08.Nov.2013 Mike Riley in Games that Matter
I’m looking through CFDW and can’t find any big game victories.
In fact, I can’t even find many big games.
2008 Civil War
2009 Civil War
These games had National/BCS bowl implications, so “big game” applies. Riley is 0-3.
Then there are the intriguing games that weren’t necessarily big games:
LSU 2004 L
USC 2006 W
Cal 2007 W
Penn State 2008 L
USC 2008 W
TCU 2010 L
Boise State 2010 L
Wisconsin 2011 L
Wisconsin 2012 W
Washington 2012 L
Texas 2012 L
So Riley is 4-7 in these games. You could argue some other games, like Boise St 2006 were intriguing. They don’t help Riley’s cause, though. And maybe USC 2006 was just a “good win”, but not an intriguing game. Morale was low going into that game, but there was something in the air that day. If you take away USC ’06 and add Boise St 2006 (national TV game, ESPN, favorite, etc) he’s 3-8.
Anyway, in both the USC games and Cal, OSU was a big underdog (i.e. zero pressure). So out of these games, that leaves Riley with 1 victory (Wisconsin) where there was an expectation to win (granted, the line was -7, but many fans thought OSU had the better team).
Intuition told me Riley doesn’t perform when the games matter most and/or there are expectations. I just wanted to check the numbers.