NCAA Week 4: Good Snark, Bad Snark
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A major reason for welcoming the gradual introduction of conference play into a college schedule is familarity.
It does more than breed contempt.
It also features the fact that you can't kid a kidder.
Except maybe Vanderbilt.
It's not nice to goad Alabama.
To the tune of 59-0 not nice.
Good Snark: It's now official ... The Crimson Tide are indeed able to move forward into conference play without Lane Kiffin. This must surely be a tremendous load off his shoulders, not to mention Nick Saban's vocal chords.
Bad Snark: Resistance is futile ... Also confirmed: Alabama is the Borg. With house pets.
Good Snark: Miracle in JerryWorld ... Texas A&M actually won a game ... on a defensive play. In overtime, yet:
OK, so the final was 50-43.
Cut the Aggie D some slack. This is the Big XII, here.
Bad Snark: Ambush ... By Frogs, yet. Gary Patterson may be the conference's only coach whose primary passion is defense. It's not always seemed that way in the wide open Southwest spaces, but this season, he's back to putting enough clamps on Heisman hopefuls like Mason Rudolph and his vaunted catching crew to make a difference.
Although it didn't exactly start that way:
TCU's uprising clearly gives Oklahoma and West Virginia fans something more to think about in this year's race, as if the Sooners themselves don't have more to consider after nearly wetting the bed at Baylor.
Good Snark: Putting more foot in football ... Gotta say, Rutgers' Jerome Washington knows how to lock heels:
The acrobatics weren't enough for the Scarlet Knights to earn a road victory in Lincoln against the beleaguered Cornhuskers.
Still, coach Chris Ash is making steady strides. It'd no longer be a shock if they reached out and bit more than one of the Big Ten's middle tier this season.
Bad Snark: You had one job ... There's a time-honored tradition in football. It's called cornerbacks cover wide receivers at the line of scrimmage.
There Kentucky was, on the verge of snapping a whopping 30-game losing streak to Florida. Twice, they had a lead. Twice their CB was counting the house. Or something.
So, note to self, one would assume. But as we all know, when you assume ...
Fourth quarter. Last minute. Wildcats, 27-21. Where the hell did that note go?
And that is how a 31-game losing streak is made.
Putting it mildly, Gators coach Jim McElwain is living in it this season. He could easily have been looking at 0-3 right now.
Good Snark: Your next up-&-coming Power Five coach-in-waiting ... Tune in to Memphis at UCF next weekend for a sneak preview. Tigers coach Mike Norvell's got a UCLA Bruin rug in his trophy room, and Scott Frost has quickly revived the Golden Knights' fortunes:
That Terp taming might look pretty decent come season's end.
Frost was a standout at Nebraska, becoming their first QB to rush and pass for 1000 yards each in a single season. Once a new AD gets installed in Lincoln, this may be his first serious phone call.
Bad Snark: Big brand blunder ... Florida State QB Deondre François' season-ending injury was splashed on screens all across college football's fandom in Week 1, leaving the Seminoles' reins to freshman James Blackman.
North Carolina State returned 18 starters from last season, looked decent in their Week 1 loss to South Carolina, and revved it up against two FCS clubs.
How could anyone compare notes and declare the Wolfpack an underdog?
They clearly weren't, snapping a 10-game skid against the 'Noles:
That covered a couple of mortgage payments.
As to the cred of pre-season rankings providing a misleading perspective here, maybe we can get 'Pack DE Bradley Chubb to comment.
Then again, maybe not.
Snarkalicious: Barkley's Heisman moment? ... What skills didn't Penn State's Saquon Barkley put on display in this 44-yard romp against Iowa?
Barkley's performance was vital in keeping the Nittany Lions in the game at Iowa until they won it on the last play.
Add his 211 rushing yards on 28 carries and 94 receiving yards on 12 catches to what'll be an impressive season total for Heisman anointers to ogle, but if Barkley stays healthy and keeps this up, the pro scouts will be casting their own votes for rewarding him with something much more tangible.
Those are the tallies that really count.