Sad fan index, week ten

This college football season has claimed many tears from many fans, and this weekend was no different. Overall, seven top-25 teams lost, but some setbacks were more gut-wrenching than others.

A rivalry game that looked like easy pickings had the tables turned; one team jumped out to a huge lead in prime time against one of the best teams in the nation, only to watch its lead disintegrate in front of its eyes; and another team blew a 14-point fourth-quarter lead at home.

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: Georgia Bulldogs

After an impressive two-game streak without Todd Gurley, Georgia had worked itself back into the conversation as a possible contender for the playoffs. The Dawgs headed to Jacksonville for a game against rival Florida, which had not shown any recent signs of life. However, the Gators rode a strong running game to victory and the Bulldogs were left licking their wounds.

No. 2: Louisville Cardinals

Louisville shouldn’t feel bad about losing to Florida State, but the Cardinals should feel bad about the way they lost. The Cards jumped out to a 21-0 lead, but after that, they allowed the Seminoles to outscore them 42-10.

No. 3: Virginia Tech Hokies

Frank Beamer turned the Hokies around once upon a time, but now they can’t seem to get right. After this week’s loss to Boston College, the Hokies are 4-5 and just 1-4 in the ACC. Beamer has never lost more than four conference games at Virginia Tech, but the Hokies still have three games to play.

No. 4: South Carolina Gamecocks

The Gamecocks came into the season as a favorite in the SEC East, but their year has gone south quickly. The latest installment was a 45-42 loss to Tennessee in double overtime after having a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter on two different occasions. Magnifying the pain of this latest loss for South Carolina is the fact that the Gamecocks blew a 13-point fourth-quarter lead at home to Missouri earlier in the season, not to mention a 14-point fourth-quarter lead on the road at Kentucky.

No. 5: West Virginia Mountaineers

The Mountaineers have had a resurgence this season, but no matter how you slice it, losing at home on a last-second field goal is just a kick in the gut.

About Kevin Causey

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