The Hybrid is a weekly Big Ten football preview, plus relevant or whimsy games from the national slate
Does anyone not want this?
If the #CFBPlayoff were determined today by the Colley Matrix (an official NCAA-recognized selector), the Semifinals would be Northwestern vs. BYU and Coastal Carolina vs. Alabama. #5 Cincinnati knocking on the door. pic.twitter.com/2avn4PSGMt— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) November 16, 2020
Uh, I guess we gotta include Clemson, but I would be so down.
“Is there anything you love in life that you engage with seriously that you don't also engage with humor?"
But the Western Michigan fake spike from last week was pure chef's kiss.
As called on Russian TV: pic.twitter.com/tUGK6BTI3b— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) November 12, 2020
Ole Miss at Texas A&M (5): I've had this tweet stuck in my head all week.
Mississippi huh..... so.... is there a Mistersippi— dvd (@discpix) November 15, 2020
Also, A&M needs to get back in action so they can lose and leave us alone.
Actual football content, you say? Sure, have this.
How it started How it's going pic.twitter.com/REtBX2JQyc— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) November 15, 2020
And less so, but also this.
The Lane Kiffin clipboard toss is my favorite thing today pic.twitter.com/IrIm9vPjzd— CJ Fogler #BlackLivesMatter (@cjzero) November 15, 2020
Some real distance.
Texas (22) at Kansas:
Syracuse at Louisville: You know, I'm really not sure I ever knew this happened.
Two years ago today Bobby Petrino got fired during the airing of the Bobby Petrino show and the news scrolled across the bottom of his show. pic.twitter.com/Xq59BaUaqs— Mark Ennis (@MarkEnnis) November 11, 2020
Purdue at Minnesota: A lot of "tree falls in the woods" to unpack with this one.
There's a highlight of a Northwestern player shushing an empty Ross-Ade stadium— Patrick Barron (@BlueBarronPhoto) November 15, 2020
UCLA at Oregon (11): The Ducks took out my Cougs last week, but I'm ready to roll with them the second this Indiana thing ends.
Indiana (9) at Ohio State (3): Speaking of, we need to glorify the Hoosiers while there is still time. Also, fuck the spread: Game of the Week.
Tom Allen: "It was ugly. We were sloppy and didn't execute well enough, especially on offense."— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) November 14, 2020
Indiana won 24-0.
It is a new day for #HoosierFootball
That's right, we demand perfection.
I like it when Indiana football is fun. No one knows quite how to act.— Marc Morehouse (@marcmorehouse) November 14, 2020
This tweet reminded me of when my brother-in-law snapped a pic in downtown Indy after the Pacers won their first series in the NBA playoffs (in a while), and the lettered sign said "SECOND ROUND AHHHHH".
Checking in on the Big Ten East pic.twitter.com/fLPFs0NvL8— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) November 14, 2020
So yeah, may it stay this way forever.
UPDATE: He found the pic.
AHHHHHHH pic.twitter.com/FQA9vNzdY9— Peter Back (@Peter_Back) November 20, 2020
Clemson (4) at Florida State: Clemson Tom is back off the bye, but a once great rival isn't giving him the juice it used to.
Well, coming back off of by week. No more coronavirus for our star quarterback, but we still have some injuries on the defense. You would think going in to Florida State week, we would have a little bit more hype and a little bit more piss and vinegar. However, FSU is going to be playing their third string quarterback, and Bobby [ed- can confirm] has taken more snaps of quarterback than this clown. I saw Vegas has Clemson as a three touchdown favorite, and I’m gonna go ahead and tell you to put every ounce of hopes and dreams and money into Clemson -21. I usually get a little bit more hyped for this game, but Florida State has fallen from the graces of football so badly that it feels bad to even make fun of them. It’s legit not even funny to make fun of someone so unfortunate when it comes to life. Y'all say a quick prayer for Florida State.
Florida (6) at Vanderbilt: Go away, Florida.
Appalachian State at Coastal Carolina (15): I swear this game got cancelled, but maybe that was Coastal's game last week. Also, ESPN says the lowest ticket price -- yes, ticket price -- for this one is $164.
Illinois at Nebraska: How Illinois was spared from this, I do not know.
This is uncalled for lmao pic.twitter.com/tJwNcLzMjx— Maxwell Bechtoldt (@CavsMax13) November 14, 2020
Scott, how does that make you feel?
3 years at Nebraska has made Scott Frost look like hes served two terms as President pic.twitter.com/jfR30pipEL— Elijah Herbel (@HerbelEssences) November 12, 2020
Same, Scott. Same.
