Were you one of the millions of people who dropped $100 to watch Floyd Mayweather fight Manny Pacquiao Saturday night? If you were, you probably were pretty disappointed with your purchase shortly after midnight Sunday morning.
The fight didn't live up to the hype. It was a typical Mayweather fight, an excellent display of boxingbut a pretty boring showcase of fighting. There was a lot of ducking and dodging, and not very much hitting. And, to make matters worse, it was revealed Tuesday that Pacquiao was in the ring with a significantly injured shoulder.
Unfortunately, it wasn't the first sporting event that didn't meet the public's expectations.
Since the start of the century, there have been dozens of hyped-up college football games that ended up being pretty boring contests. Which ones were as disappointing as Mayweather-Pacquiao?
Presenting the 10 College Football Games That Sucked As Much As Mayweather-Pacquiao (that took place during the 21st Century).
10. TCU vs. Ole Miss, Peach Bowl, Dec. 31, 2014
This game is probably still fresh in your memory. TCU entered the contest 11-1, barely missing out on a spot in the inaugural College Football Playoff. Ole Miss, meanwhile, came in at 9-3 after a promising season that included a couple huge victories in the SEC West.
It was a New Year's Eve game that had people turning their TVs off and getting ready for their night out by halftime.
TCU 42, Ole Miss 3, a blowout in every sense of the word.
The Rebels had just 129 yards of total offense, with quarterback Bo Wallace completing 10 of 23 passes for 109 yards and three interceptions. It was one of the most miserable offensive performances we've ever seen from a supposed elite college football team.
There were a couple pretty cool plays, at least.
9. Nebraska vs. Wisconsin, Big Ten Championship Game, Dec. 1, 2012
One of these teams entered the contest at 10-2, seemingly primed to win its first conference championship in more than a decade. The other came in at 7-5, only in the game because the team that really won their division was banned from playing in the conference's title game.
The final score: 70-31. And it was the team that entered at 7-5 that won it.
The Badgers, led by a rushing attack featuring Monte Ball and Melvin Gordon, did whatever it wanted against the Bo Pelini-coached Huskers' defense. They tallied 640 yards of offense and 539 yards (!!!) on the ground. Three different players had more than 100 yards rushing; Gordon had more than 200 yards on just nine carries.
Pelini was fired by Nebraska after the 2014 season, but many Husker fans will point to this game as the beginning of the head coach's demise in Lincoln, Neb. It was a beatdown that resulted in a five-loss team playing in the Rose Bowl. That's never good.
8. Clemson vs. Florida State, Oct. 19, 2013
This is one of two regular season contests to make the list. While there were many deserving regular season letdowns, this is one that really stood out.
It was the ABC Saturday night game. ESPN's College GameDay program was in town. Both teams were 6-0. And by 11 p.m. that night, nobody cared about the game anymore.
Florida State, the eventual national champions, dominated from the start, getting up by 20 points by halftime before going on to win, 51-14, in Death Valley.
Clemson, led by Tajh Boyd, struggled to hold onto the ball, turning the ball over four times, two of which came at the arm of the senior quarterback. The Tigers completed less than 50 percent of their passes and averaged only three yards a rush.
Perhaps we should have seen it coming, considering how good that FSU team was, but at the time, it was a serious disappointment.
7. Ohio State vs. Wisconsin, Big Ten Championship Game, Dec. 6, 2014
Another one you probably remember quite vividly.
The lasting image of this game will probably be the faces of everyone thinking, how is Ohio State doing this with the third-string quarterback?
Led by Cardale Jones, who was thrust into the starting role after J.T. Barrett fractured his ankle against Michigan a week prior, the Buckeyes beat the crap out of Wisconsin, 59-0. It was never close. OSU was up 38-0 at halftime, scoring 24 points in the second quarter, and held Heisman Trophy finalist Melvin Gordon to 76 yards on 26 carries, the second-worst game of his superb season.
The game propelled Ohio State into the College Football Playoff, and, eventually, a national championship, but this conference championship tilt featuring two top-15 teams was one of the least-competitive contests the sport has produced in recent memory.
6. Alabama vs. LSU, Nov. 5, 2011
For the people who love low-scoring, defensive battles, this was an incredible game. For the majority of the population, which loves big plays and touchdowns, it was a horribly boring contest.
Billed as the "Game of the Century" by some, No. 1 LSU topped No. 2 Alabama, 9-6, in overtime.
There were no touchdowns. The five field goals made by the Tigers and Crimson Tide's kickers were the only scoring plays of the contest. Yawn. Neither team topped the 300-yard mark on offense, with both squads averaging less than four yards a carry and seven yards a pass.
They went on to rematch in the BCS National Championship Game and, somehow, that game (which is also featured on this list) ended up being more boring. Here are the highlights from this one. There aren't many.
5. Florida vs. Ohio State, BCS National Championship Game, Jan. 8, 2007
The game that started the SEC's reign of dominance in the college football world was a pretty big surprise. And a pretty boring game.
Ohio State, which ran through the regular season, 12-0, led by the Heisman Trophy winner, Troy Smith, got blown out by Florida, 41-14.
The Buckeyes scored a touchdown on the opening play, a kickoff return by Teddy Ginn Jr. (who got hurt celebrating the play), but after that, it was all Gators. Florida's defensive line dominated the line of scrimmage, wreaking havoc on Smith in the backfield. Ohio State's defense, meanwhile, struggled to contain Florida's wealth of speed.
Urban Meyer was hated by much of Buckeye Nation following that contest. Now he's their coach, who led them to a national title, so they don't really hate him anymore.
4. Miami vs. Nebraska, BCS National Championship Game, Jan. 2, 2002
The team many believe to be the greatest in the history of college football proved why it was so awesome in a national championship game blowout.
Miami, a squad that featured perhaps the best collection of talent the sport has ever seen, had little trouble with overmatched Nebraska, going on to win, 37-14.
The final score wasn't that bad, but really, the Huskers never stood a chance. They might not have even deserved to be in the game, as they controversially finished No. 2 in the BCS standings after getting demolished by Colorado at the end of the regular season.
Nebraska's option offense, led by Heisman Trophy winner Eric Crouch, was swallowed up by the Hurricanes' wealth of defensive talent. Miami was up 34-0 at halftime and played much of its second-and-third string players in the second half.
It was ugly.
3. Oklahoma vs. USC, BCS National Championship Game, Jan. 4, 2005
The team some believe to be the second-best college football team ever had even less trouble in its national championship game.
USC, led by Matt Leinart, Reggie Bush and Lendale White, destroyed Oklahoma, 55-19.
The game was bad - it was 38-10 at halftime and 48-10 after three quarters - but it was really bad because a possibly better contest could have occurred. The Sooners, which entered the game 12-0, finished No. 2 in the BCS standings. Auburn, which also went undefeated, finished behind them at No. 3. The Tigers possessed some serious NFL talent on offense and might have matched up better than Bob Stoops' team. Auburn won its bowl game and finished the year 13-0.
USC's showcase of offensive talent was pretty impressive, at least.
2. Alabama vs. LSU, BCS National Championship Game, Jan. 9, 2012
Alabama and LSU played twice during the 2011 season. Both games were huge contests, a regular season No. 1 vs. No. 2 and a national championship game, and both were disappointing contests.
This one, the BCS National Championship Game, was the worse of the two.
Somehow, the season ended in a way that allowed the Tigers and the Crimson Tide to rematch for the national championship. We weren't rewarded with an exciting game. Alabama dominated from the start and went on to win, 21-0. And, much like the first contest, field goals ruled. Fifteen of the Crimson Tide's 21 points came off a field goal. Again: yawn.