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08:39 AM ET 09.22 | To sum up the devastation visited upon 0-4 FIU on Saturday by No. 7 Louisville: Louisville scored 72 points. FIU didn't manage 72 yards. Or, less than half that -- 30 yards. The 72-0 annihilation, the most points allowed and biggest drubbing in FIU's football history, also featured the Panthers on the receiving end of a high school humiliation Saturday at Papa John???s Cardinal Stadium: a running clock late in the third quarter and some parts of the fourth. FIU coach Ron Turner denied asking for that mercy rule. "I don't know anything about a running clock," Turner said. "I just thought they were setting it [the ball] quickly. I did notice it was going quicker. First of all, I don't have the authority to request it. I'm not saying I wouldn't have, but I did not request it." A statement issued by Gerald Austin, Conference USA Coordinator of Officials, said: "Coach Turner made a comment to one of the officials that, given the amount of injuries and the limited numbers of players he had available, he wanted to run the ball in the second half. One official misinterpreted that comment. Coach Turner, at no time requested that the clock run. FIU threw just one pass in the second half."

Miami Herald

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September 22, 2013  09:29 AM ET

I've had teams on both sides of a shellacking like the above. Running the clock in the 3rd/4th quarters isn't that unusual for middle schools. Don't know how well that would go over with TV advertisers at the college level, however.

September 22, 2013  09:34 AM ET

Did he or didn't he? ESPN should put their crack team on this investigation.

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September 22, 2013  10:18 AM ET

What do expect him to say, "Yeah we were getting our **** handed to us and I just wanted to get it over."

September 22, 2013  10:46 AM ET

These mismatches aren't doing college football any good. BCS teams should be playing OOC games against other BCS teams.

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September 22, 2013  11:46 AM ET
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Did he or didn't he? ESPN should put their crack team on this investigation.

Bein' on crack doesn't qualify them as a crack team, I don't think.

September 22, 2013  12:09 PM ET
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Sure saw a lot of mismatches yesterday makes little sense.

But that's what makes college football so much better than the NFL!

September 22, 2013  12:39 PM ET

Thank you FIU.

Sincerely your in state brother;

FAMU

September 22, 2013  01:35 PM ET

What a joke schools like Ohio St. and Miami and Louisville looked like yesterday. If you beat teams 70-0, they don't belong on your schedule. Since the NCAA is so in favor of keeping things fair, why not ban games that aren't games but count as wins.

And speaking of Ohio St., don't you just know that ESPN would be handing the Heisman Trophy to Braxton Miller right now if he hadn't been out the past 3 games, if he was able to put up the same numbers as his back up, that is.

September 22, 2013  01:39 PM ET
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What a joke schools like Ohio St. and Miami and Louisville looked like yesterday. If you beat teams 70-0, they don't belong on your schedule. Since the NCAA is so in favor of keeping things fair, why not ban games that aren't games but count as wins.And speaking of Ohio St., don't you just know that ESPN would be handing the Heisman Trophy to Braxton Miller right now if he hadn't been out the past 3 games, if he was able to put up the same numbers as his back up, that is.

"Steward said the Hurricanes were a suitable opponent because ???they???re not smashmouth??? and have ???a more finesse style.??? He said he did not follow through on recent scheduling conversations with Alabama and LSU because ???not only would the score be super-lopsided, but the physicality of those guys are far superior to the schools that we???re playing.???

^-savannah state AD on the canes the other day

September 22, 2013  02:31 PM ET
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"Steward said the Hurricanes were a suitable opponent because ???they???re not smashmouth??? and have ???a more finesse style.??? He said he did not follow through on recent scheduling conversations with Alabama and LSU because ???not only would the score be super-lopsided, but the physicality of those guys are far superior to the schools that we???re playing.???^-savannah state AD on the canes the other day

Looks like you have more questions than answers, but I don't think this Stewart fellow is a very good source for information. The only thing I know about Savannah St. football is that I've never heard of Savannah St. football. That ought to be at least the first test of whether or not an NCAA opponent is acceptable or not.

September 22, 2013  02:31 PM ET
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Did he or didn't he? ESPN should put their crack team on this investigation.

ESPN has requested that NCAA Office of Investigations of Running Clocks look into this in more detail. Report expected no later than 2021.

September 22, 2013  03:31 PM ET
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Thank you FIU.Sincerely your in state brother;FAMU

Rough day for some of the "other" Florida schools. Next time send the band instead.

