That’s a bold move, Cotton. Let’s see if it pays off for him
Jim Harbaugh trotted out this formation ...
... and it did work, gaining a first down on a run up the middle.
Afterward, we all had some fun with it:
THIS. SEAT. IS ON FIREEEEE
This week, we didn’t have a firing per se, but we did have an overhaul. Texas head coach Charlie Strong reportedly took away defensive playcalling duties from defensive coordinator Vance Bedford. Texas gave up 49 points and 555 yards in an 18-point loss to Oklahoma State on Saturday.
Elsewhere, Mark Helfrich’s Oregon team lost its third straight, 51-33 to Washington State, and Purdue lost 50-7 to Maryland, which can’t bode well for Boilermakers head coach Darrell Hazell.
Shocked koala play(s) of the week
Georgia had a long bomb with fewer than 10 seconds left to take a three-point lead over Tennessee ...
... and then Tennessee countered with ITS OWN FREAKING HAIL MARY to win it.
Minnesota’s Jaylen Waters was ejected after he rocked Penn State’s 270-pound kicker, Joey Julius, after a second-half kickoff. Julius is the kicker known for laying people out, and it was clear Minnesota had seen about enough of that.
Waters was ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct, according to play-by-play logs for this hit. It was high, but it doesn’t really appear to be enough to be called targeting, though.
The Jig Is Up Award, for most prominent team to leave the Playoff race
Florida State lost 37-35 to North Carolina at home, on a last-second 55-yard field goal by Tar Heels kicker Nick Weiler, who then chopped his way around Tallahassee.
The Noles still have games against No. 10 Miami, No. 3 Clemson, and No. 18 Florida, so yeah — this could end up being a long season for FSU fans, especially given that the year was greeted with national title expectations.
Number of the week
Just six days after LSU fired head coach Les Miles, interim HC Ed Orgeron and offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger put up 634 total yards of offense against Missouri. That’s the most yards LSU’s ever put up in an SEC game. (!)
OK, OK! We believe you
I’m sorry I ever doubted you, Washington Huskies. Stanford went into Seattle as the Pac-12 favorite, but looked overmatched and completely out of sorts, getting blown out by the Huskies, 44-6.
Stanford’s defense, which historically is among one of the best in the country under head coach David Shaw’s watch, gave up 424 total yards of offense. Cardinal running back Christian McCaffrey was held to just 49 yards on the night, too.
Talkin’ ’bout the polls
Washington jumped five spots to a well-deserved No. 5 spot in this week’s AP Poll, and Clemson wen tup to No. 3 after beating Louisville. The Cardinals dropped to No. 7 with the loss.
Tennessee and Texas A&M also saw rises — the Aggies are eighth and Tennessee is ninth, setting up a hell of a top-10 matchup in College Station this Saturday.
Oklahoma State’s Vincent Taylor takes the cake this weekend, but not the pie trophy, which happens in December.
GameDay sign of the week
Why aren’t robot refs a thing yet?
Perhaps this week, this should be referred to as robot sideline crews. Louisville wide receiver James Quick caught a pass from Lamar Jackson on fourth-and-12 and got only 11 yards after stepping out of bounds, thus deciding the game for Clemson.
Take a more in-depth look at the sideline view, and you can see there’s no down marker where there is supposed to be one. It’s a few feet too far back.
Then there’s this video of the sideline official appearing to cheer when Quick is called short of the first down.
Lol, first-down marker guy cheers wildly and has the marker yards off the field pic.twitter.com/jFvTJw7tN9— T Bro (@TBrolley) October 2, 2016
So yeah, this crew could have likely done a better job with this.