Steve Spurrier: Established football coach, undisputed master of opponent trolling. (Danny Johnston/AP)
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.
There were so many good games yesterday, once we got to the #weirdfootball of the late-night matcups it ended up feeling like attending a Christmas party until the very end. Most everyone else had already headed home, the snack bowls were empty, and there were a couple cookies left. Yeah, it's still a party technically, but we could have paced ourselves better.
So in case you were in a football coma or you just needed a sensory deprivation tank, here's a roundup of the fun of this week, which saw upsets galore.
I'm going to take a break from the normal way of doing things because I just couldn't wait to get to this. Oregon's cheerleaders got some colored contacts before the Ducks' game against Washington, and well, it's a cross between creepy zombie and scary vampire.
You know how in Little Giants they put Alka-Seltzer in their mouthes for intimidation? If actual players did this, I'd be shaking in my cleats. As it stands, cheerleaders with fake green duck eyes is unsettling enough. Is there even an advantage to having duck eyes? Can ducks see better or read defenses more closely? I'm fascinated by this.
Red River Foodout
Fried food almost seems to preempt the importance of recent Red River Rivalry games between Oklahoma and Texas. Maybe it's because all the blowouts get a bit dull when you're faced with deep fried Jolly Rancher Mai Tai Bombs. Texas pulled out the victory, but the story was this thing:
It easily could be another Taco Bell item. And it begs the question of whether fair food really is becoming our very own incubator for fattening fast food menu selections.
Fan of the Week
A crowded field, as always. Drake snapped a quick shot to show he's rooting on Johnny Manziel for some reason:
And when it looked like A&M was in trouble, this fan wore her emotions right on her cheeks:
This guy maybe got out of hand a bit, and Michigan didn't even win.
And who knows how recent this photo of a LSU fan is, but it's a worthy challenger:
But the winner this week is from Madison (as they often are). If you're out there, fellow, please contact Campus Union for your prize (your prize is me sending you a very nice note probably).
Utes gonna Ute
While Mizzou's win over Georgia was neat and a big deal (road wins against ranked teams are always tough, no matter how beat up and injured said ranked team is), the biggest upset of the weekend goes to Utah over Stanford. But from the onset, it didn't quite look like the Utes were ready.
Regardless, Utah was able to topple
Standford Stanford and the field storming was on.
Tweeting team support is part of a well-balanced breakfast
Just because you aren't playing in the game doesn't mean you can't tweet out your approval. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll took time out of his busy schedule to offer his support of USC interim coach Ed Orgeron.
Justin Scott-Wesley succinctly showed how frustrated he was that he couldn't be on the field to help Georgia against Missouri on Saturday.
Kind of heartbreaking.
Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer, a Missouri grad, was super proud of his alma mater before Detroit took on Boston on Saturday evening.
Words and photos are great, but when stuff moves it's even better. Like, for instance, Western Michigan coach P.J. Fleck giving his shirt to a fan on Friday night.
It didn't help as WMU lost 33-0 to Buffalo. Fleck might need to donate his shoes and belt too.
This hit by Oklahoma's Eric Striker was a penalty, but man, it looked like a video game hit.
The good in this next play: it's a touchdown. The bad: your teammates will probably let you hear about this fall for a long time.
Quote of the Week
Coaches known for their quotables haven't been as busy in this category, as Mark Richt has taken the honor twice. But you can't hold Les Miles and Steve Spurrier down for long. Miles went off in his postgame presser, in part due to a "hammer and nail" analogy he didn't take too kindly to.
And Spurrier was at his best after South Carolina's win vs. Arkansas.
And then the Old Ball Coach did his coaches show on the field after the game. Hate on, Spurrier.
The Memorial UGA I – UGA VIII Mascot Award
Okay, I want to give it to Puddles by default just because of this GIF alone.
(Via SB Nation)
But we're used to this from the Oregon mascot. What we're not used to are cars that are also a helmet with a wolf mouth.
I just don't know.
Bonus points to the Washington stadium personnel for placing little rubber duckies in the urinals at Husky Stadium. That's just good creativity.
The Ricky Dobbs All-Stars
Army RB Terry Baggett: 18 rushes, 304 yards, 4 TD in 50-25 win vs. Eastern Michigan
Missouri WR L’Damian Washington: 7 catches, 115 yards, 2 TD in 41-26 win vs. Georgia
Virginia Tech defense: 8 sacks, and coach Frank Beamer saying, "I bet we missed eight” in 19-9 win vs. Pitt
Michigan State RB Jeremy Langford: 23 rushes, 109 yards, 4 total TD in 42-28 win vs. Indiana
Texas Tech QB Davis Webb: 35-of-56, 415 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT in 42-35 win vs. Iowa State
Auburn QB Jeremy Johnson: 17-of-21, 201 yards, 4 TD, 1 INT, 26 rush yards in first career start, a 62-3 win vs. Western Carolina
Auburn RB Cameron Artis-Payne: 7 rushes, 133 yards (19 yards per carry), 1 TD
South Carolina QB Connor Shaw: 19-of-28, 219 yards, 37 rush yards, 4 total TD in 52-7 win vs. Arkansas
Oregon State QB Sean Mannion: 34-of-51, 493 yards, 4 TD, 1 INT in 52-24 win vs. Washington State
Louisville defense: 3 INT, 8 sacks, 12 tackles for loss in 24-10 win vs. Rutgers
Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon: 22 rushes, 172 yards, 1 TD in 35-6 win vs. Wisconsin
Oregon QB Marcus Mariota: 24-of-31, 366 yards, 88 rush yards, 4 total TD in 45-24 win vs. Washington
Baylor WR Tevin Reese: 5 catches, 184 yards, 2 TD in 35-25 win vs. Kansas State
Wyoming QB Brett Smith: 19-of-32, 247 yards, 140 rush yards, 3 total TD in 38-31 win vs. New Mexico
Stanford WR Ty Montgomery: 100-yard kick return for a TD, 8 catches, 131 yards in 27-21 loss to Utah
Alabama RB T.J. Yeldon: 16 rushes, 124 yards, 2 TD in 48-7 win vs. Kentucky
Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel: 31-of-39, 346 yards, 1 INT, 124 rush yards, 2 TD in 41-38 win vs. Ole Miss
UCLA QB Brett Hundley: 31-of-41, 410 yards, 3 TD in 37-10 win vs. Cal