College Football News & Notes: Hail Marys and Special Teams Take Over – Roll Bama Roll

  • September 21, 2022

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College football news: all the scores, injuries, gaffes, upsets, derps, and snark that you can handle.
It was another weird, wild, wacky weekend of college football. Parity has kicked up its feet and is here to stay.
It’s only September but already we have coaches on the hot seat and some straight up canned.
Penn State 41 Auburn 12 – I cannot explain this game any better than the guys at SEC Shorts did. They nailed it. QB Sean Clifford got rocked early in the game by Aubie LB Owen Pappoe but had no ill effects. Nicholas Singleton ran for 124 yards and 2 TDs. Auburn’s T.J. Finley and Robby Ashford both threw interceptions and Finley lost a fumble. WR Shedrick Jackson lost one as well. Tank Bigsby carried the ball only 9 times, gaining 39 yards.
We all laughed until it hurt when we heard that team from west Georgia hired Bryan Harsin. There was nothing about that hire that made any sense. And then Aubie fired their AD. So now they have to find some poor sucker to come in and fix this whole mess. Pass.
Paul Johnson had no ACC support, no AD support, & no funding, despite his several successful seasons, while Geoff Collins was given everything on a silver platter, and his teams have gotten progressively worse.

This isn’t about PJ, it’s all about GC being a total failure.
Ole Miss 42 Georgia Tech 0 – Geoff Collins turned Temple into a winner but has had difficulty duplicating that feat at Georgia Tech with just ten wins in 3+ seasons. On the other sidelines was Lane Kiffin who is playing to his strengths as a (gasp!) running team (?!?11!?!). Zach Evans led the Rebs with 134 yards and 2 TDs, followed by Quinshon Judkins (Key&Peele All-Star) with 98 yards and 2 scores of his own. OM racked up 316 yards on the ground and only 231 via the forward pass.
Collins’s firing seems imminent and could happen while you are reading this sentence. Barrett Sallee has suggested that Georgia Tech go after Deion Sanders. (☉.☉) Please make this happen.
Herm Edwards was met by the ASU President and AD on the way off the field last night.

I’ve heard of getting tarmac’d but I think Herm is the first coach I’ve seen to get end zone’d… pic.twitter.com/GLQXU5XC9F
Eastern Michigan 30 Arizona State 21 – Herm Edwards is out at Arizona State after an embarrassing home loss to a previously 0-2 FCS team. It was not just the losses stacking up. Herm had some severe issues with following NCAA guidelines when it comes to recruiting. But seriously. Who is still afraid of the blind paraplegic kitten that is the NCAA? The real problem is that godawulf Emory Jones at quarterback while poor little Paul Tyson is wasting away on the bench! #PlayPaul
Texas A&M 17 Miami 9 – Jimbo Fishy benched quarterback Haynes King for Max Johnson (10-20, 140 YDS, 1 TD) and the LSU transfer was less than spectacular. ‘Canes QB Tyler Van Dyke (21-41, 217 YDS) had a tough time finding open receivers but Miami still outgained TAMU 392 to 264. The ‘U’ missed two field goals (one blocked) and had two holding calls that stalled a drive with about three minutes left. A Miami receiver dropped a pass on 4th & 4 with about 30 seconds left to clinch the win for A&M.
LSU 31 Mississippi State 16 – I mentioned in the RBR pre-season predictions that I didn’t think MSU was ready to win in Def Valley at night when all is majicuh. MSU jumped out to a 13-0 advantage and even led 16-10 heading into the final frame. But as night fell, the Bayou Bengals scored the final 21 points for Brian “Don’t Call Me R.” Kelly’s first SEC win.
Georgia 48 South Carolina 7 – NEWS FLASH! Georgia is still good, SCar is still bad, and Spencer Rattler is still overrated.
Coach Saban draws up the @CBSBank Play of the Game.#RollTide | @AlabamaFTBL pic.twitter.com/5RGvXq902P
Alabama 63 UL Monroe 7 – The Crimson Tide set a school record for punt return yards in a game with 262. Alabama scored on a Will Anderson pick-six (the first score of his career), a Malachi Moore scoop-and-score (2nd career TD) on a Ja’Corey Brooks blocked punt, and a 68 yard punt return by Brian Branch (1st TD).
For the first time since the fall of 2011 Bobby Petrino is at Razorback Stadium.

