Between the Hashes: A wild, weird and wonderful college football season in review

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Hell of a season, pal. (Shanna Lockwood/USA Today Sports)

Toomer's Corner

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 CollegeGameDay 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)

Weirdest thing

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 Kegger Tiger:


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:

1. Weather:

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 Mack94 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks, 3 interceptions, 2 TD, 5 forced fumbles

Stanford linebacker Trent Murphy58 tackles, 21.5 tackles for loss, 14 sacks, 1 interception, 1 TD, 2 forced fumbles, 1 blocked kick

Boston College running back Andre Williams2,102 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 Mariota3,412 passing yards, 30 TD, 4 INT, 582 rush yards, 9 rush TD

Oregon State wide receiver Brandin Cooks120 catches, 1,670 yards, 15 TD

Fresno State wide receiver Davante Adams122 catches, 1,645 yards, 23 TD

Stanford wide receiver Ty Montgomery58 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 Crowder96 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: