2009 Midseason CSI Nominees In College Football
In our first annual CSI awards, last time we unveiled our preseason team that Can’t Stand It. This time will look at teams that started out strong, then went CSI.
Plus teams that had leads in the fourth quarter against superior talent, and just Can’t Stand It. Then we add teams that had a chance for a big season after a big upset, then flopped against a lesser opponent.
There are several teams that can qualify for this award. The teams that at some point in this season proved they too can be just as CSI as preseason teams are as nominated.
The Tigers spent the offseason defending their hire of Gene Chizik as head coach. Auburn looked like geniuses after five straight wins to start the season.
Chizik and his boys were able to obtain a spot in the polls after their quick start. The Tigers could not stand the hype and prosperity.
In Auburn’s first game as a ranked team, the Tigers were shelled 44-23 by Arkansas. This was a Razorbacks team that could not stop Georgia, or Alabama on offense.
The Tigers would go on to lose games against Kentucky and LSU. Auburn was able to right the ship against fellow CSI team Ole Miss to end a three game losing streak.
The Wolverines started the season with controversy about the amount of time spent practicing. After a 3-9 season, Rich Rodriguez was under fire to start the season with the practice time adding extra pressure.
Michigan wheeled off five straight victories including a number of come-from-behind-wins. The Wolverines were able to climb as high as 22nd in the AP Top 25, and 20th in the USA Today poll.
Michigan could not stand the all the talk that they were back as a national power. After being the ranked, this team lost to Michigan State and Iowa in back to back games. The Wolverines are on a four game losing streak against FBS teams.
Overall, Michigan has lost four out of their last five, the only win coming against FCS team Delaware State. Tate Forcier once thought of a Heisman contender is now just a freshman quarterback.
Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles
The Golden Eagles started this season with three high profile games on their schedule. This could have been the season the eagles stepped into the talk of best non-BCS team.
Southern Miss was able to beat Virginia when they were not playing well to get a big win. They followed that win with a loss to a ranked Kansas team.
Still, the Eagles could have had a nine-to-10 win season. That is, until they followed the loss to the Jayhawks with a loss to UAB the next week.
The Golden Eagles still had one marquee game left against Houston. Southern Miss needed just one stop to send the game into overtime against the Cougars.
The C-USA top ranked defense could not get a stop in the final minute of the game. Houston scored with 21 seconds to go, as the Eagles could not stand to beat a Top-25 team.
Wake Forest Demon Deacons
The Demon Deacons entered this season with as good a chance to win the ACC Atlantic division as any team. Wake Forest has had a couple of chances to take a strangle hold of the division, but could not get the job done.
The Deacons have not been able to win a game decided by seven points, or less all season. Wake has lost close games to Boston College, Baylor, and Navy.
The biggest CSI moment of the season came against the Miami Hurricanes. The Demon Deacons had a 27-14 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Wake Forest could not stand it, and allowed Miami to score 14 unanswered points in the final quarter. The Hurricanes scored the game winning points with just 1:08 left to go in the game.
The Badgers started this season with five straight wins to start talk of a possible Big Ten title. Wisconsin looked like a good dark horse pick in a conference no one stood out in.
Just as Wisconsin was starting to garner votes in the polls and reaching a 25th ranking in the USA Today poll, the Badgers went CSI. In the two biggest games on the schedule, this team could not stand it.
The Badgers offense and special teams ruined a very dominate defensive performance against Ohio State. Wisconsin had a second chance to show they were, for real, in a season they did not play Penn State in conference play.
Against Iowa, the Badgers built a 10-0 lead late in the second quarter against the Hawkeyes. Wisconsin’s offense disappeared near the end of the half and the whole second half in a 20-10 loss.
South Carolina Gamecocks
The Gamecocks looked to be a lock for a good season in a down year in the SEC. South Carolina had a chance to finish behind the mighty Gators in the East division.
