The Hybrid is a weekly Big Ten football preview, plus relevant or whimsy games from the national slate
Two things before we get into it:
1) I am now part of the resistance.
/throws in towel, joins emoji soup movement— Bobby L. (@bobbystompy) November 22, 2020
2) Dabo is so bad.
Dabo: "This game was not canceled because of COVID. COVID was just an excuse to cancel the game. To me, the Florida State administration forfeited the game."— (@ADavidHaleJoint) November 22, 2020
Clemson had a symptomatic player travel with their team on a plane test positive for COVID. FSU docs did not feel comfortable moving forward with the game. So ... yes the game was canceled because of COVID. https://t.co/IFwalHMKkG— Andrea Adelson (@aadelsonESPN) November 22, 2020
hes gonna make his legal case on DabOAN https://t.co/GqsMskcAa7— actioncookbook (@actioncookbook) November 22, 2020
And, honestly, it had to be said:
Dabo is the worst person in sports pic.twitter.com/9pR9TCqKEa— Tyler Conway (@jtylerconway) November 22, 2020
Not sure I'd go that far, but he's certainly at the forefront of my mind right now as it pertains to pertinent college football figures.
Also, this is a tweet that Sounds Big until you realize it means absolutely nothing.
Man, we were ready to play.— Trevor Lawrence (@Trevorlawrencee) November 21, 2020
I know he's a frustrated college student, but man, it doesn't really matter you were ready to play. There are a million outside factors. And that's why pandemic times are extremely challenging. I'm "ready" to see my family this week -- but it's not happening. I'm "ready" to board an airplane again. No. I'm "ready" to pack into a concert hall, dive bar, arena, etc. And sure, the last two weeks or so, I've generally done all of the right things to make that happen. But that doesn't mean everyone else has or that they were lucky enough to have that opportunity to try.
We could all probably do a lot better at looking outside of ourselves. With Trevor, I believe there is hope. Dabo has clearly learned no lessons from a lifetime spent around people who do not look like Dabo. He can go out there and throw passes to himself.
Dabo Swinney is the best thing that couldve ever happened to Bama. Somehow the most dominant program in the sport gets to be the good guys by comparison. The world of college coaches is full of reactionary psychos but Dabo is Built Different— Dan (@ThiccStauskas) November 25, 2020
/shifts gears back into column's usual tone
This is who I feel for the most today pic.twitter.com/k2d4InVyr1— mouth of the south is what ive been told (@coachsaltydog) November 21, 2020
There we go.
"Everyone wants to say the right thing, but sometimes that's the other person's job."
Iowa State (13) at Texas (17):
In summation pic.twitter.com/QFHn6mH4BB— Matt Campbell Soon Come (@Dennis_Petee) November 22, 2020
Nebraska at Iowa (24): I know you gonna dig this.
the only good thing I saw on the Internet today pic.twitter.com/fBFJACKWAj— Russy KGB (@RussellHFilm) November 23, 2020
/most enthused I've ever been about "Back In Black" being played
OK, let's talk trash.
The last time Nebraska beat Iowa, none of these current Huskers could even grow a mustache https://t.co/edVHOgdmDj— Chris Hassel (@Hassel_Chris) November 23, 2020
Notre Dame (2) at North Carolina (19): Historically, I've loved ND upset potential almost as much as randomly ranked UNC... but this game isn't doing it for me.
has anybody written a post about any team yet like our teams abject failure this year, with no fans in the stands, proves once and for all that we have the best fans in football"— Rodger Sherman (@rodger) November 15, 2020
Do I even need to connect the dots on what fanbase would totally do this?
Stanford at California: It's becoming increasingly clear I will not get to make fun of David Shaw for anything new this year. But that's OK.
Oregon (15) at Oregon State: Oregon is 3-0 and somehow only has three regular season games left. Sheesh.
Washington at Washington State:
college football COVID-19.
Honestly, relief was the first feeling I felt. That was a few days ago, so now my bad hopes are getting bad up. No matter. It was not to be. I needed an Apple Cup experience in 2020 about as bad as I need Michigan-Ohio State. #neveragain
Utah at Arizona State:
Utahs QB who just left the game is also a high school Christian rock band pic.twitter.com/O04wLZKK2Q— BUM CHILLUPS AKA SPENCER HALL (@edsbs) November 22, 2020
Ohio State (4) at Illinois: Donny is not playin'.
