College Football fans, and the game itself are second to none. We have seen thousands of fans travel in herds to destinations hundreds of miles away in order to cheer on their favorite team. Programs like Penn State, Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Georgia, and Nebraska will bring an extremely large fanbase to away games and they make their presence felt. Some fanbases are way more annoying than others but you get my point. However, there are programs that people tend to forget about because they are so god awful. These teams will get absolutely mauled every weekend except for the times they play FCS opponents. Even games against FCS opponents aren’t guaranteed wins for some schools. With that being said, let’s take a look at 10 of the most abysmal College Football teams.
10. Kansas Jayhawks
Sweet Jesus this team is atrocious. After a random 12-1 season in 2007, the Jayhawks are 28-93 since 2008 and have won only one conference game in the Big 12 since 2015. Coach David Beaty has his hands full and the Jayhawks have been the Big 12 cellar dweller for quite some time. The trend is expected to continue into the future as Kansas is projected to finish last in the Big 12 in 2018. However, their 2018 recruiting class did bring in two four-star recruits. The Crimson and Blue averaged 18.7 points per game and gave up an average of 43.4 points per game, which is ranked 129th out of 130 teams. Maybe better days are ahead? Don’t count on it though.
9. Connecticut Huskies
Coach Randy Edsall was fired from his job at the University of Maryland midway through the 2015 season and later came back to UConn where he coached from 1999-2010. Before Edsall came back, Bob Diaco had a record of 11-26 in three years and UConn football was the laughing stock of the American Athletic Conference. This team averaged just over 23 points per game last season and gave up an average of well over 37 per game. This team has been abysmal for the past few years and it is expected to continue in 2018 with the possibility of winning maybe two or three games yet again.
8. Charlotte 49ers
Yes, I understand that Charlotte is a relatively new program. Yes, they are trying to find their way in the FBS, but it’s been tough sledding from the get-go. The 49ers established their program in 2015 and hold a record of 7-29. Yes, that is only 36 games. However, this team has been virtually non-competitive against its opponents. The 49ers averaged 14.2 points per game in 2017, which was good for 128th in the country. On defense, they gave up an average of 32.8 points per game, which placed them at 103rd in the country. Will Charlotte become competitive in the near future? Probably not.
7. Rice Owls
The Owls got obliterated in almost every game this past season and they have a new coach in Mike Bloomgren. Rice averaged 16.2 points per game on offense and surrendered an average of 35.8 points per game. They beat a winless UTEP team just a week after getting brutally mauled by Stanford in Australia. This team is expected to encounter the same struggles as last year with the implementation of a new offensive scheme. Will the Owls become competitive in the Conference USA again and reach their first bowl game since 2014? Maybe not this year.
6. Oregon State Beavers
The Beavers are easily one of the worst teams in the country. However, they won’t be at the bottom for much longer. Coach Gary Andersen probably wishes that he never left Wisconsin. The Beavers went 7-23 under Andersen and interim coach Cory Hall went 0-6 to finish the 2017 campaign. The lone win in 2017 was a 35-32 win over Portland State from the FCS and the Andersen era was nothing short of an absolute trainwreck. The defense gave up an average of well over 40 points per game. Let that sink in. With Beaver alum Jonathan Smith coming in as the new coach, the Beavers should struggle but show progress in 2018. It will take some time, but brighter days are ahead for the Beavers.
5. Bowling Green Falcons
Ay Ziggy should be more like ay ay ay. In two seasons, coach Mike Jinks has a record of 6-18 and his teams have given up 77 points in two different games in the 2016 season. Yes, a team scored 77 points twice. Ohio State won 77-10 and Memphis won 77-3. I’m no genius here, but that is a major issue. With a new defensive coordinator in Carl Pelini, the Falcons have addressed their most serious issue and it’s time to go up from here. For now, they are near the bottom of the list. That could potentially change as time progresses. It’s going to take a lot of time and patience though.
4. Kent State Golden Flashes
I have seen Kent State play against my beloved Nittany Lions three times. Twice in person, and once on TV. Kent State is just absolutely awful. In the 2017 season, the Golden Flashes averaged 12.8 points per game, which was good for 129th out of 130 teams. YIKES! Simply put that this team gets a lovely pay-day every time they go play Penn State, Alabama, Ohio State, and Clemson. My Nittany Lions have to play Kent State once again in this upcoming 2018 season and it has a good chance of being over at halftime. The excitement is through the roof!
3. San Jose State Spartans
THIS! IS! SPARTA! However, THIS! IS! AWFUL! The Spartans averaged 15.8 points per game in 2017 and they need all of the help they can get to at least remain competitive. This team gave up an average of 41.7 points per game and that was ranked 127th out of 130 teams. For a team with not much working for them, one bright spot will be the defensive line. They are one of the most experienced units in the country entering 2018. Will the offense rise from ineptitude? That remains a question mark.
2. Texas State Bobcats
Texas State has had a program since 2012 and has had two winning seasons. Since 2015, the Bobcats have a record of 7-29 and coach Everett Withers has a record of 4-20 with almost every single loss being a no-contest. The Sun Belt Conference does have Appalachian State and Arkansas State running the show, but Texas State will struggle to find winning ways for years to come. Even though there will be more experience on both sides of the ball, this team should show some improvement, but drop off later on down the road.
1. UTEP Miners
That man above is the bright spot from the lone 0-12 team in 2017. Offensive lineman Will Hernandez was selected in the second round by the New York Giants and he is a nasty man on the field. The Miners from El Paso, just miles from the Mexican border, had the worst offense in the country averaging 11.8 points per game. No wonder they went 0-12. Every game except for a 15-14 loss to Western Kentucky was a no contest. With a new coach in Dana Dimel, will the College of Mines win games this year? All signs are pointing towards yes. The offense and program itself will go into full rebuilding mode and progress should come rather quickly.