2013’s Outbreak of Winless Teams

This is the final week of the 2013 college football season for most schools and these four beleaguered programs are down to their last chance to avoid humiliation.

It’s crazy when you think about it. College football is the one sport where you can buy a win. In order for a FBS team pull a 0-12 season it has to in a poor financial state or a bad team with injuries. In some cases both. We only had one winless team last year and sadly that is about to repeat history (Southern Miss).

We almost had five teams that were winless as Connecticut looked hopeless going into Temple Saturday. Somehow, the Huskies overcame a 21-point halftime deficit to knock off the Owls 28-21. Instead of a disastrous perfect season I’ll remember the 2013 Huskies for this nerdy time lapse video. Mission Accomplished.

These four teams are still trying to avoid the degrading 0-12 label.

Miami University (0-11) Final game: At Ball State (9-2) Friday

The RedHawks have been dreadful all season and has only been competitive in a couple of games. A touchdown loss to Akron and UMass is pretty much the highlights. That’s about as positive as Wiley Coyote boasting on how he came within five feet of Road Runner before the anvil fell on him.

The fan base has thrown in the towel too. Check out this stadium full of seats at the SECOND QUARTER!

Can Miami win a game? NOT A CHANCE IN HADES! Ball State has been carving people up on offense all year and is in need of a punching bag after losing at Northern Illinois. Enjoy the humiliation of a winless season Miami.

Southern Miss (0-11)at UAB (2-9) Saturday

While things are bad at Miami it is full depression for the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles. Southern Miss went 0-12 last season making it 23-game losing streak. Ironically, this school’s last win came in a bowl game in 2011 over Nevada. The Golden Eagles finished No. 20 in the AP poll that year. How do you go from a 12-2 season to the armpit of college football that fast? Southern Miss fans have seen plenty of depressing tweets like this during the past few months.

Can Southern Miss win a game? Maybe. UAB has nothing to play for other than the fact that it’s Senior Day. A turnover free game might allow the Golden Eagles to snap the streak even on the road. I give them a 40 percent chance.

Hawaii (0-11) vs. Army (3-9) Saturday

Hawaii may be winless but it’s not going down easy. The Rainbow Warriors have forced two straight overtime affairs. First San Diego State and then Wyoming. If you can’t find the humor of Hawaii being in the same conference as Wyoming then we probably can’t be friends. This epic showdown between polar opposite states was pretty much over when Hawaii couldn’t score in OT.

Hawaii has even tried going retro in its uniforms to score a win. It made this suggestive and awkward video to show off the renovated threads. Good luck counting the number of close-ups just below this player’s waistline.

Can Hawaii win a game? It should. Army will be making the absurd flight from the East Coast and that will be a huge plus to consider. Army might also look ahead to its annual duel with Navy coming up. It’s Senior Day and this squad is still playing hard. I give Hawaii a 55 percent chance of getting its first win.

Georgia State (0-11) vs. South Alabama (4-6) Saturday

I’ve been making fun of Georgia State for several times this season so why stop now? The program is a great script for an episode of Quantum Leap as Sam Beckett leaps into the athletic director to keep the school on the FCS level. When FCS Georgia Southern is having more success than it means you made a huge mistake.

The GSU Twitter account has been mentioned before but now it has done the unthinkable. It engaged in a Twitter war on game day. It all started when GSU tweeted about asking for retweets when it had a 17-7 lead against Arkansas State Saturday. The lead evaporated in the third quarter and Georgia State fell 35-33. The halftime tweet was seen as bringing bad luck to the team.

Whether the tweet brought about bad luck is not the issue. The fact that Georgia State is so desperate for something positive and is so insecure when challenged in a social media setting is the issue.

Asking people to retweet you is a sure fire way to not be retweeted. I don’t think a Twitter account for a SEC team would say “Boo you” to anyone. They simply wouldn’t care. The whole situation is sad, comical, and showcases Georgia’s State’s season all at the same time.

Can Georgia State win a game? Doubtful. South Alabama still has a chance at the six wins needed for bowl eligibility. A 6-6 record is probably not enough to get the Jaguars into a bowl game but they should play with urgency on Saturday. The odds are against the Panthers as I give them a 35% chance of winning.


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