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."
And wouldn't you know it, the television station cares about football as much as we do.
This conversation between @edsbs and @weatherchannel is what makes America great: pic.twitter.com/9rP0eSFRlg
— Brendan Loy (@brendanloy) November 22, 2013
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.
I am just going to leave you with the Oregon St. Panda #struggleface pic.twitter.com/KYPmBtAYrd
— Robert Littal (@BlkSportsOnline) November 24, 2013
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.
Fair and balanced. #NotreDame pic.twitter.com/jnjp4BdB29
— Brian Hamilton (@ChiTribHamilton) November 23, 2013
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.
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.
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.
(Via SB Nation)
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.
— Goldy Gopher (@GoldytheGopher) November 23, 2013
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.
And Steve Spurrier remained firmly entrenched in the Quotable Hall of Fame.
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 Lynch: 17-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 Montgomery: 5 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 Williams: 263 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