|Florida A&M was out-matched from start to finish against Ohio State. (SB Nation photo)|
We knew Saturday was going to be an ugly day for many teams, but…damn. A week after the MEAC enjoyed several sweet out of conference wins, it looked like the sky was falling on HBCU football. There were several blowouts, against FCS teams as well as FBS powerhouses.
The betting line on this game was 50 points, and that was nearly cleared by the start of the second quarter. The Rattlers were out-gunned in pretty much every statistical category. FAMU had as many yards in penalties (50) as it did on the ground. All told, Ohio State outgained FAMU by a ratio of more than 6 to 1 on a day where regular starting quarterback Braxton Miller didn’t throw a pass.
Some games are painful to watch. This game was painful to follow via social media. And boy, did the Rattlers here it from all angles, especially on Twitter.
That “76-0” is written into history and can’t be washed now. All for money we should’ve been able to raise alone…smh
— Randy S. Henley (@SKYYorRocky) September 21, 2013
I hope whatever monies FAMU and FIU received will go towards a good cause…like the restoration of the player’s prides and manhoods.
— Kimberley (@sambrooklyn) September 21, 2013
Sure, FAMU got broke off with a $900,000 payment for its “services.” And of course, that money will go to scholarships and helping FAMU attempt to stabilize its athletic budget. But that money will only go so far. It will only last so long. But 76-0 is forever. We’ll have more on this later in the week.
But the Rattlers weren’t alone. Savannah State had its face handed to it as well, losing 77-7 to Miami on Saturday night.Unfortunately, this is nothing new for SSU, as it opened up the 2012 season by being outscored 139-0 by Oklahoma State and Florida State.
Savannah State, Bethune Cookman, and FAMUs athletic directors should be ashamed of themselves
— THEKIDHATER (@THEKIDHATER) September 22, 2013
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsThe third money game of the day was another blow out, but at least Bethune-Cookman put on a respectable showing against eighth-ranked Florida State. FSU won 54-6, but Bethune-Cookman was able to move the ball effectively on the ground and chew up clock.
Even outside the FBS-FCS matchups, it was a pretty bleak day for MEAC squads. Top-ranked North Dakota State had its way in a 51-0 win over Delaware State. Howard and Morgan State both got 50 put on them. The only competitive Division I games were Norfolk State’s 20-12 loss to Charleston Southern and NC Central’s 35-17 loss to fourth-ranked Towson. The conference’s lone win belonged to South Carolina State, who picked up a 59-6 win over D2 Benedict.
Besides the money that was raised, the best thing about this week’s slate of MEAC games is that next week conference play starts. No more D2s, no more FBS squads, no more FCS powerhouses. Let the games begin.