Ranking the 10 College Football Teams Most Desperate for a Win in Week 7
These teams need a win.
Every college football team will be hoping and playing for the "W" in their next contest, but not all of them need it quite so badly as the 10 found on this list.
They need a win almost as badly as Lou Holtz needs Notre Dame.
Yes, a few of the teams found here are seeking their first victory of the 2012 campaign, but you might be surprised at some of the contenders on this list that need the win this weekend to keep their conference title hopes alive.
UMass is included, which hardly seems fair in its first season as part of the FBS, but stranger things than the Minutemen winning have happened in college football, and desperation can lead to all sorts of crazy things.
10. Virginia Tech Hokies
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Frank Beamer's Hokies have not lost more than four games since an 8-5 season back in 2003 as a member of the Big East.
This edition is in serious danger of hitting that five-loss mark before season's end.
The Hokies have already lost three, matching their loss total from each of the past three seasons.
They face a much better than anticipated Duke team this weekend, and they must still meet up with Clemson and Florida State later in the year.
Hokie fans have been disappointed already this season, and a loss to Duke would add some major insult to the injury already suffered.
9. Wisconsin Badgers
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If you care about the Big Ten, this one is important.
Wisconsin faces Purdue this weekend in a matchup of teams that are aspiring to the Big Ten title game.
With Penn State and Ohio State each banned from postseason play, the Boilermakers and Badgers are going to battle for the Big Ten Leaders Division.
Wisconsin has not looked good at all this season, and Bret Bielema has played three different quarterbacks this season, with varied results.
The Badgers have already lost to Nebraska in conference play and need to win this one to keep hopes of consecutive Big Ten title game appearances alive.
8. Florida State Seminoles
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Boston College is in trouble this weekend, not that this would be some sort of unusual thing.
The Eagles are constantly struggling to win games.
This weekend they get to host an extremely angry Florida State team coming off a loss to N.C. State that derailed the Seminoles' chances of making the BCS title game.
Florida State needs this win if it has hopes of staying alive in the race just for the ACC title.
A loss here would leave the Seminoles at or near the bottom of the Atlantic division standings, looking up at a two-game deficit to make up over Clemson.
Of course, there is always the chance that Clemson will be Clemson and suffer an epic meltdown, but Jimbo Fisher would probably like to avoid having to depend on that as his recipe for success.
7. Virginia Cavaliers
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What in the world happened?
Mike London's squad started the season 2-0, but has since gone 0-4, with the last two losses coming to Louisiana Tech and Duke.
The loss to the Blue Devils was particularly embarrassing, as the Cavaliers got ambushed, 42-17.
That leaves them 0-2 in the ACC, and dead last in the Coastal division race.
A win this week is a must against Maryland if the Hoos are going to compete for the division title.
By the way, who predicted that Duke and Miami would sit atop the ACC standings at any point this season?
6. UMass Minutemen
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To be realistic, the Minutemen are going to have a hard time beating Bowling Green this week.
The Falcons have been pretty good, with their three losses coming to Toledo, Va. Tech and Florida.
UMass is in its first season as part of the FBS and finding it to be harder than herding cats.
The team is giving up 43.5 points per game, so perhaps a more realistic goal would be limiting the Falcons, who average only 20.3 per contest, to fewer than 40 points.
5. Eastern Michigan Eagles
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For the Eagles, it is very simple.
They have yet to win a game.
There are only three other teams with that distinction.
For the Eagles, 2012 has been especially brutal, as their 0-5 record includes losses to Ball State, Kent State and FCS Illinois State.
If anybody is desperate, it's them.
4. Southern Miss Golden Eagles
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Remember these guys?
This is the team that took the C-USA title last year with a stunning win over previously undefeated Houston.
It doesn't look near the same in 2012.
The Golden Eagles are already 0-5, with one loss in the conference.
The season is not a total loss, if they can start getting some wins, but a sixth loss puts them desperately close to being out of the race for bowl eligibility.
3. Texas Longhorns
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Texas is another squad coming off its first loss that must face an extremely tough opponent immediately.
Up this weekend for the Longhorns, the Red River Shootout against Oklahoma.
Last season, Texas was embarrassed, 55-17 in this game, and after seeing its hopes of a national title appearance shattered against West Virginia, the Longhorns will be out for revenge against the Sooners.
Consecutive losses would not sit well with the Longhorn faithful, and Mack Brown would have to go back to the drawing board to figure out how to play things the rest of the season.
2. Tennessee Volunteers
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Derek Dooley's job is teetering on the brink yet again.
Tennessee has two losses in the SEC already and faces a trip to undefeated Mississippi State this weekend.
For a team that is desperately trying to return to some kind of relevance on a national level, a loss would be catastrophic.
Dooley will be in trouble if the Vols start SEC play 0-2.
1. LSU Tigers
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As Alabama demonstrated in 2011, one loss is not a death knell for an SEC team's BCS title chances.
However, LSU is coming off a tough loss to Florida, only to find South Carolina coming into Death Valley.
Life in the SEC can be good, but also very tough.
If you thought the Tigers' offense looked anemic at times this season, wait until they face Jadeveon Clowney and the rest of a stout South Carolina defense.
If LSU is going to keep any sort of hope alive for a BCS title, or even a BCS berth, it needs to win this game, in the worst way.