Donny Navarro pic.twitter.com/tE4zWzEVwx— IllinoisLoyalty (@IllinoisLoyalty) November 21, 2020
What was cooler: taking the hit without a helmet on or popping up to talk mad shit? I think you know my answer.
Operating with significantly less swagger? The Illinois punter.
My man went on a JOURNEY here. pic.twitter.com/MLdfbYNn9j— Bryan Mac (@Bry_Mac) November 21, 2020
Rodger Sherman had the definitive take on this video: "The best part is when there are no defenders on the screen and he makes a cut."
Kentucky at Florida (6): Please leave, Florida. Please.
Maryland at Indiana (12): /Penix Posse meeting begins
/Bobby walks up to address the group
Well, I heard y'all put up a fight. It's over now though. I'm sure there are cool records from the '80s which will begin to fall because of this team, but... I can't allow myself to care in that way anymore. No, it's not you -- it's me. And, well, we'll always have this.
Texas Tech at Oklahoma State (23):
BEDLAM ASSAULT: An OSU equipment manager was allegedly assaulted by a group of OU fans during the second quarter of the Bedlam game while trying to retrieve the ball following a field goal. He has a broken rib. @OU_Athletics sent @kfor the statement below. pic.twitter.com/IBhzW6EBeL— Jessica Bruno (@JbrunoKFOR) November 23, 2020
You know this (had to have) led to a "Bedlam was Bedlam" headline or take, and let's just all be happy we didn't have to experience that organically.
This was the only play I actually saw from the game:
About sums it up! pic.twitter.com/fgLKTVeQc6— (@lt4kicks) November 22, 2020
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As someone who loves a good 'first name has the same first letter as the last name'...
does texas tech recruit to this stereotype on purpose pic.twitter.com/FDXy3aOEpX— fanksgiving (@dfank_BU) November 12, 2020
...this definitely turned into a "So you like doughnuts, eh?"
Penn State at Michigan:
The power is yours! (h/t /r/cfbmemes) pic.twitter.com/Si21ACB85Y— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) November 22, 2020
Aright, Penn State -- you can go.
James Franklin playcalling pic.twitter.com/CWHpz984LA— Lucy Rohden (@lucy_rohden) November 21, 2020
He hit em with the euro step https://t.co/ZTIMy4Rnvk— Go Iowa Awesome (@IowaAwesome) November 21, 2020
This play was one of my lone moments of pure joy during this college football season.
OK, Penn State you can go for real-for real.
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Ill never forget where I was when I saw Michigan almost lose to Rutgers in triple overtime. (Its the same place Ive been for several months)— Rodger Sherman (@rodger) November 22, 2020
Congrats to Michigan for - hey, quit laughing, I need to get this done - to Michigan for beating R - seriously you're gonna make me laugh, too - for beating Rutgers in a classic battle of Big Ten powahahahahahahaha DANGIT GUYS— Ryan Nanni (@celebrityhottub) November 22, 2020
.@Coach_Gattis I drew up this new play for you that could work on 4th & 1 or on the goal line. I know its kind of complicated but it may be worth giving it a shot. Let me know if you need more details. pic.twitter.com/6F7k2t66Dc— Blue By 90 (@bluebyninety) November 23, 2020
A fitting play call for Michigans offense right now. pic.twitter.com/2pzqi8W83L— Daniel Dash (@DanielDash_) November 22, 2020
Michigan doesn't just wear a bright orange suit to a dinner party. They spill wine all over it. Red wine? No, both colors. And then they wring the red and white wine jacket out all over everyone else's dinner plates. Then they pick up the mushy winey food and put it on their heads as a mushy winey food wig.
Also, I also went out of my way not to show this last week... but he fucking did it again.
Harbaughs mask is getting aroused again pic.twitter.com/vFOdu9bXkI— JB (@LeelanauSpartan) November 22, 2020
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Aright, Penn State -- it's safe to come back.
Penn State coach James Franklin told a player not to talk to police following a fight with a star linebacker in a 2018 incident that involved punching, choking and a knife being pulled, according to documents obtained by ESPN. https://t.co/8LOU3N5Mju— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 20, 2020
If true, fuck you.
Coastal Carolina (20) at Texas State: Did Coastal drop five spots in the rankings without losing, or did I make up them being ranked No. 15?