Michigan State at Maryland: Gonna guess the spread on this is Maryland by... 18?
/looks up spread
/tries to bet on Maryland
My app doesn't have that game. Weird.
(EDIT: This game is canceled. -- RB)
LSU at Arkansas: This is all so awful.
LSU mishandled sexual misconduct complaints against students, including top athletes https://t.co/R4PWCJSNIa— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) November 16, 2020
Is anyone out there ever, ever willing to do the right thing?
North Alabama at BYU (8): BYU proved two weeks ago they are not to be fucked with.
Zach Wilson just dropping 50+-yard-in-the-air-throw-your-receiver-open dimes at will now. pic.twitter.com/I2dHyjoWRa— Cam Mellor (@CamMellor) November 7, 2020
"Sure, that was one cool play, but--"
No, I'm telling you:
No. 9 BYU routs No. 21 Boise State 51-17 to remain unbeaten https://t.co/yYWJAMKVxs— AP Top 25 (@AP_Top25) November 7, 2020
Boise State has lost 2 games by 34 or more points since 1999:— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) November 7, 2020
A 48-13 loss @ #13 Georgia to open the 2005 season.
Do they have a shot at this thing? More importantly, do we care? Suppose it could lead to me getting to say "The chocolate milk will be flowing in Provo tonight!" more, and I'm not sure that's ever a bad thing.
Cincinnati (7) at UCF: You know the deal by now.
Wisconsin (10) at Northwestern (19): The best part about losing to Wisconsin -- and there really is nothing "good" about losing to Wisconsin -- is being absolutely sure they will lose down the line too. With Ohio State, you never have that guarantee, so you are made to feel like a lesser progr'm. With Wisconsin, you know they might have escaped the room, but they are not going to get out of the building. Wisconsin, you are us. You just lasted longer. That type of hate is the best. It's what college football is all about. So yes, get your shots off now.
Bored in the big house, and I'm in the big house bored pic.twitter.com/CVdzpFpnvO— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) November 15, 2020
I'll be there. Always am.
Iowa at Penn State:
Shut up you idiot https://t.co/na6idQxjQj— Chris Hassel (@Hassel_Chris) November 14, 2020
This season in a nutshell.
Kirk Ferentz: "We figured we'd take Floyd with us and leave the timeouts here."— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) November 14, 2020
PRINT THE DAMN T-SHIRTS #HawkeyeFootball
Eh, this was pretty damn cool. But not as cool as this.
When Minneapolis is just TOO DAMN COLD. pic.twitter.com/mpfVcJEJRr— Go Iowa Awesome (@IowaAwesome) November 14, 2020
Highest-graded Big Ten pass-blockers— PFF College (@PFF_College) November 13, 2020
1. Tyler Linderbaum, Iowa - 87.5
2. Kyler Schott, Iowa - 86.0
3. Alaric Jackson, Iowa - 85.8 pic.twitter.com/JaO3An7llq
Less cool but more helpful.
Aka the road to the Outback Bowl. https://t.co/jMFd0REv2R— Marc Morehouse (@marcmorehouse) November 14, 2020
Less helpful, but more sadly dead on. Still, streaks are something to hang your hat on. Last week was a good week. Let's keep Penn State's goose egg goin'.
Kentucky at Alabama (1): Tide fans, y'all waited two full weeks for this? Yeah, have fun.
Tennessee at Auburn (23): College football does not miss you at all, Tommy.
One helluva lede:— Greg Jaffe (@GregJaffe) November 14, 2020
In his first interview as a senator-elect, Tommy Tuberville misidentified the 3 branches of government, claimed erroneously that WW2 was a battle against socialism and wrongly asserted that Al Gore was president-elect for 30 days.https://t.co/Gryo679qK3
Oklahoma State at Oklahoma (18): Bedlam always makes this column because it has the coolest rivalry name.
Missouri at South Carolina: (said with no empathy) He gone.
BREAKING: #SouthCarolina has parted ways with Will Muschamp, per sources.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) November 16, 2020
Michigan at Rutgers: In prime time. This sick joke continues.
Let it be known I'm full steam ahead on Michigan going for Matt Campbell after this season -- or this very second. How about that? Yeah, that.
Also, we will be doom scrolling through my Twitter timeline. Buckle way the fuck up; this is a lot.
