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WEEK 13 – College Football Crisis Management Award Winner

Believe it or not, we are already nearing the end of the 2013 College Football Season – seems like we only just got started.

In Week 13, both the list of Undefeated Teams and the list of Winless Teams were trimmed down by one with a few other close calls.  The undefeated team that gets removed from our list is the Baylor Bears who lost to Oklahoma State, 49 – 17, in a game that they never led; lost their chance at an undefeated season; and, lost all hopes of being in the National Championship Game.  Northern Illinois remained undefeated by besting Toledo, 35 – 17, in a game in which they trailed by 3 points early in the contest.  Alabama, Florida State, Fresno State and Ohio State all remain on the list of undefeated teams with easy victories in games in which they never trailed.

The list of undefeated teams now includes the following 5 names:

UNDEFEATED FBS TEAMS

  • Alabama (defeated Chattanooga, 49 – 0)
  • Florida State (defeated Idaho, 80 – 14)
  • Fresno State (defeated New Mexico, 69 – 28)
  • Northern Illinois (defeated Toledo, 35 – 17)
  • Ohio State (defeated Indiana, 42 – 14)

For our winless teams, there were a few close games and one team which, finally, gets a taste of victory for 2013.  Georgia State put up a good fight against Arkansas State but failed on a two point conversion that would have tied the game late in the fourth quarter and lost its 11th game on the year, 35 – 33.  For the second week in a row, the Hawaii Warriors took their game into overtime in search of their first win on the season, but lost to Wyoming, 59 – 56 in a see-saw battle that had the lead change hands some 8 times.  Miami of Ohio took another early week thumping; this time, a Tuesday Night, 44 – 7, loss to Buffalo.  And, Southern Miss was doubled up by Middle Tennessee, 42 – 21 in a game in which they never held the lead.

But, in the contest that would become the Week 13 Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award winning game, the Connecticut Huskies overcame a 21 point halftime deficit to the Temple Owls to secure their first victory in 2013 and remove their name from the winless teams list.

The list of winless FBS teams now stands as follows:

WINLESS FBS TEAMS

  • Georgia State (lost to Arkansas State, 35 – 33)
  • Hawaii (lost to Wyoming, 59 – 56, in OT)
  • Miami (OH) (lost to Buffalo, 44 – 7)
  • Southern Mississippi (lost to Middle Tennessee, 42 – 21)

WEEK 13 RECAP

For some reason, Week 13 in College Football included an unusually high number of FBS vs FCS games for this late in the season, including one game in which the FCS member embarrassed a team from a BCS automatic qualifying conference.  Just when you think Will Muschamp’s head coaching seat couldn’t get any hotter, the Eagles from Georgia Southern light it on fire by beating Florida, 26 – 20, for their 6th straight loss and making them ineligible for a bowl game in 2013.

With 59 games on the slate with at least one FBS team participating, 36 games were won by teams that never trailed – the highest total since Week 4.  Of the 23 games in which the winning team trailed at one point or another in the game, 8 of them were won by teams that trailed by more than one score (more than 8 points), including a team that won for the first time in 2013.  In fact, that first time winner not only removed its name from the list of winless teams, but, by coming back from 21 points down before securing the victory, the Connecticut Huskies also became the Week 13 winner of the Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award.

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CONNECTICUT

Uconn HuskiesIt was only 3 seasons ago that the Connecticut Huskies were representing the Big East Conference in a BCS bowl game (Fiesta Bowl vs. Oklahoma).  Now, only three years later, in a much watered-down, revamped Big East Football Conference with a new name – the American Athletic Conference – the Huskies were at rock bottom of the conference and facing a potential undefeated season.  They road into Philadelphia to face the 1 – 9 Temple Owls in a game which looked like they might have a chance, but that flickering flame of hope didn’t burn too bright in the first half of that contest.

With hopes of finally getting a win in 2013, Connecticut found themselves, once again trailing in a football against an opponent they looked, at least on paper, to be equally matched-up against.  But, Temple scored the game’s first touchdown near the end of the first quarter on a P. J. Walker 6 yard run and then added two more in the second quarter – a Walker to Robbie Anderson 8 yard pass and a Zaire Williams 18 yard run – to take a seemingly commanding 21 – 0 lead into halftime.

With the season coming to a close; with an interim Head Coach making the calls following the in-season firing of your other Head Coach; holding an 0 – 10 record; and, trailing 21 – 0 at half – you wouldn’t expect a whole lot of fight left in your team.  But, to the credit of these young men from Connecticut, you couldn’t be more wrong.

