10 Teams That Would Finish with Better Records If We Restarted 2013 Season
Quick, hit the reset button!
Those words probably bring you back to your childhood when you were so frustrated playing video games. That big button on top of the console would always bail you out and allow you another shot to claim victory.
What if college football teams could do the same thing?
Whether it's been injuries, close losses that just didn't feel right or poor coaching decisions that cost the team the game, there are numerous programs out there that wish the real season began tomorrow.
There are a couple of SEC teams that have been severely bitten by the injury bug and two Big Ten teams that haven't had anything go their way.
Time to hit the reset button!
North Carolina will still participate in a bowl game, but starting the season with a 1-5 record really made life difficult for the Tar Heels.
Believe it or not, this is a team that was talented enough to compete for an ACC title. Eric Ebron is one of the best tight ends in the country, James Hurst is an elite offensive lineman and safety Tre Boston is also somebody who will be playing on Sundays.
With all this NFL talent, why such a disappointing season?
If anybody knew, the poor start probably wouldn't have happened. The good news is that the Tar Heels have won five straight, which is more evidence that if the season restarted tomorrow, they would be in great shape.
LSU is still one of the more complete teams in college football. You witnessed it in a dominating victory over Texas A&M last week. The offense is as complete as it has ever been, and the youthful defense is maturing before our very eyes.
Despite the few issues the Tigers may have, they lost to Georgia by only three points on the road and suffered a fluky loss to Ole Miss in the final seconds. Both of those games could have gone either way for Les Miles and his squad.
Also, although Alabama is widely considered the best team in college football, there's no doubt the Tigers would give the Crimson Tide more of a fight if they were to meet again.
LSU has run hot and cold all season. You'd have to expect a more complete team if it were able to hit the reset button.
Louisville was pretty much a lock to run the table this season playing in the weak AAC. So much for that happening, right?
As most teams usually do, the Cardinals suffered a hiccup along the way. Their little incident happened against UCF. While it wouldn't be fair to take away credit from the Knights, many people often forget that the Cardinals did have a 28-7 lead midway through the third quarter.
The Knights had to make miracles happen to pull off that comeback that shocked the college football world. And as we all know, lightening never strikes in the same spot twice.
Teddy Bridgewater would have his team ready next time and would make sure it kept its foot on UCF's neck.
It wasn't long ago when some had considered Northwestern a dark horse for the Big Ten title. Four straight wins to begin the season made those people look like geniuses. Then Ohio State came to town, laid the smack down and it was all downhill after that.
Northwestern has lost seven straight games. It's almost like the team forgot how to play football. Two of those losses came in overtime and a couple others were decided by a lousy field goal. That's four potential wins that could have gone the Wildcats' way, which would have helped Pat Fitzgerald clinch a bowl game for the sixth straight season.
Sometimes it's just not your year.
You beat up teams such as Arizona State, UCLA and Oregon, but then go ahead and lose to Utah and USC?
Uh, this isn't adding up.
And no, it's not because Stanford is overrated. The Cardinal have one of the best defenses in the country and a power running game that could make any defense throw in the white flag. Watching this team on Saturdays should really remind you of Alabama. Yup, the same squad that has won the last two national championships.
Fluke losses are tough to explain. Just allow this team a restart and there's a high probability it would be undefeated at this point in the season.
Michigan has enough talent on its roster to compete with any team in the Big Ten. For whatever reason, the Wolverines haven't gotten many bounces to go their way.
Last week, they blew a 21-7 halftime lead against Iowa. They also allowed Penn State to make a remarkable comeback and win the game in overtime, and then gave up a late touchdown to lose the game in the final minutes against Nebraska.
Granted, a lot of those losses are due to Michigan not being able to finish games. But what are the odds of one team constantly being on the losing end of bad breaks?
I'd guess not very good.
Not to mention Michigan has been without a key defensive lineman in Ondre Pipkins since Week 6.
No disrespect to Arizona, but put Oregon on the same field with the Wildcats and the Ducks win that matchup nine out of 10 times. Unfortunately for Oregon, it ran into that awkward day.
Truthfully, a team pretty much has to play perfectly to beat the Ducks. The defense has to consistently play disciplined football and come up with timely crucial stops. The offense has to score more points than usual to make up for the occasional Oregon scores. Even a big lead isn't safe when running into this team.
What are the chances both Stanford and Arizona pull off the upset again?
Even if one did, both certainly wouldn't be fortunate enough to come out on top.
You'd have to like the Ducks' chances, especially if versatile tight end Colt Lyerla was still on the team.
USC is thrilled to have nine wins and a chance to win double-digit games for the second time in three years. But what if Lane Kiffin wasn't roaming the sidelines to begin the season?
For the first time in years, the Trojans are actually playing the way they're supposed to play. Guys are motivated, appear to be happy and are actually executing.
Before Ed Orgeron took over, the offense struggled to move the ball and made simple mistakes on a consistent basis. Now, USC has won six straight and had an outside shot to appear in the Pac-12 Championship Game.
Call it beginner's luck or a coincidence, but it's certainly intriguing to think about.
Remember when Georgia beat up South Carolina and lost to Clemson by a field goal? The Bulldogs looked like a national championship contender at the time.
Then the injury bug happened.
Running back Keith Marshall, wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell and defensive back Reggie Wilkerson were all ruled out for the season. Want to keep going? Wide receiver Justin Scott-Wesley and linebacker Reggie Carter suffered knee injuries, and even quarterback Aaron Murray will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL.
We saw how dominant Georgia can be when the entire team is healthy. Remove many of those key guys and Georgia loses to Missouri, Vanderbilt and Auburn.
No team has run into worse luck than the Bulldogs.
Florida is by far the most disappointing team in college football. It's been almost two months since the last time the Gators won a game, and they won't go bowling for the first time since 1990. Just think about that for a second.
Much like Georgia, Florida also lost a ton of talent on both sides of the ball. From losing quarterback Jeff Driskel three games into the season to losing star defensive lineman Dominique Easley around the same time frame, the Gators have been banged up more than an actual gator that was defending its territory.
It's still no excuse to lose to Georgia Southern, but still.
Florida wouldn't have lost six games in a row, especially the close games against South Carolina and Georgia, if some of the difference-makers were still on the field.
This nightmare of a season can't end soon enough.