Strange, but true – College football’s Week 9

With Week 9 of College Football in the books, it’s time to take a look back at the weird and wonderful. The funny and flabbergasting. The amazing but accurate. The strange, but true.

You can dance if you want to…

What’s the most exciting play in football? If you answered intentional grounding, you are correct. What’s the 2nd most exciting play in football? If you answered a safety, you are correct again. And boy that means Week 9 sure was exciting! There was not 1, not 2, not 3, but 8(!!!) safeties! Safeties were recorded in the Duke/Pitt, Texas Tech/Iowa St, TCU/Kansas, SDSU/Nevada, UAB/UTEP, and the New Mexico/Utah St games and 2 in the Iowa/Penn St game. What a time to be alive! Cue the music!

PS – We don’t want a player to do the safety dance when they record a safety. We NEED it. Bucket list item.

Speaking of Iowa/Penn St

The final score between Penn St and Iowa was 30-24 Nittany Lions. The line for the game opened up at Penn St (-6.5). It was bet down to (-5) before kickoff. That means you could’ve bet Iowa (+6.5) early in the week and Penn St (-5) later in the week and gotten the Golden Unicorn: a double payout. That’s big boy betting.

Speaking of Iowa/Penn St again

As we mentioned, the line was right in sync with the outcome of the game. However, out of the Hawkeyes 24 points scored, exactly ZERO of them came from their offense. There scoring consisted of a safety, a FG, a trick play pass from the punter to a DE, another safety, another FG, and a TAINT. (Note: here at Pypeline, we call pick-6’s TAINTS. It stands for Touchdown After INTerception. It’s both a h/t to an old Bill Simmons’ joke, and an excuse to use the word TAINT. Because, well, you know.) So somehow, out of 24 points, the Hawkeyes managed none with their offense on the field. Yet, Vegas somehow nailed the line exactly. What is this sorcery??

Oklahoma State’s Chuba Hubbard (30) gets by Texas’s Caden Sterns (7) in the fourth quarter. – (Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman)
Chubba is the new John

Many fans are starting to hear the name Brock Purdy floating around the highlight reel every week. He’s Iowa St’s true freshman quarterback, and he’s been lighting it up for the Cyclones. Well, Brock has a younger brother named Chubba Purdy. Chubba is a 2020 recruit that also plays QB, and is being recruited by schools around the country.

Not to be outdone, but Oklahoma St’s 2nd leading rusher this year is Chuba Hubbard. The lesson here is if you want your kid to get picked on mercilessly/become a solid college football player, name them Chubba/Chuba.

Live look at the Pac 12
The #Pac12AfterDark is a hot circle of garbage

Washington lost to the heavy underdog Cal Bears in a 12-10 snoozefest. But that’s not the strange, but true part. It was the first time since 2007 that Cal had defeated two Top 15 teams back to back. And Washington decided to not score in the final 52 minutes of the game. Bold strategy, Cotton! Let’s see how it plays out.

When Cal won, it threw the already disheveled Pac 12 into a wood chipper. Eight of the 12 teams have at least 3 conference losses. Eleven of the 12 teams have at least 2 conference losses. Only Washington St has 1 loss. When you’re pinning your conference hopes on Wazzu and head coach Mike Leech…ouch.