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The 7 craziest things that happened in Week 5 of the college football season

The 7 craziest things that happened in Week 5 of the college football season

Coaches are getting fired for losing to Michigan. That's where we are now in the college football season. With the first firing out of the way, no doubt the flood gates will open so coaches who are on the hot seat? Beware.

In terms of results, Week 5 was not the most exciting, but it did show us that the mascot may be the toughest bulldog at Mississippi State, Georgia Tech is still having some growing pains as it transitions away from the option and the demise of mankind's supremacy of the Earth was made inevitable by Virginia Tech's new robot creation.

Here are the seven craziest things that happened in Week 5.

Virginia Tech's pushup robot

There wasn’t much to cheer about for Hokies fans on Friday...except for the pushup robot.

When Virginia Tech scores, it is traditional to do pushups for the number of points the Hokies have. Well, on Friday, they unveiled a new cheerleader to do the honors a robotic one.

Unfortunately, Virginia Tech scored only 10 points against Duke, thus delaying the inevitable robot takeover that this will spawn.

I for one welcome our new robot overlords.

A big hit for Bully

Live mascots are the best. Mississippi State’s Bully may not be the most well-known mascot around the country, but a live bulldog is a live bulldog and that makes him awesome.

What wasn’t awesome was Saturday’s game against Auburn, at least for Mississippi State. The Bulldogs were trounced 56-23, but the real low point of the game came on Auburn’s first touchdown when JaTarvious Whitlow was knocked out the side of the end zone and into Bully.

Don’t worry. We can laugh about this now because Bully was not hurt from the hit as he tweeted afterward.

Perhaps Bully needs to take a lesson from Uga. Uga doesn’t take that kind of crap.

Clemson almost botched its free path to the playoff

The ACC stinks this year except for Clemson who is the defending national champion and again one of the best teams in the nation. The best team on the Tigers’ schedule was Texas A&M and Clemson already dispatched them with ease so clearly the rest of the season should be a breeze, right?

Not quite. Clemson was given all they could handle on Saturday by North Carolina who took a 7-0 and a 14-7 lead over the Tigers. At halftime, the game was tied at 14. In the fourth quarter, Clemson took a seven-point lead, but the Tar Heels responded and scored a touchdown with 1:17 remaining in the game to make the score 21-20. Rather than kicking the extra point, Mack Brown elected to go for two and the win.

I have no problem with the decision to go for two, but the play call...was not great. North Carolina dialed up an option play and was stopped short of the goal line giving Clemson the one-point win.

Is Clemson not as good as we thought? What does this game mean? Nothing.

In college football, every team is going to have a bad week. Clemson escaped from theirs, but just barely.

Georgia Tech scored two points

College football sometimes gives us scores that you can't help but laugh at and Saturday provided one such score as Georgia Tech lost to Temple 24-2. This loss was especially unfortunate for Yellow Jackets head coach Geoff Collins who was the previous head coach at Temple thus adding insult to injury.

And speaking of adding insult….

This was Georgia Tech’s second straight loss. Its last loss came at the hands of FCS opponent The Citadel. The Citadel has a savage Twitter account and they came after Georgia Tech on Friday.

Yeah, it was a brutal weekend in Atlanta.

Mike Leach is displeased

Washington State suffered a brutal 67-63 loss to previously winless UCLA last week. On Saturday, they were blown out 38-13 by Utah. To say head coach Mike Leach was displeased by his team’s performance would be putting it mildly.

Coach Leach, never change.

The Pac-12 is even worse than we all thought

The Pac-12 has not been represented in the College Football Playoff since 2016-17 and things aren’t looking great for its chances this season either.

Cal was the conference’s last remaining undefeated team and, because any shred of hope for the Pac-12 must be stamped out as quickly as possible, the Golden Bears predictably lost to Arizona State on Friday.

It’s early, you may be thinking, there is still plenty of time for the conference to rebound. That’s true, but this is the first time since 2009 that no team from the Pac-12 has gone 5-0.

So a conference that has not made the playoff in either of the last two seasons and that has been one of if not the weakest of the Power Five conferences over the last 10 years also already has a weaker resume at this point in the season than it has in any of the past 10.

Chris Ash is the first coaching casualty

How far has Michigan football fallen? They are now the program that forces teams to fire their coach if you lose to them.

Rutgers fired head coach Chris Ash after the team’s 52-0 loss in Ann Arbor on Saturday. The Scarlet Knights were off to a 1-3 start which...of course they were. Seriously, if you had told anyone that Rutgers was going to start the season 1-3 would anyone have been surprised?

