The year 2016 was not such a great year for some of the college football teams. Sometimes when college teams have a bad year it can affect the team players in a very profound way. Today we take a look at the teams that struggled to meet expectations. That doesn’t mean Vegas doesn’t think they have a chance this year, in fact, several are listed among the favorites. But first, let’s see why last year was so bad.
The LSU Tigers seemed to have a good reputation and was a decent team. However, in 2016 the Tigers had a terrible loss to Wisconsin to open the season. Les Miles was responsible for the loss and it seemed all downhill from there. The Tigers had such a bad year in 2016 it ended up costing the Mad Hatter his job. It can take a college football team a long time to recover after a continuous losing streak.
Charlie Strong coached for Texas in 2016. Strong was already criticized for his decline on the playing field. After winning one game over Notre Dame it was all downhill from there. In 2016 Texas lost to Oklahoma State and Cal. The final blow came when Texas lost to Kansas. It seems Texas faced much public humiliation throughout 2016. Whether or not the team can recover remains to be seen. Strong was so disappointed with the team he handed in his resignation after the 2016 season concluded.
Tennessee was once a respected team, however, 2016 brought about much disappointment to the team. Josh Dobbs and Vice Young were once considered talented football players. However, some wonder where their talents disappeared to after a disastrous 2016 football season. Tennessee suffered losses to both Texas and Alabama which essentially placed their team at the bottom of the list.
Tennessee had one final loss to Vanderbilt which was a total disappointment. Tennessee had high expectations before the 2016 season began. However, all expectations were diminished with the continual losing streak Tennessee suffered throughout the 2016 season.
Cincinnati Bearcats skills on the playing field continued to decline in 2016. After a 7-6 season the previous year the team experienced nothing but losses and a great deal of bad press. Major losses to both South Florida and Houston pretty much confirmed that Cincinnati was not contenders in any way shape or form.
The Bearcats did beat East Carolina in 2016. However, following their victory over East Carolina the Bearcats faced total disaster. Thanks to Cincy, the Bearcats lost the last five games and the team took quite an emotional hit.
Many predictions were made for UCLA in 2016. The predictions were quite positive and many felt the team would achieve much success. The Bruins did have two successive wins in 2016. However, after their success, the team continued to experience a losing streak. The team had a big loss to Stanford followed by six losses in a row which finished the season on a discouraging note. In conclusion, the Bruins did not win the Pac-12 South.
Losing the Pac-12 South was a severe blow to the entire team. Josh Rosen and Jim Mora took a great deal of criticism which did not help matters at all. It would be safe to say that the Bruins had one of their worst years in 2016. Jim Mora was considering leaving the team altogether.
Michigan State seemed to get off to a decent start at the beginning of the 2016 season. Sparty secured two consecutive wins early on. However, things quickly began to decline for Michigan. Michigan suffered a seven game in a row losing streak which included a loss to Maryland. Michigan was ranked number 12 at the beginning of the 2016 football season. It is possible the players became overconfident which may have contributed to their terrible season in 2016.
Finally, no college football team wins all of the time. However, for whatever reason, some of the college football teams periodically experience disappointing seasons. No one can really predict the outcome of any game. Team players can take serious losses very personal which can further affect their sports ability in the future.