So, I watched A LOT of football this weekend, and it was awesome. Roll highlights.
North Carolina went down to South Carolina 27-10. This opening game was highly anticipated for one reason……big hitting, All-American defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. Now, just so I am clear – that kid just does not know when to shut up and I am not a fan. Let me give you some examples of his genius remarks from the SEC media day.
Regarding my boy Johnny Manziel “Can I get him? Yes………….I make him move. I’m going to try and hit him in the mouth”.
And regarding Clemson’s Tajh Boyd “I can tell Tajh Boyd is scared back there……He’s scared everytime we play them…….. I know he is probably listening to this right now, but I’m just telling the truth, man”.
Anyway, ever since he knocked the helmet off a Michigan runner in the Outback Bowl in a huge hit, everyone had been talking Heisman, and Jadeveon Clowney has been talking Jadeveon Clowney. Lucky for me since I’m a spiteful bitch, Clowney was anything but Heisman worthy in a lackluster performance which was chalked up to heat and humidity but looked more like lack of fitness. Should have been working out his body more than his mouth in the off-season perhaps?
Remember this name – Baker Mayfield (it’s a pretty cool name). Texas Tech’s Mayfield is the first walk-on true freshman to start at Quaterback for a BCS school EVER, which is awesome on its own, add to that the guy threw 43 passes for 413 yards, 0 interceptions, 4 touchdowns and one rushing touchdown on debut. For his first game at college level he never appeared rattled – just quietly confident, comfortable in the pocket and super on 3rd down plays. One to watch for sure. Texas Tech went on to beat SMU 41 – 23.
Alabama beat Virginia Tech 35-10 largely thanks to Bama wide receiver Christian Jones who scored a kick return touchdown, a punt return touchdown and a receiving touchdown. One would not blame Alabama fans who may have watched that game and come away concerned about the Crimson Tide’s offence – frankly it wasn’t very good. They ran the ball for less than 100 and gave up 3 sacks. Normally solid AJ McCarron just didn’t look overly comfortable in the pocket at any point in the game and 14 of the 35 points scored by Alabama were from special teams. Still, Alabama have put everyone on notice that they are on the hunt for a threepeat.
In a longstanding rivalry game, Clemson beat (some people’s) SEC East favourite Georgia 38 – 35. My pick for the best game of opening weekend. In a close game, the Bulldogs had more yards than the Tigers, but they just made way too many mistakes on offence and with special teams. Todd Gurley was Georgia’s shining light (add him to your Heisman discussions) rushing for 154 yards and 2 touchdowns whilst QB Aaron Murray threw for 323 yards and 1 interception…….he was also sacked 4 times. Clemson’s QB Tajh Boyd was solid, throwing for 270 yards and 3 touchdowns and Roderick McDowell rushed for 132 yards. Despite the end result, Clemson gave up 35 points. So I’m not sure I will add them to my Championship list just yet. Cracking start though. Thoroughly enjoyed the shit out of that game.
And finally, an
honorable er, a mention of Johnny Manziel (since his return to the field following his 30 minute suspension for an “inadvertent” NCAA violation was not quite honorable – enjoyable though). His on field antics had everyone all up in arms again, with haters on twitter getting their rant on. Ah, Johnny Football. My new obsession and quite possibly my spirit animal. I actually read one ESPN report where the author said something along the lines of “one day Johnny Manziel will realize everything is not about him”. Well, that day is not today and really, most everything is about him – you Sir are cementing that with your story and let me ask you – ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?? I know I am.
Manziel was his usual spectacular self on the field completing 6 of 8 passes for 3 touchdowns. He also mimicked signing autographs, made “gettin’ dollars” signs to the sky and continued to be the fucking legend that he is. He also got a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct for unnamed heckling after which he was removed from the game by his coach. Whatevs, damage was done, Johnny Football reminded everyone why he won the Heisman in 2012 and Texas A & M would put away Rice 52 – 31.
Vanderbilt Commodores wide receiver Jordan Matthews was hammered by Ole Miss’ Cody Prewitt, he then stumbled to the side line and puked. A lot. It was gross. On return to the game he made a super clutch catch which briefly put Vandy in the lead. They went on to lose to the Rebels 39 – 35.
Louisville Cardinals quaterback Teddy Bridgewater literally wiped the floor with the Ohio Bobcats in a 49 – 7 pounding. Bridgewater threw 23 completions for 355 yards, 5 touchdowns and 1 interception. Impressive display for a definite Heisman candidate.
Thank God for football season.