Sad fan index, week nine

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:

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.

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:

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.

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.

About Kevin Causey

Dry humorist, craft beer enthusiast, occasionally unbiased SEC fan, UGA alumni, contributor for The Comeback.