One of the good ones:
only if we confessed after the CFP https://t.co/pvAkTtkFPR— mgoblog (@mgoblog) November 11, 2020
Also solid/cosmically true:
The only thing keeping this season bearable is seeing how overrated Franklin and Fleck are.— Wolverine Pulse (@WolverinePulse) November 14, 2020
How do you look at that MSU team legitimately outplaying Michigan and not immediately understand that this coaching staff is done— Dan (@ThiccStauskas) November 14, 2020
(and yeah, that's a soup emoji movement you're seeing; I'm going to say that again: a soup emoji movement for Matt Campbell)
Seems more likely than not:
Were laughing but what happens if this Penn State team still puts Michigan in a blender.— SGR (@sgeorgetter) November 14, 2020
This could've been worse (they could have had a shot with him doing his dumbass headset/fake big nose under-the-mask thing... it's seriously like he's trying to get fired):
A decision aging like fine wine:
McCaffrey is still at Michigan, getting his degree, he just didn't want to be on this roster https://t.co/gbQBvNotND— mgoblog (@mgoblog) November 15, 2020
Out of anything I'm posting here, this is the one that stuck with me the hardest:
This Jim Harbaugh died in Columbus, Ohio on November 26th, 2016.— True to the Blue | #MaskUp (@SupportUofM) November 15, 2020
He never recovered.
He was broken that day.
And as a coach, he has never been the same. https://t.co/q6qchJJmbo
Hahahahahahaha--/laughing turns into sobbing:
to anyone thats worried about going back to what we were pre-harbaugh, i watched every game of the hoke era and those teams were way better than this one— Dan (@ThiccStauskas) November 15, 2020
It's not a talent thing... it's a scheme and spirit thing.
From @ESPNStatsInfo: #Michigans defense has zero sacks and has forced zero turnovers in their last five halves of football. They're the first Big Ten team over the last 15 seasons to not record a sack or a takeaway in five consecutive halves.— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) November 15, 2020
Rutgers couldn't pull that spread off, but it was a fun discussion for a few hours:
Literally tempting fate. https://t.co/BEGfLBXSdG— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) November 15, 2020
/anger level rising
What in the world were Michigan and Penn State football DOING all fall?— Zach Shaw (@_ZachShaw) November 14, 2020
A combined 91 four- and five-star recruits, no major COVID-19 outbreaks, longer fall camps, and a very real chance they start the season a combined 1-7.
/ALSO NOT IN A GOOD PLACE
Jim Harbaugh: "We were thoroughly beaten in every phase, really did not do anything well. Did not play good, did not coach good. Not in a good place with the execution, not in a good place with adjusting. ... Not a good place as a football team right now, and that falls on me."— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) November 15, 2020
A tough sequence:
Why cant they run QB sneak under center? Your QB is 65 240 lbs!— Paulies Robot (@Jeddy_Tweets) November 15, 2020
One sentiment I dont share with a lot of the fanbase is If Jim Harbaugh cant do it, who can? Hes not a good coach right now. There are good coaches you can go out and hire. This program isnt cursed or anything you just need to find the right guy and that can take a while— Dan (@ThiccStauskas) November 15, 2020
...for Rashida Tlaib!
I've been saying for years we win when we focus on our ground game. https://t.co/V169oHpyW1— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) November 16, 2020
In all seriousness, right now, the program's biggest leader feels like an Illinois high schooler currently playing in Florida (because that's a sentence we all have to make sense of in 2020).
There is always light at the end of the tunnel. They will not reach that light if it is being clouded by darkness. Support is the only thing that they need right now.EVERY single one of you has the power to contribute to theGOAL.We are all in this together— J.J. McCarthy (@jjmccarthy09) November 15, 2020
That's five-star QB recruit J.J. McCarthy. If he sticks with the Wolverines through all this, he really might be the savior.
I don't know how or why, but this article is about Michigan football. https://t.co/sJuEZVTnbw— Buckys 5th Quarter (@B5Q) November 18, 2020
Really?! I was trying to end on a note of hope.
Arizona at Washington: The Huskies are out there, already earning it.
USC (20) at Utah: Really starting to fall in love with very fraudulent USC. I mean, who cares about anything anymore?
Washington State at Stanford: Loesch v. Shaw, Round 38.
Wrapping It Up...
Never has a GIF made me cry. Until tonight. [origin unknown] pic.twitter.com/Ud61wmy3jx— Novy-San (@novysan) November 8, 2020
Wisconsin football, I vow to let you burn.
Bobby Loesch is a weekly contributor to Go Iowa Awesome. Follow him on Twitter @bobbystompy or email to bobbyloesch [at] gmail.com.