The final straw was the loss to Michigan who Rutgers evidently must not think is that good and, really, who can blame them? The Wolverines almost lost to Army at home and were blown out by Wisconsin just last week. Luckily for Rutgers, they do not play Wisconsin this year, but the Scarlet Knights do still have to play Ohio State, Michigan State and Penn State so...yeah suddenly firing Ash makes sense. If he can’t even beat Michigan, what will Rutgers do when they play teams that are actually good?


Former Minnesota coach Jerry Kill joins Hokies football staff to help Justin Fuente, not replace him

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Former Minnesota coach Jerry Kill joins Hokies football staff to help Justin Fuente, not replace him

Virginia Tech is coming off a come-from-behind victory over FCS opponent Furman, they have an opening loss against Boston College which was just blown out by perennial punchline Kansas and, because they are playing two FCS opponents this year, they have to find a way to earn five more wins this season to keep the vaunted bowl streak alive. That was the background for Monday’s announcement from head coach Justin Fuente.

Former Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill has been added to the Virginia Tech football staff as a special assistant to the head coach, Fuente announced. With the lackluster start to the season, Monday’s announcement led to plenty of speculation from Hokie nation as to what this meant for Fuente’s future.

Make no mistake, however, Kill is headed to Blacksburg to assist Fuente, not replace him.

"Jerry Kill will serve as a tremendous resource for our football program," Fuente said in a statement. "Coach Kill possesses over three decades of expertise and will be great addition to our staff. In addition to over 20 years of experience as collegiate and high school head coach, he's served as a coordinator on both sides of the ball. He can dissect the game from virtually every angle and will be able to provide his unique perspective on everything from recruiting, to personnel and facilities.

"After Coach Kill spent some time with our staff during preseason camp, it was apparent that he possesses a passion for being involved with a football program on a daily basis," Fuente continued. "I have all the respect in the world for Coach Kill. I'm excited that he'll be an integral part of our program at Virginia Tech and can't wait for him to get on campus."

Kill was the head coach of Minnesota from 2011 to ‘15 and took the team to three bowl games. He also was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2014. His epilepsy, however, forced him to step down. The rigors of coaching consumed Kill to the point that he was not taking care of himself or adequately managing his condition. He suffered multiple seizures while at Minnesota, many of which came during games.

Since then, Kill has served as an associate athletics director at Kansas State, the offensive coordinator at Rutgers and the athletics director for Southern Illinois.

During this time, however, the desire to coach and be involved with a football team never went away. That was really the genesis of how he ended up at Virginia Tech.

According to Andy Bitter of The Athletic, Fuente invited Kill to watch a few of the team’s August practices and Kill provided feedback on what he saw. Originally , his relationship with the Hokies was not expected to go beyond that and Fuente did not intend for a job to come from that, but Kill’s desire to get back into football was enough for him to leave his job as an AD to join Virginia Tech.

"While it was a difficult decision to leave so many wonderful friends and colleagues at Southern Illinois, I am thrilled for the opportunity to join Coach Fuente and his staff at Virginia Tech," Kill said in a statement. "I've long appreciated and admired Justin as a coach and teacher of the game. I respect his penchant for identifying talent and helping young men reach their potential. He has assembled a fabulous coaching staff and roster of talented players at Virginia Tech. I can't wait to help the Hokies in any way I can."

The timing of this announcement may lead to speculation, but Kill’s health will not allow for him to get back into coaching. This is just a situation in which Fuente had the opportunity to help a fellow coach follow his passion and, in turn, Kill will help the Hokies.

The 6 craziest things that happened in Week 3 of the college football season

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The 6 craziest things that happened in Week 3 of the college football season

If you don't know what makes college football so glorious (and are not a Maryland fan) check out the Maryland-Temple game from Saturday. There are good crazy games in college football and then there are the bad ones. That was one of the ugliest, craziest, most glorious games you will ever see. But more on that later.

You are not going to get anything like that in the NFL. And here's the thing, that was just one game! Every week is full of those crazy moments!

Here are the six craziest things that happened in Week 3.

Kansas beat a Power 5 team on the road!

A win for Kansas in and of itself is crazy. The fact that it came against a Power Five and on the road team is downright shocking.

The Jayhawks' 48-24 win over Boston College snapped a 48-game Power Five road losing streak. They have not won a Power Five game on the road since 2008. They were considered 20-point underdogs and managed the blowout win!

In all seriousness, it may be early but you have to tip your cap to the Mad Hatter. Les Miles' decision to take the Kansas job was widely scoffed, but he has won two of his first three games which is already better than most people probably expected.

By the way, from a local angle, this does not bode well for Virginia Tech who lost the Boston College in the opening week of the season. The Hokies had to rally from a 14-3 deficit just to beat Furman on Saturday. This could be a very long season in Blacksburg.

