Passionate. That word is often used to describe college football and its fans. The great thing about this sport is how much each game means to the fans; of course, that also means that when your team loses it can be heartbreaking.
This week’s feature in the sad fan index is a school newspaper that gave up on giving updates on its rivalry game; a team whose opponent ran out of fireworks to shoot off because it scored too many points; and an old coach who returned to town after leaving the school to “upgrade” to another job.
Let’s take a look at the teams that have the most to be sad about after the events that unfolded this weekend:
No. 1: Michigan Wolverines
If you asked a Michigan fan before the season what a worst-case scenario would look like for the 2014 season, it probably wouldn’t be as bad as it’s been so far this year. The Wolverines have just three wins (two of which came against Miami University and Appalachian State) and they’ve lost four out of five games. They hit rock bottom when, during a rivalry game, their student newspaper asked its followers if they wanted to continue getting updates on the game:
RT if you want us to keep tweeting this game. Favorite if you’d rather we just stop.
— Mich. Daily Sports (@theblockm) October 25, 2014
@theblockm just start naming coaching candidates — Jordan Acker (@RealJordanAcker) October 25, 2014
@theblockm Is your softball writer available for Q&A?
— Stuart Berlow (@stuartberlow) October 25, 2014
Your sentiments have been acknowledged. We’ll send you the final score when we have it. pic.twitter.com/XBstm7ShqY — Mich. Daily Sports (@theblockm) October 25, 2014
I didn’t expect anything out of Michigan today, it’s just sad that for such a great rivalry they can’t even make it a good game to watch.
— Kaylee (@keish1902) October 25, 2014
It’s a sad day to be a michigan fan. — sara taphouse (@saratap12) October 25, 2014
It’s a sad year for Michigan football when you’re more excited for your pizza rolls to be out of the oven than their biggest game
— David Suchowolec (@Dave_Suchowolec) October 25, 2014
No. 2: Ole Miss Rebels
Ole Miss streaked to a 7-0 record this season and despite having to go to LSU, the Rebels came in as a 3.5-point favorite. Trailing 10-7 late in the game, a questionable call by Hugh Freeze led to something Ole Miss fans have been fearing all season: Bad Bo showed up.
#OleMissvsLSU #blubberebels pic.twitter.com/HSZbn93Z6Z — Sad Fans (@reallysadfans) October 26, 2014
— Red Cup Rebellion (@RedCupRebellion) October 26, 2014
I hate this so much. I can’t breathe. — Red Cup Rebellion (@RedCupRebellion) October 26, 2014
No. 3: Texas Tech Red Raiders
When your opponent runs out of fireworks because you couldn’t keep it out of the end zone… that is a sad day for a football fan. The Kliff Kingsbury hire, which was lauded last year, is now making Texas Tech fans wonder what exactly they bought into. The Red Raiders have just three wins on the year, and they came against Central Arkansas, UTEP and Kansas… by a total of 24 points. When you give up 82 points to TCU, there just isn’t that much more to say:
“@shitnbdysaysTCU: Texas Tech Football: pic.twitter.com/PuUhcl6tvI” #TTUvsTCU
— Sad Fans (@reallysadfans) October 26, 2014
Can @CoachTubbySmith take over as a helper on the #TexasTech football staff?
— DanSwany (@DanSwany) October 25, 2014
today is a sad day for anyone else is who is a Texas tech fan
— shane (@ShaneChandler4) October 25, 2014
How sad are Texas Tech fans (and by sad, I mean ashamed)?
— Griggsay! (@Griggsay) October 25, 2014
No. 4: Tennessee Volunteers
When a former coach who abandoned you comes back into town, you really want to give him a loss and send him on his way, showing him that he made the wrong decision.
Lane Kiffin and the Alabama offense came to Knoxville on Saturday night and jumped all over Tennessee’s defense, 27-0, just minutes into the second quarter. If there is a silver lining it’s that the Vols didn’t give up and they fought to make the score look respectable, but getting blown out early by Alabama and Kiffin was not what the Vols wanted to happen on Saturday. Now the Vols sit at 3-5 and it will be a huge challenge just to get to six wins and become bowl eligible.
Thats it folks. Sad day, again, for the vols. No matter, I still love to root for the orange. Even if we lose every game. #GBO
— Brittany Cudzilo (@brittcudzilo) October 26, 2014
Embarrassing. Atrocious. Sad. Pick an adjective. #Vols — Brent Conklin (@brentconklin) October 26, 2014
The sad truth RT @THESethHughes: to the younger, more positive Vols who assume this is rock bottom. it’ll get worse. it always does.
— Mark Shrum (@Shrum412) October 26, 2014
No. 5: USC Trojans
All three of USC’s losses have been by six points or fewer. The loss to Arizona State on October 4 came by way of a Hail Mary. This weekend, the Trojans lost on a pick play to end the game. USC is so close to being 7-1 and undefeated in the Pac-12; instead, the Trojans have two conference losses and sit in fourth place in their division.
Another game, another meltdown. This season is exciting, exhausting, and sad #usc #FightOn — Richard Ha (@richardha101) October 26, 2014
Watching USC games makes me sad — Alvaro Padilla (@AlvaroLikesPie) October 26, 2014
Sad that USC Football has accepted mediocrity. — Matt Montes (@mattymo_1) October 26, 2014
Second time usc has lost in the last second. All 3 loses were under 4 points. Sad night — Rob Engel (@Acute_Engel47) October 26, 2014