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(Yahoo)   In the worst weekend of college football ever, there were two shortened games among four 70-point blowouts versus hapless cupcakes. Surely, these universities and their athletic departments are giving fans what they want   (sports.yahoo.com) divider line 108
    More: Asinine, Savannah State, Miami, Louisiana-Monroe, Ohio State, Florida International  
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2013-09-22 12:10:22 AM  
How nice of them to make  sure to cover the over/under.
 
2013-09-22 12:24:37 AM  
Savannah State should not be a Division 1 program, they can't afford it.  They have three money games this season (Troy, GA Southern, and Miami) and opened up last year with two money games against Oklahoma State and Florida State.  Last year they won a single game, and it was against a Division II opponent.

They whore themselves out to FBS programs to get a big check, and for the FBS school to get a home game and a guaranteed win, and while it may help them balance the budget, it's really a ridiculous situation.
 
2013-09-22 12:42:48 AM  

TuteTibiImperes: Savannah State should not be a Division 1 program, they can't afford it.  They have three money games this season (Troy, GA Southern, and Miami) and opened up last year with two money games against Oklahoma State and Florida State.  Last year they won a single game, and it was against a Division II opponent.

They whore themselves out to FBS programs to get a big check, and for the FBS school to get a home game and a guaranteed win, and while it may help them balance the budget, it's really a ridiculous situation.


But it's not about the money.
 
2013-09-22 12:54:56 AM  
Ohio State paid a cupcake 900k.....lol
 
2013-09-22 01:00:04 AM  
Iowa 59 - Western Michigan 3

Iowa knelt down to run out the clock with 2 minutes left at UWMs 2 yard line rather than score again.

Nebraska 59 - South Dakota State 20

Nebraska didn't play their starting Quarterback at all today. In the forth quarter they had their 4 string QB in the game.
 
2013-09-22 01:12:42 AM  
I haven't watched a single college football game this year.

Glad to know I've missed NOTHING. :-(
 
2013-09-22 01:18:14 AM  
I love how people act like this happens once per season. 
It happens about 4 times per season now, and the rest of the time you're lucky if there are 3 good games on a Saturday.

Then you got the whole pointlessness of the championship which comes down to 4-5 teams that are pre-ordained before the season begins.

Alabama will NOT play Florida, South Carolina, Georgia this year.
TOUGHEST SCHEDULE WEEK IN & WEEK OUT!!!
 
2013-09-22 01:22:13 AM  

freak7: Ohio State paid a cupcake 900k.....lol


My alma mater was paid $975k to lose to Georgia today. Funny thing is, they were putting up a bit of a fight until about the middle of the 3rd quarter. And then, it's almost like they got the call to roll over and play dead. It was actually a fun & exciting game up until that point.

But it's not about the money.
 
2013-09-22 01:23:17 AM  
Worst my ass.  This weekend was AWESOME!

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2013-09-22 01:31:06 AM  
This was mismatch weekend.  I can't remember this many lopsided games in one day in a long time.  My UW Huskies had the 3rd string QB and 5th string RB in by the end of the game.  By about the middle of the third quarter, I don't think there was anybody on the field that I'd heard of. Looking at the other scores, it's a good thing I had other plans and didn't watch any other games today.
 
2013-09-22 01:31:46 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: TuteTibiImperes: Savannah State should not be a Division 1 program, they can't afford it.  They have three money games this season (Troy, GA Southern, and Miami) and opened up last year with two money games against Oklahoma State and Florida State.  Last year they won a single game, and it was against a Division II opponent.

They whore themselves out to FBS programs to get a big check, and for the FBS school to get a home game and a guaranteed win, and while it may help them balance the budget, it's really a ridiculous situation.

But it's not about the money.


Well, it is and it isn't.  Savannah State has to play those games to keep the lights on right now, but if they dropped to DII or DIII they could save a lot of money on operating costs and possibly be competitive at the same time.
 
2013-09-22 01:31:59 AM  
Maryland spanked West Virgina and wore some sweet uni's. That is exactly what I wanted.

/2013 ACC champs
 
2013-09-22 01:34:48 AM  

Captain Steroid: I haven't watched a single college football game this year.

Glad to know I've missed NOTHING. :-(


Too bad: you missed Boise-Fresno. The best game this Saturday happened on Friday.
 
2013-09-22 01:36:11 AM  

CipollinaFan: Maryland spanked West Virgina and wore some sweet uni's. That is exactly what I wanted.

