The Men In Black and White Just Can't Seem To Get It Right

Ryan HealeyCorrespondent IOctober 23, 2009

GAINESVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 17: SEC referee Marc Curles watches play as the Florida Gators host the Arkansas Razorbacks October 17, 2009 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

So far this season the men in black and white pinstripes have failed miserably in some games this season. 

Let's start with some of the more costly so-called game changing penalties. 

1. LSU vs. Georgia. Georgia's A.J. Green was flagged for excessive celebration after scoring (giving your teammates high fives is now considered excessive).

2. Arkansas vs. Florida. Arkansas's Malcolm Sheppard was called for a fifteen yard personal foul and the flag was thrown by a referee who saw a Gator get hit hard in the "corner of his eye". Even though he was half way down the field.

3. USC vs. Notre Dame. Pac-10 officials said they made a mistake on Notre Dames fake field goal. The supposed call was supposed to be a "substituting while trying to deceive". Whatever that is. 

4. FSU vs. UNC. This one happened last night and I can't recall the players involved. One of UNC's wide receivers clearly had the ball in his hands and tossed it to one of FSU's defensive backs and it should of been ruled an interception because the ball never hit the ground. ESPN's Thursday night crew all agreed it was a pick and the videos and up-close shot clearly showed the ball never hit the ground. 

Each of these calls could be considered "game changers" for numerous reasons. 

Lets start with the LSU vs. Georgia game.

#4 LSU got the ball in great position after the 15 yard penalty for excessive celebration and eventually went on to drive the ball for the winning score. 

Next the Arkansas vs. Florida game. 

Arkansas got nailed for a 15 yard personal foul and well it let #1 Florida drive down the field for the winning field goal. 

On a side note the crew that did the LSU vs. Georgia game was the same crew that did the Arkansas vs. Florida game. They've been suspended. 

Then there is the USC vs. Notre Dame game. The no call on the deceiving substitution helped Notre Dame score their first touchdown of the game and who knows, maybe if they did get flagged it could of changed the way the game went.  

Finally the UNC vs. FSU game. The ball was ruled incomplete even though the commentators and even anyone who was watching the game clearly could tell it was a pick. If it happened to be a pick it would of ended the game but UNC got the ball with less then a minute left and could of possibly won the game in that amount of time. 

Overall the refereeing this season has been atrocious and it really needs to change because it is implicating the standings and changing the outcomes of games. You get the feeling it is rigged and that's not the way it should be. 

I support none of the teams above and don't follow them that closely but when I watch college football I want it played fairly and mistake free especially within the refereeing aspect of the game.