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.
College football rewarded patient fans for dealing with a relatively dull Week 4 slate by giving them everything they could have wanted and more in Week 5. Ranked teams fell, other ranked teams made statements and the first coach was fired in USC's Lane Kiffin. With every great week of games, there are just as many plays, pictures and quotes in toe. So rather than drone on, let's get right to them.
This week in uniforms
It's impossible to talk about this week's haberdashery without mentioning the Virginia Tech helmets that made their way into Thursday night's win against Georgia Tech. There were plenty of reactions (mostly negative), but the Hokies got a win, so fans will be seeing the lids again soon.
On-field looks at Virginia Tech's "Stone Wall" Helmet, still don't like the decal http://t.co/s1TOLyeQbl
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) September 26, 2013
The Yellow Jackets had their own style in the game, going for the throwback unis and a blinding amount of white.
These Miami helmets are, umm, interesting. pic.twitter.com/Gpg2HudVqu
— Cork Gaines (@CorkGaines) September 28, 2013
And maybe Alabama isn't going to wear this getup any time soon, but the Star Wars crossover potential would be huge:
Football in motion
The rise of animated GIFs and Vines gives fans the chance to see highlights out of context. Sure, the format has limitations, but there are idiosyncrasies to each that make them almost like modern-day trading cards. Here are a few of the best examples from Week 5.
I don't think this is where the ref is supposed to be.
West Virginia got its best win of the year (and a much-needed one at that) against Oklahoma State, and coach Dana Holgorsen was in rare form.
USF's season was summed up perfectly in one play.
And, uhh, this?
Way to go, y'all.
Quote of the week
At first, with everything the LSU-Georgia game offered, I thought the quote had to come from someone who participated. And there was a really great quote that summed up the classic, from Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo.
Mike Bobo: "I'm about to pass out." — Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) September 29, 2013
But then something much better came up.
After the loss to Oklahoma, Brian Kelly handled this difficult question about as well as he could have: pic.twitter.com/myUHyJ1ofi — George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) September 29, 2013
This is the greatest question ever asked by a media member. It's complex, it's open to interpretation, you can pick a different favorite part every time you read it and it's basically the print equivalent of a Kyle video.
Basketball coaches doing football things
While it's no Tom Izzo addressing the student section at Michigan State, gotta give credit to Georgia basketball coach Mark Fox for stepping up in a big way.
There's UGA Hoops coach Mark Fox doing his best Bruce Pearl. All body painted up. pic.twitter.com/EQOWX0RMVJ — Pete Thamel (@SIPeteThamel) September 28, 2013
Bonus points to coach Fox if he wears this outfit in other situations than football games.
The struggle is real
At some programs, it wasn't all dancing and dress-up. UCF gave it a good run against South Carolina, but it couldn't quite get there.
UCF #StruggleFace http://t.co/5rxhXwaRrP — CJ Fogler (@cjzero) September 28, 2013
Arkansas coach Bret Bielema had a little trouble with the Hog Walk.
And, well, the Northeast doesn't exactly go wild over its college teams.
They love their college football out here in the northeast pic.twitter.com/yPHR5MSNUy — Chris Hassel (@hasselESPN) September 28, 2013
The Memorial UGA I - UGA VIII Mascot Award
Football is going to the dogs.
BEST GAMEDAY DOG EVER!! pic.twitter.com/3vtUc2Kg9c — Keri Potts (@MsPotts_ESPN) September 28, 2013
@jzimmermann11@MsPotts_ESPNpic.twitter.com/aOJAqrMEkY — Terri Siqueiros (@LouisiAggie) September 28, 2013
The Ricky Dobbs All-Stars
We don't pay enough attention to defensive players and return specialists in our roundup of deserving Ricky Dobbs All-Stars, but this week we made an attempt to give some love to guys without traditional eye-popping offensive statistics. Of course, that doesn't negate those gaudy numbers, as those are what the RDAS are founded on.
Temple LB Tyler Matakevich:
Temple's Tyler Matakevich (@44_Matakevich) had 24 tackles today. The FBS record is 26.
— Bryan Armen Graham (@BryanAGraham) September 29, 2013
New Mexico's running game: 400 yards in the first half (no, really) and 497 in total in a 56-42 loss to UNLV
Ohio State QB Braxton Miller: 17-of-25, 198 passing yards, 4 TD; 83 rushing yards in his first game back after a leg injury in 31-24 win over Wisconsin
Clemson QB Tajh Boyd: 17-of-24, 311 passing yards (13.0 yards per attempt), 69 rushing yards, 4 total TD in 56-7 win over Wake Forest
Arizona State RB Marion Grice: 99 total yards, 4 TD on 19 touches in 62-41 win over USC
USC RBs Tre Madden and Justin Davis: 30 rushes, 250 yards, 4 TD in 62-41 loss to Arizona State
Florida State QB Jameis Winston: 17-of-27, 335 passing yards, 4 TD 1 INT, 77 rushing yards in 48-34 win over Boston College
East Carolina QB Shane Carden: 32-of-47, 376 passing yards, 1 INT; 22 rushing yards, 6 total TD in 55-31 win over North Carolina
Wisconsin LB Chris Borland: 16 tackles in 31-24 loss to Ohio State
Oregon punt returner Bralon Addison: 2 return touchdowns (67 and 75 yards, respectively) in 55-16 win over Cal
Northern Illinois safety Jimmie Ward: 62-yard interception for a touchdown, 7 tackles in 55-24 win over Purdue
Oregon State QB Sean Mannion: 27-of-52, 414 passing yards, 6 TD, 1 INT in 44-17 win over Colorado And a special nod to LSU's Zach Mettenberger and Georgia's Aaron Murray for one-upping each other in a battle in which both guys could have easily come out winners. The two combined to go 43-of-71 for 680 passing yards with eight total touchdowns and just one interception.