The Worst: Performances from Week 8


Welcome to this edition of the Worst where occasionally, we like to mix things up a little bit. For this week’s installment, we are going into the past, but not very far. We’re traveling to last week’s set of games.

These were the five worst performances of Week 8, for various reasons.

5. San Diego State loses its second straight game

Once upon a time, an intrepid, rugged and humble writer suggested that San Diego State had a good chance to crash the NY6 Party. Unfortunately, the party crasher pick might be turning into a party pooper.

The Aztecs won their first six games in excellent fashion and that includes solid non-conference victories over Arizona State (who is starting to look really good right now) and the always reliable Stanford. And then came the two-game losing skid.

Now, it’s certainly possible that San Diego State can recover, go to Hawaii, get a win and just storm back to win the Mountain West. Of course, they’ll need Fresno State to struggle the rest of the way. The same Fresno State team defeated them 27-3.

The game was less than ideal for the Aztecs. Rashaad Penny, who appeared to be a Heisman contender, was held to 69 yards on 15 carries.

I’d like to think there is still a chance that San Diego State can regroup, Penny wins the Heisman, and they get into an NY6 game. It will be tough, especially with all the contenders in the AAC. However, anything is possible.

4. Ragin’ Cajuns give up 571 yards in blowout loss to Arkansas State

The Arkansas State RedWolves are a really good football team. In fact, they might win the Sun Belt Conference. It’s too bad they never got to play Miami.

Louisiana-Lafayette isn’t quite as good, at least on the defensive side of the ball. They’ve allowed 40 points per game this season, which ranks among the worst in FBS. However, the Ragin’ Cajuns came into the game at 3-3 on the season.

Unfortunately for them, the Red Wolves offense is good, damn good in fact. They had 571 yards of total offense in a 47-3 win over Lousiana-Lafayette. Arkansas State was so good last Thursday, they ran for 262 of those yards on the ground.

Things went so bad for Louisiana-Lafayette that they gave up a touchdown on the ole’ fake spike play.

What can ya do?

The good news for the Ragin’ Cajuns is they have this week off. It gives them time to get ready for South Alabama.

3. Kansas finishes with just four first downs in 43-0 loss against TCU

Chances are, we were going to come around and talk about Kansas at some point. It’s sad, but they’re a team that we have to talk about from time to time. They’re on a six-game losing streak and that includes from last Saturday against TCU.

This game, amazingly enough, was the primetime game on FOX. This means it was competing against both Penn State-Michigan and Notre Dame-USC. It also means this game got priority over game seven of the ALCS, which was moved to FS1.

Nonetheless, this was a very rough game for the Jayhawks. They had four first downs on the night and 21 yards of total offense. Kansas had -25 rushing yards. Although it’s worth pointing out that the NCAA counts sack yards as rushing yards. That said, it’s still not very good even if you take out the sack yardage.

The Jayhawks have Kansas State, Baylor, Texas, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State left on the schedule. Maybe they can beat Baylor. However, it’s not looking good for Kansas.

2. Colorado shutout by Washington State

Remember how fun it was watching Colorado last season play so well in the Pac-12? That was really fun. Unfortunately, this year isn’t so much for the Buffaloes.

They got to go to Pullman last week and it resulted in a 28-0 loss. Colorado had 174 yards of total offense in the game. The Buffaloes rushed the ball as a team 40 times for a grand total of…80 yards! That is 2 yards per carry.

In total, Colorado averaged 2.4 yards per play against Washington State, by far their worst this season. They haven’t had a game below 4 yards per play all season. In fact, it’s the worst since 2012.

To make matters worse, Colorado was 1-for-17 on third down. They’re currently 62nd in the country in third down percentage, just behind such teams as North Texas, Temple and Notre Dame.

Colorado still has a shot at bowl eligibility, but it requires winning two of their remaining four games. Those games are against Cal, Arizona State, USC and Utah.

1. Kent State manages 166 total yards of offense in Ohio loss

When you think of Kent State, you don’t necessarily think of a perennial powerhouse program. You certainly don’t think that of them as that in the MAC, although they have produced some notable people in college football, including Nick Saban, Jack Lambert and Antonio Gates (who played basketball, if we’re being technical).

In 2012, Kent State had an 11-win season with then-head coach Darrell Hazell. Since then, they’ve won 14 games, including two this season.

The Golden Flashes came into last week’s game with Ohio riding a one-game winning streak. They beat Miami (OH) 17-14. Could this be the turnaround for Kent State? It wasn’t to be…

It’s worth pointing out that Kent State did have a 3-0 lead after one quarter. Unfortunately, the Golden Flashes lost the next three 48-0. Ohio unloaded on Kent State. That run includes 28 points in the third quarter.

The offense is ranked 130th in the country and Kent State proved why against Ohio. It had a total of seven first downs on the game. They had a 102 rushing yards on 37 carries, which amounts to 2.8 yards per carry.

Kent State’s next game is on Halloween against Bowling Green, which happens to be 1-7 on the season.