10 College Football Teams Who Can't Wait for September to End
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It’s been an awful September for several teams in college football.
For some, it was a handful of matchups against ranked opponents. For others, it was a loss or two against opponents they should have defeated. Either way, it was a month to forget for some.
Here are 10 teams belting the vocals of one of Green Day’s biggest hits.
Author's note: Given that it was on the last few days of August, those games were thrown in under the September record.
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- Aug. 30 vs. North Dakota State (L 24-21)
- Sept. 7 vs. LA-Lafayette (W 48-27)
- Sept. 14 vs. Massachusetts (W 37-7)
- Sept. 21 @ Texas
Following a sensational 2012, the Wildcats’ 2013 season is already pretty much over. An opening-season loss to a FCS foe will do that to you.
The 2007 Michigan squad could tell you that much.
North Dakota State marched into Kansas State’s home field and escaped with a 24-21 victory. The Bison relied on a Brock Jensen touchdown run with just 28 seconds remaining. It marked the fourth straight season the team has beaten an FBS school.
Good for North Dakota State, bad for the Wildcats.
Now, Kansas State is left to play catch up the rest of the way. Blowing out every remaining opponent by 40 points may not even be good enough.
After looking decent—not spectacular—against two subpar teams, the Wildcats travel to face a Texas team that is surprisingly having an even worse year. The Longhorns have now lost two straight.
Even so, something tells me Kansas State will have a pretty tough time handling Texas.
Unfortunately, October only gets worse with a trip to Stillwater to face No. 11 Oklahoma State and a home matchup against Baylor to open up the month.
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- Aug. 31 vs. New Mexico State (W 56-7)
- Sept. 7 @ BYU (L 40-21)
- Sept. 14 vs. No. 25 Ole Miss (L 44-23)
- Sept. 21 vs. Kansas State
One slide alone can’t explain the amount of misery the Longhorns have suffered this month.
After looking impressive during a season-opening 56-7 thumping of New Mexico State, the team fell off. Big time.
If losing to a weak BYU team wasn’t bad enough, Texas’ defense was completely exposed. The team conceded a school-record 550 rushing yards and 679 total yards. The Cougars had not one, but two players over 180 rushing yards in the contest.
The embarrassment only continued into the next week when the Longhorns got dominated on their home field against No. 25 Ole Miss 44-23. That includes getting outscored 27-0 in the second half.
This is not the kind of start head coach Mack Brown envisioned he would have had in 2013. It’s a run of misfortune that might cost him his job.
With a loss to Kansas State this Saturday, Texas risks finishing September winless for the first time since 1938.
Not the best month to be repping burnt orange.
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- Aug. 31 vs. No. 12 LSU* (L 37-27)
- Sept. 7 vs. Southeastern Louisiana (W 38-17)
- Sept. 12 @ Texas Tech (L 20-10)
- Sept. 28 vs. Southern Methodist
*Played on neutral field
If losing to LSU to begin the season wasn’t bad enough, the Horned Frogs lost their starting quarterback Casey Pachall in the second quarter of a 38-17 victory over Southeastern Louisiana. The senior would end up missing TCU’s matchup with Texas Tech last Thursday.
Unfortunately, backup quarterback Trevone Boykin wasn’t enough to prevent the team from suffering its second loss of the season, 20-10.
With Pachall having undergone forearm surgery, he’s expected to miss multiple games. Things could get a lot worse before it gets better for the Horned Frogs. Fortunately, only Southern Methodist stands in their way of getting out of September alive.
The prize? A trip to Norman to face No. 14 Oklahoma on Oct. 5.
October doesn’t look like it’ll be any better for TCU.
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- Aug. 29 @ Hawaii (W 30-13)
- Sept. 7 vs. Washington State (L 10-7)
- Sept. 14 vs. Boston College (W 35-7)
- Sept. 21 vs. Utah State
- Sept. 28 @ No. 23 Arizona State
The Trojans defense is for real.
