Hell of a season, pal. (Shanna Lockwood/USA Today Sports)
We finally made it. Give yourselves a round of applause. I know how hard everyone worked all year. The late nights, the early mornings, the countless hours spent cooking, driving, sweating, shivering, cheering, yelling, scowling and refreshing Twitter feeds. This year took a lot out of all of us. But it was rewarding, that's for sure. For a bit, it seemed as if this season might be a downer -- but like every other year, it found ways to be truly special.
Between the Hashes wasn't able to capture every great moment of 2013, but it certainly did its best to provide an accurate cross-section of the offbeat things that made up college football from week to week. What follows is an attempt to point out the best of the regular season. Feel free to add anything else you loved that didn't make the cut in the comments.
As the great scholar Mario likes to say, let's a go.
Best College GameDay sign
This category isn't sending multiple finalists to New York. There is only one winner. And the winner is this:
Most poetic moment
Urban Meyer's sadness pizza after Ohio State's 34-24 loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten title game takes this in a landslide.
(via SB Nation)
The Eminem interview with Brent Musberger and Kirk Herbstreit that still doesn't make a lot of sense. We knew when it happened we wouldn't be able to top it.
The Memorial UGA I – UGA VIII Mascot Award
Who doesn't love a good mascot? Sure, there are those out there who might fear mute (often dancing) people in costumes, but to most others these furry friends (and cute, cuddly live animals) are a source of joy. Like cartoons, they seem to exist outside the normal laws of society As such, they're able to perform feats most humans would be arrested for in day-to-day living. Here are a few of the best.
5. Mike the
4. FOX ON THE FIELD:
3. Goldy Man:
2. Iowa Blue Persuasion:
1. Diesel the high-fiving dog:
(via SB Nation)
Plays of the year
There are a ton of candidates in this category, but here are a few that really stood out to me for athletic prowess, drama, improbability or otherwise.
8. Arizona interception:
7. Ron Kellogg's Hail Mary to beat Northwestern (sorry, 'Cats):
6. The bizarre ending to Wisconsin-Arizona State:
5. This Fresno State Fat-Guy Touchdown by Austin Wentworth:
4. Kodi Whitfield's one-handed grab:
3. You just got Bortles'd:
2. Miracle at Jordan-Hare:
1. The Kick-Six:
5. Hold me closer, UF dancer:
4. Tailgate wedding: the solution to all of fall's problems:
3. Nebraska fans honoring UCLA's Nick Pasquale:
2. Michigan face:
1. All hail, Raptor Fan:
Quotes of the year (non-Spurrier division)
5. This seems dangerous:
4. Les Miles on Columbus Day:
3. Did you remember the laundry detergent?
2. Fight their whats off?
1. Despite the logistics ...
The Head Ball Coach was on point all year. Here are a few of his best one-liners.
5. On Arkansas:
4. On Gatorade, which Spurrier expanded on earlier this week as well:
3. On Florida:
2. On Florida State:
1. On Jadeveon Clowney:
Everybody Saban, every-everybody Saban
Typically, Nick Saban likes to make things more about The Process and less about himself. But even he had some of his most quotable moments in 2013.
3. Air guitar:
2. Hot chocolate:
The Ricky Dobbs All-Stars
All year, we celebrated the statistical stars of 2013. Here are some of the best.
Virginia safety Anthony Harris: 80 tackles, 8 interceptions, 5 tackles for loss, 1 forced fumble, 1 blocked kick
Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack: 94 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks, 3 interceptions, 2 TD, 5 forced fumbles
Stanford linebacker Trent Murphy: 58 tackles, 21.5 tackles for loss, 14 sacks, 1 interception, 1 TD, 2 forced fumbles, 1 blocked kick
Boston College running back Andre Williams: 2,102 rushing yards, 6.4 yards per carry, 17 TD
Washington running back Bishop Sankey: 1,775 rushing yards, 18 TD, 298 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD
Western Kentucky running back Antonio Andrews: 1,730 rushing yards, 16 TD, 41 catches, 478 yards
Arizona running back Ka'Deem Carey: 1,716 rushing yards, 17 TD, 173 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD
Auburn running back Tre Mason: 1,621 rushing yards, 22 TD, 121 receiving yards
Colorado State running back Kapri Bibbs: 1,572 rushing yards, 28 TD
Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde: 1,408 rushing yards, 7.7 yards per carry, 16 total TD (in 10 games)
Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds: 1,038 passing yards, 8 TD, 1,260 rushing yards, 29 TD
Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch: 2,676 passing yards, 23 TD, 1,881 rushing yards, 22 TD
Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr: 4,866 passing yards, 50 total TD
Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty: 3,844 passing yards, 41 total TD, 2 INT
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston: 3,820 passing yards, 42 total TD
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel: 3,732 passing yards, 33 TD, 686 rush yards, 8 rush TD
Marshall quarterback Rakeem Cato: 3,579 passing yards, 42 total TD
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota: 3,412 passing yards, 30 TD, 4 INT, 582 rush yards, 9 rush TD
Oregon State wide receiver Brandin Cooks: 120 catches, 1,670 yards, 15 TD
Fresno State wide receiver Davante Adams: 122 catches, 1,645 yards, 23 TD
Stanford wide receiver Ty Montgomery: 58 catches, 937 yards, 10 TD, 159 rush yards, 2 TD, 997 kick return yards, 2 return TD
Ball State wide receiver Willie Snead: 97 catches, 1,429 yards, 14 TD
Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans: 65 catches, 1,322 yards, 12 TD
Florida State wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin: 50 catches, 957 yards, 14 TD
Baylor wide receiver Antwan Goodley: 67 catches, 1,319 yards, 13 TD
Duke wide receiver Jamison Crowder: 96 catches, 1,197 yards, 7 TD, 401 punt return yards, 2 return TD
LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.: 57 catches, 1,117 yards, 8 TD, 141 punt return yards, 806 kickoff return yards
Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro: 98 catches, 1,240 yards, 7 TD
North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron: 55 catches, 895 yards, 3 TD
Marshall tight end Gator Hoskins:
44 catches, 717 yards, 13 TD