Maryland and Temple played the most absurd game ever

I don't know if I am going to be able to do this game justice by trying to describe the mayhem that happened in Philadelphia. Basically, neither team wanted to win the game and they both made that very clear...repeatedly.

Just to try to give you an idea, this game featured a muffed punt, a goal-line stand, a safety off a bad snap on a punt, a horrendous fake field goal attempt, a missed field goal, an interception negated by a penalty, seven Maryland players failing to pick up a fumble, a defensive holding call on third down which led to first and goal and eventually the go-ahead touchdown, a second goal-line stand and a seven-yard punt.

Maryland recovered a muffed punt on Temple's 19-yard line, returned a punt to Temple's 4-yard line and started a drive at Temple's 10-yard line after a seven-yard punt. That's three drives that began inside Temple's 20 and the Terps earned exactly 0 points off those three drives.

If you want to read more about it, here are the ugliest plays from Maryland's first loss of the season.

Pat Narduzzi seriously thinks he was being bold by calling the most conservative game ever

Coaching is hard and requires a lot of split-second decisions that will be second-guessed repeatedly whenever you get something wrong. It's a tough job, I get it. What I don't get is when a coach makes a bad decision, it blows up in his face and he continues to argue it was the right decision afterward because...reasons.

Pitt and Penn State played on Saturday in the last scheduled meeting between these two rivals. In a big rivalry game on the road against a highly ranked opponent, you would expect the Panthers would be aggressive looking for the upset. Instead, Pat Narduzzi called the most conservative game ever then tried to tell everyone who dared question him how he was right and they were wrong.

Pitt punted from the Penn State 37 in the first quarter, lost five yards on a third-and-goal from the two which force a field goal and punted from the Penn State 48 in the fourth quarter instead of going for it on fourth-and-two.

But wait, it gets worse.

Down 17-10 with less than five minutes in the game, Pitt had a fourth-and-goal at the 1-yard line. Again, this is a rivalry game on the road against a top-15 team and Narduzzi decided it was a good time to go for the field goal. A field goal!

Karma, no doubt reacting to the universal disgust from everyone watching, immediately struck and the Panthers missed the field goal.  Pitt would go on to lose 17-10.

And what did Narduzzi have to say for himself after the game?

"You need two scores to win the football game, unless you guys are playing for overtime," Narduzzi said. "We're trying to win the football game."

So...Narduzzi's answer is that he wasn't playing for overtime? Well, I guess he's right since Pitt lost in regulation.

The defiance is my favorite part. Narduzzi evidently thinks he was being aggressive by not going for it on fourth down because, hey, he's not playing for overtime. OK, so why not try to score the touchdown and go for two? Or maybe they should have intentionally turned the ball over at the 1 and tried to force a safety.

But how dare you question the wisdom of Narduzzi!

"Again, we can look back at all the calls, guys," Narduzzi said. "All the armchair quarterbacks, you guys got those armchair desks there. It's easy to make those decisions."

Yeah, it's easy to make those obvious decisions because literally everyone knew you were wrong, coach.

The game-tying field goal called back when Michigan State called for too many men

This one is going to sting in East Lansing for a long time.

With Arizona State leading 10-7, the Spartans attempted a 42-yard field goal with 11 seconds left to tie the game. Kicker Matt Coghlin nailed the kick and the game headed to overt...oh wait, that's not what happened.

The kick was good, but Michigan State had 12 men on the field which is generally frowned upon. The Spartans were flagged and moved back five yards and...well, you can probably guess what happened next.

Clemson is pretty much getting a bye to the ACC title game

The Tigers are ranked No. 1 and deservedly so. They are the defending national champs and are a dominant football team. As good as Clemson is, however, its conference is...not.

Here are some of the highlights from the ACC's week:

  • Boston College was blown out at home by perennial punchline Kansas.
  • Pitt lost to Penn State because its coach decided not to go for a game-tying touchdown
  • NC State was blown out by a bad West Virginia team
  • Virginia Tech had to rally back from a 14-3 deficit just to beat FCS Furman.
  • Georgia Tech lost to its FCS opponent, The Citadel, in overtime.

So...yeah. Clemson pretty much has a bye from here to the conference championship game.

Iowa State loses game off a muffed punt after Cyclone knocks over his own punt returner

Trailing by one point, Iowa State forced Iowa to punt with 1:37 left in the game. This was the Cyclones' chance to erase a four-game losing streak to its heated rival. This was going to be their moment to announce to the world that Iowa State has arr...what's that? They muffed the punt? Oh no.

Generally smashing into your own teammate is not a good strategy. That is especially true when you are trying to field a punt and your teammate is the returner.

Now that's how you close out a rivalry game.