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Who's Not? Week 14 TT, Ole Miss, Boyd & More
Posted Dec 2, 2013

The dud teams, players, coaches and trends from Week 14

Summa Cum Lousy

Is it December yet? UAB
Not only did the Blazers become Southern Miss’ first victim in the last two years, but they allowed 49 second-half points in front of a sparse and disgusted home crowd at Legion Field. UAB finished the season on a six-game losing streak, raising concerns over head coach Garrick McGee’s ability to make this program competitive.

Start evacuating the bandwagon of … Texas Tech
It was a tale of two seasons in Lubbock. The Red Raiders exploded out of the gate with a 7-0 start for rookie head coach Kliff Kingsbury, rising as high as No. 10 in the polls. However, they’ve dropped their last five to limp into the postseason. Tech got mauled by Texas on Thanksgiving night, allowing nine sacks, three to Jackson Jeffcoat.

Ole Miss
With so many young players in key positions, the Rebels were supposed to be getting better, not worse, as the season unfolded. Instead, they’ve played horribly the last two games, especially on offense, in losses to Missouri and Mississippi State. QB Bo Wallace was unable to complete passes downfield in either game, while throwing no touchdown passes and four picks.

You emit a foul and unpleasant odor: Purdue
It’s one thing to struggle in the first year with a new coaching staff. It’s another thing entirely to fail to make progress as the season evolves. The Boilermakers went 0-fer-the-FBS-schedule in 2013, capping a brutal debut for head coach Darrell Hazell by allowing Indiana to amass a school-record 692 yards and 42 first downs.

Needing a vote of confidence: Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini
Pelini did absolutely nothing on Friday—on or off the field—to help his cause for returning for another year in Lincoln. Above all else, his team was rotten against Iowa, losing 38-14 at home. The Huskers finished the regular season 3-3, a level of mediocrity that’s growing increasing unacceptable around campus.

Needing a vote of confidence, too: Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood
If Flood can’t get the Scarlet Knights into the postseason with a schedule that includes games against Norfolk State, Eastern Michigan and the rest of the American, he can’t possibly be the right guy to lead the program intro the Big Ten. Rutgers fell to 1-9 Connecticut on Saturday, and has now dropped three straight and five of the last six.

Georgia Tech vs. Mark Richt
The Dawgs are in the heads of the Yellow Jackets. Tech fell to 1-12 against Richt and Georgia, blowing a game that looked as if it was earmarked for the win column. It was unable to protect a 20-point lead on the Flats, falling in double-overtime to a rival was without its most important player, QB Aaron Murray. Squandering this opportunity is going to gnaw at the Jackets right through the postseason.

Team of the Weak: Texas A&M
For the second straight week, the Aggies lost a game in which QB Johnny Manziel and the rest of the offense were unusually feeble. Texas A&M looks as if it’s packed it in this season, a disappointing 8-4 campaign that never approached lofty preseason expectations. Yeah, the Ags lost to quality teams in 2013, but going 0-4 versus ranked opponents isn’t the kind of thing that gets screamed from rooftops.

Clemson QB Tajh Boyd (versus South Carolina)
It was a tale of two careers for Boyd. Against the Gamecocks, he was overmatched, losing all four Palmetto State Showdowns. Against everyone else, he was an All-American candidate. Boyd was a shell of his usual self on Saturday night in Columbia, turning the ball over three times and bringing his career passing totals versus South Carolina to 51-of-98 for 564 yards, two touchdowns and five picks.

Alabama on Special Teams
It’s the little things that are often the difference between winning and losing in games the magnitude of the 2013 Iron Bowl; the Tide did many of those little things, such as special teams, poorly on Saturday, leading to its first loss of the year. Cade Foster missed three field goals, the last of which could have iced Auburn, and Adam Griffith’s short attempt from 57 yards was returned 100 yards for the game-winner at the end of regulation.