Saturday marked the return of a legendary announcer to the booth. Brad Nessler called his first game in his new position as CBS’ midday game announcer, as Verne Lundquist gets transitioned out in retirement.
But, of course, no week would be complete without fans having some strong opinions about Lundquist’s calls. This is especially true considering he called Alabama vs. LSU, perhaps the biggest game of the college football weekend.
Check out some of the top broadcasting storylines from the Week 10 games:
Welcome, Brad Nessler
With “Uncle Verne” Lundquist hanging up his CBS coat at the end of the season, legendary college basketball man Brad Nessler will get back into the football game to take over the prime-time slot. Nessler made his debut of SEC on CBS on Saturday in the Florida vs. Arkansas game, which ended up being a 31-10 Razorbacks win.
Luckily for Nessler, it is still the honeymoon phase of this relationship. Fans and other journalists alike took to social media to praise him and express excitement about his full-time return to the SEC booth.
Flipped over to network CBS and what a great surprise to hear Brad Nessler’s voice again. One of the voices that makes CFB great.
— Mitch Harper (@Mitch_Harper) November 5, 2016
— Adam W. Greenway (@AdamGreenway) November 5, 2016
Josh I love hearing Brad Nessler. Can't wait til next year to hear him full time.
— Wade Heard (@Dawgsfan34) November 5, 2016
Give it a few weeks next season and he’s sure to get just as many angry tweets as Lundquist does now. It comes with the territory.
Musburger don’t care
Brent Musburger was on the call for Georgia vs. Kentucky on Saturday, but few national college football fans were watching that game. In fact, most were tuned in to the star-studded matchup between No. 1 Alabama and then-No. 15 LSU on CBS.
Apparently, so was Musburger. The legendary announcer made several references to the game, which annoyed the viewers watching Georgia skate by to a 27-24 win.
— David Cleveland (@DRockUGA01) November 6, 2016
Someone tell Brent Musburger if we wanted to know every play of the LSU/ALA game, we would be watching it..
— Monica Anthony (@meanthony1) November 6, 2016
Musburger, call the game you're at. Leave LSU – Bama to the ones calling it.
— #GogglesOfGreatness (@Patt_Brown) November 6, 2016
That wasn’t all. Fans on Twitter voiced annoyance with Musburger talking about everything but the game he was calling.
Things Brent Musburger has done a great job commentating tonight:
— blakejmorgan (@_blakemorgan_) November 6, 2016
How would Musburger know if this has been a good game? He sure as hell hasn't been watching it.
— LD (@ladydi7182) November 6, 2016
Condolences to Musburger who clearly wanted to be anywhere else. Be a professional.
— dawgsonline (@dawgsonline) November 6, 2016
Obviously, Musburger didn’t seem to care and repeatedly made mention to the game of the weekend.
Biased Alabama commentary
Lundquist called his final Alabama vs. LSU game last weekend. The Crimson Tide managed to overcome an inconsistent offensive effort and defeat the Tigers 10-0 in Baton Rouge. Lundquist was honored by LSU athletic director Joe Alleva with a game-worn jersey at halftime.
LSU director of athletes Joe Alleva just gave Verne Lundquist an LSU jersey as a goodbye gift for his last year calling the SEC. pic.twitter.com/2zy1cgCMZ2
— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) November 6, 2016
It was an impressive effort, but some weren’t as thrilled with his call. It happens to some extent with every game, but some fans were absolutely positive that Lundquist and Gary Danielson were rooting for Alabama in the box.
Somebody tell Verne Lundquist his job isn't to constantly glorify Alabama over the mic. #LSUvBama
— Crosson Easter (@CrossonGray) November 6, 2016
When I watch this LSU-Bama game it's about to be on mute because I can't listen to Verne Lundquist he's the biggest Alabama fan
— Robert Goodin (@The_RG1) November 5, 2016
Anytime there's a good play or call for Alabama, Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson sound like they're having an orgasm. #BAMAvsLSU
— Nick (@NQS88) November 6, 2016
Of course, it was much harder to say nice things about LSU. The Tigers scored zero points and averaged 1.2 yards per rush.