Each week, Campus Union 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.
Did everyone get enough sleep? Drink plenty of fluids and take your vitamins? It's important to remember that the season is a long and winding road, and wasting too much energy in Week 1 is a noble but frivolous gesture. There will be plenty of time to take everything in before we wonder what happened to the season and why it's the offseason again. We'll start to ask the dreaded question: When is football coming back?
For now, though, football is back. But it's downright impossible to watch every game every week. Life gets in the way. Some people do crazy things like get married on a Saturday in the fall, and some fans have to take a few minutes to unload the dishwasher. To help everyone out, after Saturday's games wrap up, I'll take a look at the week that was and find some little nuggets of joy and strangeness in a feature called "Between The Hashes." Let's get into it, okay?
Clemson fans earned their College GameDay appearance
The Tigers not only lived up to their preseason top-10 billing with a win against Georgia, but the Clemson faithful were electric all week, including during their pregame parade on Friday:
And they had a few pretty nice signs for the ESPN show on Saturday morning:
The Tigers had an especially notable Meeting at the Paw after the win, a tradition Clemson has had for decades. It's always a bit more intense after a big win.
The rest of college football's fans weren't bad, either
To begin with, give yourselves a round of applause. The tailgates, signs and outfits this week were all tremendous. The cheers were loud, and the emotions were on high. You're what makes college football great -- and you didn't disappoint. From a game against Central Michigan at the Big House to a nonconference tilt between two proud programs at Reliant Stadium, people showed up:
Here's a view from atop Michigan Stadium of the 112,618 in attendance: pic.twitter.com/wd8np7N5u7
— Michigan Football (@umichfootball) August 31, 2013
Impressed with how well both teams traveled today. Great mix of maroon and orange at Reliant. #OKST#MissStpic.twitter.com/7HlqsUq1QR
— Annabel Stephan (@AnnabelStephan) August 31, 2013
And wore furry hats:
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) August 31, 2013
And were sad sometimes:
Sad Iowa fan pic.twitter.com/lygMZmAvSO
— Mark Lennon (@MLennon66) August 31, 2013
— Rich (@piff_da_god) September 1, 2013
And, uhh, did this:
Meanwhile, at the #Hawkeyes game. pic.twitter.com/w5J9lOw4eV
— Cork Gaines (@CorkGaines) August 31, 2013
The constant up and down is what makes college football such a nice parallel to life. In a span of three hours (give or take), there are mistakes, errors in judgment, questionable decisions, superhuman feats, joy, sadness and fear. Attending a game is the closest thing we have to going to the debut of Shakespeare plays at the Globe, only without the iambic pentameter, unless of course Les Miles is talking.
Ah yes, Les
It wouldn't be a college football Saturday without another lesson from the Miles' school of clock management. With less than a minute to play in the first half against TCU, Miles took a timeout in the red zone. Coming out of the timeout, the Tigers were flagged for a delay of game penalty and a false start. And that all seemed completely normal compared to what happened next:
Hey, the refs are still easing into the season, too. Touchdown Seahawks!
Other candidates, Les Miles Honorary Coaching Decision of the Week
There was Western Michigan false starting its sprint onto the field:
PJ Fleck era already off to rough start. WMU charged onto the field, oar in hand, midway through National Anthem. Whoops. #RTB
— Brandon Folsom (@Brandon_Folsom) August 30, 2013
Indiana got a penalty you don't see very often:
IU was just penalized for having two Nos. 40 on the field at the same time. That's new. #iufb
— Ken Bikoff (@kbikoff) August 29, 2013
But the winner this week is FAU coach Carl Pelini, who called for a spike on fourth down with the game winding to a close.
Great moments in charts and graphs
Twitter user Evil Cam Newton gave us the "Idiot's Guide To Understanding The SEC." It speaks for itself:
The Complete Idiot's Chart To Understanding The SEC (revision of @TheBigPharaoh's Middle East Chart) pic.twitter.com/1wEwZzlMMX
— Evil Cam Newton (@evil_cam_newton) August 31, 2013
The Memorial UGA I-UGA VIII Mascot Award
This week's award goes to Tennessee's Smokey, for dog-related antics. It was a hard-fought battle, and no disrespect to the rest of our fine contestants. There will be another award next week:
Smokey just pooped in the endzone. Go Vols.
— Messiah B from TN (@mac_b_from_tn) August 31, 2013
Boys will be boys
It's been a big week for foam fingers after Miley Cyrus used one during the VMAs to, well, do whatever it was she was doing. The inventor of the foam finger even weighed in:
"I would say that it certainly misrepresented its intent to encourage team support," Chmelar added. "She took an honorable icon that is seen in sporting venues everywhere and degraded it. Fortunately, the foam finger has been around long enough that it will survive this incident. As for Miley Cyrus, let's hope she can outlive this event and also survive."
Someone needs to track him down again and ask him what he thinks about this:
This… Doesn’t seem age appropriate: pic.twitter.com/oOzCu8hAUM
— Luke Zimmermann (@lukezim) August 31, 2013
The Ricky Dobbs All-Stars
First, an explanation. Former Navy quarterback Ricky Dobbs was one of those college football players who put up great numbers, and though he never got a ton of attention, he was incredibly fun to watch. He wasn't going to win a Heisman, but he was going to register random stat lines that included six rushing touchdowns in a game, which holds a special place of its very own.
In his honor, I'm starting the Ricky Dobbs All-Stars to commemorate the achievements of certain players who did some pretty great things. In Week 1, I'm going to have a slightly longer list, because I'm excited about football, and there were some pretty interesting stat lines:
• Buffalo LB Khalil Mack:
Khalil Mack's afternoon: 9 tackles (7 solo), 2.5 sacks, 2.5 TFL, 1 INT, 1 TD. And good riddance, sir.
— Eleven Warriors (@11W) August 31, 2013
(In case you haven't noticed, this kid is good.)
• Army QB Angel Santiago: 4-of-8, passing 101 yards, 1 TD; 120 rushing yards, 3 TD, 7.5 yards per carry in win over Morgan State
• Utah State QB Chuckie Keeton: 31-of-40, 314 passing yards, 2 TD; 85 rushing yards, 1 TD in a loss to Utah
• Fresno State QB Derek Carr: 53-of-74 (!!!), 470 passing yards, 5 TD, 1 INT
This game saw Fresno beat Rutgers 52-51 in overtime. It was one of the final games on last Thursday night. College football is unfair to our sleep schedules. In the loss, Rutgers running back Paul James had 182 yards.
• Michigan State S Kurtis Drummond: 4 tackles, 1 INT, 1 TD
Drummond had one of the best plays of the weekend, and he scored a touchdown on an equally as impressive play in which he was lateraled the ball and went in for a score.
• Alabama WR Christion Jones: 3 Total TD (receiving, kick return, punt return), 256 all-purpose yards
Plus an excuse to post this gem of a tweet:
Christion Jones has scored a touchdown in every way imaginable except in a Go-Kart.
— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) September 1, 2013
• Eastern Washington QB Vernon Adams: 23-of-30, 411 passing yards, 4 TD; 107 rushing yards, 2 TD in an upset win at Oregon State This is our winner for scenario and all-around awesomeness.