Ugly Game of the Week - Week 6 Edition

Submitted by stubob on October 5th, 2010 at 1:09 PM

Welcome to week 6, in which we can ignore the MAC for another week. There are a number of in-conference potential blowouts this week, like Oregon v WSU and Wisconsin v Minnesota, but there are two truly ugly games to preview.  But first:

Last Week's Recap

Miami mercifully didn't wear their Orange Crush jerseys and hung on to beat Clemson as Clemson shot themselves in the foot, leg, arm, head, etc. with six(!) turnovers.  After seeing Syracuse's jerseys last week, I'm holding out for a Clemson v Syracuse bowl game.

Idaho cashed in their frequent flier miles and beat Western Michigan. This game featured neither team rushing for more than 100 yards, plus seven total turnovers and 16 penalties. Western barely cracked 100 yards passing. That's probably all you need to know about that game.

Colorado beat Georgia, and the Buff fans stormed the field like they just won the Big 12 championship or something.  And the only reason they won was because of a late Georgia fumble after missing a field goal at the end of a time-consuming drive.  Congrats to CU for storming the field on a 1-4 opponent.

This Week

This is the kind of week this column was made for, with two (deux!!!) "We're Gonna Win!" games featuring 0-5 teams:  Western Kentucky v Florida International, and New Mexico v New Mexico State.

First up, WKY v FIU. You may remember Western Kentucky from such games as 49-10 against Nebraska, 63-28 against Kentucky, or 24-12 against South Florida. The Hilltoppers are a dual-threat (Ed: more like a dual-Threet?): 109th in Points For, and 118th in Points Against. FIU's starting QB has 4 passing TDs on the season, which is one more than WKY's. Fun fact:  no team in the SunBelt has a winning record at the moment.

Finally, the "Our State Insect is the Trantula Hawk Wasp" bowl is New Mexico versus New Mexico State. New Mexico's leading rusher has yet to score a rushing TD. This game features New Mexico's 117th/120th ranked offense/defense going against NMSU's 118th/119th offense/defense. I can't write a better scenario than that. This game used to feature the Maloof Trophy, but now just features an Aggie being burned in effigy at the pep rally, which who doesn't do that?



October 5th, 2010 at 3:05 PM ^

Camel Spider wins in a knockout.  A flamethrower might work against the Tarantula Hawk Wasp, while a camel spider would laugh, swat you with the flamethrower and then use it to roast your delicious, delicious innards.  I swear I've seen those damn things laugh off a grenade.

Hemlock Philosopher

October 5th, 2010 at 1:53 PM ^

This week has some easy pickings in the categories of  epic banjacking (Oregon -35 vs Wazzou and  Toledo +39 @Boise) and ineptitude (NM-NMST, FIU-WKy).

The Medieval Faire ugly game of the week: UAB @UCF.  Enjoy.

Number 7

October 5th, 2010 at 1:57 PM ^

I think we can safely confer "Ugly Game of the Century" status on the NewMexiclypse.  It is very likely that two teams this bad may never again find themselves facing teams as bad as themselves.

(at least until these two link up next year).


October 5th, 2010 at 2:16 PM ^

Lobo basketball is great. The Pit is a hell of a venue, and especially now with Alford coaching UNM is going to be cleaning up the MWC and getting into the NCAA Tournament on an annual basis.

Football is another thing. I've been here nearly 30 years and have been to one UNM game. At some point following that experience someone asked me to another and my response was "thanks but I already went to high school. Once was enough."

Didn't know about the tarantula wasp as state insect deal - thanks for the heads up. Glad I don't have them in my back yard.

Feat of Clay

October 5th, 2010 at 2:20 PM ^

How can you successfully sell tickets to that New Mexico game?  Who is buying those?

Maybe they can find some Lions fans who recently retired to the area.  That would be my recommended target audience to market this game to.


October 5th, 2010 at 5:31 PM ^

New Mexico vs. New Mexico St. has to be the lamest rivalry that exists!  How do you even get up for such a game?  Imagine, being stuck broadcasting that garbage...what do you even say?  "Huh....Brent I was watching him in practice, and he's probably the worst quarterback in the FBS".


October 6th, 2010 at 11:14 AM ^

In 2006, I seem to remember an 0-4 Colorado team (which lost to Montana State) led a top ten Georgia team in Athens for nearly the entire game.  Georgia scored in the final seconds to barely escape 14-13.  I think the revenge factor might be why the Buff fans stormed the field in this one.