A Week to Forget: Missouri's Misery
Of course, we're only here to talk about the negative, so I'm sure a former undefeated team will make an appearance in this week's edition of A Week to Forget.
Without any further ado, the teams who had the worst week:
Texas Tech Red Raiders (L 38-30 at Oklahoma)
Texas Tech didn't play all that bad. And they certainly won't be kicking themselves (no pun intended) the way that Missouri will. But losing your first game of the season is usually never a positive, so that's why they are here. This was a tough spot for the Red Raiders, and the loss was expected by most. Up until this week, Texas Tech hadn't really played anyone on the same level as Oklahoma. It doesn't get much easier from here on out, as Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Baylor, and Texas are their final four.
Oregon State Beavers (L 20-12 vs. Stanford)
Oregon State is going to wonder what might have been. The Beavers had a 3-0 lead and went for it on a fourth and short late in the second quarter at around the Stanford 35, but couldn't convert. 40 seconds later, Stanford had marched down the field and scored a touchdown, completely swinging the entire momentum of the game. The Cardinal then came out and scored right off the bat to start the third, and despite a furious Beaver rally, was able to hang on for the victory.
Virginia Tech Hokies (L 13-10 vs. Duke)
Well, this wasn't pretty. Let's run down a few key items for the victorious Blue Devils: they turned it over four times, they had the ball 20 less minutes than Virginia Tech did, quarterback Anthony Boone only completed seven passes, and they didn't convert a third down the entire day. Despite all of that, Duke won an ugly, ugly football game over a team ranked in the top 15 in the country. How is that even possible? Virginia Tech was clearly overrated. If you missed this one and DVRed it, delete it immediately. Even if you're a Duke fan. Yes, it was that bad.
Nebraska Cornhuskers (L 34-23 at Minnesota)
"Bo Pelini, you're fired!" Or at least that's how Donald Trump would do it. No, Pelini hasn't been fired yet, but at this point, it seems inevitable. Minnesota is better than we thought they were, so let's give them that. However, Husker fan doesn't accept losses like this. Especially when your starting quarterback returns to the lineup, and you're playing a team you haven't lost to in 53 years. But hey, all Nebraska has to do is win out, and they'll still go to the Big Ten title game. With Michigan and Michigan State still on the schedule, that seems highly unlikely.
Northwestern Wildcats (L 17-10 in OT at Iowa)
Remember that Northwestern team that almost beat Ohio State about a month ago? Well, that Northwestern team is now 0-4 in the Big Ten after losing in overtime at Iowa. ESPN has lauded this as the "Gameday curse" which may or may not be true. I hate to be the bearer of news, but the Wildcats have a legit shot at running the table in reverse in the Big Ten. Nebraska, Michigan, and Michigan State are up next, leaving the final game of the season against Illinois as this team's best chance at winning a conference game.
Missouri Tigers (L 27-24 in 2OT vs. South Carolina)
When you're undefeated midway through the season and are at home with a 17-point lead in the fourth quarter, you're expected to win. That didn't happen for the once undefeated Missouri Tigers though, as South Carolina shocked the world by rallying to win it in double overtime. After the Gamecocks' offense looked absolutely horrendous through two and a half quarters, the injured Connor Shaw came into the game and essentially became Superman. The Tigers had no answer whatsoever for him, as he threw for 201 yards and three touchdowns. And, remember, this guy only played from mid-third quarter on. Of course, the one visual that Missouri fan will never forget is the field goal attempt in overtime hitting the left goal post, which ended the game and Missouri's perfect season.
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