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.
Think back to the beginning of the season. What'd you predict was going to happen? Was it anything like we've seen to this point? Be honest. It's a safe space. We can dream up all kinds of scenarios and situations, but the fact is each and every year, what unfolds before us is crazier than anything we can imagine. This is the sort of thing that makes college football so amazing. There's something you've never seen before, something you'll never see again, something you have to watch a hundred times to make sure it was real.
As we round the corner and head for home on another amazing year, we're going to look back and think 2014 was pretty great. But there's still time to add to what we've already seen. And something tells me the last few weeks aren't going to disappoint.
Ice Cream Man
People in (or from) the Midwest are different. As one of them, I can say this safely. So while most people would run the other way when faced with the weather of the Ohio State-Minnesota game on Saturday, it just led others to be more inspired. And when you have the chance to eat an ice cream bar in the snow and get yourself on TV, you do it. This is an easy call.
Wisconsin got a huge win over Nebraska and now is in the driver's seat in the Big Ten West. It wasn't just a win; it was a dismemberment plan (shout out Travis Morrison). So to celebrate, the Badgers did what anyone would do. They made snow angels.
Some Washington players got stuck in an elevator the night before their game against Arizona. This is bad. I hope if they got scared they gave Barry Sanders a call since he knows a thing or two about elevators. I am glad the Huskies made it out of the elevator safely, but this just goes to show you technology is out to get us all and we will someday be its slaves and maybe we should just take the stairs or something.
Everyone reacts to the cold differently. Some people try to be a hero and go sleeveless or act like they're above it. Others don't try to hide their discomfort. They're miserable. They want everyone to know they're miserable. And they dress accordingly so they can be less miserable. Let's go to the Illinois sideline:
Well of course Georgia Tech accepts Bitcoin
If you want to use a cryptocurrency typically associated with hackers and black market drugs to buy your pretzels and hot dogs, at Georgia Tech you can do that.
Let's Go Bowling
Let's check in with the Mercer Bears, last seen on the national radar dancing their way into one of the best upsets of the NCAA tournament after beating Duke. And now they demand our attention once again. This is the best celebration I've seen in awhile. It's choreographed, joyous and worth whatever penalty you can throw at it. (Hint: officials, this is what we want football to be. Let the kids have fun. It won't hurt anyone.)
The UGA I – UGA VIII Memorial Mascot of the Week
This was about as easy a winner as we've ever had for this award. So take a bow, Smokey, for being adorable and hopefully all nice and cozy.
Quotes/Tweets of the Week
You're not here for my words. You're here for other people's. So here they are:
Charlie Strong on his pregame message to players: "They told me it was cold. I told them it wasn't cold."— Mike Finger (@mikefinger) November 16, 2014
Fitz on his team: "I just hope they have good, clean, American fun tonight."— JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) November 16, 2014
Saban: "It's just like being in the playoffs now. You can't afford to lose. Every game is big."— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) November 16, 2014
Steve Spurrier: "I'm getting old when you start feeling for the other coach."— Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) November 15, 2014
Steve Spurrier completely out of the blue: "I guess the Upstate team got beat today."— Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) November 15, 2014
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.
- UMass WR Tajae Sharpe: 13 catches, 239 yards vs. Ball State
- ECU WR Justin Hardy: 15 catches, 188 yards, 1 TD, rush TD vs. Cincinnati
- USC WR Nelson Agholor: 16 catches, 214 yards, 2 TD vs. Cal
- Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett: 200 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT, 189 rush yards, 1 rush TD vs. Minnesota
- Pitt RB James Conner: 220 yards, 4 TD vs. UNC
- Western Kentucky RB Leon Allen: 345 yards, 3 TD vs. Army
- UNC QB Marquise Williams: 278 yards, 1 TD, 122 rush yards, 3 rush TD vs. Pitt
- Central Michigan WR Titus Davis: 8 catches, 102 yards, 3 TD vs. Miami
- Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon: FBS-record 408 yards, 4 TD vs. Nebraska
- Navy QB Keenan Reynolds: 71 yards, 1 TD, 277 rush yards, 6 rush TD vs. Georgia Southern
- Indiana RB Tevin Coleman: 307 yards, 1 TD vs. Rutgers
- FIU WR Jonnu Smith: 8 catches, 140 yards, 3 TD vs. Middle Tennessee State
- Oklahoma RB Samaje Perine: 213 yards, 3 TD vs. Texas Tech
- Appalachian State RB Marcus Cox: 229 yards, 2 TD vs. Arkansas State
- Notre Dame WR William Fuller: 9 catches, 159 yards, 3 TD vs. Northwestern