Oops & Helmets: 25 Worst College Football & Basketball Combinations, 2018-2019

Oops & Helmets: 25 Worst College Football & Basketball Combinations, 2018-2019

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Oops & Helmets: 25 Worst College Football & Basketball Combinations, 2018-2019

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Which schools had the roughest years in the two major college sports? What were the 25 worst college football and basketball combinations of 2018-2019?


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Let’s cut through the hoo-ha … college football and men’s college basketball. That’s college sports, at least at the highest of national levels.

An athletic director doesn’t get fired for whiffing on the cross country coach hire.

For the 25 schools below, their fans had a rough run over the latest college football and basketball seasons, and they deserve better. So which big-time, FBS football/D-I basketball schools stunk it up the most this year? Whose fan bases endured a run of total misery?

To get on this list, 1) a school’s college football team had to miss out on a bowl appearance, and 2) 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 2018 – and part of 2019 – were …

25. Indiana Hoosiers

Going 17-15 and being nothing more than a bubble team isn’t what Indiana basketball team is supposed to be all about. The Hoosiers finished tied for eighth in the regular season, and got bounced out early in the Big Ten Tournament. The football side – for the second year in a row – had a bowl game there for the taking, and lost to Purdue to finish 5-7.
Last Year’s Oops & Helmets Ranking: Not Ranked

24. Miami University RedHawks

The football team deserved a bowl game. It went 6-6 and finished tied for second in the MAC East, but it got squeezed out – the conference didn’t have enough bowl tie-ins. The basketball team wasn’t totally miserable, but it died down the stretch to end up 15-17.
Last Year’s Oops & Helmets Ranking: 20

23. Florida Atlantic Owls

Coming off an amazing 2017 footballs season under Lane Kiffin, the Owls were a stunning disappointment with an underwhelming 5-7 clunker. The basketball team came up with a 17-15 winning season, but went 8-10 in Conference USA play and finished tied for ninth in the regular season.
Last Year’s Oops & Helmets Ranking: Not Ranked

22. Arizona Wildcats

Kevin Sumlin was supposed to come in and rock right away. The football team started with a loss to BYU, ended with a loss to Arizona State, and finished with a rough 5-7 run. The basketball woes extended to beyond just the disappointing 17-15 record for a program that’s supposed to be among the elite of the elite.
Last Year’s Oops & Helmets Ranking: Not Ranked

21. Nebraska Cornhuskers

The basketball team wasn’t all that bad, and it had a fun few days in the Big Ten basketball tournament. But it still ended up finishing 13th in the conference regular season and 18-16 overall, helped by a midseason seven-game losing streak. There’s certainly hope for the football team under Scott Frost, but 4-8 is still 4-8.
Last Year’s Oops & Helmets Ranking: Not Ranked

20. Akron Zips

Coming off a trip to the MAC Championship, the Zips went an ugly 4-8 on the football field and ended up bailing on head coach Terry Bowden. The basketball team at least had a 17-16 winning season, but it finished fourth in the MAC East and had a league-worst 1-10 record on the road.
Last Year’s Oops & Helmets Ranking: Not Ranked

19. Arkansas Razorbacks

No one was expecting miracles right away in the Chad Morris era, but going 2-10 and finishing winless in the SEC wasn’t how the football season was supposed to go. To put it into perspective, Arkansas scored over 400 fewer points than Bama. Hogs hoops were a wee bit better, finishing with a 17-15 record, ending tied for ninth in the SEC.
Last Year’s Oops & Helmets Ranking: Not Ranked

18. Ball State Cardinals

The Cardinals just didn’t have any fun. It was bad enough to have a disappointing 4-8 season in football, but the good guys – QB Riley Neal and RB James Gilbert – transferred for next year. The hoops team finished fifth in the MAC West and 16-17 overall.
Last Year’s Oops & Helmets Ranking: Not Ranked

17. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

The Chanticleers were close to being good in both sports. They’re still trying to find their way in the FCS football world, but they still finished 5-7 and fourth in the Sun Belt East. The basketball team went 15-16 and couldn’t make any noise in the Sun Belt Tournament.
Last Year’s Oops & Helmets Ranking: 8

16. South Alabama Jaguars

The Jaguars went through a football coaching change, but they were still supposed to be a whole lot better than 3-9 with one of the nation’s worst offenses. The basketball team had a winning season, but was only 17-16, finishing in the middle of the pack.
Last Year’s Oops & Helmets Ranking: 11

15. Oregon State Beavers

Favorite son former quarterback Jonathan Smith came in to take over the woebegone football team and … 2-10. At least it ruined Colorado’s season with one decent Pac-12 win. The basketball team finished tiled for fourth in the conference regular season, but was 18-13 and got destroyed in the Pac-12 Tournament by … Colorado.
Last Year’s Oops & Helmets Ranking: 13

14. Wyoming Cowboys

It was a really, really lousy run of a basketball season, going just 4-14 and finishing next-to-last in Mountain West play, and going 8-24 overall. The football team went 6-6 and couldn’t find its way into a bowl game – the league didn’t have enough tie-ins – thanks to an offense that had little interest in scoring.
Last Year’s Oops & Helmets Ranking: Not Ranked

13. USC Trojans

No, it’s not because of Isabella Loughlin. The Trojans were supposed to be rebuilding a bit on the football field, but to go 5-7? USC? In a bad, down year for the conference and the South? That was bad, and the 16-17 season in basketball didn’t help.
Last Year’s Oops & Helmets Ranking: Not Ranked

12. Air Force Falcons

The Falcons just couldn’t seem to get either season going. The basketball team finished sixth in the Mountain West with an 8-10 record, and went 14-18 overall. The football side couldn’t seem to get a big road win and missed out on a bowl finishing 5-7.
Last Year’s Oops & Helmets Ranking: 16

11. UConn Huskies

Isn’t UConn supposed to be good at this basketball thing? It continues to be awful, going 6-12 in the AAC to finish ninth in the regular season, and closed out with an 84-45 loss to Houston in the conference tournament to end up 16-17. That was bad, the football team was at a historic level of awful, going 1-11 giving up 605 points.
Last Year’s Oops & Helmets Ranking: 10

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