What an incredible day of college football. This week, cutting to the chase(ish)…
Non-M: The number of great catches today was astounding – and that’s just in the games I saw. PSU, ND, NC St, Utah and TT all had great plays. A Wiscy OL gets a TD on a long hand-off. Barkley did THAT on the opening kick (and the game was an all-timer despite the participants). ISU knocked off another top 5. MD-IN and NE-Purdon’t both went to the wire. All that, and I haven’t even mentioned the Wildcats of NW (or of AZ who are beating WSU at the moment). Brohm ran a play I’ve been waiting to see for countless years – have the punter throw a long pass rather than kick and have a gunner catch it or get a DPI (Purdue drew the DPI). Hard to choose this week. I think I’m going to pick Dabo Swinney. Something I saw when he coached up a young player after a fumble in the monsoon in Clemson. He didn’t yell, didn’t yank the kid’s jersey – he coached, mentored. Did what good leaders do. Hard to believe he’s been at Clemson 10 years now (and didn’t become truly relevant until year 7). And I see why he gets recruits. Feeling like these kids get molded into responsible men makes me like the game more.
M: Harbaugh will be questioned as to why it didn’t happen sooner, right or wrong. Regardless, he played the position, and has coached it far longer than I ever will. I trust he knows better than I when a player is ready to take the field in that position. That said, and channeling my inner Mad Hatter, the best thing I saw was…THE INSERTION OF PETERS! Who’s with me?!
What you got?