The student section let him hear it. A bunch in neck braces, to no surprise. pic.twitter.com/gwEXZQhQjo
Arkansas 38 Missouri State 27 – It was another one of those delightful games-scheduled-years-ago-and-now-we-hired-your-ex-coach with Bobby Petrino returning to Fayetteville sans motorcycle or blonde bimbo. Arky had a big-time struggle against their fellow Ozarks dwellers. The Hogs lost fumbles on their second and third possessions – the latter of which happened on 1st & goal from the one. The two turnovers led to 10 points for Mizz State and they led 17-0 into the second quarter. Arky made a comeback and did not lead until Bryce Stephens returned a punt for 82 yards for a TD with 9 minutes to play. Drew Sanders: 5 solo, 7asst, 2.5 sacks, TFL.
Florida 31 South Florida 28 – The Gators also struggled with their cupcake (see, you have to remove the paper liner before you eat it). UF led 24-10 in the first half but USF regained the advantage 28-24 on the last play of the 3rd quarter. Bulls QB Gerry Bohanon was intercepted deep in his own end and Florida converted with a touchdown three plays later to take the lead. USF had one last drive in them and got down to the UF 19. However, a negative play pushed them back to the 31 and they missed a potential game-tying 49-yard field goal with 23 ticks to go.
Tennessee 63 Akron 6 – Nothing to see here. Move along.
Kentucky 31 Youngstown State 0 – A shutout win but UK QB Will Levis had two interceptions and a running back lost a fumble.
AJ SWANN ARE YOU SERIOUS?!?

