The Miami Hurricanes shouldn’t be here right now. They should be back in Coral Gables, quietly celebrating a 5-0 start to the season and hoping to sneak up on North Carolina and Clemson and battle for control of the ACC in the coming weeks.
Have you heard of the Victory Formation? This is what football teams do at the end of the game. They walk to the line of scrimmage, snap the football and tell the quarterback to take a knee. The quarterback then jumps up, hands the football to the referee and starts celebrating because time is running out before they have to make another play.
Fighting for 59 minutes to form the final winning formation is the goal of every team.
Miami coach Mario Cristobal has been a member of the football team nearly his entire life. However, at 53, he clearly still doesn’t know much about this less than revolutionary game of football. Because if he did, he’d be playing on Saturday night, when the Hurricanes led Georgia Tech 20-17. The Yellow Jackets didn’t take a timeout. The ball was intercepted with 34 seconds left, meaning if the Heat took a knee, the game would be over.
However, for reasons incomprehensible to 99.99% of normal humans, Cristobal decided to run a routine handoff play for running back Donald Chaney.
Chaney fumbled, Georgia Tech recovered, and quarterback Hines King completed passes of 30 and 44 yards in the final 21 seconds to give the Yellow Jackets a 23-20 win you have to see to believe it. .
Despite Chaney’s mistakes, it’s not his fault that the Miami coaching staff decided to spit on the football gods to this extent. It’s as if Cristobal sat down at the blackjack table, looked at 20, and decided to play it anyway. When you challenge karma to that extent, you get what you deserve.
But curiously, Cristobal lost a game in a similar manner against Stanford in 2018 when he was the head coach at the University of Oregon. It wasn’t that shocking since Oregon State would have had to run a little bit on the clock — maybe 15 seconds or so — but failing to kneel in this situation also resulted in a turnover and Stanford’s elimination. The field was won at the last second.
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This time, if Miami does anything different than what they actually do, the game is over – literally -.
Is this stubbornness or inexcusable stupidity? Regardless, that’s why Miami ranks No. 1 on the Misery Index, a weekly measure of which fan bases are the most anxious about the status of their favorite shows.
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Texas A&M University
If the average person could understand the inner world of Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher, it might be scarier than the new “Exorcist” movie. As it stands, Aggie fans may be tempted to spit out their pea soup after watching Fisher’s situational decision-making in a 26-20 loss to Alabama. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was in College Station to watch the game, but he wasn’t the most conservative man in the building. That would be a $95 million man on the sidelines who punted fourth-and-1 from the Alabama 45 late in the third quarter on a tied game early in the fourth quarter. Trailing, another punt on fourth-and-6 inside Alabama territory led to a field goal at the Alabama 2-yard line after a timeout with just over two minutes left. It’s all very strange, especially for a guy with one of the most ridiculous contracts in college sports. What will they do, fire you? At least rock it, Jimbo. But Fisher was who he was, and this pattern repeated itself many times throughout his career. He even told the media after the game that he might have gone for pick-and-four if the ball had been less than a yard. But because it was one yard, he punted. ah?
When a non-traditional program like TCU achieves what the Horned Frogs did last year, we laud the coach as a genius and speculate if some kind of threshold has been crossed that allows them to do it again and again. But that’s unfair to the fans and we should strive to be more honest in our reporting. If we could go back to 2022, what we should say about Sonny Dykes and TCU making it to the national championship game is that it was likely a fluke and may never happen again in our lifetimes. This is not the story anyone wants to read, but it is the more honest story. We understand why TCU fell to 3-3 on the season with a 27-14 loss to a fairly unremarkable Iowa State team. TCU deserved everything it got last year, but it was a turnover-less season and a lot of the wins required good luck. After a season like this, the bills usually come due. TCU is paying back karma with a bowl bid. Things were always going to go downhill for Dykes after his incredible first season, but even reasonable expectations were much higher than that.
