Saturday was a tribute to legendary announcers.
Verne Lundquist was honored during College GameDay and delivered a great moment in the Alabama-Texas A&M broadcast, while Brent Musburger had a signature moment of disinterest during his game. A pair of true freshman quarterbacks also got plenty of attention during the week.
Check out some of the top broadcast storylines from Week 8’s games:
He’s a freshman!
South Carolina surprisingly started true freshman quarterback Jake Bentley, its third starting quarterback of the season after Perry Orth and Brandon McIlwain. Bentley is an 18-year-old true freshman who graduated a year early from high school to join the Gamecocks.
Of course, if you didn’t know that Bentley was a coach’s son from Opelika, Ala., who should be a senior in high school, the broadcast crew of Tom Hart and Andre Ware was more than happy to remind you. The crew repeated the fact seemingly hundreds of times.
How many times have the TV broadcasters mentioned that Jake Bentley is a coach's kid?
— Hale McGranahan (@Hale_AJC) October 22, 2016
Take a shot every time they mention Bentley "should be playing high school football" #Gamecocks
— Randy Wilder (@Raaaaaaaandyyy) October 22, 2016
Hey. Did y'all know that Bentley coulda been playing at Opelika High School?
— Gamecock Lady (@gamecocklady76) October 22, 2016
Verne on College GameDay
Lundquist of CBS is retiring at the end of the season, so rival ESPN decided to honor him by featuring him as a celebrity game picker during Saturday’s episode of College GameDay.
Lundquist had a great time and told several stories about the history of college football. It’s hard to beat the joy that was on his face when Lee Corso put on the elephant head and picked the Crimson Tide to win.
Verne Lunquist was the guest picker on Gameday from Tuscaloosa. Alabama big favorite to win over A&M pic.twitter.com/NGWIxnI33p
— Jimmy Carter (@askjimmycarter) October 22, 2016
Going from the Chainsmokers to Verne Lundquist on GameDay's celebrity pickers is like being a vegan and then eating at Outback Steakhouse.
— Carter Karels (@CarterKarels) October 22, 2016
Later, during his game on CBS, Alabama QB Jalen Hurts was having a stellar game in the 19-point victory over the Aggies. “Uncle Verne” mentioned Hurts’ former high school team, Channelview (Texas), didn’t have quite the ideal day against rival Houston North Shore, losing 68-0.
Verne and Danielsen have no chill about Channelview's game last night.
— Gabe Brooks (@gabrieldbrooks) October 22, 2016
Ok Verne and Gary. Jalen Hurts is from Channelview Texas!!! We know!!!
— Ginger Snow (@gsnow0896) October 22, 2016
Musburger losing interest
Musburger was calling an exciting game between No. 23 Ole Miss and No. 25 LSU, but his mind was clearly somewhere else. It didn’t help that the game was right in the middle of one of the wildest hours in sports.
While the LSU-Ole Miss game was still going on, the Chicago Cubs booked their ticket to the 2016 World Series, the first such appearance since 1945. Elsewhere, Penn State also picked up a signature win over Ohio State in Happy Valley. Even while big plays were still happening in the game he was calling, Musburger was distracted and giving live update of other games.
Musburger casually mentioning the score of the Cubs-Dodgers game during the LSU-Ole Miss broadcast.
— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) October 23, 2016
Musburger just gave an accurate description of a play-action pass while dropping a baseball update in about four seconds. PRO.
— BUFFALO CHILL CODY (@edsbs) October 23, 2016
I don't think Brent Musburger is watching his game at all, he's just talking about Ohio State-Penn State
— Shehan Jeyarajah (@ShehanJeyarajah) October 23, 2016
Best line of the night by Brent Musburger " I hope all those people in Chicago celebrate, go to saloons…"
— Josh Tolley (@jtolley19) October 23, 2016