The freshman QB somehow escapes and throws a dime for the @VandyFootball TD pic.twitter.com/E4e5n9lCUA
Vanderbilt 38 Northern Illinois 28 – After last week’s disappointing performance by QB Mike Wright, Vandy inserted AJ Swann (18-28, 255 YDS, 4 TD) as the starting QB this week and the team responded with a nice road win against a decent team. After trailing 28-14, VU scored 24 straight points for the win. ‘Dores WR Will Sheppard caught his nation leading sixth and seventh touchdown passes of the season.
Missouri 34 Abilene Christian 17 – All I have to say about this game is
Oklahoma 49 Nebraska 14 – Okie quarterback Dillon Gabriel passed for 230 yards and two touchdowns, along with 55 yards and a score on the ground. Running back Eric Gray added 113 yards and two touchdowns as the Sooners rubbed salt in that wound.
Florida State 35 Louisville 31 – This was a wild back and forth game that could have gone either way. FSU is now 3-0. After BC this week, they face Wake, @NCSU, and Clemson that will show what they are really made of.
Wake Forest 37 Liberty 36 – Wake stopped a two-point conversion to hold off the upset-minded Flames.
Texas 41 UTSA 20 – Perhaps it was a Bama hangover, or maybe it was rat poison, or some combination therein, but UT struggled against the scrappy Roadrunners. It was 24-20 UT until Texas decided to just RTDB. Gee, we could have used that game plan back in the 2016 NC game, Sark.
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Washington 39 Michigan State 28 – The Sparty Party is over before it began. UW scored the first 22 points of the game and did not look back. MSU scored two late garbage TDs against the scrubs to make it look closer than it was.
Fans evacuate Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City as a bolt of lightning flashes overhead after the Iowa vs. Nevada game was suspended due to weather. @hawkcentral @DMRegister #iawx pic.twitter.com/GJQjR7nrhQ
Iowa 27 Nevada 0 – Before you get all excited over the Hawkeyes, they were again gifted excellent field position in their scores. A poor punt and a pick gave Iowa the ball in Nevada’s end of the field and led to a quick 14-0 lead. Apparently, this made God very angry. Three seperate lightning delays halted this game a total of almost 4 hours. the final whistle went off at 1:39am CT.
Notre Dame 24 Cal 17 – It was a struggle for the Irish against a lower-tier PAC-12 team and they almost lost on a Hail Mary (see below).
Oregon 41 BYU 20 – The Coogs took a whupping form “Good Bo”.
Southern Cal 45 Fresno 17 – The bandwagon is filling up in South Central L.A.
Arizona 31 North Dakota State 28 – An FBS team FINALLY beats NDSU and it’s frickin’ Arizona???
APP STATE WON ON A HAIL MARY ON THE FINAL PLAY‼️ pic.twitter.com/yDlzYYtU19
Appy better not celebrate too much. They almost lost to a crappy Troy team at home.
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This would have won the game for Cal.
This might be a record for most players crashing into a goal post at the same time pic.twitter.com/1sQ6XiQwaL
This was to end the first half. Everybody was okay.
South Alabama fakes themselves out against UCLA with this broken field goal fake. pic.twitter.com/6TQkWrlHfB
In times like this, you need to ask yourself, What Would Saban Do?
[SIDE NOTE: Maybe I wrong but did that look like USA should have been flagged for illegal motion?]
Maryland 34 SMU 27Taulia Tagovailoa has the Terps at 3-0 after completing 17-of-23 passes for 214 yards and two touchdowns.
Real classy chants from Oregon fans and Students. Why is it ok to chant this about members of this specific religion? @oregonfootball @OregonGovBrown @Oregonian @uoregon @CNN @espn @FOXSports @CBSNews @NBCNews @FoxNews pic.twitter.com/ukhdP1hK7x
You knew Oregon fans are a bunch of classless dickheads but chanting “F— the Mormons” was over the line. The University of Oregon has apologized.
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Young man, what are you doing pic.twitter.com/LUoQxV4KFJ
I think this young man was a little confused. For some reason, this Abilene Christian punt returner took a fair catch at the half inch line. He even tiptoed the line so he would not go into the end zone.
Akron WR Shocky Jacques-Louis and twin brother, Rocky Jacques-Louis, who plays linebacker at FIU.
“It’s not that green that you can sit with.”
Kansas State-Tulane will be the helmet Game of the Century of the Week. pic.twitter.com/2Z5Y3oQ5eJ
Tulane and K-State vying for the hearts of 5-year olds.
I hate to say it but the FSU all-whites were pretty cool. (raysist?) Ole Miss went all-white too.
Kayshon Boutte has zero touchdowns through three games. He has 93 total yards on ten receptions. Shoulda transferred to Bama…
UCLA had this Tweet up and then deleted it. If you can’t read it, they are bragging about having the most starters (20) who transferred in. So, yeah. That is just great for recruiting high school prospects, huh?
I have another number for the UCLA – Bruins who have played for Chip Kelly who were drafted in the first or second round of the NFL Draft: 0.
For three straight weeks, at least one FCS team defeated a FBS. Southern Illinois’s win at Arizona State is the Salukis’ first victory in three games this season.
“A selective audience.” pic.twitter.com/0KKbutmKRH
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Georgia Tech running back Dylan McDuffie rushed 5 times for 6 yards. As a team, the Yeller Jackets averaged 1.6 ypc in a shutout loss to Ole Miss.
Appy State had the fans. They had the excitement. They had GameDay in town! And they had the rat poison. The Mountaineers came within an eyelash of losing to Troy.
But a little editorial here: GameDay coming to town is the WORST thing that could happen to the city of Boone. It really is a cool little college town in the mountains. However, now they have been exposed to the world. Just like cities in Montana and Idaho, and especially neighboring Asheville, the a-holes will start descending and ruin it. Now, if you would be so kind as to terminate your ambulation across my St. Augustine.
@lukecombs Appreciate you Luke! Welcome in Eugene anytime! pic.twitter.com/iLbTaDz5AQ

