Questionable calls

That guy’s not a receiver…

Follow the right guard on this play. He essentially fakes a block and then does a 180, appearing to be open for a pass. That’s the textbook definition of the ineligible receiver downfield rule. The SEC has been stressing enforcement of this, and they missed one there.

Patrick Towles gets laid out, Ben Boulware initially gets called for targeting

Former Kentucky Wildcat Patrick Towles, now at Boston College, got rocked by Clemson’s Ben Boulware on Friday. Though it was overturned, the initial call was targeting – proving that if a player, especially a quarterback, simply acts as if they stepped on a land mine, someone will get tossed.

ECU’s Colby Gore lays lick, gets kicked out

https://twitter.com/BarstoolECU/status/784794788235051008

ECU fans across twitter were livid about this targeting call, but regardless of it’s legality, the result was an ejection of defensive back Colby Gore.

LSU fan explains “Bama Privilege”

https://twitter.com/tj_lsudad/status/784920218518876160

Though the homerism of his take should be taken into consideration, this LSU fan uses a holding call that went against Arkansas to define the “Bama Privilege”. This holding call cost Arkansas their second touchdown in the midst of a grueling game at home versus the Tide.

Targeting is officiated with an incredible amount of variance 

In the same game that saw Nigel Warrior get booted for a helmet to helmet hit on A&M’s Cullen Gillaspia, the Aggies Twelfth Man may have gotten away with one of his own. Perhaps he should’ve also waved goodbye to himself.

Arkansas’ JaMichael Winston apparently forgot he wasn’t on Ultimate Fighter, or at least on national television, when he went after Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts’ throat. This one was a 50/50 gamble between getting a flag or a “FINISH HIM!” graphic. It got neither.

Missed pass interference 

https://twitter.com/gifdsports/status/784906384198336514

On Texas A&M’s final drive in regulation, the one that would end in a missed field goal, there was a pretty bad miss by SEC refs. Upon replay, both Verne and Gary were amazed that this jersey grab by Tennessee’s Malik Foreman on A&M’s Christian Kirk was not called.

Ejections

A&M’s Twelfth Man gets lit up

This hit perfectly encapsulated everything the public knows about targeting. Tennessee safety Nigel Warrior lit up Cullen Gillaspia, A&M’s twelfth man, and was ejected after review. When the hit happened, Tennessee fans were furious. Upon replay, however – man, was that a clear example of targeting.

Mississippi State does something right, then something wrong

Most deliberate ejection-worthy hits are the result of frustration. There was plenty of frustration to go around in Mississippi State’s, 14-38 loss to Auburn.

Penn State kicker: public enemy number one

Last week, Minnesota had a player who actively sought out Penn State kicker Joey Julius and lit him up away from the play. The hefty placekicker’s fame has apparently made a few players in the Big Ten upset, as this is becoming a trend. On Saturday, Maryland’s Isaiah Davis was thrown out for this hit on Julius.

 

Bloopers

The Mississippi State game was a blooper.

There was a ton that went wrong for Mississippi State on Saturday, and this play was a great representation. Maybe Bulldogs tackle Martinas Rankin couldn’t hear because of the cowbells, maybe he was confused about the snap count, maybe he suddenly remembered he left his oven on back home – whatever the reason, he looked lost on this play.

 

Turnovers, turnovers everywhere

Texas A&M forced seven turnovers on Saturday, and this one was among the more particular. It was poetic justice, as Tennessee would somehow overcome that huge deficit, only to lose in overtime on a Joshua Dobbs interception.

Just take a knee, man Trayveon Williams

With a long run by breakout star running back Trayveon Williams, the Aggies thought, for about the fifth time, that they had the Volunteers on the ropes. If Williams had taken a knee, the Vols would’ve been unable to stop the clock and the result would’ve been an automatic win. Sadly for Williams, he got caught up in the moment and was tracked down for a strip that would give Tennessee the ability to tie the game and send it to overtime.

It was a tough day for graphics

https://twitter.com/_WooPigSooie51/status/784932840538451968

With a light slate of games, one would think that ESPN and CBS would be humming along effortlessly. One would be wrong.

Or viewers’ eyes in general…