Each week, the college football team here at SI 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 knew a week like this was coming. You could feel it with the almosts, the could-have-beens and the what ifs that popped up over the last few weeks. And all at once we had a culmination of everything that makes college football great. It was a Saturday that kicked off with Katy Perry wearing a fuzzy jersey sweater hurling corn dogs at a television camera. It was going to be strange, it was going to be inexplicable, but doggone it, it was going to be marvelous.
Week 6 gave us everything you could possibly want and more on the field, and the peripheral noise wasn't so bad either.
Major props to the Arizona communications team for getting this graphic ready. Even more props if the graphic was made beforehand.
Turn Down For What?
It may not have ended up helping in the long run (Tennessee fell 10-9 to Florida), but it wasn't for lack of trying. Lil Jon was brought on as some sort of spirit animal, started by tweet (later deleted) by Lil Jon saying "HOLLA @ ME" to the Tennessee football account. When it was all said and done the rock had been painted in Tennessee's colors with Lil Jon's face and the godfather of Crunk was all decked out in orange and white.
The Dead Frog Play
Perhaps the single greatest moment of the spectacular Week 6 (and I'm a bit biased here) came on a play that didn't even count. TCU's B.J. Catalon fell flat on his face, blended in with the purple end zone, played dead, and then sprinted out of the end zone on a fake kickoff return. If not for a penalty on the play, it would have worked. You can barely even notice Catalon on the play. He sold it perfectly. I'm all for more of this. And the Horned Frogs were ultimately rewarded for their ingenuity (and great play overall) with an upset win over Oklahoma.
Katy Perry Won the Day
No this isn't a misprint. The pop singer was on College GameDay doing all sorts of weird things, but her picks ended up coming true in what can only be described as the biggest soothsaying since Biff stole the Sports Almanac in Back To The Future 2.
Still trying to figure out how Katy Perry knew Ole Miss was going to beat Bama and I didn't. I'll hang up and listen.— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) October 5, 2014
Big Lineman Fall Hard
Some things are just poetry in motion. This is one of those things. Just watch as Nebraska lineman Jake Cotton falls over on a false start penalty against Michigan State that was memorialized in slow-mo.
Quotes/Tweets of the Week
Crowded field as always, so let's get right to it.
Mike Leach on what needs to improve: "Just overall. Just everybody overall."— Kyle Bonagura (@BonaguraESPN) October 5, 2014
Todd Graham leaving the press conference: "I'm going to go do a cartwheel. I'm pretty fired up."— Doug Haller (@DougHaller) October 5, 2014
Funchess also said they don't need a win next week. Wins and losses are a "statistic."— Max Cohen (@MaxACohen) October 5, 2014
The Uga I – Uga VIII Memorial Mascot of the Week
This award usually goes to an actual mascot, furry or living, but in the spirit of the award, I'd be remiss not to recognize important human mascots as well. This week celebrates Woody Harrelson, who channeled his True Detective co-star Matthew McConaughey in his love for college football by bringing Ole Miss a little much-needed oomph.
The Ricky Dobbs All-Stars
As a general refresher, each week we will highlight some of the best statlines of the week, in honor of former Navy quarterback Ricky Dobbs
- ECU QB Shane Carden 410 yards, 4 TD vs. SMU
- ECU WR Justin Hardy: 8 catches, 120 yards, 3 TD vs. SMU
- Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett: 267 pass yards, 71 rush yards, 5 total TD vs. Maryland
- Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott: 259 pass yards, 77 rush yards, 5 total TD vs. Texas A&M
- Marshall RB Devon Johnson: 191 yards, 2 TD vs. Old Dominon
- Clemson QB Deshaun Watson: 267 yards passing, 62 yards rushing, 4 total TD vs. NC State
- Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon: 259 yards, 1 TD vs. Northwestern
- Buffalo RB Anthone Taylor: 219 yards, 3 TD vs. Bowling Green
- Colorado State WR Rashard Higgins: 6 catches, 178 yards, 4 TD vs. Tulsa
- Kansas State WR Tyler Lockett: 12 catches, 125 yards, 2 TD vs. Texas Tech
- Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong: 10 catches, 204 yards, 3 TD vs. USC
- Arizona State QB Mike Bercovici: 512 yards, 5 TD vs. USC
- Washington State QB Connor Halliday: 734 yards (Division I record), 6 TD vs. Cal
- Utah defense: 10 sacks (!!) vs. UCLA
- Cal WR Trevor Davis: 2 kickoff return TD, 3 catches, 82 yards, 2 receiving TD vs. Washington State