/2013 ACC champs


Not bad looking, but I liked the white state flag uniforms from last year more.
 
2013-09-22 01:40:53 AM  
No. They wouldn't have shortened the game if they wanted that. If they wanted to give fans what they want, then they'd keep the starters out there the whole time a hang a hundred on someone.
 
2013-09-22 01:43:00 AM  
I was cheering for Colorado state to make it more interesting. They almost did so kudos.
 
2013-09-22 01:43:47 AM  
My Gators won and I didn't come close to getting heatstroke like the last home game, so I'd say this was a good weekend of college football in my book.
 
2013-09-22 01:44:15 AM  
I watched maybe a quarter of actual football, all combined, on Saturday. Horrible stuff. Hopefully the NFL makes up for that with some great games tomorrow.
 
2013-09-22 01:46:12 AM  

SevenizGud: No. They wouldn't have shortened the game if they wanted that. If they wanted to give fans what they want, then they'd keep the starters out there the whole time a hang a hundred on someone.


I'm sure the fans would have been really happy if they'd left the starters in and a star player had gotten knocked out for the season when they were already ahead by four TDs.
 
2013-09-22 01:48:29 AM  
And the Wolverines only eecked out a FG over Connecticut.
 
2013-09-22 01:55:41 AM  

rynthetyn: My Gators won and I didn't come close to getting heatstroke like the last home game, so I'd say this was a good weekend of college football in my book.


You know your starting QB broke his leg and is out for the season, right?
 
2013-09-22 01:58:18 AM  

TuteTibiImperes: SevenizGud: No. They wouldn't have shortened the game if they wanted that. If they wanted to give fans what they want, then they'd keep the starters out there the whole time a hang a hundred on someone.

I'm sure the fans would have been really happy if they'd left the starters in and a star player had gotten knocked out for the season when they were already ahead by four TDs.


The fans don't give a shiat as long as the team is winning.  After all, in a couple of years there will be an entire new line of meat to watch - if one dies, they cry for the lost scoring plays they will not get to see, throw back a beer, and holler for the next plaything to get his ass out on the field.  Fans are sociopaths with no impulse control.  The coaches may see the players as a way to milk money from the university, but they at least have a small reason to give some damn about the players, if only to get a bigger salary.  Fans, though, could care less, as long as they get to celebrate a win.

/Sorry, but watch fans almost riot over the refs calling a glaringly obvious penalty, and you cannot actually see them as anything except junkies willing to sacrifice everything to get that high.
 
2013-09-22 02:01:20 AM  
In case anyone cares, FAMU - the team Ohio State strangled today - did take 900K to play us today. They took that money on short notice when, last season, SEC powerhouse Vanderbilt decided they didn't want to take a 76-0 beating and backed out of the game. So hats off to FAMU for stepping up at the last minute (relatively speaking) when the mighty SEC pissed their pants.
 
2013-09-22 02:03:49 AM  

CipollinaFan: Maryland spanked West Virgina and wore some sweet uni's. That is exactly what I wanted.

/2013 ACC champs


i1282.photobucket.com
 
2013-09-22 02:05:47 AM  
The nation's leading rusher carried the ball only four times, and still managed to tack on 77 yards to his totals.

I'll be glad when the playoff system helps control this crap.   Out of conference games should be tough games.
 
2013-09-22 02:12:11 AM  

Rent Party: The nation's leading rusher carried the ball only four times, and still managed to tack on 77 yards to his totals.

I'll be glad when the playoff system helps control this crap.   Out of conference games should be tough games.


The playoff system is a nice start, but at 4 teams it's still inadequate.  Ideally it should be a 16 team field, with the conference champion of each FBS conference automatically getting a slot, and the remaining 6 slots being reserved as 'wild cards' for teams from tough conferences to earn their way in via performance and schedule strength even if they don't win their conference title.

At that point the championship would actually mean something.
 
2013-09-22 02:13:19 AM  

freak7: rynthetyn: My Gators won and I didn't come close to getting heatstroke like the last home game, so I'd say this was a good weekend of college football in my book.

You know your starting QB broke his leg and is out for the season, right?


Our starting QB sucked. Him breaking his leg and being out for the season is the best thing that happened to the team.
 
2013-09-22 02:13:45 AM  

Rent Party: I'll be glad when the playoff system helps control this crap.   Out of conference games should be tough games.


How is a playoff system going to have anything to do with non-conference schedules?
 
