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Between the Hashes Week 13: Sad pandas and The Weather Channel win the day

Penn State fans Winter is coming, so make sure to dress in appropriate warm-weather attire. (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

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.

Is everyone staying warm? We're entering the deep freeze portion of the schedule, in which former players turned analysts talk about putting hand warmers everywhere, coaches wear funny-looking hats and athletes act like they've never seen snow in their entire lives. Meanwhile, students will decide to to paint themselves and attend games shirtless, because college. We have the luxury of Slankets and Snuggies (your choice), warm beverages and space heaters, and that's all right by me.

So save your energy, you'll need it for the long winter. We'll try to keep this short and sweet so you can get on with your sweater-buying and acquisition of potent potables.

Why are there so many songs about rainbows?

Speaking of weather, this was the week of The Weather Channel. When asked about AJ McCarron's Sports Illustrated cover, Nick Saban said "I haven't seen a newspaper today. I don't know what's happening in the world. I watch The Weather Channel for 10 minutes in the morning."

http://youtu.be/QmUpaHLIZ8M

And wouldn't you know it, the television station cares about football as much as we do.

https://twitter.com/weatherchannel/status/403631627538276352

https://twitter.com/weatherchannel/status/403636170976145410

With The Weather Channel in his back pocket, Saban is one step closer to world domination. When he takes control of the stock market we'll know it's truly over.

The face of suffering

There are many fan bases enduring a tough time right now. Like that of Northwestern, which has dropped seven straight. Or that of Arkansas, the owner of an eight-game losing streak. Or that of Purdue, which is, well, Purdue.

But the perfect picture to capture a reeling fan of a struggling team comes from Corvallis. Oregon State won six in a row earlier this season after losing its opener to FCS Eastern Washington, but the Beavers are in a tailspin, dropping four straight after Saturday's blowout 69-27 loss to Washington.

That poor panda. Somebody get him/her/it some In-N-Out.

No cheering in the press box

It happens, and it's usually not a huge deal when it does. But typically, people who cheer in the press box try to keep a low profile. There's something almost refreshing about this gentleman's lack of decorum, and I, for one, applaud him for being unafraid to let his flag fly.

More than anything, I wish that was CBS' Bruce Feldman in disguise.

All you can CLANGA

Mississippi State is no stranger to team-building. The Bulldogs went bowling and milked cows earlier this year. This week, they held a wing-eating contest. Coach Dan Mullen knows his way around a chicken wing.

Plays of the Week

If last week was the week of the crazy catch, this week belonged to wild interceptions.

Northern Illinois safety Jimmie Ward collected his 10th career pick on this snag at Toledo.

http://youtu.be/voAADRvTobk

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota entered Saturday's game at Arizona with no interceptions on the season, so it was only fitting that his first came courtesy of an incredibly acrobatic play.

http://youtu.be/-hYksEMmkrA

It wasn't all defensive highlights, though. This jump and run by Kent State's Nate Terhune on a fake punt was pretty good.

Michigan State got a crazy completion from wide receiver Bennie Fowler.

HOLY SPARTANS! on Twitpic

(Via SB Nation)

And this catch by Oregon's De'Anthony Thomas was worthy of recognition, despite the Ducks' 42-16 loss.

http://youtu.be/v1ohzlhGikY

But the best play of this week came on a fake jump pass by Vanderbilt quarterback Patton Robinette, which proved to be the game-winning touchdown in the 'Dores' 14-10 victory over Tennessee.

The Memorial UGA I – UGA VIII Mascot Award

This week's honors go to the one and only Goldy the Gopher, Minnesota's wonderful mascot.

Quotes of the Week

Mark Dantonio was a little bit salty during his halftime interview, but he's likely in a better mood following the Spartans' win 30-6 over Northwestern to clinch a berth in the Big Ten title game.

https://twitter.com/InTheBleachers/status/404315066649956353

http://youtu.be/RDQu2ZmBLGQ

And Steve Spurrier remained firmly entrenched in the Quotable Hall of Fame.

https://twitter.com/Haney1075/status/404358561938944001

The Ricky Dobbs All-Stars

Before we get into some of the best stat lines of the week, we’d be remiss not to discuss a category named after former Navy quarterback Ricky Dobbs without a quick word on the Midshipmen’s current signal-caller. Keenan Reynolds accounted for a team-record eight total touchdowns (including seven on the ground to go with 240 rushing yards) as Navy beat San Jose State 58-52 in triple overtime on Friday night. I’m sure he made Mr. Dobbs proud.

Buffalo LB Khalil Mack: 8 tackles, 3 sacks, 3 forced fumbles (setting the NCAA record with 16 in his career) in a 44-7 win over Miami (Ohio)

Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch17-of-22, 202 yards; 161 rushing yards, 3 rushing TD in 35-17 win over Toledo

Clemson QB Tajh Boyd: 21-of-28, 288 yards, 5 TD (in just more than two quarters of play) in 52-6 win over Citadel

Kansas State WR Tyler Lockett: 12 catches, 278 yards, 3 TD in 41-31 loss to Oklahoma

East Carolina QB Shane Carden: 23-of-30, 255 yards, 3 TD; 2 rushing TD in 42-28 win over NC State

Bowling Green WR Ronnie Moore: 7 catches, 161 yards, 3 TD in 58-7 win over Eastern Michigan

Michigan State RB Jeremy Langford: 150 rushing yards, 2 TD in 30-6 win over Northwestern

North Carolina QB Marquise Williams: 20-of-27, 409 yards, 5 TD; 60 rushing yards in 80-20 win over Old Dominion

Stanford WR Ty Montgomery5 catches, 160 yards, 4 TD; 31 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD in 63-13 win over Cal

Fresno State QB Derek Carr: 27-of-37, 527 yards, 7 TD in 69-28 win over New Mexico

Boston College RB Andre Williams263 rushing yards, 2 TD in 29-26 win over Maryland

Washington RB Bishop Sankey: 179 rushing yards, 3 TD in 69-27 win over Oregon State

USC RB Javorius Allen: 145 rushing yards, 3 TD in 47-29 win over Colorado

Arizona State QB Taylor Kelly: 20-0f-27, 225 yards, 1 TD; 99 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD in 38-33 win over UCLA

Western Kentucky RB Antonio Andrews: 204 rushing yards, 3 TD in 38-7 win over Texas State

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