Awarding Acts of Stupidity in College Football: 2009 Edition

Sean JacksonContributor IIIDecember 10, 2009

PALO ALTO, CA - NOVEMBER 28:  Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis points to the replay during their game against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium on November 28, 2009 in Palo Alto, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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These awards give special attention to all the dumb plays, stupid moves, and decisions that have left us scratching our heads. I hope you enjoy.


Stupidity Award Recipient No. 1: The Heisman Committee

Why C.J. Spiller is not in New York and Tim Tebow will be is beyond me. It isn’t to take anything away from Tebow who will go down as one of the greatest college football players ever. Still, he was average in the Gator’s biggest games this year.


Meanwhile C .J. Spiller is racking up an impressive resume for NFL scouts. In the ACC championship Spiller’s 233 yard performance largely kept Clemson in the game. His athleticism is undeniable and his Heisman snub just goes to show they’re not interested in the best college football player, only the most popular.


Stupidity Award Recipient No.2: The Bowl Committee

TCU vs. Boise State will be a great game but it misses the mark. The point of having non BCS schools in the BCS was for them to compete with BCS schools. If the bowl committee would’ve paired say Boise State and Florida then Cincinnati and TCU, it would’ve given the two non BCS schools a chance to go 2-0 in BCS games. The result would either strengthen or weaken their debate.


Stupidity Award Recipient No. 3: Big Ten Conference

Instituting a rule where all November games must start before 4:30 might be the dumbest rule I’ve ever heard. It’s bad enough the Big Ten goes off the college football radar while the rest of the college football world keeps going for another two weeks. Then to prevent marquee games from going prime time and competing with the SEC, Big 12, and ACC, is ridiculous.


Stupidity Award Recipient No. 4: Texas Offense

The last drive in the Big 12 Championship game might be one of the worst drives and could’ve resulted in a huge blunder. Texas was extremely sluggish and almost seemed like they didn’t care. It doesn’t help when their quarterback doesn’t know the rules.


Stupidity Award Recipient No. 5: Michigan Football Team

Hats off you had us all fooled. At the end of September this was one of the hottest teams in college football. Then came the utter collapse in conference play. How a team not named Indiana goes 1-7 in the Big Ten is beyond me.


Stupidity Award Recipient No. 6: Notre Dame

Deciding to not play in a bowl game is a bad decision regardless of the circumstances the program is going through. Playing in any bowl game gives players more practice time and more game experience. The decision not to play may expose a bigger problem within their program.