2013-09-22 02:16:03 AM  

freak7: rynthetyn: My Gators won and I didn't come close to getting heatstroke like the last home game, so I'd say this was a good weekend of college football in my book.

You know your starting QB broke his leg and is out for the season, right?


hahaha.  A side effect of Florida's massive prescription pill problem is holes in memory formation.
 
2013-09-22 02:17:47 AM  

freak7: Rent Party: I'll be glad when the playoff system helps control this crap.   Out of conference games should be tough games.

How is a playoff system going to have anything to do with non-conference schedules?


Under the proposed system the committee that awards the spots will take strength of schedule into account in its decisions.
 
2013-09-22 02:18:36 AM  
"The betting line before the game had Miami favored by 60 points, the third time Savannah State has been a 60 point or larger underdog since 2012."

That's.... that's just not pretty in the slightest. You [Savannah] might want to take a look at your team if this is the THIRD TIME you've been on the losing that massive of a point spread in a single year according to bookies.
 
2013-09-22 02:19:48 AM  

rynthetyn: freak7: rynthetyn: My Gators won and I didn't come close to getting heatstroke like the last home game, so I'd say this was a good weekend of college football in my book.

You know your starting QB broke his leg and is out for the season, right?

Our starting QB sucked. Him breaking his leg and being out for the season is the best thing that happened to the team.


I would like to cite this as evidence for my previous post
 
2013-09-22 02:19:50 AM  

elguerodiablo: freak7: rynthetyn: My Gators won and I didn't come close to getting heatstroke like the last home game, so I'd say this was a good weekend of college football in my book.

You know your starting QB broke his leg and is out for the season, right?

hahaha.  A side effect of Florida's massive prescription pill problem is holes in memory formation.


Or, you know, Driskel sucks ass and everybody in the state knows it.
 
2013-09-22 02:23:43 AM  

rynthetyn: elguerodiablo: freak7: rynthetyn: My Gators won and I didn't come close to getting heatstroke like the last home game, so I'd say this was a good weekend of college football in my book.

You know your starting QB broke his leg and is out for the season, right?

hahaha.  A side effect of Florida's massive prescription pill problem is holes in memory formation.

Or, you know, Driskel sucks ass and everybody in the state knows it.


Well, why did your pussy ass not go break his leg earlier?  Did you not feel it was important to the team to fix this well-known problem?  You actually relied on the random luck of UT to solve this problem, when a baseball bat to the tibia during his calculus class would have been more effective?

/Gator fans: always wanting someone else to fix their messes - no go-getter attitude
 
2013-09-22 02:26:02 AM  

Iczer: "The betting line before the game had Miami favored by 60 points, the third time Savannah State has been a 60 point or larger underdog since 2012."

That's.... that's just not pretty in the slightest. You [Savannah] might want to take a look at your team if this is the THIRD TIME you've been on the losing that massive of a point spread in a single year according to bookies.


Again, they're a bad team from a weak FCS conference, and they played OSU and FSU last year.  They not only went completely defeated in their own conference, they went completely defeated against all Division 1 teams, their only win was against a DII.  So far this year they have one win, also against a DII team.  In the past three seasons they've gone 1-10.

They moved up from DII in '02, and haven't had a winning season since.  They take these games because a big payout allows them to operate their athletics department.
 
2013-09-22 02:26:26 AM  
It's impressive.  Television made college football enjoyable to watch and then, as if it were a surprisingly well received tv show series, tweeked it to suckage.

/  Not sure whether to blame ESPN.
 
2013-09-22 02:30:42 AM  

rynthetyn: elguerodiablo: freak7: rynthetyn: My Gators won and I didn't come close to getting heatstroke like the last home game, so I'd say this was a good weekend of college football in my book.

You know your starting QB broke his leg and is out for the season, right?

hahaha.  A side effect of Florida's massive prescription pill problem is holes in memory formation.

Or, you know, Driskel sucks ass and everybody in the state knows it.


Everybody but the head coach...
 
2013-09-22 02:31:46 AM  

phalamir: rynthetyn: elguerodiablo: freak7: rynthetyn: My Gators won and I didn't come close to getting heatstroke like the last home game, so I'd say this was a good weekend of college football in my book.

You know your starting QB broke his leg and is out for the season, right?

hahaha.  A side effect of Florida's massive prescription pill problem is holes in memory formation.

Or, you know, Driskel sucks ass and everybody in the state knows it.