The Huskies started their march to victory number 1 in 2013 on the first series of the second half.  On the sixth play of the drive, Casey Cochran tossed a 33 yard touchdown pass to Geremy Davis to remove the 0 from their side of the scoreboard.  Later in that same quarter, Max DeLorenzo ran the ball in from 4 yards out to bring the Huskies to within a touchdown at 21 – 14.  Their first drive of the 4th quarter ended with 1 yard Cochran touchdown run to tie the game and, when Yawin Smallwood returned an interception 59 yards for a defensive touchdown, the Huskies were able to remove the 0 from their win column.

Considering everything else that has happened to the Huskies in 2013, it was a rather amazing feat to come from 21 points down to get their first victory.  Now, with only one game remaining on the year, they have a chance to end 2013 on a two-game winning streak.  And, not only did they get their first victory in Week 13, they also earn recognition as the Safe Harbor College Football Crisis Management Award winners.  Congratulations Huskies.

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SAFE HARBOR CONSULTING

Businesses, just like college football teams, can experience huge deficits from business interruption events in which they must rally from behind to stay in the game.  In the area of Crisis Management, game day is the arrival of the tornado; the coming floods; the day the hurricane strikes; a fire; a regional pandemic; technology failures; or any of a variety of risks and threats that can interrupt your business processes and/or the technologies that support them.  And, just like college football teams, your ability to overcome these deficits is directly related to the time and effort you put into planning your strategies and practicing your emergency response, business continuity and disaster recovery plays.

Safe Harbor Consulting has assisted companies and organizations, large and small, in preparing and exercising their crisis management and business continuity playbooks.  To learn more about how Safe Harbor Consulting can help you prepare for your greatest comeback, please visit our website at www.safeharborconsulting.biz; visit us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Safe-Harbor-Consulting/204353729604053; or, call us at (253) 509-0233.

Congratulations once again to the Connecticut Huskies for overcoming adversity and rallying back from the largest deficit faced by a winning team during Week 13 of the 2013 college football season.   Not only do we have just two more weeks left in the 2013 College Football season, but we also have only two more weeks in the BCS era.  Could we possibly end the BCS era, prior to going into a mini-playoff format, with 3 undefeated teams from Major Conferences?  We have some rivalry games and conference championship games to play before we find out.  I kind of hope it resolves itself and we don’t end with controversy – but, then on the other hand …

Week 13 – Honorable Mention

Duke coming from 14 behind to beat Wake Forest, 28 – 21.

Iowa coming from 14 behind to beat Michigan, 24 – 21.

 

Week 12 – Winner (To read the Week 12 article, click here.)

Baylor coming from 14 behind to beat Texas Tech, 63 – 34

 

Week 11 – Winners  (To read the Week 11 article, click here.)

Old Dominion coming from 14 behind to beat Idaho, 59 – 38.

San Diego State coming from 14 behind to beat San Jose State, 34 – 30.

 

Week 10 – Winner  (To read the Week 10 article, click here.)

Louisiana-Lafayette coming from 21 behind to beat New Mexico State, 49 – 35)

 

Week 9 – Winner  (To read the Week 9 article, click here.)

SMU coming from 21 behind to beat Temple, 59 – 49.

 

Week 8 – Winner  (To read the Week 8 article, click here.)

Duke coming from 22 behind to beat Virginia, 35 – 22.

 

Week 7 – Winner  (To read the Week 7 article, click here.)

San Diego State coming from 14 behind to beat Air Force, 27 – 20.

 

Week 6 – Winner  (To read the Week 6 article, click here.)

San Jose State coming from 11 behind to beat Hawaii, 37 – 27.

 

Week 5 – Winner  (To read the Week 5 article, click here.)

San Diego State coming from 16 behind to beat New Mexico State, 26 -16.

 

Week 4 – Winner  (To read the Week 4 article, click here.)

Northern Illinois coming from 20 behind to beat Eastern Illinois, 43 – 39

 

Week 3 – Winner (To read the Week 3 article, click here.)

UNLV coming from 21 behind to beat Central Michigan, 31 – 21

 

Week 2 – Winner (To read the Week 2 article, click here.)

SMU coming from 17 behind to beat Montana State, 31 – 30

 

Week 1 – Winners (To read the Week 1 article, click here.)