** For the first time since 2016, GD is headed to Knoxville to see the Vols demolish the Gators.
Both of our two potential adoptees played pretty bad this weekend. They are…
THE MADNESS OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL @AppState_FB

Troy had a 99.9% chance of winning with 1:13 left in the game. pic.twitter.com/n6ig4jZ3Cc
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Odds/lines are provided by DraftKings and subject to change. T&Cs apply. See draftkings.com/sportsbook for details.
[ED.NOTE: Sorry, TAMU was left out last week. They are in deep endangerment.]
Eliminated: Boston College, Virginia Tech, Louisville, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Illinois, Purdue, Nebraska, Iowa, Wisky, Northwestern, West Virginia, Oregon, Stanford, Colorado, Arizona State, Arizona, Mizzou, Vandy, all non-Power 5 incl. Houston, Cincinnati. NEW: AUBURN!, South Carolina, Cal, Texas Tech, Kansas State
Premature Elimination: Oregon State, Washington State, Washington, Rutgers, Kansas, Duke, Syracuse, Minnie. NEW: Indiana.
Endangered: Utah, LSU, FSU, Baylor, Texas, Pitt, TAMU, Florida. NEW: Sparty, BYU, Miami-FL, UCLA, Missy State.
We are still in the stupid stage of rankings. Below a reminder of the preseason rankings with current records in parentheses:
Preaseason unranked and still undefeated: Coastal Carolina, Duke, Florida St., Indiana, Iowa St., James Madison, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ole Miss, Oregon St., Penn St., Rutgers, Syracuse, TCU, Tennessee, Tulane, UCLA, Washington, Washington St.
Of the 130 FBS teams, only 33 are still undefeated after three weeks.
Hawaii WINS! Hawaii WINS! Hawaii WINS! But just barely. It was 24-14 over little FCS school Duquesne (1-3) who traveled all the way from Western Pennsylvania to be there. Charlotte also got their first win by beating Georgia State (0-3).
Buffalo, the Colorado Buffaloes and Colorado State are all 0-3. Hmm. Is there a pattern here? Colorado is the only winless Power-5 team.
New Mexico State (0-4) takes a commanding lead for a run at the Triple Golden Sombrero of 0-12.
Krazy Kristi’s “SHUT UP!” of the Week goes to the UGA-doubters. As hard as it is to admit, Georgia is the best team in the nation right now. And they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. Despite losing so many players to the NFL Draft, Kirby’s crew has reloaded – especially on defense.
In three games, the Bulldogs have defended 32 drives. From those drives, they have forced 18 punts and 6 turnovers. On 4 occasions, the opponents gave it over on downs. Georgia has allowed all of one touchdown and one field goal. The other possessions were teams running out of time at the end of a half.
JD6 For Heisman pic.twitter.com/b7oDFb4zpn
Why not Jalon Daniels (+6000)? Learn the name.
ODDS
Below are the top Heisman picks in order of the money lines.
Odds are provided by DraftKings and many more options can be seen at that link including Jase McClellan at +8000. [Odds/lines subject to change. T&Cs apply. See draftkings.com/sportsbook for details.]
WHO SHOULD WIN
CLARIFICATION: This section IS for who deserves to win it.
The Heisman race has gotten very murky.
In a move that was nothing more than a bit of housekeeping, the SEC directed Georgia and Tennessee to cancel upcoming home-and-home series with Oklahoma since the Sooners will be joining the SEC. Both series were arranged long before any thoughts of Oklahoma and Texas joining the SEC came to fruition. Even still, the Twitter-verse went absolutely bonkers over the news thinking that the two Big 12 teams might make an early exit and join the conference sooner than the scheduled 2025 season. However, that is not the case.
Georgia was scheduled to begin a home-and-home football series with Oklahoma in Norman in 2023. The return game in Athens was not set until the 2031 season. Tennessee and Oklahoma’s H&H were set for 2024 and a future date TBD after the expansion (originally, it was 2020 but the Captain Trips caused a postponement). Thus, there is no need for those games as OOC.
UGA must have been ecstatic to miss playing Okie next year because they almost instantly found a replacement in big bad Ball State. This means the Bulldogs OOC schedule will be Ball State, UT-Martin, UAB, and Georgia Tech. The Sooners have arranged a tag-in from SMU. Tennessee is still looking for a team to fill their 2024 open slot.
Texas’s return game to Tuscaloosa next season will go on as planned. Alabama-Oklahoma in 2032-33 and other like games around the SEC are also off the books as OOC games as well. In short, nothing to see here. Move along.
See what Kansas football does to people!? pic.twitter.com/8FEp8CXh4Q
KOACHES KORNER
#SECFB

