Column: Upsets taunting college football fan bases
Published: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 23:10
Last week in college football meant misery for many fan bases across America with some huge upsets happening around the nation. With that being said, let’s have some fun and rank the most miserable fan bases in the nation.
Louisville ruined their entire season last week against UCF. They “accidentally washed my jeans with my cell-phone in the pocket” ruined it. Louisville already plays in the American, one of the weakest conferences in college football, and needed to absolutely demolish every team in front of them to show the big time schools that they deserve a shot at the Championship. The loss to UCF will act as an unforgivable fault on Louisville’s BCS application, which will no doubt be denied. The only reason that the Cardinals aren’t lower on this list is because they just won the National Championship in basketball. So keep dancing Cardinals, basketball season is only a week away.
UConn should be No. 1, but just as Louisville has a tremendous basketball season to look forward to, so do the Huskies. The Huskies return Shabazz Napier at point guard as he looks to improve on an already tremendous college career with his right hand man Ryan Boatright. The front court is the only question mark as standout juninor DeAndre Daniels looks to assert himself on the post and rising Phil Nolan looks to be a dominant rim protector. As long as UConn sticks to the hardwood and doesn’t pay attention to any sports that involve end zones or goal posts, the future should prove to be fairly bright for the reeling Huskies.
3. Texas A&M
The looks of shock and horror when Johnny Manziel went down Saturday can only be matched by Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone. The star quarterback fell to the turf with a hurt throwing shoulder on Saturday, but was able to return. However, it was too late for the Aggies to halt the momentum of the rambling Auburn offense as they fell 45-42 as a desperation “Johnny Football” moment proved futile. This is the second heartbreaking loss the “12th Man” of College Station has had to endure over the season. The Aggies also fell to Alabama Crimson Tide earlier this season in similar late game fashion.
Florida has gone from first to worst in the SEC this year. The Gators were heavily favored in the Sugar Bowl last season as they took on the Louisville Cardinals, a member of the much weaker Big East. Not only did they lose convincingly to the Cardinals, but they also lost their star quarterback Jeff Driskel earlier this season. Florida has lost three games this season, all to rivals. First was to in-state, extremely-hated rival Miami, to whom they lost 21-16 for their first loss of the season. Their next two losses came to LSU and Missouri. Any Florida football fan will tell you that not only do they hate losing, but they find it to be unacceptable.
Your heart really had to hurt for the Tigers last week. Everything was going Clemson’s way. They came into the game undefeated, ranked No. 3 in the country, and looking to compete for their first championship in over 30 years. College Gameday had made its second visit to Clemson, S.C. this season and the crowd looked hyped. The stadium was rocking as the Tigers were ready to take on their second top five opponent at Death Valley this season. The crowd roared as their Tigers ran down the hill and took the field. This would be the last time any of the Clemson fans would have anything to cheer about as they were completely and utterly destroyed by Florida State. The misery would come early and often as the Tigers fumbled the football within the first eight seconds off the game. The Heisman frontrunner and normally trustworthy Tahj Boyd was intercepted twice, while Florida States’ Jameis Winston threw for 444 yards and three touchdowns. The usually deafening Death Valley crowd was reduced to scatterings of fans as time ran out and the Seminoles began to celebrate their 51-14 beat down of the Tigers.