An amazing week of failure in college football. So many options, so few dumpsters.
The top pick this week might be the season champ. It was that bad.
Dumpster Fires of the Week: Week 12
1. Louisville offensive line
Every single member of that unit must have received an F in film study. They allowed 11 sacks and committed a host of false start penalties that consistently hurt the Cardinals' field position and took them off schedule.
Multiple holding calls went against Louisville, and there could have been more nearly any time a blocker actually got a hand on Houston phenom Ed Oliver.
One player even fell out of his stance in a moment that was butt-fumble worthy. It was a poetic disaster.
2. Ole Miss
One of the more annoying myths in this sport is that the "every SEC game is tough" nonsense. There are great teams in the SEC and great players. But when garbage like "Ole Miss is the best six-loss team in the country" is thrown around this year, remember that Ole Miss lost by 21 points to a bad, bad Vanderbilt team.
3. LSU in the red zone
Coach O had been doing a pretty good job trying to convince the LSU higher-ups that he is the right main man to coach the Bayou Bengals.
That started to change with the complete lack of offense in the Alabama game – no doubt a huge setback. Then, Coach O started exhibiting Less Miles-like game and time management issues on LSU's final drive against Florida.
LSU wasted all kinds of time that could have given them an extra drive at the end of the game, given UF’s terrible offense. So there’s the horrible time management. Then there was the terrible play calling and coordination that led to confusion and a broken play late in the game on fourth and goal from the goal line.
4. Texas' trip to Lawrence
The last time Kansas beat UT in football? 1938. That gets UT onto the dumpster list.
The rumored player boycott of the TCU game apparently started a week earlier in Lawrence. A must-win game for UT’s players to have any hope of saving their coach's job turned into the best victory of the David Beaty era for the Jayhawks.
Even UT stars struggled. Running back D’onta Foreman had two crippling fumbles to go with more than 200 rushing yards. Shane Buechele had three awful interceptions.
In total, UT lost the turnover battle, six to two, and the Longhorns lost the game in overtime after the last Buechele INT.
There is perhaps no more fitting way for the Strong era to end than with a loss to a struggling KU team. Strong’s tenure is littered with baffling losses and fewer breakthrough wins.
5. Coach Bro cycloned out of the stadium
The Teflon coiffure of Coach Kliff Kingsbury has to be deflecting all kinds of tortilla projectiles lately around Lubbock. As baffling as UT losing o KU was, perhaps the strangest score of the
entire weird Big 12 season was the power-washing in Ames that Texas Tech received. ISU beating a pretty mediocre Tech team would not have been a big surprise, but ISU blasting Tech 66-10 (44-3 at half)?
You’d at least think that Tech would get into some kind of a shootout with an ISU offense that was clicking that day. Horrible collapses and awful defense have been hallmarks of Coach Bro’s time at Texas Tech, so much so that losing games while scoring 50 points is becoming routine.
However, since Texas Tech ripped up the Sooner defense, the offense has been shaky. ISU held Pat Mahomes to a 50 percent completion mark and barely over 200 yards passing. That’s like
bad passing numbers for a Big Ten football game. Three times this year, opponents have held the vaunted Tech passing attack under 30 points.
No bowl game on the horizon. If I were Mahomes, I’d get the hell of town and into an NFL camp as soon as possible. Why stay around?