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Well, here we go. CBS wastes no time picking the first of several Bama games. At least it’s not Gus/Platt.
Thursday, September 22
West Virginia (-3) at Virginia Tech 6:30/7:30 ESPN – Big East reunion has two hurting programs that need a win.
Coastal Carolina (-2.5) at Georgia State 6:30/7:30 ESPNU – Take the underdog before the line moves!
Friday, September 23
Virginia at Syracuse (-10) 6pm/7pm ESPN – too much orange.
Nevada at Air Force (-25) 7pm/8pm FS1 – AFA needs bounce back.
Boise (-16) at UTEP 8pm/9pm CBSSN
Saturday, September 24
Kent State at Georgia (-44.5) 11am/noon SECN – It’ll be a massacre. Too soon?
Missouri at Auburn (-7) 11am/noon ESPN – Hopefully after Aubie wins big, they give Harsin an extension. Isn’t that what they usually do?
Bowling Green at Mississippi State (-30) 11am/noon SECN
* Florida at Tennessee (-11) 2:30/3:30 CBS
Tulsa at Ole Miss (-19.5) 3pm/4pm SECN
Northern Illinois at Kentucky (-25.5) 6pm/7pm ESPN2 –
* Arkansas at Texas A&M (-2) 6pm/7pm ESPN – Played in JerryWorld
New Mexico at LSU (-29.5) 6:30/7:30 SECN+ – Thanks for the cupcake, O!
Charlotte at South Carolina (-23) 6:30/7:30 ESPNU – Hangover?
Clemson (-7) at Wake Forest 11am/noon ABC
Kansas State at Oklahoma (-13) 7pm/8pm FOX
Southern Cal (-6.5) at Oregon State 8:30/9:30 PAC12
Duke at Kansas (-9) 11am/noon FS1
Wyoming at BYU (-22) 9:15/10:15 ESPN2
Utah (-15) at Arizona State 9:30/10:30 ESPN – Utes big.
Stanford at Washington (-12.5) 9:30/10:30 FS1
Odds/lines subject to change. T&Cs apply. See draftkings.com/sportsbook for details.
Pray that Saban never gives you this look. LOL
Below is a count of career FBS/Division I-A win totals for coaches.
For those of you new to RBR Random Thoughts, we count all on-field wins at the FBS/Division I-A level. So, before you go squawking about Frank Beamer, 42 of his wins came at Murray State. Mack Brown had six victories in one season with Appalachian State when they were still in what was known at I-AA (FCS today). Brian Kelly won 118 games with something called Grand Valley State. So, let’s stop talking about his win record with such reverence. In addition, we don’t recognize NCAA sanctioned forfeits. If you won on the field, it counts in our books.

UNC had a bye week. Mack Brown falls back a game.
Great to hear from Eli Gold on the Alabama pregame show on @UA_CTSN. Says he’s not sick, but he’s got bad orthopedic issues that prevent him from getting around as well as he’d like. He said he finally needed to “get it taken care of”, and he “will be back”.
Game Week Central – Vanderbilthttps://t.co/l9xsDvP1Ez#BamaFactor #RollTide pic.twitter.com/1PBqq0dHX2
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