What I Loved and Hated in College Football Week 2
For Georgia and Michigan, Week 2 was about taking care of business against a difficult opponent at home. For Texas and USC, the second game of the season was about torturing message-board servers and creating a bigger picture that could prove to be larger than an extra tally in the loss column.
It’s early, no question, but this bigger picture has an appetite, and it’s going to feast at some point. Maybe not now, but Week 2's ultimate impact will likely be felt sometime in the future.
Elsewhere, a lineman scored a touchdown on a hook-and-lateral. I repeat, a lineman scored a touchdown on a hook-and-lateral. Also, LSU wideout Odell Beckham Jr. housed a missed field goal with relative ease, and Eminem and Brent Musburger passed along gambling tips in one of the oddest live television moments ever created.
And here’s what I loved and hated in Week 2.
Loved: This Trick-Play Touchdown from a Lineman
When large men do things that large men usually don’t do, it’s a pretty big deal. Get it, big deal? I'm sorry.
Enter Fresno State lineman Austin Wentworth, who scored a touchdown on a hook-and-lateral—please don’t say hook-and-ladder—with relative ease.
The play design was brilliant, something straight out of Varsity Blues. The execution was even better, and Wentworth cruised into the end zone at a speed comfortable for his large frame.
Cherish these moments, football fans. They don’t surface often.
Celebrate the large men when you can.
Hated: Oklahoma’s Tackling of Dreamius Smith
The 2012 version of Oklahoma-West Virginia, the one with approximately 23,478 yards of offense, was...different from the 2013 version. Let's just leave it at that.
This year’s edition was not without highlights, however, thanks to West Virginia’s Dreamius Smith.
Smith rumbled 75 yards—and he deserves utmost praise for his effort on this play—en route to the first score of the game. The Oklahoma defense...does not deserve the utmost praise, at least not in this particular highlight.
The Sooners got the last laugh, but not before 28 defenders got a hand on Smith without bringing him down.
Loved: Michigan’s Postgame Music Trolling
Whoever was in charge of picking the postgame stadium tunes at the Big House clearly has a Ph.D. in trolling.
Following the Wolverines’ 41-30 win over Notre Dame, just as “The Victors” was wrapping up, the speakers blasted the “Chicken Dance.”
This wasn’t just filling dead air with a catchy tune, but rather a response to Notre Dame, which has decided to end the yearly rivalry game. Brady Hoke and Brian Kelly have each had their say on what this game does and does not mean and why it will soon be ending, and now it was the sound guy’s turn.
Well done, Troll Master. Well done.
Hated: The Awkwardness of Eminem’s Booth Visit
“Hey let’s bring Eminem in the booth during Michigan-Notre Dame. Wouldn't that be great?”
“It does sound like a great idea, Bill. Really nice job. Here’s a massive raise for your idea.”
“Oh, thanks. Also, I think we should have Brent Musburger ask him about gambling during the middle of a college football game on national television.”
“Even better. Here’s another raise.”
I assume that’s how this all went down before Eminem was brought into the booth. Sure, it sounded like a great idea (it didn't), and then the idea was put in motion.
This is awkward (really, really awkward) even after multiple viewings. Also, this GIF recapping the event feels somehow important.
Loved: Todd Gurley Running Without a Helmet
Georgia running back Todd Gurley is already a terrifying runner. His lower body is cartoonish in size. He has a unique combination of speed and size, and it would be miserable to have to tackle him.
Adding to this list of positive running back traits, it would appear Gurley has little to no fear (and also superb balance). When his helmet was ripped off by South Carolina's Kelcy Quarles, Gurley stayed on his feet and was ready to score.
He never had that “Oh no, I’m not wearing a helmet” moment. In fact, he looked like he actually wanted contact.
Good luck with that, SEC.
Hated: That the SEC Is so Wonderfully Amazing
The image above is just your average Tennessee tailgate wedding, a Saturday spectacle unlike any other. The dress code is whatever you’re wearing, although it’s probably best if you have your finest Vols gear handy.
If you’re going to do a fall wedding, this is the only option.
And how’s this for a positive sign for the marriage: The Tennessee defense forced five turnovers...in the first quarter.
Next stop: Love, happiness and a cake that probably doesn't have Derek Dooley's face on it.
Loved: Brent Musburger's On-Air Gambling Tips
It was an eventful night in Ann Arbor, both on the field and in the booth. And when Brent Musburger wasn’t announcing a fantastic football game or attempting to interview Eminem, he was offering up gambling tips on NFL games.
Oh, Brent. You are the best, and it’s really not close.
This is nothing new for Musburger, of course. He’s never shied away from his gambling roots, sometimes becoming more excited for specific teams and plays in the moment. If you've watched him call a game, you know the routine well.
But dropping picks during a promo? That's above and beyond excellence, even for him.
Hated: To Get Between These Two South Carolina Coaches
Following a three-and-out, South Carolina defensive coaches Kirk Botkin and Deke Adams exchanged words. And these were not the normal sideline pleasantries despite, well, the three-and-out.
These two were heated, and they had to be separated before creating fires, explosions or, worse yet, Steve Spurrier got involved.
It should be pointed out that the two were chatting away just fine shortly after, although that doesn’t change the fact that I would want no part of this. One angry defensive coach is enough by himself. Two angry coaches? Take cover, friends.
Loved: Odell Beckham Jr.’s Eventful Night, Headlined by This Return
The LSU wideout started his night by catching the opening kickoff with one hand. Sure, all the cool kids are doing it.
From there, Odell Beckham Jr. just destroyed the UAB defense. He finished with five catches for 136 yards and three touchdowns.
And that’s not all.
In the third quarter, Beckham Jr. waited under the goal post as UAB attempted a 59-yard field goal. The kick came up short, he caught it, and off he went. One hundred yards later, Beckham Jr. had his fourth touchdown of the game.
Loved: The New 'Tillman Tunnel' at Arizona State
Extra love again this week, because nothing deserves it more than college football.
Some images require no explanation as to what they should mean to you, just a back story to ensure you have all the necessary details.
The "Tillman Tunnel" at Arizona State has received a magnificent makeover this season, and players will now be led onto the field by the image of Pat Tillman, the former Sun Devils star and NFL player who was killed in Afghanistan in 2004.
Arizona played its first home game on Thursday night, and the tunnel got its first official walk-through.
“The way Pat lived — the Sun Devil Way — is something we teach our team about every day,” Arizona State head coach Todd Graham said in a statement posted on the team’s website. “Now the final thing they will see before taking the field is the embodiment of everything he stood for — and everything we hope to emulate and accomplish.”
There’s nothing one could possibly add to that, and really, the image says it all.