Well, why did your pussy ass not go break his leg earlier?  Did you not feel it was important to the team to fix this well-known problem?  You actually relied on the random luck of UT to solve this problem, when a baseball bat to the tibia during his calculus class would have been more effective?

/Gator fans: always wanting someone else to fix their messes - no go-getter attitude


I'm not saying it was good for him to break his leg, but he should not have been starting QB. He's not a good quarterback, he doesn't know how to read defenses and he has a talent for doing precisely the wrong thing under pressure. Yeah, they won a lot last year, but it was in spite of Driskel not because of him and anybody who knows football knew that.
 
2013-09-22 02:32:08 AM  
I suggest not doing a Top 20 poll until the fourth week of the season. When the poll does come out, have strength of schedule be a factor.
 
2013-09-22 02:33:27 AM  

rynthetyn: phalamir: rynthetyn: elguerodiablo: freak7: rynthetyn: My Gators won and I didn't come close to getting heatstroke like the last home game, so I'd say this was a good weekend of college football in my book.

You know your starting QB broke his leg and is out for the season, right?

hahaha.  A side effect of Florida's massive prescription pill problem is holes in memory formation.

Or, you know, Driskel sucks ass and everybody in the state knows it.

Well, why did your pussy ass not go break his leg earlier?  Did you not feel it was important to the team to fix this well-known problem?  You actually relied on the random luck of UT to solve this problem, when a baseball bat to the tibia during his calculus class would have been more effective?

/Gator fans: always wanting someone else to fix their messes - no go-getter attitude

I'm not saying it was good for him to break his leg, but he should not have been starting QB. He's not a good quarterback, he doesn't know how to read defenses and he has a talent for doing precisely the wrong thing under pressure. Yeah, they won a lot last year, but it was in spite of Driskel not because of him and anybody who knows football knew that.


So he's basically Tim Tebow?
 
2013-09-22 02:37:02 AM  

elguerodiablo: rynthetyn: phalamir: rynthetyn: elguerodiablo: freak7: rynthetyn: My Gators won and I didn't come close to getting heatstroke like the last home game, so I'd say this was a good weekend of college football in my book.

You know your starting QB broke his leg and is out for the season, right?

hahaha.  A side effect of Florida's massive prescription pill problem is holes in memory formation.

Or, you know, Driskel sucks ass and everybody in the state knows it.

Well, why did your pussy ass not go break his leg earlier?  Did you not feel it was important to the team to fix this well-known problem?  You actually relied on the random luck of UT to solve this problem, when a baseball bat to the tibia during his calculus class would have been more effective?

/Gator fans: always wanting someone else to fix their messes - no go-getter attitude

I'm not saying it was good for him to break his leg, but he should not have been starting QB. He's not a good quarterback, he doesn't know how to read defenses and he has a talent for doing precisely the wrong thing under pressure. Yeah, they won a lot last year, but it was in spite of Driskel not because of him and anybody who knows football knew that.

So he's basically Tim Tebow?


Tebow was a good college quarterback, he's just not cut out for the NFL.
 
2013-09-22 02:37:10 AM  

Psychohazard: It's impressive.  Television made college football enjoyable to watch and then, as if it were a surprisingly well received tv show series, tweeked it to suckage.

/  Not sure whether to blame ESPN.


UConn almost upset Michigan, that was pretty good.  Eastern Illinois also almost upset Northern Illinois.

If you're flipping through the games and see Navy playing, watch them this year.  They have a QB who can actually pass, which adds a really cool dynamic to the option they run.  They're good enough this year that they should probably be ranked.
 
2013-09-22 02:38:04 AM  

TuteTibiImperes: freak7: Rent Party: I'll be glad when the playoff system helps control this crap.   Out of conference games should be tough games.

How is a playoff system going to have anything to do with non-conference schedules?

Under the proposed system the committee that awards the spots will take strength of schedule into account in its decisions.


They ought to count games against FCS schools as losses (no matter the score). That will end this crap fast.
 
2013-09-22 02:42:16 AM  

Wadded Beef: I suggest not doing a Top 20 poll until the fourth week of the season. When the poll does come out, have strength of schedule be a factor.


But how could strength of schedule be a factor in the first poll if no one is ranked?
 
2013-09-22 02:43:15 AM  
Help a Canadian understand... Why even bother?  Do the programs give ANYTHING back to other programs at the schools at all?
 
2013-09-22 02:46:04 AM  

AliceBToklasLives: TuteTibiImperes: freak7: Rent Party: I'll be glad when the playoff system helps control this crap.   Out of conference games should be tough games.

