The best day of the college football season started in Dallas with this, the very first game of the Red River Shootout:
And ended about 12 hours later at College Station after Texas A&M’s very last play against the No.1 Alabama, with this:
There was a storm in Iowa City after two undefeated teams entered (Penn State and Iowa) and only one came out (Iowa).
There was a storm in Ahmerst, Mass., After two winless teams (UConn and UMass) entered and only one out (UConn).
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We had a 21-point return from Oklahoma once the starting quarterback and prospect Heisman were put on the bench, a sixth touchdown fourth quarterback between Ole Miss and Arkansas that was decided on a failed two-point conversion after time expired and a field goal by Notre Dame after coach Brian Kelly complained to referees that Virginia Tech fans were shining a laser in his kicker’s eyes.
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A Michigan running back broke an obstacle in the state of Nebraska en route to a critical 50-yard rush in the fourth quarter. A Michigan State receiver had 208 yards and three touchdowns … in the first half. And Georgia actually gave up a touchdown (it’s actually something that stops the press at this point) in a 34-10 win.
The hapless Florida state managed North Carolina, dropping the adorable Mack Brown to 0-11 against his alma mater, and making him less likable when he then blamed the media for picking his team too high for the preseason. Boise State stepped into the Way-Back machine and became a brave underdog again, toppling undefeated BYU on the road the very Boise way – forcing four turnovers in a game that included snow, rain, wind, and sunshine. at different points with magnificent mountains as a backdrop.
Wake Forest survived overtime to post their first 6-0 record in 77 years. LSU – the 2019 national champion – lost by three touchdowns and sparked speculation on Twitter that the coach who won the national championship 22 months ago could be sacked this week.
Georgia Tech beat Duke with a touchdown in the last minute. Virginia beat Louisville with a touchdown in the last minute. UCF beat East Carolina with a touchdown in the last minute. Marshall beat Old Dominion in overtime. Texas State beat South Alabama in four overtime after rallying with two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
It was the madness of March in October, with waves at a children’s hospital and fried Oreos just outside the Cotton Bowl. The greatest coach of all time has broken down and the hopes of the rest of the nation have risen.
Yes, college football has its problems. But let’s save them for another day. On this fall Saturday, the game and the matches were in the foreground. And it was glorious.