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National Game of Disinterest (Week 6)

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As a general rule, college football is better than anything that is not college football, but not all college football is created equal.

Fire Dave Brandon.
Fire Dave Brandon.
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This is undoubtedly the best weekend of college football so far in 2014. RedCrake has laid out all of the games you could try to watch, and we have identified what we believe are this weekend's SEC Games of Interest and National Games of Interest. Now it's time to identify this weekend's National Game of Disinterest. This is the game that stands out solely because no one, not even the fans of the two participating schools, has a particularly compelling reason to watch it instead of any of the other great games happening this weekend. This week that game is Michigan at Rutgers.

We could name this the National Game of Disinterest for all of the usual reasons. The Big Integer is the worst of the Power 5 conferences, and Rutgers shouldn't even be in it. Michigan is 2-3 and bad enough not to win another game all season. Only die-hard fans of either school could name more than 2-3 players off of either roster.

But none of those reasons matter this week.

By now everyone is probably sick of talking about the entire Michigan coaching staff's failure to handle anything having to do with Shane Morris during last Saturday's game in a manner that resembles anything like competence. MaconDawg already summed up most of the salient points in a well-written piece earlier this week. I really don't have much to add that hasn't already been said in the comments to his piece. However, it is impossible to understate just how unacceptable Michigan's response thus far has been. Even giving the entire coaching staff the benefit of the doubt, they were grossly negligent in protecting Shane Morris on Saturday. Compounding matters, no one in the administration has taken any responsibility or any meaningful action to address the situation. This is an institutional failure at all levels.

MGoBlog's Brian Cook is (rightly) calling for a boycott of Michigan's upcoming home game against Maryland. Michigan students are (rightly) calling for Athletic Director Dave Brandon to be fired. I'm not a Michigan fan. I've never been to a Michigan game, and I can't say that I've watched more than a handful of their games on television. But I'm certainly not going to start now. Any football game involving Michigan is my personal National Game of Disinterest until Michigan appropriately addresses this fiasco.

Go Dawgs!