How is a playoff system going to have anything to do with non-conference schedules?

Under the proposed system the committee that awards the spots will take strength of schedule into account in its decisions.

They ought to count games against FCS schools as losses (no matter the score). That will end this crap fast.


I'm more of a fan of the FCS than the FBS, so I don't want to see those games go away.  A number of the FCS school count on those games to help balance the books, though most don't go so overboard with it as to schedule multiple FBS teams per season.  They're also nice stretch games, allowing the FCS schools to test their skills against deeper and more challenging opponents.  Every now and again you get a great upset, like we had this year with NDSU over K-State, Towson over UConn,  Eastern Washington over Oregon State, or Northern Iowa over Iowa state, just to name a few.

The top end of the FCS is pretty close in skill and talent to the midrange of the FBS.  There's a huge difference between scheduling a school like back to back FCS champion NDSU and scheduling a Valparaiso or Savannah State that can't even win games in their own conference.

They could do what the playoff committee at the FCS level does with games against DII teams though - a loss is counted as a bad loss, but a win doesn't count for anything towards playoff eligibility.
 
2013-09-22 02:53:40 AM  

Representative of the unwashed masses: Help a Canadian understand... Why even bother?  Do the programs give ANYTHING back to other programs at the schools at all?


The success of college football is the reason many schools have other sports. Well, generally speaking.
 
2013-09-22 02:58:34 AM  

HawgWild: Representative of the unwashed masses: Help a Canadian understand... Why even bother?  Do the programs give ANYTHING back to other programs at the schools at all?

The success of college football is the reason many schools have other sports. Well, generally speaking.


guess I just don't get it... Canadian schools have programs for many types of sports, football, basketball, volleyball etc etc.  But the money just doesn't compare at all to big programs in the US.  I guess it would make sense to me if the profits from the programs there were a way to subsidize tuition for students outside of the athletics program, fund acquisitions for the libraries, buy scientific equipment etc

Like I said, I don't know how the NCAA regulates how the money schools make is used, I just find it weird.
 
2013-09-22 02:58:51 AM  

HawgWild: Representative of the unwashed masses: Help a Canadian understand... Why even bother?  Do the programs give ANYTHING back to other programs at the schools at all?

The success of college football is the reason many schools have other sports. Well, generally speaking.


Well, the NCAA requires Division 1 schools to have a certain number.  All D1 schools must have 7 men's sports and 7 women's, or alternatively can choose to field 6 men's and 8 women's, and two of those must be team sports for each gender.

The success of football and basketball programs (and in some cases baseball and hockey) does however allow the school to offset the costs of the other sports, and women's sports, which almost always lose money (UConn women's b-ball being the only exception I'm aware of).
 
2013-09-22 03:08:19 AM  

Representative of the unwashed masses: HawgWild: Representative of the unwashed masses: Help a Canadian understand... Why even bother?  Do the programs give ANYTHING back to other programs at the schools at all?

The success of college football is the reason many schools have other sports. Well, generally speaking.

guess I just don't get it... Canadian schools have programs for many types of sports, football, basketball, volleyball etc etc.  But the money just doesn't compare at all to big programs in the US.  I guess it would make sense to me if the profits from the programs there were a way to subsidize tuition for students outside of the athletics program, fund acquisitions for the libraries, buy scientific equipment etc

Like I said, I don't know how the NCAA regulates how the money schools make is used, I just find it weird.


The easily tracked direct money (ticket sales, concessions, parking merchandise, TV revenue, etc) usually goes back into the athletic department.  A small number of schools, at least count 23, actually have net positive revenue from the athletics department that goes back into the school.

However, there are other factors that benefit the schools.

One is publicity, a big time sports program puts the name of the school out there very often and helps get the attention of new potential students.  The larger an applicant pool a school has the more selective they can afford to be, and the higher the quality of students they can admit should they choose to.

 Athletics programs are also a great fundraising opportunity for academic programs.  The school president, provosts, etc, will often  use big athletic events and the pageantry that surrounds them to schmooze big donors, the type who get their names on academic buildings by paying for them.  It's also a great tool to develop a closer relationship with smaller alumni donors.  Those who remain fans and either attend games at the school or watch them on TV are more likely to feel a positive connection with the school years after graduating, and be willing to send money when it's asked for.

Another often overlooked factor is that athletics programs are actually academic programs for certain students.  Those going into sports medicine, physical therapy, physical education, etc, get hands on experience from working with the student athletes.
 
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