College Football 2021

It’s not fantasy, but if we could just have ONE thread about college football please…?

I remember back when the first three or four weeks of the college football season was just record-padding–games against FCS or scrub FBS teams that weren’t any more interesting to watch than NFL preseason games. But this trend lately of having meaningful games early in the season is hitting the fan in opening weekend of 2021…

Minnesota put up a heckuva home opener against #4 Ohio State tonight–but the wind went out of their sails when Mohamed Ibrahim, expected to be one of the nation’s top RB prospects after choosing to return for his senior year, appeared to tear his Achilles in the 3rd Q. His season is likely over. His NFL career, once gleaming, is now sketchy.

And there are more games with huge implications coming this weekend…

#1 Alabama at #14 Miami
#5 Georgia at #3 Clemson
#19 Penn State at #12 Wisconsin
#17 Indiana at #18 Iowa
#23 Louisiana at #21 Texas
#9 Notre Dame at Florida State
#10 North Carolina at Virginia Tech
Michigan State at Northwestern

I mean, this is like a week right out of the heart of the conference races–in Week 1!

Even the Boise State at UCF game was kind of an interesting matchup tonight–the first meeting between the two teams in history! And it was a 1-point Boise State lead with 5 minutes to go in the game. (Then UCF scored, failed a 2pt conversion attempt, intercepted Boise’s final drive in their own red zone, and ran out the clock.)

The NFL doesn’t wanna play this week? Fine, be that way. I got stuff to do.

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You hit the nail on the head with this one.

As a disenchanted Michigan fan/alum (Harbaugh’s schtick has worn thin with me), I have forced myself to be a bit less emotional over the past several years regarding my own team, which has allowed me to actually enjoy the overall product a bit more.

I am still more of a pro fan, but the days of “talk to me in Week 7” before things start getting interesting are gone. Plenty to watch this weekend and I’m excited for it. I’ll likely be paying the most attention to the Big 10 slate, ND/FS (Dad is a ND alum) and NC/Va Tech after just relocating down to the Tar Heel state.

Shame about Ibrahim, too. Always gutted to see stuff like that happen to a talented young player.

And we have our first upset–#10 North Carolina goes down to Virginia Tech. It’s hard to imagine North Carolina was even in the game late in the 4th quarter–it seemed like VT was doing anything they wanted (they just suffered from some key turnovers at inopportune times). But yeah, NC had a potentially game-tying 2 minute drill that ended with an “interception” that was less of a catch than Megatron’s. Fun game.

Yanno what I don’t miss already?

Fake crowd noise.

Interesting that the last three starting QBs for both Alabama and Oklahoma will all be starting on opening day in the NFL, and Jalen Hurts is two of them.

Watch all the way to the replay at the end…

Yes, that’s exactly what it looks like–a diving, horizontal, one-handed (backhanded) interception.

Somebody got Mossed!

(It’s so good, nobody is mad at him for not just knocking it down on 4th down.)

I saw this and was wondering why nobody talking about the fact he cost the team 20 yards haha.

Just watched this game from last night… Anyone see this? Shades of “He did what??”

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Finish the play…

Said it before and I’ll say it again…

Having YouTubeT V is freaking awesome!

I wouldn’t expect much from Connecticut (winless in their last 7 games) at Vanderbilt (winless in their last 8 home games), but since YouTube TV automatically records every college football game for me, I can sit here on a Wednesday evening and catch this action that I never would have seen otherwise.

It gets good about a minute in, when the UConn QB gets called for intentional grounding on 3rd and 9, bring up 4th and 19. With a last-gasp pass (that barely clears a blitzing defender’s hand at launch), the receiver beats double coverage to convert a 1st down with a circus catch–and two plays later, UConn is in the end zone to take the lead with 1:07 to play. It was the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen–that ended up not mattering anyway. Here’s the Readers’ Digest version…