The 2014 Pigskin Pantheon: Week 9 College Football AwardsChris Graythen/Getty Images
College football serves and is served by many gods, old and new. Here, week after week, we’ll build a temple to them, installing saints and erecting graven idols as we go. The temple is made of words and pictures from the Internet. Just go with it.
Celestial Recalibration of the Week: THREEEEEMIIIIIX
An undefeated team playing in a game that’s uncomfortably close late? That’s where champions bear down and pull it out. That’s also where Les Miles’s particular brand of magic is at its most potent. The Hat bracketed the Bayou Bengals’ upset of no. 3 Ole Miss with GameDay musings on the carnival fare that’s become an LSU meme (“I’ve personally never tried a corn dog, but I suspect they taste good”) and a postgame remembrance of his mother, who died Thursday night. And in the process, he’s started this particular ball of bats rolling:
Bless this Les. Same as he ever was.
Week 9 Player Beatifications: And Now, a Fat Guy Touchdown of an Entirely Different Sort
Where to begin with this week’s player honors? Chronologically, with quarterback Munchie Legaux back in action in a weeknight game for Cincinnati, running joyously on a leg that’s somehow still in one piece after last season’s grisly injury?
In the South, where Mississippi State running back Josh Robinson staged his own one-man performance of Katamari Damacy?
In the Midwest, where Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah recorded 341 all-purpose yards and moved into second place in Big Ten career all-purpose yards, trailing only Ron Dayne?
On the high seas, where Navy’s Keenan Reynolds put up a career-high 251 rushing yards and broke the Midshipmen’s career touchdowns record?
In the dead of night, where Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa’s sack of Christian Hackenberg using one of the QB’s own blockers as a bludgeoning tool has already entered the realm of Buckeye legend?
Or is our all-seeing gaze fixed on the unlikeliest of places and on the unlikeliest of events: a fat guy passing touchdown?
World, meet Razorbacks offensive tackle Sebastian Tretola, whose school bio lists him as a robust 6-foot-5 and 350 pounds, and whose forthcoming biopic will be titled 350 for 350. Honor him.
Week 9 Coach Beatifications: Mark Dantonio
Remember when Dantonio was the wear-a-tie-or-you’re-suspended guy? It wasn’t that long ago, yet within the past calendar year alone, we’ve seen him shouting out Rich Homie Quan on live television and winning a Rose Bowl, and now he’s got jokes! Mark Dantonio’s got puns in his mouth!
Michigan players planted a stake on the Spartan Stadium turf after running onto the field before the opening kickoff. Michigan State players and their coaches took notice and decided to keep exacting their revenge until their final offensive play of the game.
“It just felt like we needed to put a stake in them at that point,” Dantonio said when asked about the final score.
A quick word about this tent-staking of the Spartans’ turf: We saw this instrument referred throughout the day as both a “dagger” and a “spear,” which made the “it’s a tent stake, y’all, chill” revelation a touch anticlimactic. A modest proposal: Bring back the Peloponnesian War draft. Dantonio would probably approve. He’s still the wear-a-tie-or-you’re-suspended guy, make no mistake. He’s got the whole world in his hands, and his hands are slowly clenching into fists.
Graven Idol of the Week: TCU’s Empty Fireworks Chest
The pyrotechnics probably aren’t stored in an actual iron-strapped chest, but it’s a nice visual. And after a day in which quarterback Trevone Boykin threw a school-record seven passing touchdowns, the offense racked up a school-record 785 yards, and TCU put up a number on the scoreboard that’s only ever been bested by its basketball team, let’s take a moment to savor this object lesson in the happiness that can be found in emptiness:
Please accept this scratch-and-sniff sticker, the sum total of everything your work this weekend has earned you.
Find what you love. Do that, and you’ll never work a day in your life, they said. Follow your bliss, they said.
Pitt’s drive chart from Week 9 should be preserved in amber for the education of future generations. And stored in a vault at the CDC.
Home is where you make it.
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