Do you know the second line to On Wisconsin"? On which septuagenarian coach's site can you hear the strains of Pearl Jam? Who let the dogs out down in Mississippi? The following college football sites provide the answers to these questions and others:
This All-America-worthy site is a comprehensive complement to a Saturday spent watching games on TV. (Or listening to them; the site links you to team broadcasts.) To keep you current, the righthand margin has a scrolling scoreboard. The encyclopedic "Facts & Figures" section provides links to school pages that contain season-by-season records and fight-song lyrics. ("On Wisconsin, On Wisconsin/ Plunge right through that line!") A history section includes a college football time line, brief recaps of 10 storied rivalries and thumbnail sketches of more than 150 notable players, from Agase to Zorich.
On his lively, bountiful site, Penn State's 71-year-old coach Joe Paterno has recruited some of his high-profile peers to diagram plays and discuss strategy. West Virginia coach Don Nehlen, for instance, gives you video of his team's 50 Pop Strike Blitz, while, to the accompaniment of Pearl Jam's Alive, Washington's Rick Neuheisel narrates Colorado's 1994 game-winning Hail Mary pass at Michigan. (Neuheisel was a Buffaloes assistant at the time.) Some of the links, such as the "Coffee Shop" chat room, are available only to those who pay the $22 annual membership fee. Twenty-two bucks for a cup of JoePa? That tariff is steeper than the 3-5 Nittany Lions' slide this season.
Fred Smoot has "4.4 40 speed and 4.1 mouth speed." So says this funny and unauthorized site that exalts Mississippi State's star cornerback. Log on and hear the Baha Men posing the ubiquitous musical question "Who let the dawgs out?" Various Starkville icons, including Smoot (number 2 above, defending against Auburn's Reggie Worthy) and Bulldogs coach Jackie Sherrill. respond (through computer-manipulated photos), " Smoot! Smoot!" You'll also get a compendium of the brash Smoot's quotes ("The Smack") about his foes, as well as this warning: "Do not operate heavy equipment, drive a car, or have a full mouth of food/beverage while viewing this website." We agree.