Oregon leads this week Misery Index after 31-24 overtime loss to Stanford. Here are others who created the index, a weekly measure of knee-jerk reactions based on what each fan base just saw.
Florida: The Misery Index strongly considered placing the Gators at No. 1 in this week’s rankings, but feared being flagged for false starts. Why not? Florida scored eight such penalties in a 20–13 loss to Kentucky, including two on the final drive after the Wildcats reached the 5-yard line. Beyond unforgivable punishments in terrible times, this was one of those head-scratching games from Dan Mullen where his reputation as a great play-caller outweighs his reputation as a bad game manager.
For example, Gators fans were outraged that Mullen didn’t even try to drive together at the end of the first half, when he took the ball back with 1:46 remaining and was content to run the clock. Were. This was also a game where it looked like Anthony Richardson, the exciting redshirt freshman quarterback, should have received more than a handful of touches to try and inflict the offense.
Instead, Kentucky beat Florida at home for the first time since 1986, scoring fewer penalties and making big special teams plays—winning despite scoring 224 yards and being 1-for-9 in third place. was enough for.
Missouri: For the past few years, opponents in the SEC have seen Tennessee on schedule and thought it was like a goodbye week, except you played with someone. But even at the lowest levels of Tennessee, you need a minimum level of effort to make sure the volumes don’t get any ideas they can steal. Unfortunately for Missouri, that level of effort was so far ahead of them on Saturday, you’d have to troll down the Lake of the Ozarks to find it.
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Beyond pure incompetence, you’ll struggle to find a more lifeless, nostalgic performance this season than any team’s 62-24 loss to Tennessee. It is almost unheard of in college football to award 62 points to a team attempting only 19 passes, yet Tennessee did so by running 59 times for 458 yards.
LSU: Since the magical night in New Orleans when Ed Orgeron was on top of the world, LSU has won eight games and lost seven. Reasonable people can argue about what this means, given how many players and coaches who contributed to the national championship and the COVID-19 weirdness that awaits everyone in 2020. But still, it looks like the 2019 team was a comet. The opportunity for Orgeron to make streaking and lasting dominance through the sky has passed.
Discussing what awaits Orgeron now, several media types invited former Auburn coach Gene Chisick, who won a national title with Cam Newton and then was fired two years later. But unlike that Auburn program, LSU is unlikely to spiral completely. Instead, the Tigers will be in a lot of coin flip games, which means they will sometimes end up on the wrong end. This is the simplest explanation of the loss to Auburn, 24–19, which had not happened in Death Valley since 1999.
When you can’t play the football at all (32 yards on 25 carries) and your defense skips a few big plays, you’re susceptible to a good Auburn team executing a 92-yard drive to steal a win. gives. Paired with LSU’s season-opening loss at UCLA, the trajectory is now clear, pointing to a mediocrity that is far more sustainable than LSU’s 2019 brilliance. Given their thirst to win the title, LSU probably won’t stick with it for very long.
Miami: Now the problem for Hurricane isn’t whether or not to replace the coaches—it’s to find out if there’s a man walking the Earth who can make the event pop again. Although no announcement was made about Manny Diaz’s future, as Virginia suffered a 30–28 loss, and we don’t expect one to be imminent, it’s not too far off to say that. Miami Diaz will have to keep another season acknowledging that football is not as important to the administration of the school.
But in the wake of this terrible 2-3 start, with one of the victories coming from the skin of their teeth against Appalachian State, the decision to fire Diaz is only half the equation. Who do you appoint?
Miami has to be creative and be comfortable with an up-and-comer type like Jeff Halfley of Boston College or Hugh Freeze of Liberty, who has won at a high level before but comes with some baggage.
tendency toward sadness
Boise State: There has been a lot of controversy over the past few weeks about which convention the Broncos would call home over the next few years. The Americans wanted to hunt them, and the Mountain West considered it important to keep them. But what if Boise State isn’t such a big deal anymore? What if Blue Turf’s best days are now in the past?
