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  • The best Tweets and Vines from Saturday’s action

    Here are the best Vines and Tweets we collected from Saturday. If you’ve got something better, please leave it in the comments.

  • The seven plays that cost Clemson an upset of Florida State


    What’s the most painful way to lose, tasting the sweet nectar of victory on the tip of your tongue only to have it turn into sour defeat, or simply getting pulverized into oblivion?

    Anyone wearing orange and purple can make you a pretty strong case after Florida State’s come-from-behind 23-17 overtime win over Clemson on Saturday night. The ‘Noles trailed 17-10 in the fourth quarter, and turned the ball over inside their own territory inside of two minutes left in the game, and still won.

    As if each of these plays wouldn’t already be running through their mind indefinitely, here are the seven plays that turned the tide on Saturday night. Any one of these goes differently, and we may have a new No. 1 on Sunday morning.

    • Not under-throw a wide-open tight end on third-and-goal on the first drive of the game.
    • Not miss the ensuing field goal.
    • Not snap the ball over your quarterback’s head while knocking on the door of another touchdown, moving from the four-inch line to the 24.
    • Not missing that ensuing field goal.
    • Not having your defensive back fall down in front of Florida State’s best receiver, allowing an otherwise silent Rashad Greene to stroll in for a game-tying 74-yard touchdown grab.
    • Not fumbling the ball at the Florida State 14 with 1:36 to play, missing a chance at a game-winning touchdown or field goal.
    • Not running the ball on fourth-and-1 against a stacked box in overtime.

    Congratulations to Jimbo Fisher and staff, and hugs to Dabo, Chad Morris and the folks at Clemson. Lots and lots of hugs.

  • Steve Spurrier rips his team in classic post-game press conference

    NCAA Football: Georgia at South Carolina

    Steve Spurrier is South Carolina’s most critical message board poster, except he’s the head coach.

    South Carolina beat Vanderbilt 48-34 on Saturday after falling behind 14-0 in the first quarter and allowing the Commodores to return two kickoffs for touchdowns. This, of course, is the same Vanderbilt team that lost 37-7 to Temple. Spurrier was peak Spurrier after the game, so incredulous that it spurred the assembled media into laughter.

    Here are some selected quotes from the 6-minute, 20-second piece of performance art:

    “That was a game I didn’t like a bit, although I’m proud of the offensive kids for scoring a bunch of points…. here and there.”

    “The way we play is embarrassing. I told the guys it’s embarrassing, and I’m the head coach of this embarrassing group of guys.”

    “We’re not a very good team but we’re 3-1 somehow, and we’ve got all the voters fooled thinking we’re pretty good, I guess because we beat Georgia.”

    “I don’t know what all can help this team. I really don’t.”

    “We have to almost score a touchdown every time or we’re going to get our butts beat somehow or another.”

    “I’ll try to get smarter in the future, and hopefully we can get better.”

    “We’ve all seen good football teams. We a’int one.”

    “It’s one of the worst wins I’ve ever had. No question.”

    After watching this, I would like to pay for the privilege of having Spurrier break down my high school tape.

  • Bill Snyder accuses Auburn of stealing signals. Does it matter?

    Following Auburn’s 20-14 win over Kansas State last night, Wildcats head coach Bill Snyder accused Auburn of stealing signals, causing K-State to switch things up at halftime. “They’re getting our signals,” he told ESPN sideline reporter Samantha Ponder during the game.

    Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn quickly and flatly denied the accusation after the game.

    To be fair, Kansas State is not the first team to accuse Auburn of stealing signals recently. Jimbo Fisher said the same thing following January’s BCS National Championship, and The Big Lead built a pretty convincing case that he was telling the truth.

    That’s two coaching staffs independent of each other, both from different conferences, neither with an extensive history of playing Auburn, making the same accusation. There’s a greater than zero chance it’s probably true.

    And if it is: so what?

    Ty Duffy of The Big Lead said it best today: “The point of signals is to mask what you are doing. Failure to do so is your own fault.”

    The Wildcats didn’t lose that game because Auburn hacked the mainframe. They lost because their kicker missed three field goals, their best player allowed a touchdown pass to bounce from his face mask into the opponent’s arms, and their quarterback fumbled deep inside his own territory. After all, Kansas State scored seven points in the first half, when Auburn was allegedly onto its signals, and seven points in the second half, after the Wildcats supposedly adjusted.

    Kansas State was the reason Kansas State lost that game.

    You know who agrees with that statement? The man who accused Auburn in the first place.

  • Here’s how Boston College will use its win over USC in recruiting

    NCAA Football: Southern California at Boston College

    Boston College battered USC on Saturday night, to the tune of a 37-31 final score and an unfathomable 452-20 route on the ground. That by itself will help recruiting tremendously.

    To make the absolute most out of that three-hour moment on Saturday night, B.C. has produced these videos highlighting the festivities on the game day atmosphere:

    and the bludgeoning the Eagles gave the Trojans in the ground game:

    What will help Boston College in recruiting more: those videos, these vines, or this video from the post-game locker room?

    The answer, of course, is all of them. Heck of a week for that program.