Lessons from college’s first weekend

by Gary Shelton on September 5, 2016 · 0 comments

in College Sports in Florida, Florida State University, general, University of Florida

Monday, 6 a.m.

Oh, the things we learned...

We learned that Les Miles not only eats grass, he may be smoking it. Four quarters in, and we're right back at where we were in LSU, with influential boosters looking for a closet where they can keep Miles safe away from the play-calling.

We learned that it will probably be another season before Oklahoma is a major player. The Sooners won in 2000, back when television was in black-and-white.

We learned that Penn State has a 260-pound kicker named Joey Julius. When most trainers bring Gatorade, he'll have a milkshake. Julius' nickname is "the Big Toe." It should be "The Big Toe...and everything else."

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We learned that Nebraska thinks more of its former player than it does five yards. The Cornhuskers took an intentional delay-of-game penalty to honor Sam Foltz, who was killed in a car wreck. Nebraska sent only 10 men onto the field to honor the missing. Sadly, burglars hit the home of Foltz' brother Jordan while he was at the game.

We learned that standards are kind of low at Kansas after the Jayhawks went 0-12 last year. Kansas' fans stormed the field after beating...Rhode Island.

We learned the stupes at USA Today think Oklahoma's Bob Stoops is still the No. 5 coach in the country. And Jim Harbaugh is third. They have Jimbo Fisher ninth.

We learned that Nick Chubb has a 20-yard lead on Leonard Fournette as far as The Back Who Matters. And here comes Dalvin Cook.

We learned that Houston has a pretty good claim to be the Big 13th.

We learned that Mississippi State really, really misses Dak Prescott.

We learned that Kentucky would be better off if it let John Calipari coach the defense.

We learned that Mark Richt's Miami team  is much, much better than FAMU.

We learned that Malcolm Perry has a refund coming. Navy pulled him out of the stands to dress out to finish the game.

We learned that a lot of people are beginning to acknowledge that Bear Bryant was the second-best coach Alabama ever had.

We learned that Luke Del Rio (Luke of the River) someday may look good as a statue.

We learned that up on Rocky Top, Tennessee's Joshua Dobbs knows which direction to fumble.

We learned that team running around in circles used to be USC. Way back when.

We learned that Eddie Pineiro can go to any party he wants to go to at Florida.

We learned that Alabama didn't really miss Kirby Smart, did it? USC ran 36 plays in the first half...for 92 yards.

We learned that it's okay for a team (Alabama) to stomp its opponent (USC) but not for a player (USC's Jabari Ruffin) to do it individually (Alabama's Minkah Fitzpatrick).

We learned they used to have coaches at Southern Cal. History tells us it was a pretty good thing.

We learned that Rutgers would like Greg Schiano to come home.

We learned that Virginia is afraid of spiders.

We learned the eyes of Texas were upon Notre Dame. And the shoulders of Texas, and the elbows, and the knuckles, and the cleats.

We learned that Michigan will continue to play most of its games at the Big House. Rumors were some of the bigger games might move to Bradenton.

We learned that Villanova may be tough on defense, but for  James Conner of Pitt, it wasn't as tough as cancer. Conner scored twice after being cleared from the disease.

We learned that Oklahoma gets Ohio State in its next game. Whee.

We learned there a lot of weeks to go. It's going to be a cool ride.

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