The most unintentionally hilarious college football story of the past week has its origins in the way many great college football stories come to light — through the Freedom of Information Act. Arkansas fans especially understand this. When Houston Nutt started losing, his text messages to local TV anchors were weaponized to make him look bad. Now we have Arkansas offensive coordinator Dan Enos, who emailed angry fans with a snarky response just hours after the Razorbacks’ offense failed last week against Texas A&M. We know this because HawgBeat obtained the emails via FOIA this week, and it’s not the best thing for Enos to do. He should probably put those things behind him because when you’re an offensive coordinator in the SEC, criticism from random fans is going to happen. However, it is very relevant. If we’re having trouble at work, none of us likes to hear it, and we can’t help but respond. But Arkansas’ offense is really bad. It gained just 286 yards in a 27-20 loss to Mississippi State, leaving the Razorbacks with a 2-4 record. Honestly, Arkansas should let Enos spend all of his time answering hate mail for the rest of the season. At this point, it wouldn’t hurt to keep him off the script.
There are some bad quotes and there are quotes that make you wonder if someone has any concept of reality. “We know Vanderbilt football is ultimately going to be the best program in the country,” Commodores coach Clark Lea said at the 2022 SEC Media Day. Lea plays for Vanderbilt. He knew Vanderbilt. But as much as he loved Vanderbilt, he had to know that the words that came out of his mouth were complete nonsense. Earth vs. Clark: Vanderbilt fans will be happy to have a bowl game or two before starting the big game, but it’s going to be very difficult to avoid complete embarrassment for Lee in year two. The Commodores fell to 2-5 with a 38-14 loss to Florida, meaning they lost their three SEC games by an average of 19 points. And their schedule is actually getting tougher, with Georgia, Mississippi State and Tennessee still to come. Vanderbilt fans have endured a lot over the past few decades, and they’ve seen enough football. If Lee really thinks Vanderbilt can become the best program in the country, he might want to start with Actual competition begins with lower tier teams in your own league.
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Notre Dame de Paris
On one hand, the Fighting Irish have endured three weeks in a row of pretty brutally emotional games. They suffered a heartbreaking loss to Ohio State, pulled off a near-miracle win at Duke, and then had to get back to a Louisville team that was confident and ready. This is not an easy task. On the other hand, if you’re Notre Dame and you aspire to win a national championship, boo. It’s not like they’re playing the 1985 Bears. Go get the job done. they do not. The Fighting Irish lost 33-20 to undefeated Louisville, a game in which Notre Dame never seemed to have much energy. Sam Hartman was intercepted three times and the Irish were limited to 298 yards. It was a poor performance that knocked Notre Dame out of the College Football Playoff and then sets up another tough game at home against Southern California next week. As Marcus Freeman develops as a head coach, week-to-week consistency must be a focus or he will struggle sooner or later.
If we judge coaches by the temperature of their seats, Butch Jones’s seats would be cooled down by being placed in a pizza oven. Barring a dramatic turn of events, he’s screwed. Arkansas State, once a dominant program in the Sunbelt, became a disaster under Jones. Jones is now 8-22 overall and 3-15 in the Sun Belt after going 37-3 at the hands of Troy. It was an odd hire at the time, and it turned out worse than anyone could have imagined. Arkansas fans care deeply about this program and are invested in it at a high level (relative to their competitors). They won’t put up with this incompetence anymore.
Longtime Temple fans have painful memories of being kicked out of the Big East in 2001 due to a lack of success and commitment to football. It’s unlikely that will happen again, but the Owls’ current home — the American Athletic Conference — may need to consider some drastic measures to revive the program as it becomes a mainstay in another conference. Temple head coach Stan Drayton is now 5-13, 1-9 in the AAC after a 49-34 loss to Texas-San Antonio. But it’s worse than that. Of Drayton’s five wins, two were against FCS schools, one against Akron and one against Massachusetts. This season, the Owls have lost 22 games to Tulsa, 34 games to Miami and 29 games to Rutgers. What’s the point of fielding an FBS-level program if Temple can’t do better?