Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Rosenberg's Power Five Bottom Ten for Nov. 5

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.

Big news at the Power Five Bottom Ten! We have secured venues for the Final Four playoff games, which will take place at 11:59 on New Year’s Eve. We prefer campus sites for the semifinals, and an NFL Stadium for the finals, also known as the Kale Bowl Presented by Monsanto.


12/31: 11:59 PM EST — Semifinal One (Rynearson Stadium, Ypsilanti, MI)
12/31: 11:59 PM MST — Semifinal Two (Aggie Memorial Stadium, Las Cruces, NM)


1/12: 11:59 PM PST — Kale Bowl Presented by Monsanto (Stub Hub Stadium, Los Angeles, CA)

10. West Virginia (3-5)

            The Mountaineers make their first visit to the Bottom Ten, and considering how long it has been since their last win, a 29-24 squeaker over mighty Kansas on Sept. 21, one can’t help but wonder what took them so long.

Next week: vs. Texas Tech (It’s Showdown Saturday, with the Red Raiders battling the Mountaineers for pride.)

Prognosis: West Virginia is here to stay.

9. Kansas (3-6)

            Kansas lost to in-state rival K-State, which according to tradition means the Jayhawks have to eat an entire wheat field, or something like that. The ‘Hawks were thoroughly trounced by a score of 38-10, ending their brief dalliance with respectability.

Next week: BYE

Prognosis: So far, so good for Les Miles, but odds are the fourth win will be elusive.

8. Texas Tech (3-5)

            The Big XII trifecta ends with the Red Raiders, who hopefully enjoyed their bye week watching their former head coach on the NFL sidelines in Kliff Kingsbury.

Next week: @ West Virginia (The Mountaineers are a long way from Will Grier, Pat White, Major Harris…)

Prognosis: Texas Tech takes down the Mountaineers.

7. Maryland (3-6)

            In retrospect, why did any of us think the Terps were any good? Their three wins are against Howard, Syracuse, and Rutgers. That Syracuse win sure doesn’t look like anything special at this point in the season.

Next week: @ Ohio State (The Bucks’ march to the playoff goes through College Park and Piscataway the next two weeks.)

Prognosis: Bring back the mercy rule.

6. Syracuse (3-6)

            The Orange snuck on this list two weeks ago and appear determined to make the Bottom Ten Final Four. Getting drubbed 58-27 by a mediocre BC team was a powerful statement.

Next week: BYE

Prognosis: Dino Babers will be on the hot seat in 2020.

5. Vanderbilt (2-6)

            After beating MIzzou, Vandy settles back into reality with an uninspired 24-7 loss to South Carolina.

Next week: @ Florida (The Gators get Vandy just in time to bounce back from last week’s loss to Georgia.)

Prognosis: Chomp.

4. Arkansas (2-7)

            Time for SEC style mediocrity, you know, Big Boy crappy football. The Hogs got mauled by Mississippi State 54-24 in front of people who paid money to watch.

Next week: vs. Western Kentucky (Even the Hogs cupcakes could be poisonous.)

Prognosis: Arkansas should win, but I have zero confidence that will happen.

3. Georgia Tech (2-6)

            The Bumblebees lost to Pitt 20-10 in what might have been a last chance to score another win in Geoff Collins inaugural season. Tech has played some close games in the last two weeks, they are clearly trying to escape the Bottom Ten Final Four playoff.

Next week: @ Virginia (The Hoos have ACC title expectations.)

Prognosis: Goodbye Yellow Jackets.

2. Northwestern (1-7)

            For a time the ‘Cats were losing close games. That time is over. Northwestern has been outscored 106-6 in their last three games. 

Next week: vs. Purdue (The Boilers just escaped this list, and will be motivated to keep it that way.)

Prognosis:Northwestern looks terrible, at least Purdue had a pulse last week. Boiler up.

1.  Rutgers (2-7)

            Rutgers returned to B1G play in style, dropping a 38-10 laugher to newly respectable Illinois. The Knights have circled 11/23, at home against hapless Michigan State, as their last chance to escape the Final Four playoff.

Next week: BYE

Prognosis: Negative.

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.

Clemson 59, Wofford 14

            There could have been no other choice this week. Clemson wants to be the new Alabama so bad they adopted Nick Saban’s most egregious scheduling offenses. The Tigers have played a less than impressive schedule this year, the ACC is WAY down. and now, Wofford comes to town?!? The shame is on the paying Clemson fans who allowed themselves to be duped out of regular season money for a scrimmage.