Keeping track of how the 10 programs vying for this year's Lambert-Meadowlands trophy fared last week, and a look ahead to next weekend's action.
|1. Rutgers Scarlet Knights||5-1||1-1||Idle|
|2. Penn State NIttany Lions||4-1||1-1||@Michigan|
|3. Temple Owls||3-1||1-0||Tulsa|
|4. Boston College Eagles||3-2||0-1||@ N.C. State|
|5t. Pittsburgh Panthers||3-3||1-1||Virginia Tech|
|5t. Buffalo Bulls||3-3||1-1||@ Eastern Michigan|
|7. Syracuse Orange||2-3||0-1||#1 Florida State|
|8. Army Black Knights||2-3||--||Rice|
|9. Connecticut Huskies||1-4||0-2||@ Tulane|
|10. Massachusetts Minutemen||0-6||0-2||@ Kent State|
Week 6 Results
Louisville 28, Syracuse 6
Miami (Ohio) 42, Massachusetts 41
Army 33, Ball State 24
Bowling Green 36, Buffalo 35
Rutgers 26, Michigan 24
Virginia 24, Pittsburgh 19
Another week, another comically poor performance for the various college football programs of the Northeast. Only six of the 10 Lambert Meadowlands trophy eligible teams were in action this weekend. Only two of them emerged victorious. Let's get to it.
Let's start with Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights are 5-1 after beating Michigan. Ordinarily, this would be frighteningly impressive, but the Big Ten's been so bad this year, I'm not really sure how to take this. I'll prefer to think the former, since it's not like the Scarlet Knights have ever reaped the benefit of being at the top of a league's standings in a year when nobody wants to win.
Now let's roll back to Friday night, where ACC newcomer Louisville reminded the Orange just how badly they used to woodshed them in the Big East. Syracuse finished with 255 total yards. If we were extrapolating upon a one yard per mile analogy, Syracuse wouldn't have reached New York City. Good thing they're New York's College Team, though.
Continuing with the ACC, Pittsburgh continued the trend of figuring who doesn't want to lose to Florida State in the ACC Championship Game. The Panthers lost to Virginia, who now has the inside track, along with Georgia Tech, to be this year's Duke. Remember when the Hoos were a bad football team?
Army beat Ball State, which is good for them. A week after losing to Yale, it's good to see Army get back into the win column with a win over a team that fell to 0-4 against FBS teams.
Bowling Green won a shootout with Buffalo, which puts the Bulls a half of a game back of our beloved Eagles. So that's nice.
And then there's UMass. Oh UMass. Oh thank you. Thank you so much. Leading 41-14 at the half against Miami, the Minutemen blew the game. They coughed up 21 points in the second half and fell behind 42-41. They followed that up with a drive up the field that set up a spike and a 23-yard field goal. No problem right? I mean, Miami hadn't won a game in 21 tries.
Grant will touch on this more in this week's Tears of Unfathomable Sadness, but I would greatly like to thank the Minutemen for giving me such closure on a great weekend. I was at a wedding with a bunch of Miami Redhawks people on Friday, and I thought of the bride when I heard about the end of this game. Ironically, enough, though, I got this tweet from our UMass buddy Jesse Allen over at Hustle Belt:
@DanRubin12 love the offense, hate the defense. Can't wait to see how we lose his one— Jesse Allen (@TheRealJAllen) October 4, 2014
More on this later in the week.
Week 7 Schedule
Penn State at Michigan
Tulsa at Temple
Boston College at N.C. State
Buffalo at Eastern Michigan
#1 Florida State at Syracuse
Rice at Army
Connecticut at Tulane
Massachusetts at Kent State
Eight of the 10 Lambert Meadowlands Trophy teams are in action this weekend, though no intra-Northeast matchups. Thanks, conference realignment.
Why subject a national audience to this, ESPNews? Whyyyyyy?