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.
You wanted upsets? Well, you got plenty of upsets in Week 8. Half of the teams in the top 10 lost, and the polls and the BCS race were turned completely upside down. While it's easy to focus solely on the results, we can't ignore the pageantry of the week. It's too important. So without further ado, here's the best from another wild week of college football.
It's game day!
This isn't even directly related to the games themselves, but Louisiana Tech just released its own version of the Geico "Hump Day" ad that everyone seems to have an opinion on.
OK, so it maybe would have been funnier if Skip Holtz went the extra mile and actually dressed up like a camel. But all things considered, it's not a bad video. One has to wonder if Louisiana Tech, which is currently 2-5, would win more games if they were played on Wednesdays.
Tigers can chomp, too
It's good to be a Missouri fan. In just their second season in the SEC, the Tigers are one of just two undefeated teams in the conference (along with Alabama) and are fresh off back-to-back wins over Georgia and Florida. So yeah, I'd say Mizzou has earned a little bit of cockiness, at least until the bottom drops out, if it does at all.
Splish splash who wants a Gatorade bath?
After Ole Miss completed a 27-24 upset win over LSU, two Rebels' offensive linemen (Jared Duke and Patrick Junen) began the search for head coach Hugh Freeze. The problem? Freeze was in a crowd of people, including ESPN's interview crew.
You might think this is comical, but there aren't many things more tragic than two giant forlorn men aimlessly roaming around with a full Gatorade cooler.
Play of the week
Maybe not even just the week, but the year so far. While Tennessee wide receiver Marquez North had his own nominee, the honor goes to Stanford wideout Kodi Whitfield for this incredible touchdown grab.
Special credit goes to this Washington State play, though. It was late and it was beautiful.
#FatGuyTouchdown #FatGuyTouchdown #FatGuyTouchdown Xavier Cooper scoop & score! Touchdown, Cougs! #GoCougs
I'll get you some silverware
I'm guilty of this often -- making a hyperbolic bet that I have no intention of upholding if things go the wrong way -- but really, this would be a sight to see.
Please do this RT @AdamPieper I'll send you a pic of me eating my shoe if Baylor scores 63+ on the Clones. #LeatherSandwich — David Ubben (@davidubben) October 19, 2013
This was a bad, bad idea. Baylor scores lots of points, and against Iowa State on Saturday the Bears put up 71. At least with enough hot sauce, almost anything is edible. And speaking of snacks:
Oh my goodness South Carolina is my new favorite team pic.twitter.com/l490JsW7CG — Ian Radcliff (@radiancliff) October 19, 2013
Cheer up, Charlie
There were so many sad fans this week. I don't know exactly why, as we're not even to the part of the year when seasonal affective disorder starts popping up. In fact, most of the below fans' teams ended up winning. Just remember, any of us could have no football team at all, or we could all be Hawaii fans.
This Missouri fan's reaction to Florida's KOR TD is a tad extreme, I think: pic.twitter.com/D8z0scb5gX — Paul Myerberg (@PaulMyerberg) October 19, 2013
Michigan fan is not amused. pic.twitter.com/Df1slBBiOl — Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) October 19, 2013
Early game summary: http://t.co/bHMCQ1cwrZpic.twitter.com/xOAASK0kO9
— SB Nation (@sbnation) October 20, 2013
War Eagle, indeed
After Auburn's 45-41 win over Texas A&M on Saturday, Tigers fans were happy. Like, really happy.
A shot of Toomer's Corner tonight: #SEC pic.twitter.com/kHGixG76Fu
— The SEC Logo (@SEC_Logo) October 20, 2013
"We want BAMA" being chanted at toomers corner.
I like it when people get excited about things.
Tweet of the week
Someone has to win this category. While I'm tempted to give it to Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby for tweeting during a game he had been ejected for targeting in, I can't quite give him the honor.
We still gon get this W, believe that.
If only because Stephen Garcia tweeting anything at all is still a big deal:
Playing in Clemson is so fun
— Stephen Garcia (@itISwhatITisSG5) October 20, 2013
But this wins, hands down, even though the tweet was later deleted.
Auburn DT has got JOKES after an upset win. RT @IamAmbition98: Why Manziel leave so fast after the game I wanted his autograph
— SB Nation (@sbnation) October 20, 2013
That would be Auburn junior Ben Bradley with the crack at the reigning Heisman Trophy winner.
The UGA I-UGA VIII Mascot Award
Michigan State really should consider signing that dog at wide receiver and giving Sparty a look at quarterback.
— Luke Zimmermann (@lukezim) October 19, 2013
No word yet on whether or not this cake can feed the entire capacity of Ohio Stadium.
Great night supporting our good friends and makers of the famous OSU Stadium Cake! #Buckeyes #BuckeyeNation pic.twitter.com/1zDLuddN45
— Keith Althouse (@dmsalthouse) October 18, 2013
Breaking Bad's Dean Norris is from South Bend, and he made his way to rainy Indiana to watch the Fighting Irish's 14-10 win over USC.
Heading to hometown South Bend to watch @NDFootball kick USC butt! Party like a champion today!
— dean norris (@deanjnorris) October 18, 2013
Wake Forest's Arnold Palmer already has a drink named after him, and now he's out there riding motorcycles with The Demon Deacon.
And Bill Murray, who owns the Charleston RiverDogs and has a kid at Clemson, stopped by College GameDay and, well, it was interesting.
The Ricky Dobbs All-Stars
And now to recognize the top individual statistical performances of the week:
Fresno State WR Davante Adams: 8 catches, 221 yards, 4 TD in 38-14 win obrt UNLV
East Carolina QB Shane Carden: 30-of-37, 308 yards, 4 total TD in 55-14 win over Southern Miss
Cincinnati QB Brendon Kay: 17-of-24, 300 yards, 5 total TD in 41-16 win over UConn
Eastern Michigan RB Bronson Hill: 23 rushes, 257 yards, 1 TD in 56-28 loss to Ohio
Ball State QB Keith Wenning: 25-of-37, 324 yards, 3 TD; 27 rush yards in 38-17 win over Western Michigan
Colorado State RB Kapri Bibbs: 29 rushes, 201 yards, 3 TD in 52-22 win over Wyoming
Texas A&M WR Mike Evans: 11 catches, 287 yards, 4 TD in 45-41 loss to Auburn
Michigan WR Jeremy Gallon: 14 catches, 369 receiving yards (Big Ten record), 2 TD in 63-47 win over Indiana
Wake Forest WR Michael Campanaro: 11 catches (set team career receptions record), 122 yards, passing and receiving TD in 34-10 win over Maryland
Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch: 20-of-30, 155 yards, 1 INT; 316 rush yards (FBS single-game record for a quarterback), 4 total TD in 38-17 win over Central Michigan
Michgan QB Devin Gardner: 21-of-29, 503 passing yards; 81 rush yards, 5 total TD in 63-47 win over Indiana
Florida State QB Jameis Winston: 22-of-34, 444 yards, 4 total TD, 1 INT in 51-14 win over Clemson
Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks: 13 catches, 232 yards, 2 total TD in 49-17 win over Cal
Baylor WR Antwan Goodley: 11 catches, 182 yards, 2 TD in 71-7 win over Iowa StateArizona State RB Marion Grice: 195 total yards, 3 total TD in 53-24 win over Washington