offense and scored 56 points in the first half. Bears tailback Lache Seastrunk ran for 150 yards with three touchdowns, and quarterback Bryce Petty completed 13 of 16 passes for 338 yards with two touchdowns.

Ultimately, Baylor's defense will decide whether it's a legitimate contender to win the Big 12 this season. But when its offense is scoring that fast and often, it doesn't have to be great. The Bears don't play a ranked opponent until they host No. 14 Oklahoma on Nov. 7.

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Georgia was able to expose South Carolina's defensive issues in a big way in Saturday's 41-30 win at Sanford Stadium. All-America defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is frustrated by his lack of production, and USC's coaches aren't too happy, either. Linebacker coach Kirk Botkin and defensive line coach Deke Adams got into a skirmish on the sideline and had to be separated by defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward.

The Gamecocks surrendered 538 yards of offense and allowed UGA to eat up the final 8:28 of the game with a 13-play, 80-yard drive.

"Obviously, that need not happen anymore," South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said of the spat between his assistants. "The guys are very competitive and when we can't get a stop, sometimes it's, 'Your guy should have done this.' They're OK now. Hopefully, that won't happen again."

Game Changer

By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

Devin Gardner

Wearing a No. 98 jersey to honor 1940 Heisman Trophy winner Tom Harmon, Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner completed 21 of 33 passes for 294 yards with four touchdowns in the Wolverines' 41-30 victory over Notre Dame in the Big House on Saturday night. Gardner also ran 13 times for 82 yards with one score. Michigan went 4-for-4 in the red zone against the Fighting Irish, with Gardner accounting for a touchdown each time.

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Travis Wilson

1. Travis Wilson, Utah
Wilson posted the highest Total QBR of the past two seasons with a 99.7 in Utah's 70-7 rout of Weber State. It was the highest since Andrew Luck had a 99.9 against California on Nov. 20, 2010.

2. Zach Mettenberger, LSU
Mettenberger had a Total QBR of 98.6 in LSU's 56-17 win against UAB. It was the highest Total QBR for an LSU quarterback with at least 25 actions plays...

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