College Football Week 11: 25 Shocking Worsts of the Weekend
Why is it that we always look at the good side of college football on Sunday to wrap things up? I think there are times when we need to do our version of America's Funniest Home Videos, but without the videos, just inserting my own sarcastic remarks about the bad side of this past Saturday in college football.
Well, we're going to do just as we look at the top 25 worsts of week 11 of what was an interesting weekend of college football.
We'll look at someone putting up 85 points, a quarterback ruining any chance at the Heisman, horrible weather, ESPN's College Gameday hits a new low, a kicker shanking a short field goal, and so much more.
If you want to throw in your own funny comments, you're more than welcome. It's equal opportunity humor night here at Bleacher Report.
Ok, not really, but here are the top 25 worsts from week 11.
25. Worst Coaching Performance Goes To...
I need to start making little golden statues to hand out for these awards, but I digress.
Ron Zook takes the worst coaching award for the week after his Illinois team dropped what would have been a game that made them bowl eligible.
Now, that's not all that bad in itself, if it hadn't been against Minnesota, at home.
Now it's bad, right?
24. Worst Performance by a Kicker Goes To...
Giorgio Tavecchio. The Cal kicker had a 29-yard field goal but he shanked it.
Cal lost to Oregon by two points. That one kick is going to loom large and Oregon is thanking their lucky stars for that unbelievable miss.
23. Worst Acting Job Goes To...
The Cal Bears had a strategy that a lot of teams hadn't apparently thought of. Fake an injury.
The Bears would bring in back up players and it seemed as if they would use them to slow down the Oregon offense at a time where the Cal offense would need a little bit of a break.
Call it faking an injury or call it a perfect plan. It was still bad acting.
22. Worst Special Teams Play Goes To...
A punt blocked a kickoff return fumbled that ended up as a touchdown for Notre Dame. Yeah, Utah's special teams had a tough day.
21. Worst 2nd Half Goes To...
You can't get much worse than Penn State's performance on Saturday against Ohio State.
After jumping out to a 14-3 lead, they spent the second half getting run off the field thanks to a 35-0 run by the Buckeyes in the second half.
Talk about going from promise, to just plain beaten.
20. Worst Analogy
Of all the things CBS commentator Gary Danielson could have said, this was probably his worst choice of words and one he will definitely be thinking about for the next few days or weeks.
Danielson compared the Cam Newton investigation and saga to the Duke lacrosse situation.
Yeah, really, REALLY, bad comparison there Gary.
19. Worst Performance by Heisman Candidate
Denard Robinson was the "it" guy when this season began, but he's taken a big hit on those Heisman dreams over the last few weeks.
None more than his two fumbles and two interceptions against Purdue on Saturday.
If he loses out on even getting invited to New York, you might want to look back at this game.
18. Best Game by Worst Team
How about Tulane's 54-49 win over Rice?
Down 38-21 at the half, Tulane brings in Taylor Cook who rallies them back for the win which came on a 73-yard touchdown pass with less than two minutes to go.
I know most of us don't care, but gotta give Cook credit for getting the job done.
17. Worst Loss
Although there are more than one candidate for this, Oregon State will take this award for losing to a one-win Washington State team.
To add insult to injury, Oregon State pulled this feat off at home.
16. Worst Win
Oregon might have gotten the win over Cal, but it wasn't the way the Ducks have been used to winning games.
They're used to running up into the 50-point range and keeping their opponent around 20 or 30 total points.
Their 15-13 win over Cal didn't impress anyone.
15. Worst Blow to BCS Hopes
TCU has been taking care of business all year long. Not only putting up big offensive numbers but keeping the other offense off the board or putting up small numbers.
After throwing a beating on Utah a week ago, their five point win not only was a blow to their BCS hopes, but Utah getting throttled by Notre Dame didn't help either.
14. Worst Conference
The Big East has three teams that have already punched their ticket to bowl games and not one of those is a first place team.
Say what you want about the WAC or the Mountain West, but I'm not the first to take a shot at the Big East Conference and I sure won't be the last.
13. Worst Streak Ended
Eight straight losses and nine of their first 10 games. Not exactly a streak that any team wants to have.
But, thankfully for the Cougars, they met up with the Oregon State Cougars at the right time. They grabbed their second win of the season with a 31-14 win.
They also ended their 16-game losing streak to PAC-10 teams.
12. Worst Reality Check Stat of the Weekend
How about this stat. The Texas Longhorns need to win their final two games just to be bowl eligible.
How do you like them apples?
11. Worst Fan Reaction
Notre Dame stormed the field after beating...Utah? Come on Irish fans, shake yourself. Were things really that bad that you had to storm the field after beating the Utes out of the Mountain West Conference?
10. Worst Home Loss
Just when the Florida Gators looked like they were turning things around, they allow South Carolina to come into The Swamp and knock them off.
That one had to hurt.
9. Worst Injury
Talk about a "bad break."
After throwing the game winning touchdown to upset Iowa, Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa went down with a ruptured achilles that will keep him out of the remainder of the season.
Head coach Pat Fitzgerald said Persa wasn't hit, he just felt a pop.
He was scheduled to undergo surgery on Saturday night and should be ready for his senior season.
8. Worst Case of Too Little, Too Late
Even though Virginia Tech is in the middle of an eight-game winning streak, it's a tad too late because the rest of college football still remembers their loss to James Madison.
7. Worst Performance by a BCS Rankings Wannabe
Their first week in the top 25 and the Central Florida Knights blew their opportunity after a 31-21 loss to Southern Miss.
Thanks for playing Knights.
6. Worst Hit
Auburn defensive lineman Nick Fairley drew a late hit penalty for this gem.
You can clearly see that Georgia quarterback, Aaron Murray, has the ball out of his hands two to three seconds before Fairley hits him hard from behind.
5. Worst Program in Disarray
One season removed from a trip to the national championship, the Texas Longhorns are in trouble.
They've suffered losses to just about everyone including Baylor, UCLA, and Kansas State. Nebraska has to be really pissed for losing to the Longhorns.
That loss is hurting them in a big way.
How long will it take Texas to regroup and be the Big 12 powerhouse it's been for the last several years?
4. Worst Defensive Effort With The Game On The Line
Fresno State was up six with less than three minutes to go. They had the win over 21st ranked Nevada.
Only problem is, their run defense stinks and the Wolfpack knew it.
A handoff to running back Vai Tuau ended in a touchdown and a game winner for Nevada.
3. Worst Weather
You can tell it's getting close to Thanksgiving and Christmas when game time temperatures aren't getting over 50 degrees.
For Northwestern and Iowa, how about 41 degrees?
Yeah that's when I end up staying home and watching it on television.
2. Worst Part of GameDay
I appreciate ESPN College Gameday just as much as any other college football fan, but they have officially jumped the shark in terms of their guest pickers.
This Saturday they had Mr. USA Strongman Derek Poundstone.
Look, I know there's a way to be original, but this just wasn't the way to do that.
1. Worst Beatdown
The Wisconsin Badgers did something that I was hoping would happen at least once this season. They ran up the score on the Indiana Hoosiers and not just that, but they ran up 83 points on them.
I was really hoping they'd get to 100. You failed me Badgers!