The Hybrid is a weekly Big Ten football preview, plus relevant or whimsy games from the national slate
I'll straight up fight folks at a book club and discuss books at a fight club I really don't give a shit anymore.— George Wallace (@MrGeorgeWallace) November 7, 2019
Though, last week, college football definitely gave us something. Sure, Iowa lost and Michigan rotted, but Bama-LSU still feels fresh even now, and what a fantastic, forever loss by Sparty.
And who knew Minnesota could bring us (me?) joy from something like this?
Minimal joy, thinking about P.J. Fleck getting the national spotlight thrust on his overeager eyes, but still some joy.
Plus a few more things -- let's get started.
“There are no bad bourbons, only better bourbons.”
Western Michigan at Ohio: Wait till you see it.
Northern Illinois at Toledo: Dumping all my Illinois stuff here because they're on bye.
First and foremost: look who got a scholarship?!?!
Our man also led Illinois in receptions (7) in its upset of Michigan State.
Excuse me, historic upset of Michigan State. Even fired up god himself.
<3 <3 <3
Alabama (5) at Mississippi State: ohhhhh this was good
It's been a long decade for our boy pic.twitter.com/pIFDBmqp8h— Colonel Hank Rutgers (@thejasonkirk) November 9, 2019
But was it "LSU players raiding the Bama student section" good?
LSU players going over to Alabamas recruiting section after the game yesterday to tell them they need to go to LSU is why college football is the best pic.twitter.com/KkjwXoYp3k— Unnecessary Roughness (@UnnecRoughness) November 10, 2019
Probably better than this.
Ohio St & Minn play— David+ (@ADavidHaleJoint) November 10, 2019
UGA & LSU play
Oregon & Utah play
Okla & Baylor play
So a bunch of contenders have at least 1 more loss on the docket.
Ive come around. The spin machine will ensure Bama makes the playoff again. Theyll be the 4 seed.
I mean, they've made the Playoff every year since its existence. Every year. How damn impressive is that? Being in the mix is just as hard -- if not harder -- than notching the one title. Hell, we fondly remember 2015 because we got one game away from that. And that was once!
Coach O, we'll get to you later, but is there anything you want to add just as it pertains to Alabama?
Roll Tide, what? FUCK YOU -Coach O— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) November 10, 2019
Put it on a t-shirt pic.twitter.com/4877oK3DX1
Yeah, so this is circulating pic.twitter.com/T767z1XtSP— John Carvalho (@John_P_Carvalho) November 10, 2019
Indiana at Penn State (9): Hi, Penn State. We see you've blown your season to... /checks notes... Minnesota? Rough one.
/minion whispers in ear
So all they gotta do is beat tOSU, and they'll basically be all the way back in the mix?
Florida (11) at Missouri: No, not at all.
Michigan State at Michigan (15): The only thing better than Michigan playing on college football Saturdays is Michigan not playing on college football Saturdays. Bye weeks for-damn-ever. Keep them away from the battlefield.
Reminder: misogyny is bad. https://t.co/CUhzwkQHlI— Bryan Mac (@Bry_Mac) November 11, 2019
How are we still having to call this stuff out?
Not that it's going much better in East Lansing.
Yeah, not great. https://t.co/W34ZdbAdAw— Bryan Mac (@Bry_Mac) November 10, 2019
Dantonio said Lewerke did not go through concussion protocol, told coach he was good, motioned back to trainers. Was not examined after game either.— Chris Solari (@chrissolari) November 12, 2019
Yes, that is the lesson of the last decade of brain research.
Let's end on a note of pseudo-feminism.
sometimes you're going through old games for gifs and come upon an announcer explaining in great detail what he meant by the term "susan b anthony block" pic.twitter.com/18Bofj9mfB— Ace Anbender (@AceAnbender) November 14, 2019
UMass at Northwestern:
Navy (23) at Notre Dame (16): Z.W. Martin is still banished from the column, so we can only preview ND-Navy in the best way I know how.
Not good enough?
/searches cabinet for more ingredients
is it "she exists" https://t.co/fAsZckb3o7— adrian crawford (@Crawf33) November 13, 2019
Coastal Carolina at Arkansas State: Arkansas is off this week, so this goes here.
Everyone knew he was done yesterday but frying seems a bit extreme. https://t.co/OZdD52lgoT— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) November 10, 2019
Ohio State (2) at Rutgers:
Urban:Did Chase leave my name out of it?— Ryan (@Haggs_88) November 8, 2019
Brutus: .... pic.twitter.com/RLR1g9JDrV
The Chase Young scandal really encompassed the sport perfectly. Frivolous NCAA bullshit, hatred of hatey hate rivals, and, as always, tOSU gaming the system perfectly.
Ohio State favored by 50.5 against Rutgers, the total is 55 https://t.co/zuMYTLMoVd— Bill Landis (@BillLandis25) November 10, 2019
Even more impressed.
Wake Forest at Clemson (3): Clemson Tom sent me an email with the subject "Wake", so more than a small part of me thought someone fucking died.
Can I just ask a random question? Does this Playoff committee even pay attention to the games? Because they put all these rankings out there, but they know nothing about football. What a bunch of clowns.
Anyways, my Clemson Tigers are still undefeated and are going to whip the brakes [ep- brakes can be whipped too?] off Wake Forest. I feel like, every week, I say the exact same thing, but when your team constantly lays the smackdown on everybody they play, there’s only so much trash talk I can put out there.
