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12 Most Embarassing Games on the 2008 College Football Schedule

Discussion in 'Football: NFL, College, High School' started by Lil Pun, Apr 17, 2008.

  1. Lil Pun

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    Monday, we took a broad look at the schedules for the Division I-A conferences. Now, we're getting more specific, with a list of the 12 most embarrassing games of the season. On Wednesday, we'll look at the 12 best non-conference games of the season.

    First, we do not care about the back story of why some of these games came about. We're fully aware that some "Big Six" league schools had to scramble to find an opponent when another school pulled out. We also know this: Less than two weeks ago, two Division I-A teams coming off bowl wins – Fresno State and Rutgers – signed to play Sept. 1. What that means, of course, is that if a "Big Six" team truly wanted to play someone else, it could've.

    Second, we're referring to games against "Division I-AA" teams. We know the NCAA now refers to that division as the "Football Championship Subdivision." But we still use the "I-AA moniker" as a sort of protest; the NCAA has far more important matters to attend to than worrying about a name change for its football divisions.

    Third – and most important – we are not being derisive of or impugning I-AA football. We're fully aware that the top six or so I-AA programs could play in any league in Division I-A – and do quite well in some of the non-"Big Six" leagues. We're fully aware that another 10 or so I-AA programs would fare well in the non-"Big Six" leagues. And we're not averse to I-A/I-AA games per se. What we don't like is "Big Six"-league teams scheduling games against bad I-AA teams. (Eleven of the 12 "Big Six" programs we're spotlighting went to bowls last season.) You'll notice that none of the games we've selected involve top-level I-AA programs.

    So, without further ado, here are the 12 most embarrassing games this season involving "Big Six" schools and I-AA programs:

    12. Murray State at Indiana, Sept. 6: Indiana is coming off its first winning season since 1994, and playing the Racers is a good way to get a victory. Murray State used to be a solid I-AA program, but the Racers have won just 33 games this decade (4.5 victories per season) and only five in the past three seasons.

    11. The Citadel at Florida, Nov. 22: The Citadel isn't horrible – the Bulldogs were 7-4 last season. But that was just its second winning season in the past 13. Plus, it's a horrible date to be playing a I-AA team. This will be Florida's final home game of the season. Playing a mediocre I-AA program – that's sure a nice way to send out the seniors.

    10. Cal Poly at Wisconsin, Nov. 22: It's not that Cal Poly is bad; the Mustangs were 7-4 last season. It's just that as with the Florida-Citadel game, the timing of this one is weak: This will be the final game of the regular season for Wisconsin. Yeah, a I-AA game on the last big weekend of the season will fire up the fans. The fine establishments on State Street will be filled by the middle of the third quarter by fans who have left Camp-Randall Stadium.

    9. Southeast Missouri at Missouri, Sept. 6: We'll give Missouri credit for one thing: If you're going to beat up on a bad I-AA team (SEMO was 3-8 last season), at least do it to a team from your state.

    8./7. UT Martin at South Florida, Aug. 30/UT Martin at Auburn, Nov. 8: Since 1988, UT Martin has had three winning seasons – and 11 seasons with three or fewer wins. Playing the Skyhawks as your season-opener is bad enough. But playing them in early November truly is weak. Yes, that's homecoming weekend for Auburn. But while it's important to win on homecoming, shouldn't the opposition provide just a teensy bit of intrigue?

    6. Northern Colorado at Purdue, Sept. 6: Northern Colorado was 1-11 last season, which means Purdue should be able to chew up and spit out the Bears to get outgoing coach Joe Tiller's last go-round off to a good start.

    5. Rhode Island at Boston College, Sept. 27: This would have some intrigue if it were a basketball game. Alas …. The Colonial Athletic Association may be the best I-AA league, but Rhode Island is one of the CAA's worst programs. The Rams have finished with a losing record in 11 of the past 12 seasons – never winning more than four games in those losing seasons – and 19 of the past 22. If Boston College wants to play a I-AA program based in the Northeast, play Massachusetts or New Hampshire, not Rhode Island.

    4. Charleston Southern at Miami, Aug. 28: This is the first of two Miamis that Charleston Southern – which is in the Big South Conference and finished 5-6 last season – will play this season. The Bucs play at Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 13. This is a Thursday night game and the first for the Hurricanes at Dolphin Stadium. Is anybody going to be there?

    3. Western Carolina at Florida State, Sept. 6/Chattanooga at Florida State, Sept. 13: Chattanooga and Western Carolina are the two worst programs in the Southern Conference; they combined to go 3-19 last season. Plus, these are the first two home games of the season for the Seminoles (yeah, the fans will be psyched to see those "contests"). Then again, Florida State figures to be wracked by academic suspensions, so playing two patsies – and getting two more wins for Bobby Bowden – might be the best way to start the season.

