The opening weekend of college football featured some of the best non-conference matchups we have seen. All the big broadcasting names were out to call the national SEC games.
CBS brought out its top announcing team of Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson. This is the legendary Lundquist’s final season calling SEC football games, so fans were understandably excited to hear his voice entering his last season.
DON'T LEAVE US UNCLE VERNE
— Jake Nazar (@ATVS_JakeNazar) September 3, 2016
Welcome back Uncle Verne. I'll cherish every second of our last season together.
— Ken Carman (@KenCarman) September 3, 2016
Hearing Uncle Verne say "Soso Jamabo" might be one of the top 10 moments of my life.
— Wes Rucker (@wesrucker247) September 3, 2016
Between Uncle Verne and Brent we missed you college football!
— Kevin (@kevinjlee) September 4, 2016
Lundquist is one of the legendary announcers in SEC history, so his final season is cause for celebration. Both Texas A&M and UCLA honored Lundquist with gifts before the game.
— Allie LaForce (@ALaForce) September 2, 2016
— UCLA Athletics (@UCLAAthletics) September 3, 2016
Brent Musburger was assigned the Auburn-Clemson game on Saturday and had the line of the weekend. While talking about Louisville’s opening week success, he said of Bobby Petrino: “Man can flat out coach. When he gets off his motorcycle, he’s good!”
— Jason McIntyre (@jasonrmcintyre) September 6, 2016
Brent Musburger, just now, on Bobby Petrino: "He can flat-out coach. When he gets off his motorcycle, he's good!"
We are all witnesses
— Brian Hamilton (@BrianHamiltonSI) September 4, 2016
Arkansas fans will remember that Petrino was fired after crashing his motorcycle with a 25-year-old member of the athletic department with him.
Musburger almost always elicits a strong response, and this weekend was no different. In addition to the Auburn game, Musburger called Tennessee-Appalachian State, the first game of the season. Not all the responses were positive.
And people seriously act like Musburger is a good commentator.
He could overhype the return of Jesus Christ. https://t.co/9H9JnzqE8S
— Jay Bell (@JBellEoL) September 2, 2016
Palmer and Musburger again?!?
Changing QBs must've really displeased the Football Gods..
— BARNING HARD (0-12) (@jckjes7) September 7, 2016
Of course Brent Musburger would say "Texas is back." He is such a Texas fan and he hates Nebraska because he got a DUI in Lincoln.
— Sam Van Haute (@samwich_10) September 5, 2016
— jwint815 (@jwint815) September 4, 2016
— lstoudenmire (@lstoudenmire) September 4, 2016
The lead ESPN combination of Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit worked extra time this weekend. Herbstreit was in Green Bay, Wis., for College GameDay in the morning, but flew to Dallas to call the opener between No. 1 Alabama and No. 20 USC that night with Fowler. The pairing then flew to Orlando, Fla., to call Ole Miss-Florida State on Sunday.
— Kyle Johnson (@KJohn509) September 6, 2016
— Brandon Abraham (@bcabraham) September 6, 2016
Kirk Herbstreit is the Doris Burke of college football. He talks, you listen, you learn something.
— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) September 6, 2016
Fowler is a dynamic announcer and often gets called a “homer” on Twitter, but he’s not bothered.
Always funny when 50% of tweets claim you wanted one side to win, 50% the other. Makes any announcer feel good about the call! Cheers!
— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) September 6, 2016
These guys did a great job for their first week back and had great games to work with. It’s shaping up to be another exciting SEC season, and these broadcasters will get to leave their stamp.