Thursday, 15 November 2018

The best things from Week 1 of college football, updated all Saturday

The best things from Week 1 of college football, updated all Saturday
02 Sep

It’s 2018’s first full college football Saturday! A lot of phenomenal, funny, weird, and stupid things are happening, and that’s why we love college football.

We’re keeping track of all of the best things from the first college football Saturday of the season, because even for fully equipped viewers, that’s pretty hard to do!

Let’s football.

Nobody uses Snapchat anymore (well, not a lot) but here’s UCF giving us a reminder of who are the 2017 national champions

Terrin Waack of the Tuscaloosa News shared the filter:

App State almost did it again 11 years later, this time to Penn State

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’s 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’t schedule Appalachian State in the first week of the season.

Auburn won the football game!

Auburn, who aren’t strangers to playing in Atlanta, won the day’s 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:

Richard Johnson, SB Nation

[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:

Sal. Cannella.

Washington’s got all the hands

Washington and Auburn didn’t 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’ 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.

Washington State is doing things, both bad and different

They tried this formation down 6

This is a formation. I’m not sure what kind, but it’s a formation.

The formation… kind of worked? It certainly could have gone worse.

And is a wonderfully bad snap

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 — just a great, great score. Mike Leach should have a fun thing or two to say about that one postgame.

The Jeremy Pruitt era is off to a great start

The Volunteers aren’t off to the best start in Morgantown, lining up with just 10 players on defense. In fact, the entire first quarter wasn’t good.

Plenty of game left, though I’m not sure that’s a good thing?

Western Kentucky’s Twitter account is in these internet streets

Everything that’s going on right here

Villanova is making things happen

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’s Deebo Samuels is a great football name. He’s 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’s A.D. Miller was on the wrong end of this hit, which is better than most plays you’re going to see today.

Luckily for Miller, he was able to get in the end zone. So as far as he’s concerned, he got his revenge.

Howard had a great start to the season, until it didn’t

This was a great throw and catch by the Bison. Unfortunately for them, an incredible punch by Ohio’s Kylan Nelson popped the ball out, and flipped the script.

That’s 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’ 5-yard line.

Texas and Maryland had everything you could want in a weird game

Texas is definitely not back

Texas was having a tough time against Big Ten Power Maryland, and people weren’t exactly taking it well.

“Just popped the top on number 4” and “Can We Quit Recruiting White Friday Night Hero QB’s From the Burbs” are easy winners here.

“Tom Herman isn’t going to make it” is also a #take one hour of real time into the season.

Later on, there was this gem:

And now it’s time for Maryland to panic!

After surrendering a touchdown to Texas, the Terps ran a jet sweep from the 2-yard line. It didn’t 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 — with a rain delay and a leaking press box.

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.

There’s the Rutgers football we all know and love!

You couldn’t expect anything less.

Listen, we can’t 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’s logo at midfield.

He also somehow got the first down.

If the NCAA Football video game was still around, you probably wouldn’t even be able to get that done.

Texas Tech’s T.J. Vasher Moss’d a guy

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:

Frame it.

Tulane’s perfect turnover chain

Miami’s turnover chain is very popular, and for good reason. But Tulane’s turnover chain just might be better, because they’re Mardi Gras beads.

I mean, come on. That’s great stuff. The New Orleans-based school is sticking to its roots since the beads are an integral part of Mardi Gras.

Purdue did some Purdue stuff by this personal foul securing a loss

This was a great way to start your season if you’re Northwestern. A conference game on the road, and you pull out a 31-27 victory.

But the way Purdue lost it is incredibly silly — no — dumb.

Northwestern’s Jeremy Larkin clearly had his forward progress stopped, and Purdue’s Lorenzo Neal didn’t care, and threw Larkin to the ground. Not great!

As a graduate of Atlanta’s only university, I’m glad it wasn’t Georgia State. But we came close for a second-consecutive year.

Western Michigan’s field goal net isn’t ideal for television viewing

Or Sitting Behind The Uprights either, for that matter. TAke a look, y’all:

There’s also the fact that you can’t read that banner for “ARBOR” from the back, either. It’s just all bad.

This post will be updated throughout Saturday, so keep coming back for more. Please click.



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