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The fans, the bands, and the drama.
We all know that if there’s one thing that really gets a musician buzzed, it’s the fans. Whether at a show, or in front of the computer, the fans are the lifeblood of any band. That’s why we’re here, today…to talk about the fans, and everything they do to keep the band going.
On Saturday, two of college football’s greatest teams met on the field in Charlotte, N.C., and gave the world a gift.
They flipped a coin while standing on a mayonnaise logo. They battled in an attrition war, delivering one devastating blow after another, when success was defined in inches rather than yards. They enthralled a sellout audience, half in orange and half in red, despite not scoring an offensive score. We often compare these games to heavyweight bouts, but the comparison seems out of date. When was the last time a heavyweight fight drew such a large crowd?
What No. 5 Georgia’s 10-3 victory against third-ranked Clemson lacked in spectacular plays and offensive pyrotechnics, it more than made up for in stunning, gladiatorial intensity felt from every seat in the stadium. Defenders on both sides played with frantic intensity, as if they’d been chugging pixie sticks all offseason and were now allowed to wreck havoc. Clemson’s D.J. Uiagalelei and Georgia’s JT Daniels, both Heisman contenders, were constantly hit, pressed, and humiliated, yet they kept getting up and submitting to another round of misery until the last drive. At Clemson, a dynasty seems to be coming to an end. At Georgia, there’s now cause to believe that maybe, just maybe, this is the year for the Bulldogs.
After a year in which the sport — well, all sports — seemed like a mirage, a made-for-TV event in the midst of a tiresome epidemic, Saturday’s Georgia-Clemson matchup was tangible old-school college football.
We’d been sorely missing it.
Week 1 was full with reminders of what was lacking in 2020. At Virginia Tech, there was “Enter Sandman,” and at Wisconsin, there was “Jump Around.” In Charlotte, spectators competed in mayonnaise eating competitions. Beleaguered Jayhawks supporters stormed the field in Kansas after their team barely defeated an FCS opponent to open the season 1-0. There were three shocks (underdogs winning by at least 19 points) and spectacular comebacks.
Penn State brought the boisterous Wisconsin crowd to a halt and delivered a message about the Big Ten’s power dynamic. Alabama reminded the world that although the names may vary, the outcomes are the same, and UCLA demonstrated that the Pac-12 might have an unexpected challenger. There was a record-breaking performance at a small FCS school that hired the country’s most unconventional coach. Meanwhile, Green Wave supporters in New Orleans were dealing with yet another natural catastrophe, while fans in Oklahoma were making Tulane feel at home in Norman. There were also echoes of COVID-19. Oklahoma State was missing their starting quarterback. The head coach of Ole Miss will be absent. However, a year ago, half of the nation was not participating. This was a step forward.
We obtained pictures of confused Clemson supporters providing the greatest visual summary of the Tigers’ offensive strategy a year after playing in stadiums packed with cardboard cutouts.
When you know you’ve done something wrong but can’t pinpoint what it is. twitter.com/GEzQhjdWWx
September 5, 2021 — Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH)
We had supporters rushing the field in Charlotte to celebrate a program-defining victory a year after the world was ordered to stay six feet apart.
UCLA and LSU delivered some real “Pac-12 After Dark” drama a year after the Big Ten and Pac-12 opted out of the season.
Even though it wasn’t always beautiful, it felt right. Because it’s not meant to be beautiful in college football. It’s meant to be quirky and weird, full of unexpected pleasures large and little (Georgia’s sideline celebrating Christopher Smith’s pick six) and tiny (LSU’s Max Johnson releasing the year’s most fascinating incompletion).
What in the name of God’s green earth????????? pic.twitter.com/xnmpGeflC1
5 September 2021 — RichardJohnson (@RJ Writes)
In the first half, Penn State had 43 yards. It was a frenzy.
Georgia’s offense failed to score a touchdown. It didn’t make a difference.
Rutgers won a game by a score of 47. It was evidence that miracles do occur.
It wasn’t worth thinking about the flaws if it wasn’t the ideal Saturday. In answer to a query regarding Georgia’s offensive difficulties in the victory, Daniels may have provided the most accurate summary.
“Is it a split-personality feeling?” he inquired. “No way. We just defeated Clemson.”
Saturday, the biggest opening week of games in college football history, did it measure up to the hype? Possibly not. Was it, however, great to have the sense of college football returning, complete with spectators, bands, and drama?
It was, without a doubt, the case.
Week 1: Lessons Learned
RB for Iowa State Breece Hall has now scored a touchdown in 13 consecutive games, the longest current run in FBS and Cyclones history. USA TODAY Sports/Steven Branscombe
• Watch Out For The Hype: It’s a lot like a gender reveal party when you are cast in the role of “offseason media darling”: it all looks like harmless fun until someone drives the family car into the pool. So it was for No. 10 North Carolina, whose offense was hushed by Virginia Tech’s explosive pass rush and shut-down secondary, prompting head coach Mack Brown to declare that his team’s “shine has worn off.”
