There is an emotion in college football that is often not seen enough. It is not the excitement or anticipation that comes before the season starts, before a big game, or even after the new coaching hire. It is not the feeling of dread as your team begins to lose its lead or fall further and further behind the opponent. It’s not even the feeling of euphoria and/or relief when you win on a crazy last second play. Nope. It’s the inexplicably shameless feeling of blood lust that leads to 4+ hour erections when you grind THAT team into dust. It’s a rare emotion because most games where you do put up a Three Mile Island sized ass whooping, it’s against a lesser team and everyone sees the slaughter coming as soon as Vegas drops it’s opening lines. BUT every now and then one team enters the stadium and decides it’s high time the other guys take their medicine, regardless of anyone’s rankings.
2012 West Virginia 70 – Clemson 33
January 4th, 2012. A 9-3 West Virginia Mountaineer squad waltzes right into Florida’s Sun Life Stadium and over the next three or four hours, brings the fury of 1,000 burning couches and methamphetamine-induced nightmares and drops it right in Dabo Swinney’s lap. WVU would tie or break eight separate team and individual bowl game records in this installment of the Orange Bowl . This is also AFTER Clemson wins its first ACC Championship in 20 years and BEFORE West Virginia would eventually move to the Big 12 from the now defunct Big East. The loss would leave to the dismissal of Clemson’s defensive coordinator at the time, Kevin Steele. It would also leave to a merciless offseason taunt of “West Virginia just scored again” by various fans and even members of the media.
2015 Texas Christian University 50 – Texas 7
This one wasn’t exactly the big surprise the other two listed here might have been. 2015 was new Texas head coach Charlie Strong’s second season with the Longhorns and previous losses on the season to Oklahoma State and Cal were by three points or less. Texas wasn’t favored but they were expected to continue to show improvement and be competitive. TCU entered the game with the #4 ranking in the country (would go on to finish the season 11-2) and Horned Frogs QB Trevone Boykin would spent a Saturday afternoon in Fort Worth Texas throwing for over three hundred yards and accounting for five touchdowns. This would be the first time since the 1950’s that TCU beat Texas in consecutive years. And if there’s one thing reallllyyyyy intense coaches with serious Napoleon complexes like Gary Patterson like to do, it’s stunt all over the teams that are supposed to be bigger.
2016 Auburn 40 – University of Georgia 17
After beating the Tigers three years in a row and generally owning the “Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry” for the past decade, a two point favorite and #1 ranked Georgia would get absolutely smoked by Gus Malzahn and Co. This was just an all around grown man ass kicking. Under the lights of Jordan-Hare Stadium, an Auburn running game would average 5.2 yards per rushing attempt against the #9 ranked rushing defense in the country. Tigers QB Jarrett Stidham would go off and account for over 200 passing yards and three touchdowns. The Defense would hold the Dawgs to just 230 yards of total offense and to just 3-of-14 on first down conversions. This was an Auburn squad avenging an embarrassing loss from a year ago, a fan base no doubt pleasuring their selves to the final score later in the wee hours of the night, and a head coach giving a big FUCK YOU to everyone that wanted him gone (author of this publication included.) Plus, you know it’s some damn good revenge porn when the uber-conservative-zero-emotion-always-coachspeak head man says something like this.