Auburn (22) at Alabama (1): Went out of my way not to look up the context here solely so we could make fun of it without guilt.
Nick Saban: I do think the days of playing great defense and winning are probably behind us [in college football]."— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) November 20, 2020
Wahhhh, I still get to win, but not in the boring wayyyy wahhhhhh.
UPDATE: He gawn -- get well, Sabes.
Nick Saban has tested positive for COVID-19. Hes out for the Iron Bowl.— John Talty (@JTalty) November 25, 2020
Pittsburgh at Clemson (3): And now, a man who probably likes Dabo considerably more than yours truly, Clemson Tom:
I know you guys probably thought I was gonna come up on here and talk about Florida State quitting. Well, I'm not going to go that route because it's been over-talked about all week long. I will say this though: Boston College didn't have any problems coming to play Clemson when Trevor had COVID. Notre Dame didn't have any problems playing Clemson, whoever was out with COVID. A lot of other teams don't have problems with players not playing because of COVID. Magically, Florida State decided to be scared and did not want to play on Saturday.
Anyways, we have Pittsburgh rolling into town for what seems to be Trevor Lawrence's final home game as a Tiger. It's going to be a little sad knowing he’s going to be leaving us in just a few short games. The future does look bright the Tigers, even though we are losing a lot of talent. Pittsburgh is definitely going to come in swinging for the fences against us, but Trevor has basically had an entire month off to recoup and get healthy. So, I expect us to lay the hammer down and make a statement game against the Panthers from Pittsburgh.
We are completely healthy, and I can assure you the dominance will be on pure display Saturday in Death Valley.
Make sure you call all of your Florida State friends and let them know that you’re OK. I'm sure they’re concerned with COVID-19. I've never seen a bigger bunch of pansies in my entire life... well, there are also Ohio state fans, so I guess them, too.
Northwestern (8) at Michigan State: I rooted for Northwestern last week. I know. You can't control certain gut reactions. And maybe I was pissed after Sconnie stuffed Michigan into a locker (yes), and maybe I forgot how horrible Fitz is when things are rolling in Evanston (YES), but I truly have no regrets. There will be plenty of time for these boring assholes to fall off.
Number 5 for Northwestern is stealing towels lmfao pic.twitter.com/2zJrf3aAzB— brock miller (Canes 7-1) (@RS_18_MILLER) November 21, 2020
Karma is certainly on our side.
Colorado at USC (18): Can we just skip to Oregon-SC? Do they play each other?
No. Well, I suppose it'll be in the Pac-12 title game, then.
The Pac-12 has a title game, right?
Cincinnati (7) at Temple: I watched the most Cincy I've watched all year last week... but went out of my way not to learn anything (though the QB seemed cool).
Rutgers at Purdue: Bleh, what a gross combination.
and blah blah blah, purdue got hosed against fleck in a meaningless season where nothing matters
This claim is disputed. https://t.co/dLW9OoGvCb— Purdue Athletics (@PurdueSports) November 21, 2020
This was actually cool, though:
KARMA KOMMITTEE ALERT— PointsBet Sportsbook (@PointsBetUSA) November 21, 2020
If you bet Purdue, theres not much to say after that ending.
Not the same as a win, but the least we can do - refunding Purdue ML + Spread in Free Bets IN FULL! Its only right.
Now go get those refs, @notthefakeSVP! pic.twitter.com/nyyv8h6olF
In a just world, they'll end up with the stolen Wisconsin towels.
LSU at Texas A&M (5): Joe Burrow was cool, pure. He was one of us, I think. Now he's gone. But, for once, it wasn't college football. It was the just-as-worse NFL. Yay.
Thanks for all the love. Cant get rid of me that easy. See ya next year— Joey Burrow (@JoeyB) November 22, 2020
He even tears up his knee with dignity and poise.
Arizona at UCLA:
Chip Kelly losses at Autzen Stadium— Kyle Bonagura (@BonaguraESPN) November 22, 2020
With Oregon - 2
With UCLA - 2
Wrapping It Up...
My latest for the NYT: I asked family, friends, and health experts if I should have this seventh beer or not. They all said no. Here's why I'm still going to.— luke oneil (@lukeoneil47) November 20, 2020
Happy Thanksgiving, y'all.
Bobby Loesch is a weekly contributor to Go Iowa Awesome. Follow him on Twitter @bobbystompy or email to bobbyloesch [at] gmail.com.