No. 7 Iowa State came close to suffering an even more humiliating defeat at home, losing 16-10 to FCS Northern Iowa. Then there was No. 17 Indiana, one of 2020’s feel-good stories, which ran into a buzzsaw against Iowa with quarterback Michael Penix, who threw two more touchdown passes to the Hawkeyes than he did to his own team (0). That wasn’t even Indinia’s worst blunder of the game. What is the takeaway? Always ignore the weight of preseason rankings unless you’re in Alabama, where everyone is an expert at these things.
• You don’t have to be in the SEC to have a tense SEC matchup: Tulane was a founding member of the SEC until leaving in 1966. (presumably to follow The Grateful Dead). Oklahoma is not a member of the SEC currently, but will be in 2025. (unless their GoFundMe raises enough for the Big 12 buyout beforehand). We got one of the greatest games of the day in an old-fashioned SEC heavyweight fight when the two met Saturday — nominally a home game for Tulane, but played on Oklahoma’s field due to Hurricane Ida. Sooners led 37-14 at halftime, but Tulane rallied behind QB Michael Pratt to close the deficit to 40-35 and hold the ball with 1:50 remaining. Pratt’s last fourth-down scramble fell just shy of the goal line. Because the game was so excellent, we think Texas should have to defeat another SEC original, Sewanee, before they can join the conference.
• Always keep a ringer at the bottom of the depth chart: As every successful beer-league softball manager knows, the secret to winning big is to surprise the opponent with a highly trained ringer at the final minute. When South Carolina unleashed graduate assistant-turned-starting-QB Zeb Noland on Eastern Illinois, it basically accomplished the same thing. Former North Dakota State backup Trey Lance began coaching South Carolina’s quarterbacks in 2021, but when expected starter Luke Doty was injured in fall camp, Noland suited up and earned the starting position. He threw for four touchdowns in the first half alone in his Gamecocks debut. Now, if first-year coach Shane Beamer can only locate a 6-foot-6, 320-pound hot dog vendor to play on the offensive line, as well as a team bus driver with a 4.4 speed and some remaining eligibility, the Gamecocks may have a genuine chance in the SEC East.
Five Heisman Trophy winners
In Alabama’s 41-3 victory against Miami on Saturday, Bryce Young threw for 344 yards and four touchdowns in his first game. USA TODAY Sports’ Jason Getz
Some of the top Heisman contenders didn’t have the best of starts. D.J. Uiagalelei of Clemson and JT Daniels of Georgia both received a beating in their battle. In a defeat against Virginia Tech, North Carolina’s Sam Howell threw three interceptions. Oklahoma barely avoided Tulane thanks to two interceptions from Spencer Rattler. D’Eriq King may require a memory wiping treatment a la “Eternal Sunshine” to forget what occurred versus Alabama. While those quarterbacks have plenty of time to get back into the discussion, there are a few guys who made a strong Week 1 statement.
Bryce Young, Alabama quarterback: If you were expecting that Alabama would take a step back this season after losing Tua Tagovailoa and Mac Jones in back-to-back seasons, we have some bad news for you: Young may be the greatest one yet. In his debut start for the Tide, the sophomore passed for 344 yards and four touchdowns, setting school records for a quarterback. Even more worrisome for SEC foes: Nick Saban’s commercial acting has really improved. This group is just perfect.
2. C.J. Stroud, Ohio State quarterback: Trailing 14-10 at halftime against Minnesota, Ohio State seemed to have finally struck a snag at quarterback without Justin Fields. The Buckeyes were just playing with Minnesota. Stroud was almost perfect in the second half, passing for 236 yards and four touchdowns while taking advantage of Ohio State’s very deep receiving corps. The issue now is whether any of those Buckeyes receivers — Chris Olave, Garrett Wilson — can pull off a DeVonta Smith-like run to beat out his quarterback for the trophy.
3. Desmond Ridder, QB, Cincinnati: Can Ridder now claim to be a Power 5 quarterback with Cincinnati’s move to the Big 12? In any case, his performance in the Bearcats’ rout of Miami was a significant step toward Heisman consideration (Ohio). Ridder passed for 295 yards, ran for another 31, and scored five touchdowns in all. He started the season as a 100-to-1 favorite to win the Heisman Trophy, but I’m expecting those chances improve dramatically by Week 2.
4. Texas running back Coach Steve Sarkisian’s motto of “All Gas, No Brakes” is more frightening when the vehicle in issue is basically the War Rig from “Mad Max: Fury Road.” Bijan Robinson: Robinson, who stands 6-foot-1 and weighs 214 pounds, led the Longhorns to a 38-18 victory against No. 23 Louisiana with 176 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns. Robinson has 619 yards and eight touchdowns in his previous three games, dating back to last season.
Bailey Zappe, Western Kentucky quarterback: Each week, we’ll attempt to highlight one player from outside the major conferences who deserves some Heisman love, even if he’s unlikely to get any votes. This week, it’s Zappe, who drew a lot of attention during a four-game season for Houston Baptist last season before moving to Western Kentucky (along with offensive coordinator Zach Kittley). Zappe had a rough start against Tennessee-Martin in the opener, throwing an interception on his second attempt, but he followed it up with the kind of big-play pyrotechnics the Hilltoppers were hoping for, ending with 424 yards and seven touchdown passes. While the remainder of WKU’s schedule isn’t as accommodating, Zappe is sure to keep things interesting for the Hilltoppers.
