The biggest Thanksgiving turkey this year was the lackluster football entertainment provided by the NFL and to a lesser degree college football. It’s only part of growing trend of seemingly big games that have flopped as blowouts, especially on the college scene.
No I wasn’t expecting that many good games, but the slate of games today should have given me something worth watching. The powers to be need to go back to the drawing board after 4 games in which the closest score was a 25 point victory. It was somewhat of an anomaly, but going forward a better slate of games should be put forth on the day that garners some of the highest ratings of the year.
In particular it only accentuates the trend of blowouts in highly anticipated college football games in 2008. It actually predates back to the BCS game last January
Rose Bowl USC 49 Illinois 17
Fiesta Bowl West Virginia 48 Oklahoma 28
Sugar Bowl Georgia 41 Hawaii 10
BCS Title LSU 38 OSU 24
The trend continued early with numerous early highly touted non conference games turned into lop sided laughers. It has only gotten worse in conference play and in particular its been very public in nationally televised games.
Alabama 34 Clemson 10 ABC national prime time game
USC 35 Ohio State 3 ABC national prime time game
Alabama 41 Georgia 30 (not that close) ABC national prime time game
Georgia 52 LSU 38 CBS National Game
Florida 49 Georgia 10 CBS National Game
Texas 56 Missouri 31 ABC National prime time game
Florida 51 LSU 21 CBS National Game
Oklahoma 65 Texas Tech 21 ABC National Prime Time Game
This weekend has some interesting games and next weekend has the slate of games to make up for the propensity for big time blowouts on the national state. Hopefully the trend stops and we see some great football these final 2 weekends and into bowl season.