Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh is one of us, plus the Heisman straw poll returns

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Today I’m joined by David Ubben, who elaborates on one of our favorite coach tangents this week from Jim Harbaugh.

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Hooked on YouTube TV

Harbaugh’s just like us

Saturday night after Michigan dispatched Rutgers, Jim Harbaugh was one of the 10.5 million people who tuned into Ohio State’s 17-14 win over Notre Dame.

“My wife got this YouTube TV, it’s like half the price of DirecTV. No offense DirecTV, but we’re over there at YouTube TV now. Must be 150 games to watch. I’m in Hog Heaven on Saturday night watching those games. Watching a lot of them,” he said. “Then you can go back and watch them again, if you didn’t watch the one, you can go back and start and select the tape for you right there. I don’t know if I learned anything, just bouncing around watching a lot of football.”

Welcome! And he failed to mention YouTube TV’s greatest innovation: Multiview. It’s the best development in sports television since streaming services made basically every FBS game available to almost anyone anywhere.

College football Saturdays, especially those with so many ranked vs. ranked matchups like there were last week, can get a little hectic. Keeping track of all the action wasn’t easy. But being able to watch four games at once is a game-changer. Keeping an eye on a game can be done with a glance now, rather than a handful of clicks. Like most college football addicts, I have multiple screens in front of me on Saturdays to see as much as I can, but with Multiview, those screens are more efficient than ever and I can see more games than ever. It’s a beautiful thing. Seeing those options available on Saturdays makes me so happy (and willing to pay the obnoxious, constantly rising price of YouTube TV).

I’m looking forward to others like Harbaugh joining us soon.

The only thing better will be when YouTube TV figures out how to let viewers draw up their own custom, four-screen multiviews. I’m sure that day is coming. Please make it soon. — David Ubben

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Michael Penix Jr. has thrown for 1,636 yards and 16 touchdowns this season. (Steph Chambers / Getty Images)

Heisman Straw Poll

Penix leads the way

The Athletic’s Heisman Trophy straw poll is back, and Washington’s Michael Penix Jr. is the favorite to win it through Week 4.

If you need a refresher, we follow the same voting protocol as the actual Heisman race: three points for a first-place vote, two points for a second-place vote and one point for a third-place vote. A few takeaways from this week’s straw poll:

The general consensus? It’s good to be a Pac-12 quarterback. The early odds appear to be in the conference’s favor this year, and USC would add its eighth trophy if Williams wins for the second straight year.

Manny Navarro breaks down the full list of candidates here.

Week 4 Lessons

CFP race alive and well

New this week, Nicole Auerbach evaluates what we learned in Week 4 that we can look forward to in Week 5. A few things I learned:

  • Colorado’s first loss left us back-tracking, side-stepping and not knowing which direction to turn … and that’s OK. We reacted in extremes to the Buffs’ loud start to the season, so it was only a matter of time before the on-field result quieted the crowd. A Pac-12 title in Year 1 of the Deion Sanders era was just never in the cards.
  • College GameDay’s first trip to Duke is coming at the right time. We shouldn’t forget about the Blue Devils’ impressive Week 1 win against Clemson. Riley Leonard has been one of the best QBs in the ACC, and coach Mike Elko is building on the stellar turnaround he pulled off last season.
  • Hugh Freeze wants to bring love, not hate, to rivalry games. No. 1 Georgia will travel to Auburn on Saturday and Freeze’s comments on the rivalry sparked lots of conversation Monday: “I’m new here, but I don’t sense the hatred that is in some other rivalries that I’ve been a part of. I’m not big on hate. I’m really not. I’m big on just, man, this means something to so many people.” Read the full quote here.

And what about the most important takeaway of all? The College Football Playoff race is alive and well. Read more from Nicole on Notre Dame, Jim Harbaugh and more here.

Did You See This?

Coach uses cell phone for replay

On Saturday, James Madison coach Curt Cignetti tried to get a Utah State touchdown overturned by … pulling out his … phone.

On a fourth-and-4 in the second quarter, Utah State faked a field goal, and Aggies kicker Elliott Nimrod ran for an 18-yard touchdown. Here’s the play. Cignetti showed cell phone footage of the TD to the referees to argue that Nimrod went out of bounds. The Aggies’ touchdown eventually was confirmed, although JMU won the game 45-38.

“In the heat of the moment, someone sticks a phone in my hand and says this shows it,” Cignetti said in response. “You’re not allowed to have that on the sideline. I was just so immersed in the situation. I shouldn’t have done that.”

On Monday, the Sun Belt Conference issued a public reprimand to JMU as a result. But why wasn’t Cignetti ejected? Chris Vannini dives into the issue in his Group of 5 mailbag.

Quick Snaps

Suspended Michigan State coach Mel Tucker responded to MSU’s intention to fire him. The response calls Tucker’s termination “unjustified for several reasons.” The Athletic’s full timeline on the investigation is here.

Audrey Snyder joins the Until Saturday podcast today to discuss Penn State. She thinks the Nittany Lions will split their games against Ohio State and Michigan. So which team will they beat?

Should top-notch QB recruits have more impact on recruiting rankings than other positions? It seems like a resounding yes, but Ari Wasserman addresses why it doesn’t actually make sense.

Michigan’s offensive line isn’t necessarily a reason to panic, but those within the program realize there’s room to get better. Read more from Austin Meek.

Also from Austin, here’s why Ryan Day’s anger at Lou Holtz is really about Ohio State’s struggles vs. Michigan.

Where could the top Heisman candidates go in the 2024 NFL Draft? Nick Baumgardner identifies the trending players and performances to remember.

(Top photo of Jim Harbaugh: Bob Kupbens / Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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