Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Rosenberg's Power Five Bottom Ten for Week 9

By: Jeremy Rosenberg

Join me each week as I unmask the worst of the best, the teams that play in big time conferences, but end up with small time accomplishments. My bottom ten is made up only of so-called power five conference members. I have little interest in haranguing the UTEPs or Bowling Greens or Rices of the world. Nope, I’m after schools with massive football budgets, coaches with obnoxious salaries, and legions of sheep-like fanboys and fangirls that refuse to admit their program sucks.

10. Kansas (3-5)

            The Jayhawks pull out their first Big 12 win of the year with a 37-34 thriller over Texas Tech. Kudos to Les Miles and Co. for defying all expectations and actually winning a conference game. Can they possibly make it two?

Next week: vs Kansas State (A loss to KU would be as big a step back as beating Oklahoma was a step forward.)

Prognosis: No let down for K-State.

9. Maryland (3-5)

            The Terps are 1-5 since their big start, and that win was against Rutgers. That 2-0 start seems like a looooong time ago.

Next week: vs Michigan (The Terps might actually have a chance to catch Michigan on a let down if they have anything left in the tank.)

Prognosis: Big bludgeoning by the Big Blue.

8. Texas Tech (3-5)

            Another program that started 2-0, only to see a 1-5 record drop them to 3-5. Tech has played some teams close, but the losses are piling up at this point.

Next week: BYE

Prognosis: Texas Tech is officially a basketball school.

7. Syracuse (3-5)

            The Orange managed to make Florida State look good in a 35-17 loss, a statement game that proves that ‘Cuse is right where they belong.

Next week: vs Boston College (The Eagles are fighting for bowl eligibility, they had better beat a reeling Syracuse team if they want to get there.

Prognosis: Syracuse should win at the Carrier Dome, right?

6. Purdue (2-6)

            Purdue ranks here solely based on a head-to-head win over Vanderbilt. Purdue continued their march to the bottom with a thoroughly uninspired 24-6 loss to previously ranked Illinois.

Next week: vs Nebraska (Scott Frost is the new Jim Harbaugh.)

Prognosis: The Boilermakers show some life and beat a bad Cornhusker team.

5. Vanderbilt (2-5)

            Vandy had a bye week to contemplate what might have been if they had beat UNLV. 

Next week: @ South Carolina (Someone forgot to tell the Gamecocks that the season still had games to be played after the Georgia game.)

Prognosis: Carolina wakes up for one week.

4. Arkansas (2-6)

            Back-to-back against Auburn and Alabama ended with predictable results. The Hogs have still yet to win an SEC game, with its only wins coming against Portland State and Colorado State.

Next week: vs Mississippi State (Another team fighting for bowl eligibility.)

Prognosis: The Bulldogs aren’t very good, but the Hogs are awful. 

3. Georgia Tech (2-5)

            The Ramblin’ Wreck had the week off, hopefully catching a Falcons game so they can see exactly what it looks like to quit on a season, and to try to avoid doing just that.

Next week: vs Pittsburgh (The Panthers hope to choke out an 8-4 season and win the right to be blasted by Clemson in the ACC title game.)

Prognosis: Pitt comes to Atlanta and beats Tech.

2. Northwestern (1-6)

            It is a testament to just how bad Rutgers in that Northwestern hangs in at number two after getting shut out by Iowa.

Next week: vs Indiana (The Hoosiers are a pretty solid team this year. Hard to believe they might be 7-2 with a win against the hapless ‘Cats.)

Prognosis: Northwestern looks past Indiana at next week’s Bottom Ten showdown with Purdue.

1.  Rutgers (2-6)

            Rutgers is now the proud owner of wins against UMass and Liberty, while losing their games against respectable competition by a combined score of 237-30. They are still awful, and need to at least compete in a B1G game to move out of the cellar.

Next week: vs Illinois (Two B1G wins in a row and the Illini are ready to feast on Rutgers.)

Prognosis: Illinois wins going away.

Schedule Shaming ‘Game’ of The Week

            One of the most egregious offenses in college football is non-conference scheduling. Each week I will single out and ruthlessly shame one program for their gutless scheduling.

Rutgers 44, Liberty 34

            Sure, schedule multiple cupcakes to fluff your victory totals. We all see what you are doing, Rutgers. Couldn’t the Scarlet Knights have at least played Army, or UConn, or Buffalo? Rutgers has no business in the B1G, and these obvious non-conference attempts to at least go 3-9 are sad, sorry, and pathetic.