The sports community, even the world of golf, consistently finds itself embroiled in scandals. We wish this wasn’t the case, unfortunately, you can’t always get what we want. Yet, when these disgraceful acts (we’re most recently looking at you, Ole Miss) find their way to the college football gridiron, there’s only one place to turn: the Grid of Shame.
A college football team’s reputation is tiered with on-field exploits and players’ actions off the field. The Wall Street Journal compiled its always entertaining college football Grid of Shame. We had fun internally contesting the positioning of the teams that we like. And then we laughed at the teams that we don’t, much the same way anyone else digests college sports.
The grid is arranged on the horizontal axis according to each team’s preseason rankings. It’s curved out between several unnamed preseason polls and features the best sentence you’ll read this week: “The vertical axis measures shame.”
How does one quantify shame? According to The WSJ, it’s a combination of academic performance, NCAA violations (no word on whether being a part of the NCAA is implicitly shameful), how subsidized the college athletics are, and how much “ick factor” they have. Seriously. Read on to discover which college football powerhouses that people should be ethically suspect of rooting for.