Safe Harbor Consulting is happy to announce the beginning of our 2nd Annual College Football Crisis Management Awards program. The Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award recognizes the largest comeback of the week for NCAA football games that include at least one FBS football team.
So, without further ado, our Week 1 report.
The first week of College Football 2014 stretched from Wednesday to Monday over the Labor Day holiday weekend. The slate of games included 84 contests with at least one FBS opponent. Of those 84 contests, 54 were won by teams that never trailed in the game. In those 54 games, 12 of the winning teams were the visitors and 42 of those games were won by the home team – not very hospitable of them, don’t you think?
In 30 Week 1 games, the eventual winner trailed by at least one point or more at some point in the contest. In 10 games, the winning team had to overcome a double-digit deficit before notching the victory. Three of the ten winning teams that overcame double-digit deficits were visiting teams and seven were won by the home team.
Washington, Colorado State and UL Monroe each had to overcome 10 point deficits before winning their contests against Hawaii, Colorado and Wake Forest, respectively. South Florida and Toledo each trailed by 11 points before pulling out their victories over Western Carolina and New Hampshire. Three teams – NC State, North Dakota State and Tulsa – trailed by 2 full touchdowns, 14 points, before rallying for the victory against, Georgia Southern, Iowa State and Tulane. And, Central Michigan defeated Chattanooga after Chattanooga scored the first 16 points of the game. But, no team came back from a bigger deficit than our Week 1 Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award winner!
And the winner is … LSU.
In one of Week 1’s premier football games, between two Top 25 ranked football teams, Louisiana State University (LSU) managed to come back and win after trailing Wisconsin by 17 points midway through the 3rd quarter. LSU scored the final 21 points in the game to win by a score of 28 – 24 and secure the first Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award for 2014.
What a terrific way to start off the season. Most of the awards from our first year were won by teams outside of the Top 25. To have such a high profile game garner the first award for 2014 is truly special.
Congratulations to the Bayou Bengals on their impressive come from behind victory. We can hardly wait for Week 2!