Last week I provided an update as the Reverse Survivor competitors decreased from eight to three. I figured we’d have another week or three until a champion was ultimately crowned.
I was incorrect.
Three teams – Idaho, Kent State, and SMU – entered play yesterday without a win. When the dust had settled, only one remained.
Idaho: The Vandals welcomed New Mexico State to Moscow and jumped out to a 20-10 halftime lead. They went on to win, 29-17, to become the second team in as many weeks to escape the Reverse Survivor competition against the Aggies: Troy beat them on October 11, 41-24.
Kent State: One week ahead of a head-to-head meeting with 1-7 Miami of Ohio, the Golden Flashes went ahead and beat Army on Saturday, 39-17. It was 20-17 with just over nine minutes left in the third quarter before Kent State scored the final nineteen points to finish off the Black Knights.
SMU: And finally, the champion. I noted last week how the Mustangs had been outscored 247-36 through five games. They did nothing to help their cause in game six, dropping a 41-3 decision to Cincinnati.
It may seem that there is no reason for a bottom-dwelling college football fan such as myself to continue paying attention to the season. I respectfully disagree and point to SMU’s futility as my proof. The Mustangs have scored 39 points this season, by far the fewest in Division I – only conference-mate Connecticut (77) has yet to reach triple digits.
It would be one thing if they were in possession of a stout defense that kept scores low and allowed them to steal a game on occasion, but as noted above, that’s not the case: SMU has allowed 288 points through six games, the third-highest total in Division I (North Carolina has given up 303 and New Mexico State has allowed 290).
That Points For total, though…that’s where it’s at. I went back through the expanded standings on ESPN.com, and since 2002, no team has scored fewer than 100 points over the course of a full season. The bottom five are as follows:
Temple, 2005, 107
Buffalo, 2005, 110
Florida International, 2006, 115
Miami of Ohio, 2013, 117
Florida International, 2013, 117
First of all, I loved that old Florida International team; along with Western Kentucky, they remind me of the early, Wild West days of blogging. Good times.
Second of all, and more pertinent to what we’re dealing with here: through six games, the 2005 Temple Owls had 63 points and ended up averaging 9.7 per game for the season. Through six games, SMU has 39 points. If that average holds, they will finish with 78 points scored; if they hit Temple’s average of 9.7 per game, they will finish with 117 points.
It’ll be very interesting to see how this plays out over the course of the next several weeks.