They started off with a close loss to a Georgia team that had lost to Oklahoma State and a ton of talent from the year before. The Gamecocks followed up a loss against preseason CSI team Ole Miss.
South Carolina dominated the Rebels in a win to jump into the Top 25. The Gamecocks had earned their reputation on defense.
That defense was exposed against an Alabama team that cannot throw the football. Mark Ingram was able to run for 246 yards as South Carolina showed they could not stand it against a good team.
On Halloween night the Gamecocks were not able to beat Tennessee and their ugly uniforms after they had rejoined the Top 25, once more. South Carolina cannot stand prosperity on the football field.
Fresno State Bulldogs
The Bulldogs have been considered one of the best non-BCS programs in the country. The only reason Fresno State is not in the same category as Utah, or Boise State is the fact they have not crashed the BCS party.
Pat Hill is one of the best coaches in the country, but has not been able to get his team to beat BCS programs on a regular basis. Fresno State had a chance to change that this year, with three big games on the schedule.
The first game was a road trip to Wisconsin, and the Bulldogs built a 21-17 lead after three quarters. The Badgers scored a touchdown to take the lead at 24-17 with a little over five minutes to go.
The Bulldogs would kick a field goal in the final seconds to send the game into overtime, but could not stand it. Fresno State would throw an interception, and lose the game in two over times.
Fresno would have a chance to upset Boise State at home, but would lose in a shootout. The Bulldogs would also have a chance to take down Big East power Cincinnati and lose again.
When Fresno State plays the big games; the Bulldogs Can’t Stand It.
The Boilermakers have to be one of the biggest CSI teams in the country. Purdue is a 3-6 football team that could easily be the other way around.
The Boilermakers have made it habit of being a CSI team this season. Purdue has had two games that best fit the mode of a CSI team.
Purdue could not pull in a two point conversion against Oregon, or comeback against Northern Illinois. Still, Purdue had a chance to win both games, but fell short in comebacks.
Against Notre Dame, the Boilermakers made their first true CSI game. Leading the Irish 21-17, this team allowed Jimmy Clausen to throw the game winning touchdown pass with just 25 seconds to go.
The Boilermakers were not done proving they can’t stand it against Northwestern. Purdue leading 21-19 in the fourth quarter, the Wildcats scored with just over two minutes to go in the game.
Purdue would march down field, but could not score in the close seconds against the Wildcats. Proving they can’t stand it.
Indiana maybe the only school in the country that should be 7-2, but they are 4-5 instead. The Hoosiers made a living in the CSI zone.
This team started their CSI trend against Michigan. Indiana had a 26-21 lead after three quarters against the Wolverines. That did not stop Michigan from coming back to take a 29-26 lead in the final quarter.
The Hoosiers battled back to take a 33-29 lead just over midway in the fourth quarter. Indiana could not keep the lead, allowing the Wolverines to win the game on a touchdown with two-and-a-half minutes to go.
Indiana did not stop at the Michigan game, and four weeks later the Hoosiers had built a 25 point lead against Northwestern. The 25 point lead was not enough for a CSI team like the Hoosiers.
Leading 28-3, Indiana saw its lead shrink to 28-26 with a little over twelve-and-a-half minutes to go in the game. The Wildcats completed the comeback for a 29-28 win on a field goal with 21 seconds to go. The Hoosiers just could not stand the lead.
Indiana’s biggest CSI moment came on Halloween. The Hoosiers had a chance to end Iowa’s national championship dreams leading 21-7 at the half.
Indiana kept the lead at 24-14 heading into the fourth quarter. As the Hoosiers have shown they Can’t Stand It. This team found away to turn a lead into a 42-24 loss.
These are the top teams that did not start the season with any hype, but still went CSI. They Can’t Stand It when it comes to beating teams with more talent, or blowing big leads.
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Coming up next will be the biggest CSI games this year. Then it will be the biggest CSI players.
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