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.
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) November 1, 2014
The Georgia Bulldogs sure do know how to make me happy, but damn do they know how to make me sad. To the next time… Go Dawgs.
— Ian Labreck (@IanLabreck) November 2, 2014
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.
everything sucks. nothing is good. we are surrounded by darkness that constantly reminds us that all we know is meaningless. — furrer4heisman (@furrer4heisman) November 1, 2014
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.
It’s kind of sad what has happened to South Carolina this year. I feel for OBC. — Craig (@_craigtweets) November 2, 2014
South Carolina has successfully blown two TD leads with under 7 min to play in three of their last four SEC games. There are no words. — Michael Haney (@Haney1075) November 2, 2014
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.
Man it’s been a couple of hours & I still feel like I’ve been punched in the gut. My wife is depressed & my dogs are whining. — Christopher Lambert (@theDudeofWV) November 2, 2014