Boo! College Football Seasons That Have Become Nightmares
Halloween is nearly upon us, as are the release of the first College Football Playoff rankings. However, several teams who figured they would be at least in the conversation at the end of the summer, will be nowhere to be found, with trick, not treat, having been called in their seasons, which have become nightmares. Let's take a look at four major teams who have seen their CFP chances disappear in the wind, haunted by losses, missed opportunities, and just bad luck....
In the Jim Mora Jr. era, now in it's fifth installment, seasons always seem to begin with the Bruins on the cusp of the College Football Playoff. But at this point of the season, we're channeling his father's famous rant when it comes to the CFP. Every single one of the Bruins' losses has come by single digits, but nothing is clicking for the Bruins this year. Synergy is dead in Los Angeles. When the Bruins' offense works, like on Saturday vs Utah, their defense doesn't, as they lost 52-45. When the defense works, like they did in a would-be huge upset over Stanford, the offense doesn't, as they in a 22-13 final. It certainly doesn't help superstar QB Josh Rosen hasn't been healthy all year, but the problems go deeper on UCLA. If it doesn't pick up soon, or worse, the Bruins relinquish the relative hold they've had on LA since Mora's arrival back to USC, the role of UCLA head coach could be recasted.
Michigan State (2-5)
Over the past few seasons, the Spartans have gained as much success as their basketball team, and their highest point yet by appearing in the College Football Playoff. However, after getting off to a solid 2-0 start this year in their hopeful trip back, Sparty has now dropped five in a row. Blame a defense which looks nowhere near as fearsome as did in the past, as during this active losing streak, the Spartans have at least 28 points in all but one. Unless you're in the Big 12, you can't get away with things like that. The Spartans face a hugeeeee challenge in facing #2 Michigan, who appears to be taking back control of the state's football, and we all know what kind of miracles happen when those two square off. However, the only miracle might MSU somehow working their way to a bowl game at this point.
Notre Dame (2-5)
There are three guarantees every summer...it will be hot, Adam Sandler will make a movie that sucks, and someone will declare "NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL IS BACK BABY!!!". And to be fair, the Irish picked up 10 wins and a Fiesta Bowl trip last season, so a chance at the College Football Playoff didn't seem out of the question. But the Irish defense, which already bid farewell to Brian VanGorder, has been abysmal this season, and DeShone Kizer has not shown why some NFL team is going to give him millions of dollar to be their franchise quarterback next year. Notre Dame isn't getting blown out, as all of their losses have come by only one possession, but when you play at a school where anything less than January bowl is considered utter failure, it weighs heavily on you. The Irish have a chance for slight redemption when they take on...
Miami (FL) (4-3)
Speaking of teams being "back", how many times have we said to ourselves over the past decade that "Man, if the Canes win this game, then The U is BACK BABY!"? We saw that situation come to pass when the Canes failed to beat Florida State (again) at home, and that loss to the Seminoles has begun an active streak of three consecutive losses, the most recent of which came last Thursday night by 3 touchdowns to Virginia Tech. The winner of the ACC Coastal does basically play for the right to get their butt kicked by Florida State/Clemson/Louisville in the conference title game, but consider they've never been to the ACC title game since their highly anticipated entrance into the conference, they'll take whatever they can get. First-year head coach Mark Richt may have the team going in the right direction, but after years of irrelevancy, Canes fans, spread across the nation, are starting to get annoyed.
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