In our first of a series of year-end entries, let's start with a list of those college football teams who had bad years, based upon "program pedigree, humiliating losses, crushed preseason hopes and off-field embarrassments."
In a story today in The Wall Street Journal, the Journal ranked programs based upon the above categories. Here is the list for "whose year was worst?"
1. Texas: Losses to Iowa State, Baylor and Kansas State.
2. Florida: A 7-5 season capped by head coach Urban Meyer's resignation.
3. Miami: A loss in the biggest non-conference game of the year (Ohio State) coupled with a loss to in-state rival Florida State means a fired head coach.
4. USC: First came NCAA sanctions; next came losses to Washington, Oregon and Oregon State.
5. Notre Dame: Even though they won their final three games, the Irish lost to Navy and at home to Tulsa. And, the school was widely criticized for how it responded to the death of videographer Declan Sullivan.
6. Georgia: All-American A.J. Green was suspended for the first four games, plus the Bulldogs (6-6 for the year) lost to Florida for the 18th time in 21 meetings.
7. Michigan: The Wolverines' defense was ranked 108th of 120 schools.
8. BYU: The low point in this 6-6 season was a 15-point loss to Utah State--BYU hadn't lost there since 1993.
9. Tennessee: Vol fans thought "foot in mouth" disease departed Knoxville when Lane Kiffin headed to USC. Not so fast! Head coach Derek Dooley compared his school to the Germans in World War II.
10. UCLA: Suffice to say, it was a bad year for college football in L.A. Rick Neuheisel addresses the Bruin crowd after games, and those talks got increasingly uncomfortable as the season progressed.