Welcome to the penultimate college football newsletter for the 2022 season.
Remember, the same goes for the standings as last season. High marks will only be for show, and failing marks have no chance of being reversed.
Last week’s bad grades went to Penn State’s top coach James Franklin for his impromptu sideline push-up, and a Nebraska running back for his hurdle failure. A high score was earned by Mississippi State coach Mike Leach for his final entertaining halftime interview.
Without further ado, here’s the Week 12 analysis of how the fans, teams, players and coaches fared.
This week in the ridiculous ref
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In college sports – or any sport, for that matter – emotions are considered bad. We’re not talking about taunting a player to the face – we’re talking about celebrating when you have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. In Saturday’s Purdue-Northwestern game, Boilermaker linebacker Jalen Graham caught an errant pass from Cole Freeman and made his best impression of Deion Sanders from the 30-yard line to the end zone. The score gave Purdue a 21-3 lead.
But not so fast. Referees were quick to litter the field with the yellow handkerchiefs and the touchdown was taken off the board due to an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for “jumping in the end zone”, as he so aptly put it. the referee.
Purdue finished the drive with a field goal for a 17-3 lead. The Boilermakers won 17-9, sending Northwestern to its 10th straight loss.
Big Step Hijinks: Graduation
Referee in his feelings: Expulsion
No shirt, no problem
There’s always a dilemma for every home game at College Stadium, Texas, especially this season: Do you sell your soul and join over 100,000 fellow Texas A&M students, fans, and boosters for three hours of mind-numbing torture? Or, when you arrive at Kyle Field, do you say “shit” and act like a jerk like young adults tend to do? If you chose the latter, you’re in luck.
With the majority of the seats empty at the end of the fourth quarter against UMass, some brave, shirtless youngsters decided to play a game in what looked like the slowest relay race on record. What should we call this new game? The “transfer portal transfer?” How about “recruitment class relay #1?”
The participants seemed to be having fun and everything they did was apparently better than the action on the field. The only people who got their money’s worth were UMass – it was paid $1.7 million for the trip and lost 20-3.
Texas A&M Track & Field Meet:C
The best and the worst of the week
Unlikely Touchdown of the Year
Dream come true: A
Pac-12 pays tribute to the Virginia trio
Tribute to D’Sean, Devin and Lavel: A+
Truth be told: Texas A&M attendance figures
Broadcast Drivel: F
Jordan Moore…that’s it.
One-Handed Goodness: A
What’s worse? That Anthony Richardson interception or the Gators’ loss to Vanderbilt?
Florida Follies: F
Dog of the week: SEC teams, aka the South ‘easier’ conference
Since it’s scrimmage week for half of the Southeastern Conference, there are plenty of dogs to choose from this week. Alabama received Austin Peay; Mississippi State threw the ball all over the court against East Tennessee State; and Texas A&M handed out freebies to UMass at a win. You get the point. Millions were made and the fourth strings earned their letters. Missouri (vs. New Mexico State), Auburn (vs. Western Kentucky) and LSU (vs. UAB) also claimed it was early September for their revenue-generating home games.
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