Alabama and Tennessee had Saturday’s matchup circled on the schedule from the beginning of the season, and the game delivered.
The Crimson Tide smashed Tennessee 49-10 in front of the biggest television audience of the weekend on CBS, which gave Gary Danielson and Verne Lundquist a big platform. Elsewhere, the Joe Tessitore effect appears to be back after a wild game between Ole Miss and Arkansas.
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Tennessee-Alabama was easily the most-watched SEC game of the weekend, and for good reason. No. 1 Alabama proved its dominance with a devastating 49-10 over the No. 9 Vols. There were plenty of memorable moments from the broadcast.
Perhaps the strangest was when the camera flipped to the press box and showed Danielson wearing what appeared to be a plaid blue bathrobe.
Preferred football-watching attire pic.twitter.com/xd8xVcdJPj
— SB Nation GIF (@SBNationGIF) October 15, 2016
Gary’s broadcasting partner, Lundquist, confirmed during a talk to the Monday Morning Quarterback Club in Birmingham, Ala., that the robe was a tribute to Manning, apparently to his “Peyton on Sunday Morning” commercials with DirecTV.
“Peyton was going to come up and spend most of the second quarter with us,” Lundquist said per AL.com. “Gary came up with the idea of sneaking out of the scene and then hiding. I introduced Peyton and kept his attention. Gary put the robe on and snuck up behind him.”
What is Gary Danielson wearing???
— Brian Langford (@aBrianLangford) October 15, 2016
First, Gary is in a robe to mock PM's DirecTV commercials. Then he sings "So happy to have you in our booth" to the Nationwide tune. ???
— Belle Es You (@SouthernbeLLSU) October 15, 2016
Also love trying to watch a game and all I hear is Peyton Manning talking with Gary and Verne about a robe
— Greg Magee (@NotGregMagee) October 15, 2016
— TonyQuinnTQ (@TonyQuinnTQ) October 15, 2016
At the end of the second quarter, Alabama drove 64 yards down the field in barely a minute against the soft Tennessee defense. Jalen Hurts scrambled for a first down to set up a potential 37-yard field goal attempt, but it appeared the clock went out.
That forced the refs to go back to the tape and add a few seconds back onto the clock for a final field goal — when has that ever gone wrong for Alabama? When Lundquist and Danielson pointed that out, and laughed of course, ‘Bama fans had some thoughts:
— Nicole P (@NicoleAniek) October 15, 2016
Verne and Gary…enough with the one second references. A lot has happened since then…like national championships.
— Nikki Peebles (@pikkineebles) October 15, 2016
— Gavin McNellage (@GMcnellage) October 15, 2016
Former Crimson Tide safety Geno Matias-Smith even got in on the action:
Verne Lunquist is hilarious with this 1 Second mess they keep bringing up ??
— ★Geno Matias-Smith™★ (@_ALLWORLD24) October 15, 2016
Joe Tess effect
It’s well-documented that Tessitore, an ESPN broadcaster, is usually on hand to call some of the wildest games of the college football season. The “Joe Tess effect” didn’t show up two weeks ago in Arkansas’ game against Alabama, but it was back in a big way for the Arkansas-Ole Miss game in Fayetteville, Ark.
The game was tied 20-20 at halftime and was never had more than a touchdown margin in the second half. In fact, after Ole Miss kicked a field goal at the beginning of the fourth quarter, the game never spread more than four points apart.
Ole Miss scored a touchdown with 9 minutes remaining to give it a 30-27 lead. Arkansas struck back a few drives later to retake the lead with 2:20 remaining.
“You can actually feel Razorback Stadium vibrate underneath our feet right now,” Tessitore said during the call. “Fourth-and-16, soak it in folks, game on the line.”
Kelly was popped just short of the conversion and the ball squirted out of bounds to end Ole Miss’ final drive. Fans took to Twitter to celebrate Joe Tess games being BACK.
Was wondering why this Arky/Ole Miss game was so crazy. Joe Tess!
— Brandon H (@spadilly) October 16, 2016
JOE TESS IS BACK!!!! #letseat
— Ryan Adams (@RyanAdams480) October 16, 2016
I want Joe Tess to give the play-by-play for every sporting event for the rest of time.
He's the best in the business.
— Michael Borkey (@MichaelBorkey) October 16, 2016
Joe Tess doing an SEC night game seems unsafe.
— Jane Coaston (@cjane87) October 15, 2016