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Gave real thought to trying to go this whole column without posting the pic you've already seen, but... nah.
Its COVID night at Notre Dame Stadium pic.twitter.com/S5j3X40Kq0— The Heckler (@The_Heckler) November 8, 2020
A normal person might turn this into a "ban the fans" column, which, you know, fair.
But honestly, this thing could have happened anywhere. Spin your wheel and pick an SEC school, ACC school, and, yes, a Big Ten school. College students are gonna college student. This doesn't forgive the behavior, but it doesn't make Notre Dame uniquely shitty.
They're uniquely shitty for other things.
With no research:
- Brian Kelly
#Irish coach Brian Kelly says he told team in today's walk-through that when they beat Clemson, the fans would storm the field and they needed to get to the tunnel as soon as possible because of Covid. Kelly says he was the first to the tunnel.— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) November 8, 2020
Just... amazing. If only the university put as much time into prep as their coach did.
- Declan Sullivan (Brian Kelly)
Ten years ago last month.
- They joined the goddamn ACC over our conference?
I know it was an urgency move. I do not care.
- Ian Book
Just kidding, he aight.
- Their balance
- "The alumni network"
Fuck right off. Newsflash, most big schools have a lot of people who went there who now have adult jobs.
- Touchdown Jesus
If you think that is cool, never read this column again.
- The Rudy myth
Rudy was offsides and played garbage time— Fifth Quarter Clemson (@FQClemson) November 7, 2020
Hunter was a 3-year starter and made Bama is baby-momma twice
Our Walk-on > Your Walk-on pic.twitter.com/lWAZiguYy2
Movie was, gulp, pretty good.
lol Vince Vaughn
- And, lastly, this guy
first reply pic.twitter.com/GBH3zSB89D— Josh Crutchmer (@jcrutchmer) November 9, 2020
Go to the hell I don't even believe in.
"If it's right to do, it's wrong to wait."
Alabama (1) at LSU: HE GAWN. Coach O escapes 2020 without medicine for this.
Ohio State (3) at Maryland: HE GAWWWWWWN. Kiss my ass, Ohio State. And be healthy, Maryland. And stay healthy, Maryland's social media manger.
SAD VALLEY. pic.twitter.com/MLvELL9lf7— Maryland Football (@TerpsFootball) November 7, 2020
KEY RACE ALERT pic.twitter.com/Bl4DOBAVd3— Maryland Terrapins (@umterps) November 7, 2020
Also, thought this was Taulia's performance against just Penn State... and 100% believed it.
Texas A&M (5) at Tennessee: A&M being ranked this high continues to annoy me.
Georgia (12) at Missouri:
Also, I've evolved as a person in many ways but will never, ever, not-in-this-life pass up the chance to make fun of Kirby Smart's haircut.
Lastly, we will not be clowning The Mailman. It's too damn cute.
Why does UGA's quarterback look like he's in a LVL UP ripoff band https://t.co/Y3NJApsn7s— Ian Cohen (@en_cohen) November 8, 2020
Auburn (24) at Mississippi State: He sucks.
Mike Leach was asked about what he thinks of COVID protocols. He said he has plenty but elected not to share them.— Tyler Horka (@tbhorka) November 9, 2020
He did say this, though: "Our country has quickly become less free than it used to be."
But this doesn't.
HAIL STATE pic.twitter.com/FUb7zjvhjM— Mississippi State Athletics (@HailState) November 7, 2020
Iowa at Minnesota: Scheduled band practice* for, of course, 6 p.m. on Friday after also fully clearing my schedule for Saturday. Great moves by me all around. All I can tell y'all is two things:
- Called the ass out of that Sparty win last week
- Michigan rocked Minnesota's shit earlier this year, and Michigan sucks
/looks up spread
Us by 4. Aight. We'll be fine. That said, Ibrahim dropped 47 against us in college fantasy football last week (we were of course up, like, 35 going into the late games).