September 22, 2013  04:32 PM ET
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What a joke schools like Ohio St. and Miami and Louisville looked like yesterday. If you beat teams 70-0, they don't belong on your schedule. Since the NCAA is so in favor of keeping things fair, why not ban games that aren't games but count as wins.And speaking of Ohio St., don't you just know that ESPN would be handing the Heisman Trophy to Braxton Miller right now if he hadn't been out the past 3 games, if he was able to put up the same numbers as his back up, that is.

OK, I'll come clean and say the Bucks thrashing poor little FAMU was a guilty pleasure...kind of like eating a quart of Blue Bell Rocky Road ice cream by yourself, and in one sitting at that.

This farcical matchup was the brainchild of tOSU AD Gene Smith back in 2011. Seems he wanted to give a Historically Black College and University some prime time TV exposure. The story goes that he approached Grambling (a well-known HBCU) for a game, but they backed out. Then Smith came up with the marketing ploy that FAMU, with its famous Marching 100 band, would be a great sell. An envisioned Battle of the Bands with TBDBITL didn't materialize, unfortunately, due to the FAMU hazing/murder case (The Marching 100 was just recently reinstated after being suspended).
But the contract was signed, FAMU honored it, and took home $900K for their drubbing.

As to B. Miller and Heisman hopes: better luck next year. ESPiN will just have to find another gridiron darling.

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September 22, 2013  11:31 PM ET
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OK, I'll come clean and say the Bucks thrashing poor little FAMU was a guilty pleasure...kind of like eating a quart of Blue Bell Rocky Road ice cream by yourself, and in one sitting at that.

I enjoy blow outs as much as the next fan, even though I'm an unbiased journalist, but I don't think I could cheer for, or care for a 70 point blow out of an FCS school that is 1-3. I remember cheering into the weee hours of the night when USC thrashed Arkansas 70-whatever, but that's an SEC school. Or when Alabama ran Notre Dame out of the BCS, but that was the national championship game.

We're heading into the 2nd quarter of the season and Ohio St. has played 1 BCS school with a record of 0-2 (yeah I don't Cal's win against Portland St. either). And now they play a Wisconsin team that is 1-1 on the season, and their only win is against 0-3 Purdue. This is the most cream-puffs I've ever seen to start a season nationally, maybe it's just the Big-10 that has reduced their SOS to try and make better bowl games. But I thought the NCAA doesn't count wins against FCS schools in their bowl requirements.

September 23, 2013  12:12 AM ET
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I enjoy blow outs as much as the next fan, even though I'm an unbiased journalist, but I don't think I could cheer for, or care for a 70 point blow out of an FCS school that is 1-3. I remember cheering into the weee hours of the night when USC thrashed Arkansas 70-whatever, but that's an SEC school. Or when Alabama ran Notre Dame out of the BCS, but that was the national championship game. We're heading into the 2nd quarter of the season and Ohio St. has played 1 BCS school with a record of 0-2 (yeah I don't Cal's win against Portland St. either). And now they play a Wisconsin team that is 1-1 on the season, and their only win is against 0-3 Purdue. This is the most cream-puffs I've ever seen to start a season nationally, maybe it's just the Big-10 that has reduced their SOS to try and make better bowl games. But I thought the NCAA doesn't count wins against FCS schools in their bowl requirements.

I've lamented tOSU's wimpy SOS since the conclusion of the 2012 season. I've noted in previous comments how this hamstrings the Buckeyes' chances of getting to the NCG even if undefeated. I have no illusions about how the BCS formulae and the polls might calculate the Bucks' are not worthy enough to be the #2 team playing putative #1 Alabama. They'll just have to play it one game at a time (as all teams do), and hope for the best come December.

One thing's for certain, Sandy: this nonsense of scheduling cupcakes will most certainly have to stop if any major conference team wants a shot at the four team playoff template being implemented beginning next year. For tOSU's future OOC opponents: ('14)- Navy, Kent State, VA Tech, Cincinnati; ('15)- @ VA Tech, No. Illinois, and two <2> TBD; ('16)- Bowling Green, Tulsa, @ Oklahoma. Naturally the two TBDs in '15 have me concerned. They need to be respectable opponents, and not empty calories. I see some slots open for a few SEC teams in '15. The Buckeyes should try getting a SCar or a Georgia on the slate. I'd like to see that!

September 23, 2013  08:02 AM ET

Louisville begged to play AT Ohio State this year and this year only, since both had holes in this year's schedule. Ohio State said no. Now they both have terrible schedules that will keep them out of the NC. Thanks you chicken s***s.

 
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