NCAAF  > General NCAAF  > CUPCAKE PRIZE 2013: Miami Canes
September 23, 2013, 04:33 PM
Miami scored the most points in team history after it took a 77-7 lead through three quarters against Savannah State.

Apparently, both teams had seen enough to speed the game up a little bit.


Football rules can be changed whenever it???s convenient, I guess. If coaches will agree to do this, why not just stop these blowout games at the half?

It reduces the risk of injury, the leading team probably has taken its starters out anyway and everyone ??? the fans, the coaches, the players, the refs, the media members, the stadium workers ??? gets to go home and eat pizza a bit earlier

In any case. The top-tier teams only embarrass themselves by playing patsies.
September 23, 2013  04:36 PM ET

""Miami outgained Savannah State 637-113, held the Tigers to a 1 for 13 success rate on third downs and picked off four passes. Many of Miami's first-stringers were done for the night after the first quarter.""

There musts be some JUCOs out there willing to get snuffed for a $50,000 payout...

September 23, 2013  04:43 PM ET

IMO the OOC schedule for FSU is weaker than Miami's

Nevada, Bethune-Cookman, Idaho, UF
FAU, UF, Savannah State, and USF

September 23, 2013  07:12 PM ET

I'm not making excuses for my team, unlike some around here. Yes, FSU is among the worst.

September 23, 2013  07:42 PM ET

MSST played Okie Lite and OU is playing ND...others are suspect (Troy, Alcorn State(which is an instate school) and BGSU) and (La Monroe and Tulsa)

September 23, 2013  11:36 PM ET

Lots of cuppies last Saturday.

That's a large part of the reason the 14 FBS teams I listed on Tinnie's week 4 thread won their games by a combined score of 774-37.


774-37.


And it could have been much worse.

- most of those teams pulled many of their starters in the 2nd half, started running the ball, etc.
- as mentioned, Miami and Savannah St agreed to a 12min 4th qtr.
- in an apparent agreement between the Louisville and FIU coaches in the 2nd half, 'the clock was allowed to run when it should have stopped.'

Granted, not all of those 14 blowouts were due to playing a 'cupcake'. For instance, Baylor beat UL Monroe 70-7. The Warhawks are bad, but they're not [i]that[\i] bad - they did beat Wake Forest last week.
The last time ULM gave up more than 70 pts since joining Div 1A
in 1994? Never.


But yes, the cupcake thing is silly.
Mostly because we have 'rankings'.
Rankings are based largely on wins and losses.

One cupcake a year is suspect, but acceptable.
Multiple cupcakes ... No.

A 10-3 or 11-2 season looks great on paper, but when 3 or 4 of those wins are against teams that are not even ranked in the top 100 ....

September 24, 2013  12:05 AM ET
QUOTE:

... If coaches will agree to do this, why not just stop these blowout games at the half? It reduces the risk of injury, the leading team probably has taken its starters out anyway and everyone ??? the fans, the coaches, the players, the refs, the media members, the stadium workers ??? gets to go home and eat pizza a bit earlierIn any case...

I'm no media mogul, but one small problem as I see it would be that the networks have to pay the bills, and shortening a game would stiff their advertisers big time. They are the ones who underwrite these telecasts to the tune of multi-millions of dollars on any typical CFB Saturday. Those contracts stipulate how many ads will be aired (including PSAs), how much time allotted, and where during the game they will be inserted. It's a huge business, with viewership and potential customers at stake.

Also, if the game is shortened anywhere from 45-60 minutes (this assuming an average 3-hour time allotment for the game), then that's empty airtime that has to filled in some way. We've seen and heard the talking heads at the sports news desk when a weather/lightning delay stops the on-field action. They become inane and boring very quickly, and you can't hang onto your viewing audience for long without some action. Loss of audience = loss of advertising $$. Unless extraordinary circumstances demand it, I don't believe CFB games are going to be shortened.

September 24, 2013  12:38 AM ET

Some cherry-picks from the "50 Worst Blowouts in CFB History":

1906- Vanderbilt 78, Alabama 0.
1904- TSUN 130, WVA 0.
2003- Oklahoma 77, aTm 0.
1889- Lehigh 106, Penn State 0. (Joe Paterno said it was the worst game he ever witnessed) :p
1918- GA Tech 128, NC State 0.
1996- tOSU 72, Pitt 0.
1968- U. Houston 100, Tulsa 6. (Dr. Phil played LB for the Golden Hurricane in that game- for real)
1916- Rice 146, SMU 3.
1997- UCLA 66, UTx 3.

And the Granddaddy of Them All:

1916- GA Tech 222, Cumberland 0.

Moral: The more things change, the more they remain the same.

September 24, 2013  02:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Some cherry-picks from the "50 Worst Blowouts in CFB History":1906- Vanderbilt 78, Alabama 0.1904- TSUN 130, WVA 0.2003- Oklahoma 77, aTm 0.1889- Lehigh 106, Penn State 0. (Joe Paterno said it was the worst game he ever witnessed) :p1918- GA Tech 128, NC State 0.1996- tOSU 72, Pitt 0.1968- U. Houston 100, Tulsa 6. (Dr. Phil played LB for the Golden Hurricane in that game- for real)1916- Rice 146, SMU 3.1997- UCLA 66, UTx 3.And the Granddaddy of Them All:1916- GA Tech 222, Cumberland 0.Moral: The more things change, the more they remain the same.

I remember a Fresno State vs UNM game in the early 90's there there Fresno ran up 124 points. One easly solution is to have a 50 point mercy rule at the end of 3 quarters...

September 24, 2013  06:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

""Miami outgained Savannah State 637-113, held the Tigers to a 1 for 13 success rate on third downs and picked off four passes. Many of Miami's first-stringers were done for the night after the first quarter.""There musts be some JUCOs out there willing to get snuffed for a $50,000 payout...

FSU played Savannah State last year ringing up a 55-0 score in less than 3 quarters...game was suspended with 11 minutes to go in the 3rd qtr.

LOL

September 24, 2013  08:26 AM ET

Cupcakes are here to stay. They add home games (revenue, fandom), you don't have to reciprocate (guys love that), and they're (usually) a win so you can remain unblemished to all the world. Even if OOC losses couldn't count against the cupcake-schedulers, they'd still schedule cupcakes for those reasons.

 
September 26, 2013  07:40 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

1968- U. Houston 100, Tulsa 6. (Dr. Phil played LB for the Golden Hurricane in that game- for real)

The Good Doctor's "intervention" didn't do any good at all, did ?

Y'all all gunna need some therapy.

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