(* - UPDATE: cancelled that/staying home)
East Carolina at Cincinnati (7): I bailed on my promise to research Cincy due to last week's election strife, and though a winner was technically called, there has not been a concession speech from the other side. So, in that spirit, I still will not research Cincinnati until that happens. Not gonna be sorry.
No. 6 Cincinnati dominates to stay undefeated pic.twitter.com/tI5FpNmMTU— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) November 7, 2020
Miami (FL) (9) at Virginia Tech: Love seeing The U in the Top 10... but this was also great.
Indiana (10) at Michigan State: I don't know if Indiana has an "I-WHO? / I-U!" chant, but as a certified Hoosier bandwagon driver, this will be my new thing. The dissatisfaction I had with Michigan's L last week was nearly matched with my pride in the Penix Posse.
Coastal Carolina (15) at Troy: What up, boys?
Middle Tennessee at Marshall (16): Marshall is undefeated with no cool games left. Something to track.
Western Carolina at Liberty (22): The Liberty-Coastal Carolina collision course -- final game of the regular season -- is college football's last great story.
Army at Tulane: Take Two at getting GIA into Jon Rhattigan. He did get some love in the local paper though.
Penn State at Nebraska: What's more impressive: Penn State's 0-3, or Nebraska's 0-2 with the Wisconsin cancellation? We must rank these blue blooded failures.
Real sequence from Penn State just now:— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) November 7, 2020
1st & 10 at MD 11
Sean Clifford pass incomplete
2nd & 10 at MD 11
Sean Clifford sacked for a loss of 5 yards
3rd & 15 at MD 16
Sean Clifford sacked for a loss of 16 yards
4th & 31 at MD 32
Jake Pinegar 49 yd FG MISSED
I'm favoring Penn State because their comedy has trumped Nebraska's infinite sadness, but I'm sure y'all would very much disagree with this assertion.
Illinois at Rutgers: oh god
For the first time in 6 years, Rutgers is favored in a conference game. The Scarlet Knights opened as 7-point favorites over Illinois.https://t.co/b6MFkfjaNw— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) November 9, 2020
Notre Dame (2) at Boston College: no
Ugh, fine. Zybrid (by Z.W. Martin):
I find cooking for other people to be wildly enjoyable, relaxing, and rewarding. I spent the quarantine trying to improve on my meh cooking skills to something people would want to eat. Saturday, I put on the chef hat for Bobby, as he took in the game on my deck. Petite filets, mash potatoes, steamed broccoli, and roasted brussel sprouts with bacon, red onion, and garlic were on the menu [ed- this food plus the Wazzu game on my iPad = perfection]. I was vibing to the prep work and really had told myself that Clemson was going to win anyway. Cool Zach Luke was a go for the night. [ed- he told me he was 0 out of 10 excited for the game prior to kickoff]
And then Kyren Williams scampered for 65 yards on the first (official) play from scrimmage and COCAINE ZACH WAS BACK, BABY! Woooooo! I yelled something along the lines of "Fuck you, Clemson" at the top of my lungs. [ed- it was so instinctual; like a sneeze] The restaurant across the street all looked up and one, lone, sad voice came back,"Go Irish."
I was a mess after that.
Did it take, like, all of the Clemson team to get hurt throughout the game? Sure! Do I care? Nah. Notre Dame did something, against a real team, with NFL talent everywhere. Wild.
Anyway, ya'll saw the game, so we don't have to get into that, but I want to give this dumb program some... love(?) Being a Notre Dame fan is really stupid and bad. Except for lately...
Clemson 48-4-0 92.3%
Alabama 44-4-0 91.7%
Ohio State 41-4-0 91.1%
Notre Dame 40-6-0 87.0%
Their losses (team + final rankings): Georgia (4), Miami (FL) (13), Stanford (20), Clemson (1), Georgia (4), Michigan (18) -- all were ranked, too, when they beat ND. [ed- lol michigan]
Notre Dame and Alalbama are the only two programs that haven't lost to an unranked team in that timeframe.