North Dakota State coming from 14 behind to beat Kansas State, 24 -21

Troy coming from 14 behind to beat UAB, 34 – 31

WEEK 9 – College Football Crisis Management Award Winner

Compared to last week’s WOW week in College Football, Week 9 was a bit timid and, yet, still very exciting.  Two of the 10 teams that were undefeated coming into Week 9 received their first lost and, as a result, fell in the BCS rankings: Missouri, which lost to South Carolina fell from #5 to # 9 in the BCS; and, Texas Tech, losers to Oklahoma, fell from #10 to # 15.  Of the 8 teams which remain undefeated on the 2013 college football season, 6 of them rank in the BCS top 7: Alabama at #1; Oregon, #2; Florida State, #3; Ohio State, #4; Baylor, #6; and, Miami (FL), #7.  Fresno State (BCS #16) and Northern Illinois (BCS #17) are the other two undefeated teams, looming large as BCS Busters.

As an equal opportunity blogger, we wish to note the five FBS teams that remain un-victorious.  Still looking for their first win of the 2013 college football season are: Connecticut, Southern Mississippi, Miami (OH), Hawaii, and Georgia State.  None of those teams are ranked in the BCS.

In last week’s blog, we suggested that the Duke Blue Devils – our Week 8 Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award winner – were changing the culture at Duke Football and learning how to win.  Well, to prove us right, the Blue Devils pulled off an upset over #14 Virginia Tech, 13 – 10.  Thanks for making us look smart – it happens so infrequently.

WEEK 9 RECAP

After having two weeks in a row (Week 6 and Week 7) in which the College Football Crisis Management Award winner overcame relatively small deficits to win our award, Week 9 was the second week in a row in which our winner overcame a deficit of more than 20 points.  Last week, Duke bested Virginia after trailing by 22 points and, this week, SMU came back from 21 points down to defeat Temple, 59 – 49 and become our second two-time award recipient.

Of the 56 college football games that included at least one FBS member, 29 of them were won by teams that trailed at one point or another in the game.  Of those 29 teams, 7 overcame deficits of 10 or more points.  Of the 27 games in which the winning team never trailed, 19 of them were won by the home team.

There were 10 undefeated teams entering Week 9 – two of them took their first lost.  Both teams taking their first lost did so to teams which trailed at one point in the game: Oklahoma overcame a 7 point deficit to hand Texas Tech its first lost, 38 – 30; and, South Carolina overcame a 17 point deficit to defeat Missouri in overtime, 27 – 24.  South Carolina’s feat was good enough to win our Honorable Mention this week.

Of the 8 remaining undefeated teams: 5 of them never trailed in their Week 9 contest; Miami (FL) had to overcome an 11 point deficit to defeat Wake Forest in the last minutes of their game to remain undefeated; Fresno State came back from 7 points down to defeat San Diego State in overtime; and, Oregon trailed UCLA by 7 early in their contest before pulling away in the second half to win easily, 42 – 14.

As the calendar turns to November, each week in college football has the potential to either clear up or muddy up the BCS picture.  This just helps take the excitement of college football to a higher level.  As we continue to keep a close eye on those undefeated and high ranking teams, we will also hope that the games that impact the standings include some great come-from-behind victories.

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SMU

SMUThe Southern Methodist University Mustangs have become a familiar program in our promotion this year.  The Mustangs were our Week 2 winners after rallying back from 17 points behind to defeat Montana State, 31 – 30.  Then, in Week 6, the Mustangs were recognized as an “almost” winner after rallying from 21 points down to force overtime against Rutgers before falling in the 3rd OT period.  Now, once again, in Week 9, SMU is back in our blog as the second, two-time winner of the Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award joining San Diego State which won our award in Weeks 5 and 7.

SMU, playing in the inaugural season of the American Athletic Conference (AAC), was set to host the Temple Owls on Homecoming Saturday with an opportunity to go 2 – 1 in the conference and remain in the running for the AAC’s automatic BCS bid.  Temple, already 0 – 3 in conference play and coming off of their first win of the season, over Army, came into Dallas hoping to build on last week’s momentum.

The Mustangs got the Homecoming crowd into a good mood when they scored early in the 1st Quarter on a Traylon Shead 11 yard touchdown run for a 7 – 0 lead.  But, the mood soured quickly when Temple hit for two long touchdown passes before the 1st quarter expired.  The first pass was a 42 yarder from P.J. Walker to Robbie Anderson and the second one was an even longer 82 yard end around pass to Anderson from wide receiver Jalen Fitzpatrick.

The Owls then connected on two more passing touchdowns early in the 2nd quarter to put Temple up 28 – 7 in front of a stunned and silenced Homecoming crowd.  Both 2nd quarter passes were 18 yard strikes; one from Walker to John Christopher and the other from Walker to Ryan Alderman.

SMU was able to reach the end-zone just before the half ended on a Garrett Gilbert to Keenan Holman 19 yard pass to make the score somewhat respectable and give the returning alumni something to cheer about while mingling with old friends.

