Don’t expect these guys to be reaching the BCS
On Examiner.com this morning we posted our first power rankings of the 2011 college football season. Our panel of voters collaborated over the weekend to put them together, and to the surprise of nobody, the Oklahoma Sooners top the ranking in our preseason opinions. For fun, and because nobody else on the Internet does such a thing, I thought it would be fun to take a look at the worst of the worst in college football this season.
Brace yourself, this could get ugly.
1. Eastern Michigan Eagles: Good luck to the Eastern Michigan Eagles. It’s bad enough being in the same state as Michigan and Michigan State, but they also have to go up against MAC rivals Central Michigan and Western Michigan. When you are the fifth best school in the FBS in your state, and your state isn’t Texas, Florida or California, you are in bad shape. Eastern Michigan won two games last season while allowing 43.9 points per game (third worst in nation) and scoring just 19.0 points per game.
Eastern Michigan opens the season with two FCS opponents, so they could be looking to match last season’s win total before heading to Ann Arbor and State College in back-to-back weeks (Michigan and Penn State for the college football geography impaired).
2. Memphis Tigers: We have discussed the inability of Memphis to win in college football before, but the record speaks for itself. Try 1-11 last season, 14.4 points per game scored per game in 2010 (slightly above Buffalo) and allowing nearly 40 points per game (39.8 ppg). We’ll see if they can slow down Mississippi State in week one, and if they do maybe the Bulldogs will be exposed as a little bit overhyped entering the 2011 season. Nah…
3. Buffalo Bulls: Buffalo scored an average of 14.2 points per game last season, the lowest in all of FBS football. The post-Turner Gill era is certainly off to a bullish start. After picking up a season opening victory against Rhode Island, the Bulls lost 10 of 11 games the rest of the season. Try this on for non-conference action this season. Road games at Pittsburgh and Tennessee and a home game against defending Big East champion Connecticut. At least they have a home game against Stony Brook in week two, right?
4. Maryland Uniforms: We’ll let the pictures speak for themselves, and spare you from reposting the images.
5. New Mexico Football: New Mexico or New Mexico State, it doesn’t matter. The two programs went a combined 3-21 last season, and one of those wins came in a head-to-head match-up. Two of the wins came against two schools on this list (New Mexico, San Jose State). New Mexico allowed a nation-worst 44.3 points per game last season. New Mexico State gets slight bragging rights, allowing only 39.5 points per game. I know I am counting down to October 1. Aren’t you?
6. Akron Zips: Each of the past three seasons have seen the Zips decrease in total wins, nearing in on zip. The lone win last season came in a 22-14 victory against Buffalo. Akron opens their season at Ohio State. Even with everything going on in Columbus, this should be a rough start for Akron this season.
7. Villanova’s Big East Case: Have we all forgotten when Villanova was going to join the Big East? Is anyone really thinking the Wildcats still have any chance now, or has that boat sailed? Beat Temple on Thursday and maybe that talk can be reignited. Oh, by the way, be sure to check out the No 2-Minute Warning Mayor’s Cup pre-game show Thursday night.
8. Jordan Jefferson, LSU Quarterback: You were to be the starting quarterback for a team expected to contend for a BCS title, then you get suspended indefinitely following a bar fight? Not the best decision a young student-athlete can make.
9. San Jose State Spartans: For most schools it is tough to not improve on a two-win season, but San Jose State is not most schools. The Spartans had just one win in 2010 and they gave up more than twice as many points as they scored (allowing an average of 34.7 points per game while scoring just 16.1 points per game).
10. The Morning Jones listeners: Bomani Jones’ final The Morning Jones broadcast is later this week. We know that Jones will turn up somewhere and thrive, but the loss of The Morning Jones, even just temporary, is a severe blow for the morning routine for this particular college football writer.