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Back in 2008, Washington and Washington State played what had to go down as the worst in-state rivalry game of all time. The matchup featured two teams with zero combined FBS wins, a mark so embarrassing that heady viewers took to calling the “Crapple Cup.” It’s a real shame Colorado and Colorado State aren’t playing their semi-annual rivalry game this season because The Centennial Catastrophe could be a battle of futility for the ages.
Things are off to a brutal start for Jay Norvell at Colorado State as the Rams lost a third straight game to open his tenure. Losing to Michigan and Washington State is fine, but dropping to Middle Tennessee by multiple scores? Yuck! That’ll earn you the No. 1 spot. On the other side, perhaps in an even deeper hole, Karl Dorrell’s Colorado is aimless and pointless. The Buffaloes lost by 31 points to Air Force, gave up a combined 87 to TCU and Minnesota and now have nine consecutive Pac-12 games to break out of the No. 3 slot.
“I feel good about our attitude playing the game, we’re just not very good at really playing it effectively,” Dorrell said after the loss to Minnesota, one of the saddest football quotes of all time.
The state of Colorado boasts the No. 127 and No. 129 offenses in college football. The scoring defenses aren’t much better: No. 125 and 127. Colorado does not have a receiver with 10 catches. Colorado State averages 1.0 yards per carry. The best quarterback in the state — by a mile — plays for Air Force, an option offense. This is legendary stuff.
As you may have noticed, Tom is out this week, but don’t fret. As a fellow college football sicko, feel confident that I’m more than prepared for the challenge. Let’s get started.
No longer ranked: No. 23 Boston College, No. 22 Middle Tennessee, No. 21 Central Michigan, No. 19 Eastern Michigan, No. 18 Rice, No. 16 Army, No. 15 Kent State
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