Questionable calls, bloopers, and ejections: Week 8
Seriously, what is targeting?
This is why Speedy Noil is no longer in the game. Geez. pic.twitter.com/JYSTyxen7e
— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) October 22, 2016
The delicate balance of football, especially in college, is found when rewarding big hits and shaming malicious hits. Mack Wilson’s hit appeared to be both. Though the crowd at Bryant-Denny Stadium, as well as the legion of Bama fans on Twitter were absolutely thrilled – this one appeared to deserve a flag and an ejection.
Officiating is a little different for the Tide
— Jason Miller (@JasonMillerREB) October 22, 2016
— Michael Landauer (@Landauer_m) October 22, 2016
— Darren Henrichs (@Snifflesnrumjum) October 22, 2016
With the Tide rolling at full force, fans across the country are trying to explain it. Though some allegations are baseless, as fans scramble to say they were robbed, it seems more and more calls are being brought up that favor the nation’s number-one ranked team.
Mizzou fans claim targeting
— Represent Mizzou (@RepresentMizzou) October 22, 2016
Sometimes, quarterbacks are pampered to the point of being kickers. In the case of Mizzou’s Drew Lock, he got treated like a rugby player here. Lock will have plenty of moments from Saturday’s Middle Tennessee State loss to reflect on tomorrow, and he may have a nasty headache as well.
Johnathan Allen is playing Madden on rookie difficulty
I think this is my favorite play of the year so far: https://t.co/q6VUJu5WX7
— Saturday Down South (@SDS) October 22, 2016
This is a heck of a play by Allen, and it displays why Alabama strikes fear into the heart of offenses. The big time pro prospect made the often-impressive A&M line look like those high schoolers that Jadeveon Clowney used to blow up on grainy film.
Austin Allen is not a running back
Austin Allen just dropped the ball. No one was even around him. He just dropped it.
— Michael Felder (@InTheBleachers) October 22, 2016
I guess manti Teo's girlfriend knocked the ball outta Austin Allen's hands🤔
— Kyle Jorden (@nikkkjorden24) October 22, 2016
Not much went right for Austin Allen in the Hogs game against Auburn. He was hit mercilessly, intercepted, and his team failed to score more than three points. The pinnacle of his frustration came when he eluded tacklers to scramble for a first down, only to drop the ball with no particular cause.
You’re no Stan White!
— Jody Fuller (@jodyfuller) October 22, 2016
They just called Sean White, Stan White……easy there buddy! He's good but not Stan good. #WarEagle 🐅🐅
— Austin Jackson (@JacksonAustinM) October 22, 2016
During halftime of the Auburn vs Arkansas game, ESPN’s Joey Galloway mistakenly called Auburn quarterback Sean White by the name of another former Auburn signal caller. Though Sean White has had a great year so far, Galloway was about 20 years and 6000 career passing yards off.
Oh, this is targeting!
— Joe Fleming (@ByJoeFleming) October 22, 2016
Pretty close to the same kind of hit here, but against the other team. A&M safety Donovan Wilson tried to fit in a cheap shot on Alabama’s Damien Harris after the interception, and was kicked out by SEC officials. His backup was instantly targeted by Lane Kiffin and the Alabama offense, showing how these penalties can affect more than just yardage.