Monday, February 1, 2010
Rutgers upsets Notre Dame, removes name from worst-BCS-team contention
By Eamonn Brennan
Oh, sure, a win over Notre Dame isn't exactly a season-maker. It's not like the Scarlet Knights toppled Syracuse or Villanova. Beating 2009-10's decidedly mediocre Fighting Irish isn't the stuff Disney movies are made of. But Rutgers' win did give the Scarlet Knights at least one distinction: They're not the worst BCS team in the country! Woo-hoo!
No, that must now go to either LSU or Penn State. Rutgers was in contention for ye olde wooden spoon before Saturday's win, a status largely thanks to, count 'em, nine consecutive losses by an average margin of 18.6 points per game. Yes, that is bad. But is it quite as bad as the LSU Tigers, who have lost 10 of their last 11 and are now 0-7 in the just-OK SEC? Or what about Penn State, whose loss at Purdue Saturday moved them to a whopping 0-9 in the Big Ten? This is the same Big Ten that features the rebuilding Indiana Hoosiers and an Iowa team* decimated by transfers after a particularly bad season.
(*By the way, you can officially remove Iowa from this list. The Hawkeyes are bad, but they're not as bad as Penn State, and they're not nearly as bad as they should be, given their offseason. Iowa fans, including my buddy Tom, can stop harassing me now. You guys were right.)
In any case, Rutgers gets a brief respite from its ugly season, and the attention turns elsewhere. Who will finish at the top -- er, the bottom -- of this list? Let's hear your breakdown in the comments.