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.
I'm so used to taking in about 17 hours of football-related programming from College GameDay to the end of the late Pac-12 games that I often forget that the behavior is completely unnatural. People don't just sit with the remote in hand and two extra screens, a phone and a computer essentially tethered through the entire day. This job makes you think it's normal to forget to eat, not check a clock for hours and be so inundated with stats and tweets that you get upset with yourself if you missed something.
And yet, that's why I started Between The Hashes in the first place. It wasn't for me. I saw these things already. I noticed them. I marked them down. It's for everyone else who went to a game, ducked out to buy something at the hardware store or decided going to bed was a better decision than watching another overtime game run close to 3 a.m. (okay, 2 a.m. this time with setting the clocks back).
Hopefully you find some value here. Hopefully I make you smile once in awhile. That's my goal, and I never want to lose sight of that.
Those Eyebrows Though
This one comes from my friend Brian Floyd over at SB Nation. Here's the thing about videobombs: you have such a short amount of time once you've decided "yes I am going to do this" that when you actually pop in there, even if you've thought about it a lot earlier in life, you still don't really know what you'll do. So when you get a perfect videobomb, whether it's weird or silly or creepy or everything in between, you have to acknowledge it. This videobomb, from the Thursday night Florida State-Louisville game, is one of those.
Somewhere along the way, Joey Bosa decided that ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ was his and that he'd make it his own on the football field. The first time he did it, we were all kind of like: wait, was that on purpose? But now it's spreading, and other Ohio State players are joining him. This is good and I like it.
Army Band Zombie What?
Despite what the older generations would have you believe, the youth can still be creative. Enter Exhibit A: this costume and all-out effort from an Army band member, who went the extra mile for Halloween attire.
Football and Needlepoint: The Perfect Pair
I don't blame this fan for sewing during the Texas A&M game. It was probably a lot more entertaining than watching the Aggies put up 243 total yards in a sloppy five-point win over Louisiana-Monroe.
It's still so weird to me that coaches are out there on the sideline so involved in trying to win their own football games that they don't know much about the other games going on at the same time. But it still happens that way, so you get moments like this, where Missouri's Gary Pinkel is informed that Georgia lost to Florida. His reaction, in real time, was perfect. Oh, and somehow Missouri has a shot at winning the SEC East again. Football!
There's no way this wasn't pre-planned. No way. The world is crazy and disorderly and full of chaos, but things like this don't happen by accident. Do they? I need to reevaluate everything now.
Play of the Week
This one doesn't come from the FBS level, but that doesn't make it any less awesome. With Missouri State winning, 18-17, Indiana State ran this weird shell hidden ball trick play on the return, confusing everyone and eventually winning 20-18. Someone, somewhere, will steal this by next season, and it might just be your favorite team.
Quotes & Tweets of the Week
You know the drill. No context here. Just some good quotes.
The Ricky Dobbs All-Stars
As a general refresher, each week we will highlight some of the best stat lines of the week, in honor of former Navy quarterback Ricky Dobbs.
- Louisville WR DeVante Parker: 8 catches, 214 yards vs. Florida State
- Memphis RB Brandon Hayes: 199 yards, 3 TD vs. Tulsa
- Duke WR Jamison Crowder: 9 catches, 165 yards, 2 TD vs. Pitt
- Pitt RB James Conner: 263 yards, 3 TD vs. Duke
- Miami RB Duke Johnson: 177 yards, 2 TD, 49 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD vs. UNC
- Oklahoma QB Trevor Knight: 230 yards, 3 TD, 2 INT, 146 rush yards, 3 rush TD vs. Iowa State
- Washington LB Shaq Thompson: 174 yards, 1 TD, 41 receiving yards vs. Colorado
- Appalachian State RB Marcus Cox: 250 yards, 3 TD vs. Georgia State
- Western Michigan RB Jarvion Franklin: 182 yards, 3 TD vs. Miami (OH)
- Florida RBs Kelvin Taylor, Matt Jones: 389 yards, 4 TD vs. Georgia
- Louisiana Tech WR Trent Taylor: 9 catches, 113 yards, 3 TD vs. Western Kentucky
- USC QB Cody Kessler: 400 yards, 5 TD vs. Washington State
- Arkansas State RB Michael Gordon: 107 yards, 5 TD, 45 receiving yards vs. Idaho
- Colorado State RB Dee Hart: 104 yards, 4 TD vs. San Jose State
- South Carolina WR Pharoh Cooper: 11 catches, 233 yards, 2 TD, passing TD, rushing TD, onside kick recovery vs. Tennessee
- Oregon QB Marcus Mariota: 258 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT, 85 rush yards, 2 rush TD vs. Stanford
- Wyoming RB Brian Hill: 281 yards, 2 TD, 106 receiving yards vs. Fresno State