What I Loved and Hated in College Football Week 1
There’s a lesson to be learned with Week 1 of the college football season completed: If you’re thinking about playing an FCS opponent, don’t. In fact, run away as fast as you can.
Just ask Oregon State, Kansas State, UConn, South Florida, Iowa State, San Diego State, Georgia State and South Alabama, all of which fell to FCS opponents despite being heavily favored.
The first weekend of the season has come and gone, and while the results are well-documented, there’s a high probability you missed some of the finer tidbits. These finer tidbits include Dan Mullen’s cartoonish visor hair, a coach commanding his quarterback to spike the ball on fourth down (seriously, it happened) and a Georgia fan in tears on the radio. And that's just a taste.
Here’s what I loved and hated in Week 1.
LOVED: A Quarterback Throwing a Magnificent Block
It was a peculiar game riddled with plenty of premature takeaways—mainly on that USC offense, and these weren't exactly pleasant—but USC-Hawaii did give us one YouTube-worthy moment.
Hawaii quarterback Taylor Graham spent much of the evening handing out gift-wrapped interceptions, throwing four, but he took time out to deliver one of the best blocks of the weekend.
Yes, a quarterback, which serves as a reminder that football is magnificent and weird.
HATED: Carl Pelini Calling a QB Spike...on Fourth Down
If you were wondering how long it would take for a coach to signal his quarterback to spike the ball on fourth down, the answer is not long. Also, if you were actually wondering this, you probably need more hobbies. Just sayin'.
Yes, FAU head coach Carl Pelini was simply trying to run one more play in his team’s 34-6 loss to Miami, so he wanted his quarterback to hurry things up. The problem? They were out of downs, and the ground has terrible hands, so FAU could not convert on this spike.
No, it didn’t impact the outcome of the game, but it was…different. Hate is such a strong word, and it seems slightly inappropriate given the circumstances, but this was not Pelini's finest moment.
LOVED: Kurtis Drummond’s Ridiculous One-Handed Interception
Michigan State safety Kurtis Drummond had himself a ballgame. Thankfully he did, because the Michigan State offense…looked a lot like the Michigan State offense.
Drummond first took a lateral from teammate Jairus Jones to the end zone for Sparty’s first score. As solid as that was, his Matrix-esque interception later in the quarter actually one-upped it with ease.
Be honest; you totally had a Michigan State safety in your top five Heisman contenders to start the season, right? Right?
HATED: Notre Dame’s Cup Spell-Checking Skills
Look, spelling mistakes happen. They just do.
They’ll likely surface at an inopportune moment—with a comment section ready to cheerfully point out said mistake(s)—and there’s nothing one can do. Well, we can edit it, of course, but when this spelling error occurs on a cup at a sporting event, the eraser is out of the question.
That’s what happened at Notre Dame, where a soda order came with an unexpected surprise.
Well, unless “The Figthing Irish” is some sort of Tommy Rees super club and we are just not invited. If that’s the case, the joke’s on us.
LOVED: Villanova's Fake Punt and Fooled Cameraman
When you’ve fooled the cameraman, you’ve done something right. The Villanova punting unit most certainly fooled just about everyone in its game against Boston College. See, this game was must-see after all.
It was so good that the cameraman had absolutely zero idea what was going on. (Although let’s be honest, he was probably looking up scores on his cell phone and checked out for a while.)
Jamal Abdur-Rahman is the man who ends up scoring on this 47-yard touchdown, but plenty of things happened before he did, including a fumblerooski cameo.
HATED: Dan Mullen's Visor Hair
The only reason I "hated" this is because my abdominal muscles ached for a solid 12 hours after this picture surfaced due to excessive laughter.
This image also provides a valuable lesson: Unless you have short hair, there really is no good way to wear a visor. In fact, visors should be off-limits to pretty much everyone.
If you messed with this fad years ago on the golf course, you know this to be true. And if you're still trying to keep it alive now, just stop. It's over. It simply does not work unless you have "Steve Spurrier" written on your business card.
LOVED: Clemson’s Entrance in Prime Time
The game was fabulous. It was likely more fabulous for Clemson supporters than the Georgia faithful, but Week 1’s main event went above and beyond expectations. What a night it was.
Before the game, ABC showed the Clemson team taking the field, and this is what college football is all about. The sights, the sounds and the scene.
If this doesn’t give you goosebumps, we can’t be friends. (Unless you’re a Georgia fan, in which case I totally understand. Just go to the next slide.)
HATED: To Hear This Georgia Fan Cry on the Radio
Football can be a cruel mistress. You know it, I know it and this Georgia fan certainly knows it. Oh, he really knows it.
Yes, Tyler—that’s all we know of his name at this point, but he is indeed a Georgia fan—called in to "The Night Cap" on 92.9 in Atlanta, and he was upset. In fact, he was so upset that he was brought to tears while talking about the end of Georgia’s season and firing Mark Richt.
It hurts, buddy. It hurts. Now, grab a cold beer, or seven, and shake it off like a normal football fan.
LOVED: UCF Quarterback Blake Bortles’ Two "Passes"…on the Same Play
On a weekend where Miami quarterback Stephen Morris completed a minus-16-yard pass to himself—no, really, he did this—UCF quarterback Blake Bortles completed a pass to himself (well, sort of) and then turned it into a 39-yard touchdown pass.
Quarterback checklist: 1) Fumble the football while trying to throw it 2) Catch said fumble 3) Throw across your body deep down the field 4) Touchdown.
HATED: How Easy This Ridiculous Touchdown Looked
A one-handed interception already made Week 1’s Love/Hate, and now a one-handed catch—one that will require multiple viewings—also makes the cut. The catch is absurd, and it all looks far too easy, especially with a defender providing solid contact.
Duquesne wideout Sean Brady—and yes, Duquesne is eligible to be included in the fun—came down with this football with one hand. He did this while turning in 40 different directions and being hit at the same time by Albany Great Danes safety Olatunji Idowu.
On a related side note, Great Danes is just a magnificent mascot name.
LOVED: Henry Josey's Triumphant Return
Bonus Love in Week 1! (There will be plenty of hate during the year, sure, but this moment warrants all the love we can muster.)
Missouri running back Henry Josey suffered a gruesome knee injury back in November of 2011, and it looked as though he might never play again. After extensive rehab, however, Josey finally returned to the field on Saturday as Mizzou took on Murray State, and he looked to be in form.
Josey finished the game with 113 yards and a touchdown on only 13 carries, and he was given the game ball in the locker room by head coach Gary Pinkel. The video says it all, really.
What a comeback, and what a moment for a kid who certainly deserves every bit of it.