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Beaming up The Bottom 10

12/6/2006

Weeks: Preseason | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | Bye | 12 | Final

The Bottom 10 inspirational thought of the week:

Space, the final frontier.
These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise.
Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds,

to seek out new life and new civilizations,
to boldly go where no man has gone before.

-- "Star Trek"

A five-year mission focused on exploring strange new worlds? Hmmm. Sounds familiar .

Since the Bottom 10 celebrated MTV's 10th anniversary in the preseason edition, it's only logical that Star Trek's 40th deserves a tribute, too. So standby for warp drive into the Bottom 10's strange new world.

Beam up Temple into the No. 1 spot. The Owls might have wished Louisville had set its phasers above the stun level after the Cards blasted to a 62-0 win.

The coveted No. 5 spot goes to NC State, which lost at home to Akron. While losing to the Zips wouldn't usually merit placement in this hallowed ground, Chuck Amato's swipes at Akron's admissions policies elevated the Wolfpack.

Arkansas, New Mexico and North Texas all won to earn their Bottom 10 exit. Duke, Kent State and Syracuse flirted with wins, but all remained in this week's rankings.

Pillow fight of the week: Syracuse at Illinois. The Illini have lost 10 straight games to I-A opponents. The Orange have lost 11 straight games.

So, with apologies to Steve Harvey, here's this week's Bottom 10:

Waiting list: Colorado (0-2), Eastern Michigan (0-2), Florida State's running game, Louisiana-Lafayette (0-2), Mississippi State's offense, Rice (0-2) and Utah State (0-2).

David Duffey is the college football editor at ESPN.com.