Welcome back to the Fan Misery Ladder, which arrives late but inevitably like Rutgers football.
Last week I predicted very little misery and that was born out in this weekend’s results. This was the least movement we’ve had on the ladder since week one. Fortunately we still had one Temple at which to worship, the one where technically P5 school Georgia Technical lost by the most delightful 22 point deficit imaginable.
In 2006 my car got broken into. They stole my CDs that I still had for some reason, they stole my stereo, and they took the change tray. On further inspection I discovered that the change tray itself was lying on the floorboards, empty and discarded. The thieves had taken the handful of coins and left the broken, dirty tray itself for me to throw away. 24-2 is a score that is tailor made for the FML, a thorough 21-point trouncing punctuated with the least gratifying pity points - a meaningless 3rd quarter safety just lying on the floorboards, somehow more disappointing than if it had not been there at all.
With that double-drop the Ramblin’ Wrecks join Stanford and Tennessee in the lead [sic] for the Taggart Trophy. Don’t sleep on Rutgers, fam. Stay vigilant.
Let’s take a look at the big board:
MISERY OF NOTE
SPEAKING OF TECHNICALLY P5 no-longer-a-basketball-school Kansas is still officially a P5 football team, and nothing helps fans recover from being the FML featured school of the week like the Jayhawks. Somehow Kansas manages to stay out of the bottom of the pit while making sure that no one in the Big XII has to deal with the 5 game losing streak rule
SUN BEDEVILED I am seriously considering adding a yearly award for whatever it is that Arizona State is doing this season. Like Syracuse last year, ASU is threading the needle of being both unranked and sitting in the top tier of the FML. Having no hope of actually competing for anything while simultaneously ruining everyone else’s season makes them the FML spirit animal.
- No one has completed even a 4 game losing streak so far, meaning there are no possibilities of hitting the 5 loss rule. Even Rutgers accidentally won a game.
- Texas/OU has automatic FML rivalry implications, but this is the most complete OU team we have seen in a decade which means they are primed for a dick-trip-double-drop. I told everyone last week to never go to Dallas.
- If Tennessee can manage to not stay within 3 TDs of Georgia then they probably will very deservedly be in sole possession of the 8th Tier. I believe in you, Vols, but not the way you’d hope.