Which schools had the roughest years in the two major sports? What were the 25 worst college football and basketball combinations of 2017-2018?
Who had the worst seasons in the two major sports?
Fans of major college sports teams all deserve to have a little bit of fun. For the 25 schools below, their fans had a rough run over the latest college football and basketball seasons.
So which big-time, FBS football/D-I basketball schools stunk it up the most this year? Whose fan bases endured a year of total misery?
To get on this list, a school’s college football team had to miss out on a bowl appearance, and its men’s basketball team had to finish with a losing season and/or not get into the NCAA Tournament.
And the 25 football & basketball schools who struggled the most in 2017 – and part of 2018 – were …
25. Maryland Terrapins
It’s not quite fair that Maryland is here. The football team couldn’t keep a quarterback healthy, but losses are losses in a 4-8 season. The basketball team came up with a winning campaign, but finishing eighth in the Big Ten isn’t okay, losing four of its last six games.
24. Minnesota Golden Gophers
4-14 in Big Ten basketball play? At least head coach Richard Pitino had a better season than his father. Even so, 15-17 isn’t okay for a program that’s supposed to be a whole lot better. P.J. Fleck’s football team couldn’t score late in the year, missing out on a bowl in a flat 5-7 run.
23. Ole Miss Rebels
The problems at Ole Miss go well beyond what happened on the football field. It’s not quite right to say that Rebel fans didn’t have any fun – Ole Miss beat Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl – with an okay 6-6 season. However, the basketball team dragged everything down, finishing dead last in the SEC in a 12-win season.
22. Vanderbilt Commodores
It was a blast of a football campaign for three weeks – right up until the popping off about how Alabama was about to be shown what a real defense looked like. One 59-0 loss later, Vandy was on its way to losing seven of its last nine games. Not helping the cause was the hoops side that finished 13th in the conference with losses in four of the last five games.
21. ULM Warhawks
Forgetting the 4-8 record, at least the football team came up with several thrilling performances, scoring 50 or more four times. The basketball program wasn’t all that bad, coming up with a winning season but finishing fifth in the Sun Belt regular season. (Note: the Warhawks could get off this list entirely – they’re playing in the Sun Belt tournament Friday night.)
20. Miami University RedHawks
The hoops team put up a decent fight in the MAC Tournament before getting bounced out by Toledo in the quarterfinal to finish 16-17. The football side was equally mediocre, doing the near-impossible by losing to both Kent State and Bowling Green. The 5-7 team lost four games by four points or fewer.
19. Tulane Green Wave
There was a chance to salvage something positive in the American Athletic Conference tournament, but the loss to Temple in the first round ended the basketball campaign with a thud, going 14-17. The football side needed to beat SMU to get bowl eligible, but lost 41-38 to finish with a losing season.
18. Bowling Green Falcons
It wasn’t just that the basketball team got knocked out of the MAC Tournament in overtime to finish with a 16-16 record, it’s losing six straight to close out the year that stings. The football team got more interesting as the season went on, but it still finished a miserable 2-10.
17. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Even with a few wins late in the season, the Yellow Jackets came up with a miserable hoops run, going 13-19 and finishing 13th in the ACC – they couldn’t score. Paul Johnson’s football team didn’t get a 12th game – the UCF game was cancelled – but it still had plenty of chances to get bowl eligible. It finished a disappointing 5-6.
16. Air Force Falcons
The Falcon football team just couldn’t quite get the offense consistently going like it needed to – it went in the tank in the first three games in November – to miss out on a bowl game in a 5-7 season. The basketball side ended up tenth in the conference winning just 12 games on the season.
15. Cal Golden Bears
The football team? Promising, with a little bit of fun including a walloping of Washington State on national TV. It appears to be the start of something positive under Justin Wilcox, making the 5-7 season not all that bad. The basketball team? Cue the sad trombone. 8-24 overall, two Pac-12 wins, dead last in the conference. Yuck.
14. Pitt Panthers
You had more ACC wins this season than the Pitt basketball team. The once-proud Panthers finished the year 8-24, with a 19-game losing streak to close out an impressive 0-18 conference season. Yes, the football team finished with a thrilling win over Miami, but it was too late, going 5-7 and missing out on a bowl bid.
13. Oregon State Beavers
The basketball team had a chance to salvage something out of the season after beating Washington in the Pac-12 Tournament in a run of three wins in four games, but a loss to USC made it a 16-16 year after finishing tenth in the Pac-12.
At least there was something to get excited about late, unlike a 1-11 football season with Gary Andersen leaving and with no wins over an FBS team.
12. Texas State Bobcats
It wasn’t pretty. The Bobcat football team almost got doubled up on the season, being outscored by a total of 403 to 207 with just one win over an FCS team. Can the basketball team pull off a shocker in the Sun Belt tournament? It finished with just 15 wins and was ninth in the conference.
11. South Alabama Jaguars
USA football was good enough to hand Troy one of its two losses on the year and tag Arkansas State, and bad enough to finish 4-8 despite closing out with two winnable games – losing both – and a chance to get bowl eligible. The Jaguar basketball team finished on a six-game losing streak and tied for ninth in the Sun Belt in a 14-18 season.