    2. Coastal Carolina at Penn State, Aug. 30: Coastal Carolina? What, State College High wasn't available? Coastal Carolina was founded in 1954 – four years after Joe Paterno became an assistant at Penn State. Coastal Carolina started playing football in 2003 – which was Paterno's 38th season as Penn State's head coach (and, coincidentally, the worst season of his career). Given Paterno's largesse to Penn State's libraries – he has donated upward of $4 million – is it any surprise the Nittany Lions are playing a patsy whose nickname (the Chanticleers) is derived from Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales"? Maybe this is the start of an annual Big Ten-Big South Challenge (Coastal Carolina is in the Big South); for sure, it's a Challenge the Big Ten would win.

    1. Chattanooga at Oklahoma, Aug. 30: What in the world is Oklahoma doing playing Chattanooga, which has had just four winning seasons since 1988? The Mocs were 2-9 last season. In the past 20 seasons, the Mocs are 0-19 vs. Division I-A foes, losing those games by an average margin of 34 points per game. Only one of those games was decided by fewer than 14 points. Hey, perhaps OU folks figured a blowout of a bad I-AA team to open the season will erase some of the bad taste still remaining from the Fiesta Bowl beatdown administered by West Virginia.
     
  2. gucci888

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    That Chattanooga/OU game is really bad, like most pre-conference games, its a bunch of small schools making some cash by getting their butts kicked on the field (and this goes for all big D-1 schools, not just OU).

    I believe that Citadel/Florida game is also Senior day for the Gators, good job Urban. :rolleyes:
     
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    No honarable mention for Arkansas being too chicken s**t and backing out of playing my Longhorns this year?
     
  4. SirCharlesFan

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    go look at the schedule, idiot.
     
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    I'm so glad I am not the only Arkansas fan on here. :)
     
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    A lot of Big 10 teams made the list because they had to add a game to compensate for no conference title game. These fluff games started last season. I call them fluff, but Michigan might not agree after last year... :D
     
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    Coastal Carolina's AD played for Paterno and was a captain on a couple of his undefeated teams. They say the game was scheduled as a favor to help out a fledgling football program (the $$$ and exposure helped, not the bruises).

    They play Clemson in 2009, then probably schedule Cal in 2010. The lions, then tigers, then bears ... oh my :D .

    Many fans were still unhappy about it though.

    I'd rename the title of the article to "12 most disappointing match ups on the 2008 college football Schedule" or something. I think it's only really embarrassing if you lose.
     
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    This is nothing. Last year, THE Ohio State University played Youngstown State, Akron and Kent State all in the SAME SEASON at home. No shame!

    I normally want OSU to win, but their out of conference schedule ticked me off so much I wanted anybody but them to win the national championship. It was weird, but I was very happy when LSU beat them.
     
  9. Smokey

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    Umm...I'm pretty confident the NCAA only permits 12 regular season games. Postseason (conference championship and bowl games) are exempt.
     
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    Those small schools can basically pay for their entire athletic program for the whole year by scheduling these games.

    The big schools get basically a scrimmage and stat-padding game while being able to charge admission.
     
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    Yeah they backed out of the game next year to play A&M...i smell their fear.
     
  12. Lil Pun

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    But not this year, which is what this thread is about.
     
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    My hatred for Ohio State knows no bounds.
     
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    Actually, Arkansas and UT agreed to reschedule the football game in Fayetteville for a later date. Funny enough, Arkansas agreed to do the same favor for UT in basketball this past season....I smell your ignorance.
     
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    Chatanooga with an upset.........

    They all die when they play OU
     
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    They may suck, but at least Akron and Kent State are Division I-A schools.
     
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    Didn't TO go to Chattanooga? Every time he's on Monday night football and the players say their names and college. He's always so happy to represent " Chattanooga Tennessee." I never seen or heard of any other player that came from there. Do they suck that bad?
     
  18. gucci888

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    Chattanooga, which has had just four winning seasons since 1988? The Mocs were 2-9 last season. In the past 20 seasons, the Mocs are 0-19 vs. Division I-A foes, losing those games by an average margin of 34 points per game. Only one of those games was decided by fewer than 14 points.
     
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    Actually, Arkansas asked for a postponment so that they can play the mighty football juggernaut known as Texas A&M. The game won't be played untill after 2013. This left UT-Austin scrambling for an opponent for 2009. Fortunately we found an equal if not greater competitor in Wyoming.
     
  20. Lil Pun

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    Ooooh..... :rolleyes:
     

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