College football randawesomeness packed into 120 seconds or less (reading levels not checked); getting you up to speed on the weekend ahead and dropping you off on a gravel road three miles outside of town.
TAKING A PASS ON THE PASS
When I was in high school I remember one specific film session from the football season. The head coach stood up and exclaimed that our opponent that week really liked to run out of a certain formation, but if they didn't -- they would probably throw. My best friend and I snorted in an attempt to stop the laughs that had simultaneously erupted. No one else in the room got what had just happened, but then again no one else in the room went on to coach at any level.
If they would have decided to dawn the headset, however, they would have struggled to figure out the less-than-complex approaches of the SEC's South Carolina Gamecocks and Florida Gators last week. Between the two teams (who defeated #5 Georgia and #3 LSU, respectively) they attempted fourteen passes -- South Carolina (6) and Florida (8).
None remain from the ACC, two in the Big-12 and PAC-12, one from the Big-10 (Ohio State), four from the SEC (Alabama, South Carolina, Florida, and Mississippi State), and the surprising Big East has three (Louisville, Rutgers, and Cincinnati). I'll play it safe this week and predict only three more drop from the ranks to leave us with an unlucky -- yet lucky -- thirteen.
COIN FLIPPING SKILLS
Like many people, I'm really good at predicting the team that somehow loses on a last-second collapse or is narrowly edged out. The only problem is that I predict them to win. Last week I went a boring two-and-three, nailing Florida's win over LSU and South Carolina's romp over the Georgia Bulldogs. Navy surprised me, Geno Smith did just enough to ruin the day, and Penn State defied the odds again.
This week I'm taking #24 Boise State over Fresno State, #7 Notre Dame over #17 Stanford, #11 USC over Washington, #3 South Carolina over #9 LSU, and #15 Texas over #13 Oklahoma.
If Alabama football has a mother she obviously skipped the lesson on sharing. Offensively, it's well known that quarterback AJ McCarron is having a Heisman-like season with his twelve touchdowns and zero interceptions. But it's the rest of the offense that is having the hardest time with reciprocity.
Not only has Alabama not lost a fumble -- they haven't even fumbled, period. Not a single time have they put the ball on the turf. No stray helmets have connected with the pigskin. Not a single sweaty or rain-soaked ball has disconnected the epidermal gridlock of a Tide player.
LACES OUT, DAN!
Last but not least, welcome again to the caboose of TMD's football train. Whether for good or bad, long snappers need lovin' too.
This week it's less about the big fellas and more about what happens after they let fly with a perfectly placed snap. More specifically, what the heck is up with college kickers?
So far, sixty-one teams have missed extra points. Sixty-one! That's essentially half of all college football teams. We're not talking field goals; simply extra points. Among the teams who have missed, 1,205 PATs have gone up and only 1,109 have gone through - a 92% success rate. If you include all of college football, the chances only improve to 95.9%. We're talking extra points folks. Essentially, one out of the next ten probably won't go through.
Field goals aren't much better. So far, 990 attempts have resulted in 699 footballs splitting the uprights -- that's only a 70.6% success rate. The next time your favorite team settles for the field goal instead of going for it on fourth down, feel free to shake your head at the end results.
Perhaps teams should start going for two, eventually accumulating an extra three points, cancelling out the need to kick that field goal later in the game? But what do we know -- we just snap the ball.
Justin Mikels is a staff writer for Operation Sports. Follow him on Twitter: @long_snapper