What I Loved and Hated from College Football Week 5
This is the kind of weekend we have been waiting for. Well, unless you’re Lane Kiffin. If that's the case, then you probably could have waited a bit longer despite knowing exactly what was coming your way.
From a football sense, Week 5 had a bit of everything. There were upsets—looking in your direction, Oklahoma State—and the marquee game lived up to its billing. Georgia and LSU put on a show in what was perhaps the best game we will see all year.
Week 5 is why you put up with Week 4. It’s that simple.
As for some of the finer points, the canvas had plenty of options. From a broken headset, to a painted dog, to an enthusiastic popcorn eater, this weekend of college football was about what happens on the field, on the sidelines, in the stands and at the tailgate.
Here’s what I loved and hated from Week 5.
LOVED: Dancin’ Frank Beamer
All Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer wants to do is dance (and win football games, sure, but mainly dance after winning football games).
Following the team’s 17-10 road victory against Georgia Tech on Thursday night, Beamer decided to celebrate…by dancing, of course.
Now, this is not the first time Beamer celebrated a victory with impressive and rhythmic body coordination. He did the Dougie—remember that?—following the team’s 2010 ACC Championship. He then helped out in his team’s Harlem Shake video—remember that?—earlier this year.
This time around, he’s just sort of free stylin’, and goodness, it is fabulous.
Dance on, good sir. Dance on.
HATED: To Be This LSU-Themed Dog
Before we begin to understand what it would be like to have your owner dress you like a tiger, let’s remind everyone that the dog seems perfectly happy in his paint, and there does not appear to be any sort of threat here.
I know how people are with animals—myself included—and I’m not sure if there are any PETA members among us. This disclaimer is important, and my lawyer is standing behind me right now.
With that out of the way, PLEASE STOP PAINTING YOUR DOGS. This part’s important. And spray painting dogs to team themes appears to be the next horrifying trend in college football. Just ask this Alabama poodle.
Is the artwork impressive? I suppose. But let's paint pictures and signs and let Fido enjoy the day. Also, PETA, this was not my dog. The lawyer told me to write that again just so you're sure.
LOVED: Tom Rinaldi in Jorts
The segment ESPN’s College GameDay showed on Saturday regarding the signs that are now synonymous with the show was one of the better pieces they’ve ever done. And that’s saying something, because the show has consistently put out tremendous work.
You can watch the full piece here, and you should when you have six minutes to spare.
To cap it all off, the great Tom Rinaldi—the man who often brings us to tears on a weekly basis with his touching pieces—showed up in Athens, Ga., wearing jorts.
The picture is even better without context, but Rinaldi’s jorts were planned, as much as we’d like to assume otherwise. But he's totally keeping them and wearing them around the neighborhood parties. You've been warned, neighbors.
HATED: USF’s Two-Yard Punt (Not a Typo)
If you thought losing to McNeese State by 32 points was the low point of South Florida’s season, well, think again. Actually, losing to McNeese State was probably the low point—it was Week 1, by the way—but just add this to a growing list.
Kicking a punt two yards is really, really hard. I mean that.
For a punt to travel only two yards, something has to go horribly wrong. Against Miami, a lot of things went horribly wrong for the Bulls, and Mattias Ciabatti’s two-yard punt served as the appropriate low light in the 49-21 loss.
Strangely, this is not the worst punt in recent years. Oregon State's Johnny Hekker kicked a negative-four-yard punt in 2011 against Wisconsin, a feat that will be difficult to top.
LOVED: The Fat Guy Punt Return
Had Central Florida’s E.J. Dunston somehow maneuvered through the bodies and lumbered to the end zone, the Internet might have broke, so perhaps it's best he didn't.
It never quite got that close against South Carolina, but a botched punt created a magnificent scenario for the UCF defensive lineman. The bad snap led to a strange situation, and Dunston was there to rip the ball out of the sky.
Take a knee, you say? Never!
The big man rumbled for an extra 10 or 12 yards, although it felt much more like 55 yards and four touchdowns in our hearts.
HATED: To Be a Headset or a Red Bull Near Dana Holgorsen
West Virginia delivered a massive upset when it took down then-No. 11 Oklahoma State at home. Along the way, head coach Dana Holgorsen provided a performance on the sidelines.
He argued with officials (if you read lips, you were in for a treat), and he also moved up and down with Red Bull flowing and his hair going in many different directions. When his emotions got the best of him, he broke a headset.
I’m sure that headset had it coming, and neither the Red Bull nor the headset ever really stood a chance.
Perhaps the best thing about the Vine above is that Holgorsen’s team actually won 30-21—all in a late morning’s work.
LOVED: The Latest Edition of the Jameis Winston Experience
I warned you last week. Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston made the Week 4 Loved/Hated, and he had a worthy moment against Boston College in a 48-34 win this week as well.
With the clock hitting zero in the second quarter, Winston had time for one more play. He avoided multiple tacklers and delivered a beautiful ball to wideout Kenny Shaw in one last-ditch effort to get points.
The result was the go-ahead touchdown and yet another example of how electric this kid can be. Was there some luck involved? Certainly. But he seems to make his own luck weekly, and he’s just getting started.
HATED: To Be an Official in the Way (Again)
For the second week in a row, an official fell down and went boom.
Last weekend, it was Ohio State running back Jordan Hall who used an official as a lead blocker. This week, South Alabama running back Cris Dinham made contact with a man in black and white, and the result was about the same in the end.
The official was just fine after taking the hit, although the contact was pretty solid. In this particular situation, the ref wasn’t so much a lead blocker as much as an obstacle, and his time upright did not last long.
LOVED: The Seattle Popcorn Guy
The game was a blowout, and it was pouring rain. Stanford manhandled Washington State 55-17, and there was no reason for anyone to remain in the stadium to get drenched and watch bad football.
This gentleman had other plans. He also had popcorn and a mustache, and he decided to make good use of one of them. ESPN's Joe Tessitore certainly enjoyed it thoroughly while calling the game, and his giggling pretty much sums up the oddness of the scene.
Why is he dumping popcorn on himself?
That’s a great question that probably doesn’t have a great answer. Regardless, his entertainment in a game that provided little in terms of headlines was admirable.
HATED: To See Bret Bielema Take a Spill
This is not Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema’s finest "Hog Walk."
In his defense, it was raining all day, the ground was slippery, and he’s focusing in on having to stop Johnny Manziel while listening to who knows what. I’m going to assume it’s the new Drake album or play-by-play of old Hulk Hogan wrestling highlights. Yes, most likely it's option B.
Regardless, down he went. And when I slip next week on a slick surface to be determined, I will know the reason.
It's karma for including him in here.