With only hours to go until the start of the 2019 season, the Wall Street Journal has released its annual college football “Grid of Shame.” The grid reflects how proud or embarrassed the fanbase should be of the program relative to how good it is.
“The Grid helps fans determine how bad they should feel about feeling good about their favorite football team. It measures both how good major college football teams are on the gridiron, and how disgraceful they are off of it,” WSJ.com writes.
In the 2019 edition of the Grid of Shame, a few powerhouses were definitely on the shameful side of things.
Michigan State and Ohio State in particular are considered embarrassing-powerhouses. The Larry Nassar scandal at MSU and the Zach Smith scandal at OSU are the most likely reasons for their low rankings.
In fact, less than a dozen Power Five programs deemed “powerhouses” were also deemed “admirable.” Washington, Utah, UCF, Auburn, and Clemson all stood out from the crowd.
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But far more programs were either admirable-weaklings, or embarrassing-powerhouses. Duke, Pitt, Boston College and Northwestern were placed in the former category. Georgia, LSU, Florida, Oklahoma, and Michigan all fell into the latter one.
The two weakest programs on the list, Rutgers and Kansas, were also among the most embarrassing. Kansas was above only Baylor in terms of “weaklings.”
It’s a strange grid that’s certainly bound to get just about everyone except Utah and Washington fans mad.
That may be the only thing people who sees this image can agree upon…