Recapping What Really Matters in College Football: Week 10

College football is the embodiment of chaos. If the Joker was a hat guy, he’d wear the NCAA version of Rob Lowe’s NFL hat. Because of this, there is no shortage of dumb stuff happening on any given Saturday. Sadly, the media doesn’t like to cover this side of the sport, and instead focus on unimportant details like “crazy highlights” and “who won the game”. But not this guy. That’s why I promise to bring you the official list of all the stupid goings-on in college football (hopefully) every week.

PAC-12 Before Brunch

Who would’ve thought that starting a game at 9:00 am would lead to sloppy football? Clearly not Larry Scott. Southern Cal and Arizona State kicked off that early this weekend in order to claim the coveted Big Noon Saturday time slot, and it went as poorly as you’d expect. It’s become a cliche to say that a team “woke up” in the second half, but for this game, it’s actually true.

The Previous Review is Under Review

Referees should strive to be the unsung heroes of every game. The best way to tell that a ref is good at their job is if you don’t even notice they’re there. Sadly, many refs don’t agree with this philosophy. The crew working the game between Notre Dame and Clemson sure don’t. After countless unnecessary reviews brought the momentum of the game to a standstill, the refs decided to step it up a notch in OT. Clemson receiver Cornell Powell scored what looked like a go-ahead touchdown on the first play of overtime. It looked like he might’ve been down just short of the goal line, so they decided to review it. Fair enough. After a short time, the ref announced that they call would stand, and it was a Clemson TD. But strangely, neither team lined up for the extra point. Everyone watching was left wondering what was going on. Then the camera panned back to the ref, who nonchalantly announced that the call had been overturned, and it would be Clemson’s ball at the one-yard line. Absolutely no mention of the previous review, or any acknowledgment that he had ever mentioned that play. The refs reviewed a review and thought that nobody would notice. It’s touching that they decided to preemptively honor the memory of Alex Trebek by going for double jeopardy.

How To Lose a Game in 10 Seconds

Being a South Carolina fan, I am no stranger to watching a coach try and lose a game. We might hate basic math and love field goals more than any team in the country. But I have never seen a coach try harder to lose a game than Justin Fuente did this weekend against Liberty. I personally believe that icing the kicker is a terrible idea 95% of the time. Even if you believe in it wholeheartedly, we can all agree on one rule of thumb: never ice a kicker that’s trying a 59-yard FG. Virginia Tech did, and negated what would’ve been a legendary game-winning blocked field goal return TD.

Hugh Freeze obviously learns from his mistakes (on the field at least) and decided to go for it the second time around. Not content to just make one bad decision, Fuente threw out a truly innovative defense for the ensuing 4th down play.

You know what happens next. Liberty converts, hits a 51-yard game-winner, and Fuente goes down in infamy.

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