Out of the six biggest bowl games of the season, we got a grand total of zero close and competitive games. That and poor start times and dates killed the excitement of college football. And the worst part is that it will continue to be that way. What. A. Mess.
The Kentucky Wildcats were two games away from history.
Sitting at 38-0, all they had to do is beat Wisconsin and then beat Duke to become the first team since Indiana in 1976 to go undefeated and the first team ever to go 40-0 in a season.
But as the semifinal game wound down, it all fell apart for the Wildcats. And instead of them getting the chance for basketball immortality in the championship game, it was the Badgers playing the Blue Devils for all the marbles.
Even though the season didn’t end with an undefeated record or a national championship, however, this Kentucky team was/is a great team.
Last Wednesday, Syracuse announced that it would imposing a postseason ban on its men’s basketball team due to an NCAA investigation, that’s about to come to an end, over alleged academic fraud, issues in drug testing and some other shady dealings. Now, that would so good and all, considering the Orangemen are a perennial power in the ACC and nationally; however, this year, they hold only a record of 15-8 overall and 6-4 in conference play, with some pretty bad losses to boot, and are likely not going to make it into the tournament, rendering the ban essentially pointless.
So with the NCAA due to announce at any moment the punishment for Syracuse’s transgressions, it would be best for the association to go beyond the self-imposed postseason ban with a harsher penalty.
At first, I was really disappointed that ESPN was going all out for the final BCS national championship game. I wasn’t really planning to be watching the game and that announcement would limit my options outside of the game.
But as the game kicked off, and I explored the plethora of options ESPN had, the more I found myself actually enjoying what they had on. And in a stunning turn of events, I hope this becomes the norm for big games like the college football title game, Super Bowl and even the Final Four to name a few.
On Wednesday I posted a column to my arena football site, Arena Pigskin, about how college football is becoming more and more like arena football. And now, especially after watching highlight after highlight after the NCAA season has finished, I feel more and more confident about that conclusion.
So this past Saturday was just a continuation of the previous Saturday’s upset craziness. A number of ranked teams went down, a number of SEC teams expected to compete for the conference title lost and some Heisman hopefuls took a big hit. So, who are in the top five for the Heisman and who fell out.
As the dangers of playing football have become more and more known in recent years, the NCAA decided to see what they can do to prevent injuries, specifically to the head and neck area, and possibly subside some fears about playing the game.
Week Seven turned out to be the week of the upsets across college football. Texas beat OU. Utah shocked Stanford. Ole Miss nearly pulled off the upset over Texas A&M. Missouri beat Georgia, then lost their quarterback for the season.
This past weekend also helped weed out some of the Heisman contenders. Some rose to the top while others fell almost out of the picture. So here’s my Heisman list after the weekend.
It took a nearly the entire first half, but at the end of the day, I and other UT fans alike were able to breathe easy and take in the full first Saturday of college football without the embarrassment of a loss to New Mexico State.
The great singer Andy Williams wrote the song “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and while he probably meant that for the Christmas season, for college football fans across the country waking up today, that applies to today.
After nearly eight months without college football, it returns today with vengeance and a number of good game.
For the past two years, Cinderella has gotten a chance to dance with the prince with time remaining before midnight. But in those two years, the Cinderella–the Butler Bulldogs–has seen the clock strike midnight all too soon.
This year, however, there is no Cinderella. Despite the fact we had two 15 seeds defeat 2 seeds for the first time in history and had a 13 seed advance to the Sweet Sixteen. All of them fell with Ohio having the hardest fall of them all. And now, on Championship night two teams remain:
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