It‚Äôs 2018‚Äôs first full college football Saturday! A lot of phenomenal, funny, weird, and stupid things are happening, and that‚Äôs why we love college football.
We‚Äôre keeping track of all of the best things from the first college football Saturday of the season, because even for fully equipped viewers, that‚Äôs pretty hard to do!
Terrin Waack of the Tuscaloosa News shared the filter:
Talk about a tease.
No, really. It would have been perfect.
The Mountaineers entered the fourth quarter down 24-10, and put up 28 points in the fourth quarter. App State was forced to try a 56-yard field goal at the end of regulation. Because it‚Äôs college football, they missed. Penn State eventually escaped in overtime with the 45-38 win.
If you are a Big Ten school, you probably shouldn‚Äôt schedule Appalachian State in the first week of the season.
Auburn, who aren‚Äôt strangers to playing in Atlanta, won the day‚Äôs marquee game between ranked teams. They beat Washington 21-16 in a defensive struggle in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game.
Here is a photo of Gus Malzahn afterward:
[sprints back] WAIT
Auburn has a man named Sal Cannella on their football team, and the guy can ball. Peep the work:
Look at the hair:
Washington and Auburn didn‚Äôt have a ton of offense in the first half of their game, but the last couple of minutes of the first half got handsy. In a good way.
First, Ty Jones made an incredible sideline catch. Then, the Huskies finished off the drive with this early candidate for catch of the year by Quinten Pounds.
Is it possible to give Ole Miss‚Äô nWo belt to a receiver from another team? Because that was a damn good catch.
Spongebob memes, I would personally argue, are some of the best on the internet. A year ago, Instagram user hhhhytian created a spread that was the Golden State Warriors as Spongebob characters.
And West Virginia has Patrick Klay Thompson on their playcards.
College football + memes = perfection. Thank you, West Virginia offense.
This is a formation. I‚Äôm not sure what kind, but it‚Äôs a formation.
The formation… kind of worked? It certainly could have gone worse.
Washington State had the first great blunder of the college football season with a terrible snap on 4th and 6 while trying to punt.
It just got away, and the Olympics they went through to try and save it was hilarious.
That made it a 10-2 game ‚ÄĒ just a great, great score. Mike Leach should have a fun thing or two to say about that one postgame.
The Volunteers aren‚Äôt off to the best start in Morgantown, lining up with just 10 players on defense. In fact, the entire first quarter wasn‚Äôt good.
Plenty of game left, though I‚Äôm not sure that‚Äôs a good thing?
Villanova and Temple are opening up the season in the Battle For Philadelphia, and the Wildcats took a 19-17 lead on the Owls with this rollout and perfect strike.
Colonial football is the best football. Not really. But this was nice.
South Carolina‚Äôs Deebo Samuels is a great football name. He‚Äôs also capable of making great catches, like this one:
The score made it a 42-6 game over Coastal Carolina. No surprises there.
We have our first great referee hit of the season. Oklahoma‚Äôs A.D. Miller was on the wrong end of this hit, which is better than most plays you‚Äôre going to see today.
Luckily for Miller, he was able to get in the end zone. So as far as he‚Äôs concerned, he got his revenge.
This was a great throw and catch by the Bison. Unfortunately for them, an incredible punch by Ohio‚Äôs Kylan Nelson popped the ball out, and flipped the script.
That‚Äôs quite the swing of emotions in such a short amount of time. Howard went from red zone aspirations to starting a defensive possession at the Bobcats‚Äô 5-yard line.
Texas was having a tough time against
Big Ten Power Maryland, and people weren‚Äôt exactly taking it well.
‚ÄúJust popped the top on number 4‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúCan We Quit Recruiting White Friday Night Hero QB‚Äôs From the Burbs‚ÄĚ are easy winners here.
‚ÄúTom Herman isn‚Äôt going to make it‚ÄĚ is also a #take one hour of real time into the season.
Later on, there was this gem:
Texas punt lands at its own 20. Very next play, Maryland jet sweep, pass for a TD. 24-7 Terps.
‚ÄĒ Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) September 1, 2018
After surrendering a touchdown to Texas, the Terps ran a jet sweep from the 2-yard line. It didn‚Äôt go well.
The safety made it a 24-16 game. Fast forward with the Terps up 31-29, and we had to pause the football for a minute and add a twist to this game ‚ÄĒ with a rain delay and a leaking press box.
And now the press box here at FedEx Field is leaking from the roof. You can’t make this stuff up.
‚ÄĒ Kirk Bohls (@kbohls) September 1, 2018
Once the football came back, the field was pretty much a swamp. After about an hour of delays, Maryland would finish off the Longhorns in a 34-29 win.
Unbelievable. Rutgers just gave Texas State a first down on a 4th and 24 punt with a roughing the long snapper penalty.
‚ÄĒ Steve Politi (@StevePoliti) September 1, 2018
You couldn‚Äôt expect anything less.
Listen, we can‚Äôt determine how many yards Kyler Murray ran here. But if you want to throw out a wild guess, it seems like he covered at least 40-50 yards just by scrambling around Oklahoma‚Äôs logo at midfield.
He also somehow got the first down.
If the NCAA Football video game was still around, you probably wouldn‚Äôt even be able to get that done.
Texas Tech and Ole Miss are opening their seasons at NRG Stadium in Houston. On a big stage like that, you might expect big plays. And well…
The extension on that bad boy is a work of art:
Tulane‚Äôs perfect turnover chain
Miami‚Äôs turnover chain is very popular, and for good reason. But Tulane‚Äôs turnover chain just might be better, because they‚Äôre Mardi Gras beads.
I mean, come on. That‚Äôs great stuff. The New Orleans-based school is sticking to its roots since the beads are an integral part of Mardi Gras.
This was a great way to start your season if you‚Äôre Northwestern. A conference game on the road, and you pull out a 31-27 victory.
But the way Purdue lost it is incredibly silly ‚ÄĒ no ‚ÄĒ dumb.
Northwestern‚Äôs Jeremy Larkin clearly had his forward progress stopped, and Purdue‚Äôs Lorenzo Neal didn‚Äôt care, and threw Larkin to the ground. Not great!
As a graduate of Atlanta‚Äôs only university, I‚Äôm glad it wasn‚Äôt Georgia State. But we came close for a second-consecutive year.
Or Sitting Behind The Uprights either, for that matter. TAke a look, y‚Äôall:
There‚Äôs also the fact that you can‚Äôt read that banner for ‚ÄúARBOR‚ÄĚ from the back, either. It‚Äôs just all bad.
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