Beaming up The Bottom 10
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.
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:
|ESPN.com's Bottom 10|
|1.||Temple||0-2||"Beam me up, Scotty": With the nation's longest losing streak now at 14 games, the Owls wouldn't even care where the Enterprise took them.|
|2.||Kent State||0-2||"That is quite logical, Captain": The Golden Flashes have lost 11 straight games. Even Spock would agree with this placement.|
|3.||Syracuse||0-2||"Humor, it's a difficult concept": That holds true for both Spock and the Orange. Losing 11 straight games is unfamiliar territory in Syracuse.|
|4.||Duke||0-2||"Warp speed standing by": After finding a way to lose against Wake Forest, the Blue Devils are in position to remain in the rankings.|
||1-1||"Are you out of your Vulcan mind?": Pointing out that the MAC allows non-qualifiers in his news conference was an undeserved low blow by Chuck Amato.|
|6.||SMU||0-2||"Uhura, signal our surrender": The Mustangs might be ready to wave the white flag after losing to Metroplex neighbor North Texas.|
|7.||F_U||0-4||"Live long and prosper": As long as the Owls and Panthers lose, the coolest logo in the solar system will keep on blinking.|
|8.||Illinois||1-1||"Logic and practical information do not seem to apply here": With the Illini's facilities and recruiting base, they should not lose to 10 straight Div. I-A teams.|
|9.||Idaho||0-2||"Kirk to Enterprise": These Vandals aren't extactly Klingons. Idaho has lost five straight games.|
|10.||Stanford||0-2||"Damn it, Jim! I'm a doctor": The Cardinal might want to look up Bones McCoy after losing to San Jose State.|
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.