The Bottom 10: Have a look at this beauty
The Bottom 10 inspirational thought of the week:
I come from a land down under
Where beer does flow and men chunder
Can't you hear, can't you hear the thunder?
You better run, you better take cover.
-- Men At Work, "Down Under"
The Bottom 10 was saddened to hear about the untimely death of Steve Irwin. The "Crocodile Hunter" had an enthusiasm and passion for animals that was unmatched. He will be missed.
The loser of the epic Temple-Buffalo pillow fight was expected to be a lock for No. 1 this week. But we had a surprise. Three Division I-A teams lost to Div. I-AA squads on Saturday. So despite losing to the Bulls, the Owls dropped to No. 4. Duke, Colorado and New Mexico claimed the top three spots. Since the Blue Devils failed to even score against Richmond, No. 1 was an easy call.
While Colorado looked like a surefire bet for the coveted No. 5 spot after its loss to Montana State, the Buffs deserved less. So pencil in CU at No. 2. The Bottom 10 is calling the Hogs into the No. 5 spot instead. Sure, USC is good, but the Razorbacks were sliced up 50-14 at home by the Trojans.
Buffalo, New Mexico State and Louisiana-Monroe all won to earn their Bottom 10 exit. Rice and Idaho lost, but played their way out of the this week's ranking.
Pillow fight of the week: Kent State at Army.
So, with apologies to Steve Harvey and remembering Steve Irwin, here's this week's Bottom 10:
|ESPN.com's Bottom 10|
|1.||Duke||0-1||"Crikey!": Losing to Div. I-AA Richmond is bad enough, but the Blue Devils were also shut out. The Croc Hunter's cry is worth repeating: Crikey!|
|2.||Colorado||0-1||"Let's follow 'im": CU brought in Dan Hawkins to lead the program. After the loss to I-AA Montana State in his opener, will the Buffs follow 'im again?|
|3.||New Mexico||0-1||"Whack": The Lobos invited I-AA Portland State down to Albuquerque to be the main course, but they got Whacked instead.|
|4.||Temple||0-1||"Have a look at this beauty": On a normal week, the Owls would be a lock at No. 1. Their 9-3 loss to Buffalo in OT was a Bottom 10 Instant Classic.|
||0-1||"Whoooo!": Irwin didn't add the "Pig Sooie" to the end of his trademark scream. He definitely wouldn't have if he had been in Razorback Stadium Saturday, either.|
|6.||Kent State||0-1||"Danger! Danger! Danger!": It can be screamed by the Golden Flashes' offense or defense. Kent State scored 0 and gave up 44 to Minnesota.|
|7.||F_U||0-2||"Crocs Rule!": Irwin loved crocs. Gators and crocs are related. Florida is gator country. The Bottom 10 loves Florida Atlantic and Florida International. F_U Rules!|
|8.||North Texas||0-1||"Have a go at this": After the opening weekend, the Mean Green are ranked last in total offense and last in scoring defense.|
|9.||Utah State||0-1||"Down Under": Irwin's native Australia is referred to as Down Under. The Aggies live in a land down under most I-A teams.|
|10.||Syracuse||0-1||"Dr. Doolittle II": Irwin played a role in the movie. Greg Robinson hasn't done much to help the Orange.|
Waiting list: Army (0-1), Eastern Michigan (0-1), Florida State's running game, Idaho (0-1), Kentucky (0-1), Louisiana-Lafayette (0-1), Miami's running game, Mississippi State's offense, premature touchdown celebrations, Rice (0-1) and Stanford (0-1).
David Duffey is the college football editor at ESPN.com.
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