Through three games, the team ranks No. 8 in scoring defense (10.0 PPGA), No. 4 in total defense (213.3 YPGA), No. 2 against the rush (43.7 YPGA) and No. 21 against the pass (168.7 YPGA). Furthermore, USC also ranks No. 6 in both pass efficiency defense (84.3 opponent QB rating) and interceptions (six). Unfortunately, the team’s offense is really bad.
Surprisingly, head coach Lane Kiffin chose not to name a starting quarterback during the preseason. However, given the play of quarterbacks Cody Kessler and Max Wittek, it’s hard to blame him.
That became quite evident during the Trojan’s embarrassing 10-7 loss to Washington State in Week 2. The team only managed 54 passing yards and just 193 yards of total offense.
Furthermore, USC’s seven points were tied for the team’s fewest in the last 10 years.
Sure, Utah State should prove to be no trouble for the Trojans. However, a trip to face No. 23 Arizona State on Sept. 28 could be a problem.
Hopefully, for USC’s sake, the passing game will be intact by then.
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- Aug. 31 vs. Wyoming (W 37-34)
- Sept. 7 vs. Southern Miss (W 56-13)
- Sept. 14 vs. No. 16 UCLA (L 41-21)
- Sept. 21 vs. South Dakota State
The Cornhuskers should have realized trouble was on the horizon when they just barely escaped Wyoming 37-34 in the season opener. Nebraska was actually outgained 602-530 during the game.
It was only foreshadowing the troubles the defense would have two weeks later.
After getting up 21-3 in the second quarter, it looked like Pelini was going to make good on his promise. Unfortunately, UCLA outscored the Cornhuskers 38-0 the rest of the way.
It didn't get better for Pelini, as a profanity-laced tirade he had made years ago recently surfaced.
However, Nebraska has bigger problems. Most notably, a defense that couldn’t slow down a tortoise.
Unless the team makes some changes, this season could quickly unravel in front of the Cornhuskers' eyes.
No. 24 Wisconsin
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- Aug. 31 vs. Massachusetts (W 45-0)
- Sept. 7 vs. Tennessee Tech (W 48-0)
- Sept. 14 @ Arizona State (L 32-30)
- Sept. 21 vs. Purdue
- Sept. 28 @ No. 4 Ohio State
It’s hard to imagine that after starting the month 2-0, the Badgers would be pushing for October’s arrival. Especially given the fact that the team had outscored its opponents 93-0.
However, following the events that transpired during Wisconsin’s 32-30 loss at Arizona State last weekend, it’s easy to see why.
In easy field-goal range with seconds remaining, Badgers quarterback Joel Stave tried to take a knee to center the ball. Instead, after running into one of his offensive lineman, Stave stumbled to a knee and quickly placed the ball on the ground.
Unfortunately, the referee never blew his whistle, leading to much Wisconsin protesting as the clock ran out. By the time Stave tried to spike the ball, it was too late.
There went the team’s undefeated season and outside shot of a national title.
Sure, since then the Pac-12 has reprimanded the officials responsible for the blunder. But no amount of punishment will remove the one from the Badger’s loss column.
With a matchup against a better-than-advertised Purdue squad and a trip to No. 4 Ohio State, September doesn’t look like it’s going to be a good month for Wisconsin.
No. 22 Notre Dame
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- Aug. 31 vs. Temple (W 28-6)
- Sept. 7 @ No. 17 Michigan (L 41-30)
- Sept. 14 @ Purdue (W 31-24)
- Sept. 21 vs. Michigan State
- Sept. 28 vs. No. 14 Oklahoma
The Irish’s season got off to a bad start when they lost starting quarterback Everett Golson to suspension.
Since then, it’s only gotten worse.
Quarterback Tommy Rees has been OK in relief, throwing for 969 yards and seven touchdowns. However, the senior put in an underwhelming performance in Notre Dame’s biggest game thus far.