Play of the Week: Off the Beaten Path
Wyoming barely avoided losing to an FCS school (or “pulling a UConn,” as it’s called in the business) when quarterback Sean Chambers connected with Treyton Welch for a 21-yard touchdown with 56 seconds left, upsetting Montana State 19-16.
@welch treyton in the clutch! FOR. THE. LEAD! pic.twitter.com/kMbdpBrQ5v
September 4, 2021 — Wyoming Cowboy Football (@wyo football)
Game of the Week: Off the Beaten Path
Presbyterian quarterback Ren Hefley connected with receiver Matthew Rivera for a 49-yard touchdown throw with 7:54 left in the third quarter. Hefley’s 10th touchdown throw of the game broke the FCS single-game record of nine established by Missouri Valley State quarterback Willie Totten in 1984. After that drive, Hefley left with Presbyterian leading 70-36 with a final stat line of 38 completions and 538 yards. Don’t be surprised if Hefley surpasses that total this season. As a high school coach in Arkansas, Presbyterian’s first-year coach Kevin Kelley established many records, earning a reputation as an analytics expert who seldom punted and completed numerous on-side kicks.
Greetings and rebukes
• Cheers to … old-school defensive football: Oh sure, we know the modern game is all about space and tempo, but there was something inherently beautiful about Penn State and Wisconsin’s 0-0 halftime score, if you managed to stay awake for it. Around the country, offenses looked a bit out of sorts, with Florida, Texas A&M, Clemson, Georgia, LSU, UCLA and North Carolina among the typically prolific offenses that struggled to find their footing early on. But rather than chalk it up to offensive ineptitude, let’s credit the defenses. After all, Texas A&M needs to justify defensive guru Jimbo Fisher’s new contract somehow.
• This guy is booed: The people at Duke’s gave him two tickets to the Clemson-Georgia game as a token of their gratitude for his, uh, advertising. Meanwhile, we’d like to express our heartfelt sympathies to the unfortunate fans who were forced to sit next to him after allowing that mayo to bake in the sun all day.
September 4, 2021, Duke’s Mayo Classic (@DukesMayoBowl)
• Congratulations to… Nebraska, who thrashed Fordham 52-7: Nebraska has now outscored its opponents by a total 74-37 margin in 2021. Coach Scott Frost would prefer you didn’t ask any follow-up questions after hearing that.
• A round of applause for… the Pac-12 North: Oregon defeated Fresno State with a late touchdown. In a defeat against Kansas State, Stanford was so ineffective that local venture investors were considering withdrawing their next round of financing. In a 13-7 home defeat to FCS Montana, Washington’s offense looked lost. Purdue, a Big Ten afterthought, defeated Oregon State, while Cal succumbed to Nevada. Before agreeing to play for the division, Washington State coach Nick Rolovich wants to understand more about the long-term consequences of winning. To put it another way, the Pac-12 North was a complete catastrophe in Week 1, and the ACC Coastal is really contemplating filing a copyright infringement lawsuit.
• Congratulations to the Tagovailoa family: Tua, Tua’s older brother, is already one of the greatest college quarterbacks of the last decade, and Taulia, Tua’s younger brother, seems to be on his way to following in his footsteps. On Saturday, the younger Tagovailoa guided Maryland to a 30-24 shock victory against West Virginia, accumulating 332 yards and three touchdowns in the process. The Tagovailoas are still a few quarterbacks behind the Mannings, but in 2043, we can look forward to a random Tagovailoa relative guiding Saban to his 18th national title.
pic.twitter.com/Zz1uo995an Taulia Tagovailoa with a DIME
September 4, 2021 — ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB)
• ACC boos: The ACC had a rough start to the season. The top three teams in the country, No. 3 Clemson, No. 10 UNC, and No. 14 Miami, all lost. Duke was defeated by Charlotte in what was the 49ers’ first victory over a Power 5 opponent, resulting in head coach Will Healy crowd surfing naked while dressed as a mascot. Then, at home, allegedly up-and-coming Georgia Tech fell to a Northern Illinois team that went 0-6 the previous season. There are still two games in which the ACC teams are at least a touchdown underdogs. Perhaps it’s time to contact Rutgers and Kansas (both 2-0) about possible expansion.
September 4, 2021 — Julian Council (@JulianCouncil)
• Best wishes to… Coach Thomas Hammock of Northern Illinois, who chose to go for two after his team pulled within one point of Georgia Tech late in the game: The risk paid in when QB Rocky Lombardi connected with Tyrice Richie, NIU converted, and the Panthers won 22-21, their first win since November 26, 2019. Georgia Tech coach Geoff Collins is required by regulation to hand up his Waffle House free coffee card to Hammock. The site closest to NIU’s campus is just 230 miles away. It’s well worth the trip.
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