The reality of Boise’s fading relevance was exposed in a 41–31 home loss to Nevada, falling 2–3 to the Broncos in their first season under Andy Avalos. Since 1999, Boise State has only lost five games in a season. But at this point, it would be a huge surprise if the Broncos lost less than that this year, with road games coming up at BYU, Fresno State and San Diego State.
Texas A&M: Alabama’s dynasty is nothing compared to Agent Jimmy Sexton’s dominance over college administrators. If there was a national championship to lead athletics directors to sweepers, he would win it every year. This season, Sexton’s hapless opponent was Texas A&M’s Ross Björk, who agreed to offer Jimbo Fisher a new 10-year, $95 million contract, up from his previous 10-year, $75 million deal. was more ridiculous, with still seven years left.
There was no real urgency or significance to award Fischer a new contract, other than the vague possibility that LSU might fire Ed Orgeron and come after him later in the season. But with Fisher turning 9-1 years away in 2020, Texas A&M wanted to flex in front of the mirror and take pictures for Instagram. But the body is looking a bit rough, including consecutive defeats to Arkansas and Mississippi State at 3-2. Now we know why Fischer and Sexton insisted on having their contract done before the season. If he had waited until we actually saw this team play, the fans would have revolted for giving him so much security. Now, for better or worse, Texas A&M is stuck for the next decade.
Memphis: The Tigers’ fan base is outraged that they have been left out of the most recent expansion of the Big 12, and with good reason. Over the past several years, Memphis has been on par with UCF and Cincinnati and better than Houston, but that didn’t stop the Tigers from falling behind in the weak AAC that they would be desperate to leave if the Big 12 ever expanded. Then. However, Memphis needs to be good at football if they are going to make that case. And with the Tigers losing out to UTSA and Temple in weeks in a row, there should be some concern about the path current coach Ryan Silverfield is headed. After taking a 21–0 lead to UTSA a week earlier, the Tigers took a 17–0 lead at Temple before their offense stalled again in a 34–31 defeat.
Yukon: This spot on the Misery Index was reserved for the loser of the UConn-Vandy game, a rare non-convention treat between the two worst FBS programs of the modern era. Although Vanderbilt certainly tried to pull it off, allowing Yukon to score a touchdown to go ahead with 1:07 after the fourth and -18 conversion, the Commodores attempted to kick a 31-yard field goal. Time ran out for a 30-28 victory. The Huskies, who are now 0-6, have improved considerably since their double-digit loss to Holy Cross on September 4 – not really enough to close the deal.
Arkansas State: Let’s hope you haven’t forgotten about frequent Misery Index guest Butch Jones. Yes, that Butch Jones—the champion of life, brick-by-brick layer, the guy with a plan who rolls around with the turnover trash. The former Tennessee coach, who spent some blissfully anonymous years as an intern/analyst/coaching staff of Alabama, has resurfaced at Arkansas State.
While it is a much lower-profile job than what they have in the SEC, it is a program that has won a lot in the Sun Belt, devotes significant resources to football and is expected to be very competitive. But in Jones’ first year, the Red Wolves have been a consistent loser, including the 59-33 Georgia Southern team that fired its coach last week. Things don’t get easier with upcoming games against Coastal Carolina, Louisiana, South Alabama and Appalachian State. In other words, at 1-4, there is a strong possibility that Jones will be responsible for Arkansas State’s first losing season since 2010.
Totally real and irrational message board threads
“The end of the game felt like US/USSR basketball in 1972” – duckterritory.com (Oregon)
“Is Ted Lasso Available For Less Than $9MM Per Year” – TexAgs.com (Texas A&M)
“Coach drinks? Like Coach stinks! What are your thoughts” – Tigerboard.com (Missouri)
“Congratulations to Dan Mullen, the King of Congratulation” – swamp247.com (Florida)
“Athletes all over Mount West but not on our team” – broncocountry.com (Boise State)