- Notre Dame has the longest winning streak in the country (13)
- Notre Dame has a 23 game home winning streak
- Notre Dame has the longest winning streak in the ACC
- Notre Dame, uh, beat fucking Clemson [ed- with their backup QB, on the road, in OT]
I'm gonna take these positive vibes right into Saturday for the ultimate trap game against a highly motivated Boston College team led by a Notre Dame transfer QB and watch in slow motion as my cocaine heart is once again ripped out of my soul. Good things can only last a few days in college football, fam.
Circling back to unhappiness even after a Recent Good Thing is the perfect college football mindset.
Clemson is off this week, so I'll put Clemson Tom's reaction to the game here.
I know some of you guys are thinking that I’m upset that we lost Notre Dame. I’m not upset. Notre Dame beat our third and fourth string defense in double overtime. I can only imagine what our starters will be able to do when we meet in December. Also, our second string quarterback, who played the entire game, wasn’t even 100%. You didn’t even beat a full fledged healthy Clemson team. But it could be worse -- we could be Ohio State
Colorado at Stanford: Happy trails.
Colorado Kicker James Stefanou, the oldest player in FBS Football, retires at 33.https://t.co/wzG1aDktiK— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) November 10, 2020
Also mad at myself for thinking we didn't need David Shaw in our lives.
Arkansas at Florida (6): eh
Oregon (11) at Washington State: Aright, so the Cougs almost blew it but looked sick last week. QB Jayden de Laura, the first true freshman QB in school history, threw for 227 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT and also ran for 43 yards and a TD. He also appears to be certified cool as hell.
this Jayden de Laura guy might be pretty good pic.twitter.com/O1I5aG8MGS— Anthony Treash (@PFF_Anthony) November 8, 2020
I literally have never seen the Chicago Bears do this. Or look like this:
To top it all off, WSU had more rushing yards than passing yards. New era, baybeeee.
Oregon, of course, will be a stiffer test -- Wazzu = 10.5 point underdogs -- and feature an OT so good, Rittenberg thinks NFL teams should tank for him.
Wisconsin (13) at Michigan: BIG NUDE SATURDAY.
Happy to see I was ahead of the "Harbaugh be gone" curve.
For those of you who think Michigan is going after a type of prospect who is too good of a student to consider OSU, check this stat: UM offered 18 of the 25 commitments in Ryan Day's '20 class.— Ari Wasserman (@AriWasserman) November 9, 2020
It will never get better.
I was talking with some Iowa buddies about it, and there definitely was a "be careful what you wish for" sentiment, but, honestly, I don't want to be Wisconsin. Fuck stability. Give me variance, where it could sometimes work out. Sure, Sconnie probably has a better record than Iowa over the last decade, but I'd take Iowa's best four teams over Wisconsin's (as it pertains to success on the national scale), and I'm not at all sorry to say it. Maybe Michigan can never be the killing machine Ohio State is -- few schools are -- but they certainly can be good enough for a 55-24 of their own at least 1.5 times a decade. Honestly, that's all I'm fucking asking for at this point.
If anyone needs me, I'll be looking for a VHS to fire up Big Nude Saturdays of the past.
Northewestern (23) at Purdue: My Big Ten only college football fantasy is 0-3, and with this season being no playoffs/best record wins rules, we are about officially cooked. Rondale, I've made my peace.
South Carolina at Ole Miss: All -- all -- college football coaches are horrible until proven otherwise (and still are probably horrible).
a player on DJ Durkin's Maryland team died in one of his team's workouts. as a result, Durkin was paid $5.4 million to not coach Maryland. after two years away from coaching, he now makes $700,000 to coach the 115th-ranked defense in CFB. you really gotta feel for the guy https://t.co/T9Z1D495FS— Rodger Sherman (@rodger) November 11, 2020
Wrapping It Up...
Wait for it pic.twitter.com/xJE0g5bpav— CJ Fogler #BlackLivesMatter (@cjzero) November 7, 2020
See you on the other side of the boards.
Bobby Loesch is a weekly contributor to Go Iowa Awesome. Follow him on Twitter @bobbystompy or email to bobbyloesch [at] gmail.com.