How about this: Georgia should not even be in the Top 5. They lost to a miserable South Carolina team at home. Georgia is going to lose to Auburn this week but, somehow, the committee will at least keep them in the Top 10. Minnesota should be up there a little bit higher. Oregon needs to get their offense together. The committee needs to be fired, and we need to start over.
The most laughable thing ever in South Carolina keeping Will Muschamp and even giving him an extension. We are also watching the decline of Alabama. They've lost to the last two decent teams they've played. The tide is changing.
Trevor Lawrence for Heisman. Dabo for president. I’m loving this cold weather.
I asked what "cold weather" was, and he responded "50s."
Not even Trevor's dancing could cheer me up.
Not surprised Trevor cant dance https://t.co/Y8QPPUsG4U— Clemson Tom (@ClemsonTom) November 10, 2019
Georgia (4) at Auburn (12): Game of the Week. Thought CT is right -- this feels like Auburn's to lose, no?
Texas (19) at Iowa State: Thought the Clones played Texas last week before remembering it was Oklahoma. And my goodness, the content it spawned.
After Oklahoma's mascot was lying face down in the stand (in shame), this happened:
Brock just keeps dropping back like that first time you played madden as a kid and took 17 step drops on every pass play https://t.co/CPtOxxIf5O— Foo Jenkins (@foojenkins) November 10, 2019
Then, they cut to a gal who, of course, performed an emphatic horns down. Texas is like "What did we do to get dragged into this?!" Nothing, fellas -- but hate in college football knows no bounds. SO HORNS DOWN, BOYS.
WE BEAT— nick pants (@stnap_kcin) November 10, 2019
IOWA STATE pic.twitter.com/r1RdzCOt1e
Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech:
Minnesota (8) at Iowa (20): No. 20... seems a little high, doesn't it?
My wife made me breakfast because all my sports teams lost yesterday— Adam (@RBTheAlum) November 10, 2019
Listen, I know you're all probably down on the Hawks right now, but I want everyone going into this game with a FUTW mentality.
Like, win or lose, I want your squad to look like this when it's all said and done:
Because maybe, this time, things can go different in a big game.
Ref set a great pick. pic.twitter.com/bhtdXSQVPm— Firk Kerentz (@HawkHartIA) November 10, 2019
I mean, look -- we're favored. Let's send P.J. Fleck back to the tundra hell he chose.
I want you walking in and out of Kinnick exactly like this:
Imagine having this much sauce pic.twitter.com/sgR6cDF46W— Rich (@heyricharnold) November 9, 2019
Stanford at Washington State: I wish David Shaw and me were alive to see this.
LSU (1) at Ole Miss: WHO DAT SAID DEM TIGERS COULD TAKE OUT DA TIDE LAY-SAY BON TOM ROO-LAY
looks right to me https://t.co/U6xb2CNrUN— mgoblog (@mgoblog) November 11, 2019
What a damn win. If you were too Big Ten to watch, I implore you to check out some highlights.
This LSU-Alabama game sucks. Learn how to play defense. This crap wouldnt work in the SEC.— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) November 10, 2019
In all seriousness, I'm lost in a swirl of not knowing if we should praise Joey Burrow, the RB, or Coach O.
Let's start with QB1.
Joe Burrow: Everyones called me sneaky fast for about 15 years. I think everyone knows what that means. #LSU— Crissy Froyd (@crissy_froyd) November 10, 2019
He's keeping good perspective.
Burrow summed up his exuberance after taking licks this way: "I enjoy getting hit. It makes me feel like a real football player instead of a quarterback."
Real good perspective.
Joe Burrow arrives home to Baton Rouge to a hell of a scene. pic.twitter.com/7dnYH9gmOK— Marty Smith (@MartySmithESPN) November 10, 2019
Though, wow -- couldn't blame him if he didn't.
But legit, look at this CEH (does... anyone call him that?) stat:
LSU's 46 points is the most Alabama has allowed under Nick Saban (since 2007).— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 10, 2019
Clyde Edwards-Helaire did much of the scoring, becoming the 1st player to score 4 TD against Alabama under Saban. pic.twitter.com/SZXABcsuCG
That's me, and I'm getting a sash that doesn't come off for at least five years.
Louisville at NC State:
When you switch to the closest defender but the joystick moves him the wrong way. pic.twitter.com/fWc6okuFAy— Cam Mellor (@PFF_Cam) November 9, 2019
UCLA at Utah (7): Absolutely ready for the Pac-12 to be back into the mix after being buried so early in the season. Reeks of the year tOSU lost to Virginia Tech and Clay Travis went legendary.
The Big Ten is officially eliminated from placing a team in the playoff. It is September 6th.— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) September 7, 2014
They won the national title.
Arizona at Oregon (6): Got nothing on this one, so let's get you up to speed on my college fantasy football league. We lost in last week of the regular season to finish up 5-6... but backdoored our way into the playoffs! Rondale remains hurt, and our big issue is figuring out Stanley vs. the Sconnie QB. If we win, we're in the final four (top two seeds get a bye).
UPDATE: We decided to bench Stanley.
Wrapping It Up...
this is one of the funniest fucking pictures ive stumbled upon in a while pic.twitter.com/ACa1Fb4qDT— Ryan Nanni (@celebrityhottub) November 8, 2019
Bobby Loesch is a weekly contributor to Go Iowa Awesome. Follow him on Twitter @bobbystompy or email to bobbyloesch [at] gmail.com.