Wednesday, November 15, 2006

The Worst Teams of 2006

With all the focus on the penthouse — the Michigan-Ohio State game — it's time we take a look at the outhouse — college football's low-rent district. Much like all the teams focusing to become No. 1, there are a group of teams committed to bringing up the rear year-to-year. Now quibble with our list if you must, but we will take these four teams and lose with the best of them! So here we go:

1. Duke — If you hate Blue Devil basketball, you have to love the football team. A perfect 0-10, with Georgia Tech and North Carolina left on the schedule. Duke ranks 115th out of 119 teams in scoring offense and 103rd in scoring defense. Even the punting game (you would expect this to be strong because of the volume of kicks) gets a low mark: 112.

2. Temple — After the Owls (1-10) stunned the world in Week 9 with a 28-14 thumping of Bowling Green, they followed with two losses by a combined 89-26 to start a new losing streak. Dead last (119th) in total offense and close to last (116th) in total defense.

3. Buffalo — OK, the Bulls are 2-8, but one of those victories came against Temple. You remember that 9-3 overtime win in Week 1, don't you? If you forgot, we hate to break the news to you. This one won't be repeated on ESPN Classic. Buffalo's offense ranks 111th and the rushing defense is 115th.

4. New Mexico State — The Aggies won two of their first three games, but haven't won since. Consider this: New Mexico State has lost 21 in a row to Division I-A teams. With a scoring defense that ranks 111th, you need to pass, and the Aggies can do that, ranking second in passing offense. There is hope for New Mexico State. It has two games left (Utah State and Louisiana Tech) and a shot to end its I-A skid.

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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I came here hoping you'd exclude my lowly Aggies, and you had to disappoint me. FAH Q, there's always next year. *snobs uncontrolably*

Zach Landres-Schnur said...

you can thank my washington huskies for preventing Stanford from showing up on that list.

ojarhead said...

Having been subjected two UNC games in person this season...and their only win being by 3 over 1-AA Furman...I think you have slighted the Tarheels..they deserve a spot on your list...i don't even think this is debatable: The loser of the UNC-Duke pillow fight is without a doubt THE worst team in the country...

Anonymous said...

Florida International is so bad they were forgotten about on this list, wow, that stings!

Anonymous said...

Thanks to Wyoming, Miami of Ohio and Illinois for helping get Syracuse off the list...at least this year.

Anonymous said...

No Stanford? Guess you haven't seen many Cardinal games lately.

Anonymous said...

Duke shouldn't be on this list. Talent wise they're years above the other teams mentioned, and play one of the toughest schedules in the country. The loss to Richmond in week 1 had as much to do with Asack being suspended then anything else. Buffalo is a program which is on its way up, although they do have a long way up to go. Did anyone else notice how they flat out destroyed Kent St? IMHO, the worst teams are in the Sun Belt.