What I Loved and Hated in College Football Week 9
If you’re a fan of chaos, then Week 9 of the college football season was for you.
We’ve seen more eventful weeks on the upset front—although there were plenty of those on Saturday—but the table has been set for BCS madness. As if you anticipated something different.
The zombie playoff decider known as the Bowl Championship Series has two years left before we destroy it with a Louisville Slugger. It would appear as though it plans to make the most of it before we do.
Please, four-team playoff. Can’t you come a little sooner? I'll be your best friend!
As for the items you might have missed in the madness, here are some of the finer moments that I loved and hated from this past weekend.
Also, we're done with Week 9? How the hell did that happen?
This season is going entirely too quickly. Somebody tell it to stop—without actually stopping it.
Loved: Lee Corso with a Gun
“Let’s give Lee Corso a gun,” is the greatest suggestion anyone’s ever made in a meeting, edging out the guy that successfully suggested you buy a keg for that all-day business seminar.
Yes, Corso incorrectly picked the Sooners in Norman, but he did so by firing this Sooner weapon in the air. He’s done it before, of course, but that doesn’t matter. Anytime we can get college football’s unofficial ambassador of awesome in a situation like this, we’ll take it.
Also, Kirk Herbsterit's weekly tradition of looking completely terrified continues.
Hated: UNC’s Chrome Helmets
Image Via @Bubbaprog
There’s just too much going on here, North Carolina. It just didn’t work for me.
It has that cheap strip club look to it, which I'm somewhat surprised doesn't appeal to me more.
Are there worse helmets out there? Oh absolutely. This isn’t even close to being in the Hall of Shame, but that doesn't excuse its tackiness. Although I don’t mind the chrome helmet for some—Rutgers rocks these well—the giant blue foot, which is enormous, does not sit well on these reflection makers.
The beautiful, dark blue uniforms, however, are a different story.
Loved: De’Anthony Thomas Doing His Thing
College football’s most electric player has been quiet the past month or so, but Colorado was the perfect remedy. Colorado can be the remedy for pretty much anyone that needs to get things going.
Although this punt return didn't look promising out of the gate for Oregon's De'Anthony Thomas, the tide turned rather quickly when Thomas picked up the ball and shook off the first tackler. He appeared to be bottled up, but that wasn't the case.
In a matter of seconds, DAT was gone.
Hated: To Be on the Other End of This Muschamp Rant
Last week, Will Muschamp gave us audio gold with his glorious halftime interview. This week, he gave us visual greatness when he expressed his "frustration" with tight end Clay Burton.
This. Is. Awesome.
It wouldn't be awesome if you were Clay, but from the distance of my television/computer, this was something special—especially in slow motion. The teeth, the bulging eyes, the eventual use of verbal cues long after the message had been sent.
If you could bottle up anger and sell it, this is what it would look like.
Loved: This 1-Yard Touchdown Run by Braxton Miller
One-yard touchdown runs can’t be impressive, you say? I see your claim and raise you this Braxton Miller play.
It’s amazing that Miller was even able to play in this game following his injury last week, and he did more than just show up. He went for more than 100 yards on the ground and also gave us this highlight.
Oh, and he’s only a sophomore still learning under the tutelage of Urban Meyer, which is terrifying for the rest of the Big Ten.
Hated: The Ultimate "Bad Beat"
More hate for UNC, though this one has nothing to do with their attire.
After starting slow, NC State got control of this game and looked like a lock to cover the 7.5-point spread that was set in Vegas. That was until the last 30 seconds happened, which certainly goes down as the “bad beat” of the year.
First, there was the Gio Bernard punt return to win the game as time expired. As big as this play was, that wasn’t the game-changer on the Vegas front. UNC lined up to kick the extra point, botched the hold and still scored.
This extended their lead to eight and crushed all of those +7.5 tickets. That is as bad as it gets.
Loved: This Photo from Oklahoma
Image Via Reddit
The stadium stripes, the American flag covering the entire field, the sunset and the fireworks make this my favorite college football photo of the year. What a shot.
I know Oklahoma fans are bummed with how the game turned out in their home stadium, but even they can appreciate the beauty in this one.
My next move? I want to get this exact image put on my living room wall, the entire wall, and I'm sure my wife won't mind if I do it. The guests will absolutely love it.
Go America. Go college football.
Hated: To See Marcus Lattimore Go Down
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I refuse to post the video of the devastating leg injury Marcus Lattimore suffered in the first half against Tennessee. You’ve probably seen it by now, and once is more than enough. It’s also one of those moments you probably won’t forget.
Any time we are deprived of seeing one of the game’s best players, it's a real shame. When that player has already battled back from a serious knee injury, it’s even worse. But there’s something more about Lattimore that elevates this to another level.
The amount of respect shown after he got hurt is all you need to know. The Tennessee players on the field—which was quite a sight—along with the support from players and coaches in both college and the NFL show how highly the running back is regarded.
We won’t play doctor or speculate what the future holds, but we wish him nothing but the best. He’s a special kid and a special talent.