I am not sure what Head Coach June Jones fed those men at halftime, but the Mustangs that showed up for the 2nd half of football appeared to be a different club then the one the entered the locker room at halftime.  The first Mustangs’ possession of the 3rd quarter ended with a 17 yard touchdown pass from Gilbert to Der-rikk Thompson to pull SMU to within 7 points at 28 – 21.  Temple answered on their next possession with a P.J. Walker rushing touchdown from 6 yards out following a 50 yard run from scrimmage by Zaire Williams, but the Mustangs were just getting started.

The Mustangs’ second possession of quarter number 3 ended with a Gilbert 10 yard run to bring SMU back to within 7.  And the third Mustangs’ possession tied it up at 35 – 35 following a Gilbert to Holman 64 yard touchdown pass.

And, the Mustang stampede continued into the 4th quarter when SMU scored on their 4th straight possession of the 2nd half on a Prescott Line 2 yard touchdown run to put the Mustangs on top at 42 – 35, their first lead since it was 7 – 0.

Temple tied the game up at 42 – 42 on a Walker to Kenneth Harper 4 yard touchdown pass, but they could not slow down the Mustang offense.  On possession number 5 of half number 2, SMU hit on a Chase Hover 21 yard field goal.  On possession number 6, it was another Gilbert to Holman long touchdown bomb – this one 50 yards.  And on possession number 7 of the second half, Gilbert ran in for his second rushing touchdown of the afternoon to make the score SMU 59, Temple 42.

Temple scored one more touchdown on a Harper 2 yard run to make the score appear closer and, finally, the SMU offense was stopped – but, only by the final gun, ending the game.

When the final statistics were tallied, it showed that Garrett Gilbert had amassed an amazing 635 yards of total offense (538 yards passing / 97 yards rushing) and accounted for 6 touchdowns (4 passing / 2 running).  209 of the 538 passing yards went to Keenan Holman who was on the end of 3 of the touchdown passes.

At the end of the day, the homecoming crowd was happy with a win; SMU had a winning conference record at 2 – 1; and, the Mustangs had won their second Safe Harbor Consulting Crisis Management Award for 2012, joining San Diego State as a two time winner of this award.

Certificate - Week 9 - SMU

SAFE HARBOR CONSULTING

Businesses, just like college football teams, can experience huge deficits from business interruption events in which they must rally from behind to stay in the game.  In the area of Crisis Management, game day is the arrival of the tornado; the coming floods; the day the hurricane strikes; a fire; a regional pandemic; technology failures; or any of a variety of risks and threats that can interrupt your business processes and/or the technologies that support them.  And, just like college football teams, your ability to overcome these deficits is directly related to the time and effort you put into planning your strategies and practicing your emergency response, business continuity and disaster recovery plays.

Safe Harbor Consulting has assisted companies and organizations, large and small, in preparing and exercising their crisis management and business continuity playbooks.  To learn more about how Safe Harbor Consulting can help you prepare for your greatest comeback, please visit our website at www.safeharborconsulting.biz; visit us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Safe-Harbor-Consulting/204353729604053; or, call us at (253) 509-0233.

Congratulations once again to the SMU Mustangs for overcoming adversity and rallying back from the largest deficit faced by a winning team during Week 9 of the 2013 college football season.   Now, bring on November and bring on Week 10.

Week 9 – Honorable Mention

South Carolina coming from 17 behind to beat Missouri, 27 -24 in OT.

 

Week 8 – Winner  (To read the Week 8 article, click here.)

Duke coming from 22 behind to beat Virginia, 35 – 22.

 

Week 7 – Winner  (To read the Week 7 article, click here.)

San Diego State coming from 14 behind to beat Air Force, 27 – 20.

 

Week 6 – Winner  (To read the Week 6 article, click here.)

San Jose State coming from 11 behind to beat Hawaii, 37 – 27.

 

Week 5 – Winner  (To read the Week 5 article, click here.)

San Diego State coming from 16 behind to beat New Mexico State, 26 -16.

 

Week 4 – Winner  (To read the Week 4 article, click here.)

Northern Illinois coming from 20 behind to beat Eastern Illinois, 43 – 39

 

Week 3 – Winner (To read the Week 3 article, click here.)

UNLV coming from 21 behind to beat Central Michigan, 31 – 21

 

Week 2 – Winner (To read the Week 2 article, click here.)

SMU coming from 17 behind to beat Montana State, 31 – 30

 

Week 1 – Winners (To read the Week 1 article, click here.)

North Dakota State coming from 14 behind to beat Kansas State, 24 -21

Troy coming from 14 behind to beat UAB, 34 – 31