Brian Brashaw

The Sad Seven – State of Despair

The Sad Seven

While week one of college football season doesn’t tell us a whole lot about who’s actually good, it’s really easy to see what teams are just bad. So if you revel in the miserable The Sad Seven is the list for you.

We could take the easy route and just call out all the teams that lost to lower-tier FCS teams, but there are eight of them, and that throws off the theme. We’ll see some of them, but not all.

So this week we break down some of the worst performances of week one. We’re shaking off the rust, unlike the subjects of this piece, and reincarnating The Sad Seven.

7. The Alabama OffenseThe back-to-back national champions ran up a huge 206 total yards (96 rushing, 110 passing) against Virginia Tech, which after one game ranks them 115th in total offense. In 2012 they averaged 226 rushing per game and 445 total per game. Thank Saban for Christion Jones who had 209 return yards and three touchdowns, leading the Tide to roll 35-10.

Iowa State6. Both Iowa FBS teams –  So Iowa and Iowa State both lose, and ya’ll make fun of us for the Wyoming game. Ok, Iowa guy, lets review your Saturday. It didn’t start bad for the Iowa Hawkeyes as they took a 24-17 lead into the half, but they only scored three points in the second half and allowed Northern Illinois to come back and win 30-27. Then another “Northern” team, Northern Iowa leads Iowa State wire-to-wire and becomes one of the eight to knock of an FBS team. Good show, boys.

5. South Florida – Anyone else remember 2007 when the Bulls climbed to No. 2 in the country with Jim Leavitt at the helm? Those were the days. After a 3-9 season in 2012 South Florida opened 2013 by getting straight HOUSED by FCS McNeese State. Boos rained down late in the second quarter on a pick-six that capped a 31-point quarter for McNeese State, who went on to win 53-21.

4. UMass – UMass was a .500 team for years in the FCS, so naturally they decided they should move up with the big boys last year. The Minutemen won one game in 2012, against Akron, and continued their losing ways to start 2013 being shutout 45-0 by Wisconsin. The trend continues for a team that mustered just 12.7 PPG last season.

3. Louisiana-Monroe – The Warhawks were the buzzworthy team last season when they opened with a win over then-No. 8 Arkansas, followed by a thrilling OT loss to Auburn, then they sweat Baylor losing by just five. The 2012UL-Monroe team averaged 33.8 points per game. However, the 2013 Warhawks started out worthless as they racked up an impressive 166 total yards in a 34-0 shut-out loss against Oklahoma.

Boy Crying Football2. Southern Miss – There is no worse season-over-season downturn on record than Southern Mississippi’s transition from 12-2, Conference USA Champions and ranked No. 20 in the final polls in 2011 to 0-12 in 2012. Happy to not disappoint in 2013, the Golden Eagles opened with a 22-15 loss to Texas State, who I didn’t know is actually an FBS team.

1. Idaho – The Vandals are no stranger to the Sad Seven as they appeared often last season, and were No. 1 at one point. The have won three games in the last two seasons but 2013 started well. Idaho took a 6-0 lead at North Texas, but the extra point was blocked and it was downhill from there. North Texas won 40-6 and compiled 591 yards on the Vandal D. Good news for Idaho, though. This week, they play a Wyoming team that piled on over 600 yards on Nebraska.

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