Against No. 17 Michigan, Rees completed just 29 of 51 pass attempts for 314 yards to go along with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Whenever the Irish needed a big completion, he wasn’t able to deliver.
But even more surprising is the play of a defensive unit that ranked No. 2 in total defense last year.
Instead, after conceding 41 points to the Wolverines, Notre Dame allowed Purdue to put up 24 on the scoreboard.
It’s not the best news to hear with 3-0 Michigan State and No. 14 Oklahoma coming into South Bend over the next two weeks.
No. 19 Florida
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- Aug. 31 vs. Toledo (W 24-6)
- Sept. 7 @ Miami (L 21-16)
- Sept. 21 vs. Tennessee
- Sept. 28 @ Kentucky
Defense is still the backbone for the Gators.
Through two games, the team ranks No. 3 in total defense (208.5 YPGA), No. 16 against the pass (158.5 YPGA) and No. 3 against the run (50.0 YPGA). Furthermore, Florida leads the nation in third-down defense, limiting opponents to just 2-of-24 on such opportunities.
However, the team’s offense just isn’t carrying its weight.
Quarterback Jeff Driskel just isn’t getting the job done. The junior has thrown for 444 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. However, he is only averaging 8.1 yards per attempt.
It all blew up in the Gators' face against rival Miami.
In front of their home crowd at Sun Life Stadium, the Hurricanes pulled off the 21-16 upset. Even though the team was outgained 413-212, Miami capitalized on mistakes by the Florida offense.
Sure, it’s just one loss. But it’s a loss that provided a blueprint on how to defeat the Gators.
At this point, matchups against Tennessee and at Kentucky don’t even look like definite wins anymore.
No. 12 South Carolina
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- Aug. 29 vs. North Carolina (W 27-10)
- Sept. 7 @ No. 11 Georgia (L 41-30)
- Sept. 14 vs. Vanderbilt
- Sept. 28 @ UCF
Sure, the Gamecocks are looking forward to the end of September. But it isn’t because the team has suffered during the month. In fact, other than a respectable road loss to No. 11 Georgia, South Carolina has looked pretty solid on the field.
Mainly, it’s because the team boasts one of the easiest remaining schedules in college football.
In their remaining nine games, the Gamecocks only play two ranked teams. Not to mention, both those matchups will be at home.
Furthermore, the team doesn’t play a single ranked opponent until the Nov. 16 contest against No. 19 Florida. But given how the Gators have played as of late, there’s a good chance they won’t be in the Top 25 too much longer.
Which leaves a major showdown against No. 3 Clemson on the final week of the season.
By that point, South Carolina should be able to get itself on a roll. Making it quite possible that the team could enter that game as the favorites.
No. 9 Georgia
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- Aug. 31 @ No. 8 Clemson (L 38-35)
- Sept. 7 vs. No. 6 South Carolina (W 41-30)
- Sept. 21 vs. North Texas
- Sept. 28 vs. No. 6 LSU
Has anybody gone through a more grueling first-month stretch than the Bulldogs?
After the Sept. 28 showdown against No. 6 LSU, the team will have played three Top 10 opponents in its first four games. That’s the kind of stretch that can derail national championship runs before they even begin.
Fortunately, after that, the schedule clears up.
If you thought South Carolina’s schedule looked peachy, take a look at Georgia’s. Following the matchup against the Tigers, the team doesn’t have a single ranked opponent remaining on the schedule besides the rivalry game against No. 19 Florida—which is looking more and more like a Bulldogs blowout by the week.
Led by quarterback Aaron Murray (632 YDS, 4 TDS) and Heisman-hopeful running back Todd Gurley (286 YDS, 3 TDS), Georgia stands a good chance at going undefeated the rest of the way.
And with a loss to Clemson as the team’s only blemish, what’s to stop them from being a real threat for an appearance in the BCS title game?
All stats used in this article are courtesy of NCAA.com.