Each week, the college football team here at SI will delve into the fun, the weird and the wacky of college football with a series called Between The Hashes. It’s a way to decompress from the madness of the week, and to find a few things that you might have missed.
We really should know better by now. When a schedule appears boring and it looks like the favorites will coast, the unexpected happens. We saw it at Boston College, as the Eagles used emotion and some old school running to push past USC. We saw it at "Jerryworld," where Jerry Neuheisel came in for the injured Brett Hundley to lead the Bruins to victory over Texas. And we saw it in Columbia, when South Carolina got a first down by the tiniest of sub-inches to retain possession and put away Georgia.
Each week of the college football season is a unique and wonderful snowflake. We never know what will happen, but we always have a feeling it's going to be worth watching.
Everybody needs a hug
UMass had it. The Minutemen had the ball down in the red zone with a chance to tie or win at Vanderbilt. It would've been an amazing win for Mark Whipple's new team. All the UMass kicker had to do was hit a short field goal at the horn to send it to overtime. And, well, the curse of the college kicker struck again. But a funny thing happened on the way to the heartbreak. Vanderbilt, no stranger to struggle so far this season, gave us one of the most human moments of Week 3.
The bad, the bad and the ugly
There's good punt coverage, and there's whatever it was East Carolina was doing on this punt by Worth Gregory. It all worked out in the end, as the Pirates still managed to upset Virginia Tech anyway. But still. ..
This is easily one of the worst defended passes I've ever seen. A for effort and theatrics, though.
Les Miles Coaching Decision of the Week
I know Texas is trying to establish an identity as a tough, defense-first football team, but I'm not exactly sure Charlie Strong wanted that to mean he wanted to kick to UCLA to open both halves. On the coin toss, the Texas captains opted to kick after UCLA deferred. Which meant UCLA would receive in the first half and then the Bruins chose to receive (naturally) in the second half. This is bad.
The ref even turned the microphone off to explain to the Texas captain what he was doing. And they still chose to kick.— Bruin Report Online (@BruinReport) September 14, 2014
Jake's dad must be a proud papa. And he showed that pride with his very own customized Wolverines jersey.
All hail the BERTDOG
Once this is seen you will always see this forever and ever. Who knew Arkansas coach Bret Bielema had the unlikeliest of doppelgängers?
Betting is bad
Sports betting is already a tough game to play, especially when it comes to football. The ball doesn't really care about you or your spreads and parlays. But making a bet on Twitter is even more foolish. If you don't mean it, don't put it in public for everyone to see. Otherwise you could end up regretting it – even if it started out as smack talk. One fan learned that the hard way after Iowa State beat Iowa on Saturday.
Rutgers seems to like being in the Big Ten
Quote of the Week
It'd be easy to give this one to Steve Spurrier for calling out Paul Finebaum unprompted: ("I knew we had a good chance to beat them when I heard Finebaum pick them to win by 20 points.") But Spurrier wins this award far too often. Instead we turn our attention to Will Muschamp, who doesn't really have a reputation for joking around. That said, even if Florida fans might not find it all that funny following the team's three overtime win over Florida, it's a pleasant departure from the normally intense Muschamp.
"We missed some football in the Idaho game, figured we'd give y'all an extra shot at some ball. Paying the fans back." - Muschamp— OnlyGators.com (@onlygators) September 14, 2014
Name of the Week
This honor goes to Cincinnati, which finally played (and won!) its first game of the season on Friday night. For a team that already has a Silverberry Mouhon, it looks like the Bearcats can build an all-name team of their own.
The Ricky Dobbs All-Stars
As a general refresher, each week we will highlight some of the best statlines of the week, in honor of former Navy quarterback Ricky Dobbs.
- Cincinnati QB Gunner Kiel: 25-36, 418 yards, 6 TD vs. Toledo
- West Virginia QB Clint Trickett: 511 yards, 4 TD, 1 INT vs. Maryland
- Bowling Green WR Roger Lewis: 16 catches, 149 yards, 1 TD vs. Indiana
- Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett: 312 yards, 6 TD, 1 INT vs. Kent State
- Georgia Tech QB Justin Thomas: 188 pass yards, 4 pass TD, 137 rush yards, 1 rush TD vs. Georgia Southern
- Duke RB Shaun Wilson: 12 carries, 245 yards, 3 TD vs. Kansas
- Washington LB Shaq Thompson: 52-yard fumble recovery TD, 36-yard interception TD
- Arkansas RBs Jonathan Williams and Alex Collins: 357 yards, 6 TD vs. Texas Tech
- Indiana RB Tevin Coleman: 189 yards, 3 TD vs. Bowling Green
- MIssouri Defense: 8 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles vs. UCF
- Florida WR Demarcus Robinson: 15 catches, 216 yards, 2 TD vs. Kentucky
- Boston College QB Tyler Murphy: 191 rush yards, 1 TD vs. USC