This past week in college football had some meaningful clashes which ultimately will shape BCS bowl picture. There are programs that solidified their place as a contender, and some which are firmly proclaiming wait for next year. As a side note does anybody in the Big-12 south want to win their division?
Worst game of the week-Wyoming (2-8) at UNLV (1-8). Okay, just when fans of the MWC were wondering what the conference would do for an encore after the Utah v. TCU matchup, that was a real clunker. The MWC will follow up with Wyoming traveling to Sin City to play UNLV. Wyoming comes off a loss to arguably the worst division 1A program; New Mexico, while UNLV was romped by BYU. This game has bad football written all over it. However, there will be someone that will tune into this game because it has a 8pm MST kick time, and by the time this game gets into the third quarter this maybe the only game still being played. This game features two coaches who may be asking themselves; “I left a good job for this? Or “I should have waited for this year because the Colorado job is appealing.”
Worst coaching Job- Kyle Wittingham (Utah) – I like Kyle, I think he is a very good coach, I also think that rarely does Witt get outcoached, this time however he was outcoached by the next Colorado head coach (yes you heard it here Gary Patterson will be the top candidate for the Colorado opening). Wittingham should have at some point pulled Wynn, who was clearly shell-shocked, in favor of Terrence Cain (who is a little more mobile), which may have slowed the relentless TCU rush. Utah was clearly not in the same class as TCU, which may not bode well for Utah as it moves to the PAC-12 next year.
Worst loss- Multiple. Take your pick Kansas/Colorado, Kansas St/Texas, Texas A&M/Oklahoma, Oklahoma St./ Baylor. The theme in these games are the Big 12 is involved. Who knew that the Red River Rivalry was going to be a game for fourth , fifth or sixth place in the Big 12 south. Baylor was leading the division when they remembered they were Baylor. Oklahoma and Texas wanted to see what playing meaningless games in November felt like, and Colorado decided to play intramurals for a quarter versus Kansas. I guess the worst is Colorado blowing a 38-17 lead in the fourth quarter to lose 52-45, the game ultimately cost Dan Hawkins his job “brotha”.
Worst Performance-Jordan Wynn, QB Utah. Utah should be on the worst loss list, I did not put them on the list because I don’t believe Utah is a top 10 team. So TCU beating them was not a surprise. The way TCU won, however was a little surprising but the Frogs are the best team in the country, and would do the same to many programs in the Top 10. Okay on to Wynn’s performance; Wynn was 16-35 for 148 yards and 2 picks, and looked like a Quarterback who was struggling with the TCU defense, and when TCU put the game in cruise control his receivers didn’t help him. There was plenty of blame to shoulder for team “Under Amour”.
Okay, lastly I would like to ask a question; Chatanooga, Jacksonville St., Tennessee’s Tech and Martin, and Idaho St. all appear on the schedules of teams of what conference? The Big 10? No. Is it the Pac-10? No. It is the SEC. Okay, I get it, the SEC is a grind so the big boys need a break some weeks. Problem I have is that if you are the best you should not be afraid to play better competition than FCS schools, at least schedule a lower tier WAC, MWC, Sun Belt or MAC program. After all we always hear about how bad these conferences are so why not play those programs wouldn’t that be a breather anyway?