HERE COMES THE BOOM!
Montana State linebacker Mac Bignell delivered the biggest hit of the college football season on Thursday night. Watch him destroy Fort Lewis running back P.J. Hall, who should make his quarterback buy him Chipotle every day for a year for leaving him out to dry like this:
It Wasn't Pretty
College football returned in all its glory on Thursday night. All three of the marquee opening night games—Utah-Michigan, TCU-Minnesota and North Carolina-South Carolina—were very sloppy, with the Utes, Horned Frogs and Gamecocks ultimately prevailing in mistake-filled games
But the off-the-field exploits reminded us why the sport is the best. From Ohio State receiver Mike Thomas and running back Ezekiel Elliott trolling the Wolverines (Utah also trolled Jim Harbaugh, with giant cutouts of Alex Smith's head) to Golden Gophers fans actually grilling frogs before the game in Minneapolis, it was generally a wonderful evening.
One of the few depressing moments of Friday night? Arizona All-America linebacker Scooby Wright injured his knee early in the Wildcats' win over Texas-San Antonio.
We're Not Judging
And the List Gets Longer ...
More than a few big-time players have been suspended by their teams for Week One, and that number increased on Thursday after Baylor announced that defensive end Shawn Oakman would not play on Friday in the Bears' opener against SMU.
The Roast of Jesse Palmer
The ESPN college football analyst has his supporters, but he also has a passionate group of haters, some of whom took to Twitter on Thursday night to eviscerate the former Florida QB.
Unfortunately, players getting arrested has become all too common in college football. But for something that occurs so often, fans know very little about the process. Andy Staples wrote a fantastic article about what happens in the days and weeks that follow a player's arrest.
Bike to the Game?
Game of Inches
Vanderbilt came thisclose to tying Western Kentucky with a two-point conversion in the final seconds:
Welcome Back, ETSU
East Tennessee State returned to the football field on Thursday night for the first time since the school discontinued the sport 2003. It was magical, emotional and a whole ton of fun, even though the FCS Buccaneers were pummeled by Kennesaw State 56–16.
Odds and Ends
Florida International defeated UCF on a blocked field goal in the game's closing seconds.... Eddie George called Tom Brady a cheater.... This Texas State student rolls to class in a mini Barbie Jeep.... Jim Harbaugh really likes to say Jake Butt's name.... Is this the right time for the return of NFL spring football?... Someone edited Wolverines quarterback Jake Rudock's Wikipedia page.... A new Nissan Heisman House commercial features George, Troy Smith and Charles Woodson.... These Big Ten coaches commercials are friggin' hilarious.... Washington's equipment truck broke down on its way to Boise State.... Meanwhile, the Huskies and Alaska Airlines agreed to the largest naming rights deal in college sports.... The mayors of South Bend and Austin bet on the game between Notre Dame and Texas.... Cincinnati unveiled some interesting new uniforms for homecoming.... Cat Conti became the first female official to work a power conference game.
Always a Great Scene
Dozens of college mascots are featured in Brad Paisley's new music video:
Puppies Make Everything Better
Did your team lose on Thursday night? Here ya go: