NCAA College Football BlowoutsMonday, September 23, 2013 21:26
The vast number of extreme blowouts in Week 4 of the NCAA college football season highlighted how badly the scheduling of cupcake games needs to go.
Let’s Not Play These Games Again
Week 4 was embarrassing for NCAA college football–and that’s saying something.
College football and NCAA is seemingly rocked by scandals and other embarrassing situations on a daily basis. Academic fraud. Players receiving benefits against the rules. A joke of a national championship system. At the extreme end, criminal cover-ups (Penn State).
But still the games go on, soaring in popularity, because the product on the field has, for the most part, been compelling. Not always for the quality of play, mind you, but for the rivalries, the traditions, and everything connected with them.
However, this past weekend, the play on the field hit new lows of a laughable nature. Of course, if you’re into football betting and picked the over or the favorite to cover, you loved the results.
The disparity between the haves and have-nots has long been acknowledged, and the habit, tradition, joke (whatever you want to call it) of big programs scheduling cupcakes early in the season has long been reviled. In recent years, such ridicule has positively resulted in big-name teams playing each other earlier on…for the first couple weeks of the season at least.
But inevitably the cupcake games arrive. Where Week 4 hit an embarrassing low is just how bad those games ended up being–and just how many laughing stocks there were. Some of the scores:
- Ohio State 76, Florida A&M 0
- Louisville 72, Florida Intl. 0
- Washington 56, Idaho State 0
- Baylor 70, LA Monroe 7
- Florida State 54, Bethune-Cookman 6
- Miami 77, Savannah State 7
- UCLA 59, New Mexico Sate 13
Even games between Big 6 Conference schools left a lot to be desired. The Pittsburgh-Duke game may have been close (58 – 55), but where was the freaking defense?
Week 4 was embarrassing for NCAA college football because the one thing that has continually bolstered the sport hit ridiculous lows…even for the games that were expected to be cringe-inducing.
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