For all its glory, college football can get ugly.
With the best teams way better than the rest, poor squads are subjected to beatings courtesy of BCS title hopefuls. Unless you're a fan of the winning side, nobody wants to watch such a brutal, one-sided affair.
Unfortunately for some distraught schools, a powerhouse was waiting on the other side to impress the voters with a spanking. A mercy rule would have came in handy on Saturday as teams steamrolled to lofty victories by unseemly margins.
To give you an idea of the carnage that lies ahead, here's a tweet from ESPN:
Ohio State beat Florida A&M. 76-0. Louisville beat Florida International 72-0. No, these are not typos.— ESPN (@espn) September 21, 2013
Iowa Wastes Western Michigan, 59-3
First, let's start off light with a little 56-point blowout.
Iowa improved to 3-1 with a 59-3 victory over the winless Western Michigan Broncos.
The box score doesn't exactly depict a massive victory, as the Hawkeyes totaled 446 yards to Western Michigan's 209 during the afternoon. That's great, but wait until you read the other tallies on this recap.
Iowa shared the wealth, spreading 58 carries out between six rushers for 258 rushing yards. Sophomore Jordan Canzeri made the most of his 13 touches with 73 yards and a score.
But defense and special teams turned a solid performance into a mud-stomping. Kevonte Martin-Manley stole the show in the second quarter, returning two consecutive punts for touchdowns with less than two minutes of game time separating them.
The Big Ten Network's Twitter page has the video of Martin-Manley's scores.
B.J. Lowery got in on the fun during the third quarter, turning two interceptions into two more touchdowns. Some may remember the senior defensive back for this one-handed circus interception he corralled last week against Iowa State.
Iowa will look to extend its winning streak to four next Saturday against Minnesota.
Louisville Decimates Florida International, 72-0
Didn't believe that a 59-3 trouncing was just the beginning? You were warned.
Louisville picked apart poor Florida International in an attempt to boost its national rank and bolster Teddy Bridgewater's Heisman candidacy. The Golden Panthers actually controlled the football for a majority of the game, but time of possession means little when you accomplish nothing.
In as lopsided of a game as you'll ever see, Louisville gained 464 yards while Florida International only mustered 30 during the afternoon.
Bridgewater played a near-flawless game, completing 17 of his 22 passes for 212 yards and four touchdowns. He hit DeVante Parker for two of those scores during the first half, raising the receiver's season touchdown total to six.
Florida International, on the other hand, gained three rushing yards on 34 carries while E.J. Hilliard completed four pass attempts for 27 yards.
The Golden Panthers converted two first downs while punting 11 times. They were pleading for mercy, but Louisville was having none of it.
Ohio State Obliterates Florida A&M, 76-0
Kenny Guiton continues to shine in Miller's absence, scoring six touchdowns in a 76-0 laugher over Florida A&M. By the way, those all came in the first half.
Those six touchdowns surpassed any mark Miller or any other Ohio State quarterback has ever obtained. Guiton, who now has 13 passing touchdowns this season, broke the school's single-game touchdown record in his second start.
Let's cut back to the Big Ten Network's Twitter account for more footage.
Ohio State compiled 603 total yards, gaining 388 on the ground through an assortment of eight runners. Freshman Ezekiel Elliot inflicted most of the damage with 162 yards and two touchdowns, one of which spanned 57 yards.
The Buckeyes, who entered Saturday ranked No. 4 in the AP Top 25, have now accrued 210 points through four games this season
After beating up a weak opponent, Ohio State gets to prove itself against two ranked schools, facing No. 24 Wisconsin and No. 18 Northwestern during the next two weeks.