A Week to Forget: The Most Excruciating Loss Ever

12/1/13 in NCAAF   |   BlakeLovell   |   61 respect

Nov 30, 2013; Auburn, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers cornerback Chris Davis (11) gets past Alabama Crimson Tide punter Cody Mandell (29) and scores a 100 yard touchdown during the fourth quarter at Jordan Hare Stadium. Auburn Tigers won 34-28. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY SportsIt seems like every other week we are saying that it was the wildest week ever in college football.

But this past weekend made a strong case for that with so many wild finishes around the nation.

Not everyone can win though, so let's take a look at teams that had losses that won't fade from memory anytime in the near future.

Fresno State Bulldogs (L 62-52 at San Jose State)

Well, so much for Fresno State's chances to play in a BCS bowl game. Those hopes went out of the window on Friday when San Jose State scored at will to hand the Bulldogs their first loss of the season. It will be very intriguing to see how they bounce back since they play a very good Utah State team on Saturday.

West Virginia Mountaineers (L 52-44 vs. Iowa State in 3 OT)

When you're up 31-7 at home with nine minutes to go in the second quarter against a team that has only won two games all season, you kind of expect to win. That's the situation the Mountaineers found themselves in only to blow the lead and eventually lose in triple overtime. Keep in mind that West Virginia is the only team to beat Oklahoma State this year. They are a long, long way away from that these days.

Nebraska Cornhuskers (L 38-17 vs. Iowa)

The Nebraska football team didn't play well and lost to a solid Iowa team on Friday. The bigger story though was Bo Pelini's antics which included nearly throwing his hat at a referee and blaming his team's poor play on the media. Since the loss, Nebraska has come out in support of Pelini in terms of his future as the head coach. If these types of incidents continue to occur, it'll be interesting to see if the school backs up that support.

UAB Blazers (L 62-27 vs. Southern Miss)

UAB has had a lot of weeks to forget this season since their overall record prior to Saturday was 2-9. However, the Blazers did something that no team had done in 23 games: lose to Southern Miss in football. The Golden Eagles entered the game on the brink of a second straight 0-12 season, but completely dominated UAB with 49 second half points in route to a 62-27 win.

Florida Gators (L: 37-7 vs. Florida State)

The miserable season for Florida has finally come to an end. But not before the Gators took a thrashing from in-state rival Florida State. Of course, the beatdown shocked absolutely no one given how the season has went for Will Muschamp and company. But this was rather telling in terms of where both programs sit in the state of Florida hierarchy right now.

Michigan Wolverines (L 42-41 vs. Ohio State)

Michigan's performance against Ohio State was the forgettable part. The Wolverines played quite well and took the Buckeyes to the limit. The play that will always draw the "what might have been" memories though will be the failed two-point conversion to win it. I don't fault Brady Hoke one bit for going for it, as that's what sports are all about -- making that one special play to win the game. But the failed conversion will be one that Michigan fans won't forget anytime soon.

Alabama Crimson Tide (L 34-28 at Auburn)

I'm not sure there's a more painful way to lose a game if you're the Crimson Tide. It was a game against your most fiercest rival with a conference and national championship on the line. And, in what was undoubtedly the worst possible scenario, it ended with one of the most miraculous plays in the history of sports. This was simply an unbelievable turn of events for Nick Saban and Alabama.


Did anyone have a worse week than Alabama? Who else had a week to forget in college football? Let us know by commenting below! For more college football talk, follow @FanIQ or myself on Twitter!


 
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