Yes, Week 9 in college football did have three games with 100+ points scored; yes, Week 9 did have two double-overtime games with Big 5 opponents; yes, Week 9 did have a Top 4 team lose, thus, shaking up the playoff picture; but, given what we have grown accustomed to, Week 9 was a pretty tame week in FBS College Football. Or, maybe, I’ve just gotten spoiled.
Week 9 consisted of a total of 49 college football games with at least 1 FBS contestant. For the first time since Week 3, over half of those games were won by teams that never trailed in the game; 27 games (55%). With a year low 22 games with some kind of comeback, only 5 of those games, for the second week in a row, included comebacks of 10 points or more. And, to top off the relatively uneventful week, the largest comeback, achieved by two teams, was a rather pedestrian 15 point comeback.
The Mustangs of SMU continue to struggle through their 2014 football campaign losing once again without ever having a lead – this time, to Memphis by a final score of 48 – 10. Georgia Tech and UCF both played their first games of the year that did not include some kind of comeback, meaning there are no more FBS teams that have played in games that always included some kind of comeback win. In Georgia Tech’s case, the Yellow Jackets never trailed in their 56 – 28 victory over Pittsburgh; in Central Florida’s case, they beat Temple, 34 – 14 without ever giving up the lead.
In the Week 9 double digit comebacks: Nevada had to overcome a 10 point deficit in the early morning hours, defeating Hawaii, 26 – 18 out in the islands. As mentioned above, Toledo rallied back after being 13 points down against Massachusetts, handing the Minutemen their fourth loss of the season after they lead by 10 points or more. And, North Carolina eeked out a one point victory over Virginia, 28 – 27 after the Cavaliers scored the first 14 points of the game. But no team overcame a larger deficit in Week 9 than the Safe Harbor College Football Crisis Management Award co-winners did!
The Ball State Cardinals were first on the scoreboard against Akron, after kicking a field goal on their first possession, but found themselves trailing by 15 at 21 – 6 as halftime approached. The Cardinals scored a touchdown just before half to cut the lead to 21 – 13, and added an additional 22 unanswered, second half points to take the victory, 35 – 21, and earn a share of the Week 9, Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award.
The Texas State Bobcats were shut out in the first half and spotted the Warhawks from Louisiana-Monroe a 15 – 0 lead early in the third quarter before starting their rally. With one 3rd quarter touchdown, followed by two more in the 4th quarter, Texas State completed their come-from-behind victory by a final score of 22 – 18 against their Sun Belt foe. The 15 point, come-from-behind victory was enough for the Bobcats to be recognized as co-winners of the Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award for Week 9.
Congratulations Cardinals and Warhawks!
Week 9 ended up being a little bit less exciting than past weeks in college football, but, maybe we needed to take a little breath to get ready for an exciting second half of the season. With the first Playoff Committee Top 25 Ranking coming out on Tuesday, we are positioned to watch the landscape change from week to week. Let the posturing begin.
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