The Bottom 10 dresses to the nines

Updated: December 6, 2006, 1:49 PM ET
By David Duffey | ESPN.com

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The Bottom 10 inspirational thought of the week:

I believe I can see the future
Cause I repeat the same routine
I think I used to have a purpose
But then again
That might have been a dream


-- Nine Inch Nails, "Every Day Is Exactly The Same"

Finding this week's Bottom 10 theme wasn't easy. Then we stumbled across some reviews of "The Nine", ABC's new Wednesday night show. Nine strangers inextricably linked by a mysterious tragedy. Hmmm. There are nine winless Division I-A teams this week.

Apparently, there are actually 10 stars in "The Nine", as one of the cast members appears in flashbacks. In addition to the nine winless teams in the Bottom 10, this week's No. 5 spot is a flashback to last week.

Steve Granitz/WireImage.comThe Bottom 10 always brings a smile to the face of "The Nine" star Camille Guaty.
Temple doubled its Sept. 23 point total, but the Owls remain No. 1 after dropping a 43-14 decision to Vanderbilt. Utah State scored its first offensive points of the year, but the Aggies' 41-21 loss to Idaho keeps them at No. 2.

Sadly, we had to break up F_U, which held the No. 3 spot last week. Florida Atlantic won -- and Bottom 10 rules mandate that the Owls get the week off. Florida International goes it alone this week, but at least the Panthers picked the right week to land in the No. 9 spot.

Duke moved up to No. 3 this week and Eastern Michigan jumped from No. 7 to No. 4.

Remember that flashback thing? Well, Michigan State's making another appearance in the coveted No. 5 spot. Back-to-back stays are very rare, but the Spartans followed their collapse against Notre Dame by dropping a 23-20 decision to Illinois.

The pillow fight of the week: Florida International at North Texas.

So, with apologies to Steve Harvey and celebrating the number nine, here's this week's Bottom 10:

ESPN.com's Bottom 10
  RANK TEAM 2006 COMMENT
1. Temple 0-5 Back 9: Nine holes on the Bottom 10 always seems to start with the Owls, who have lost 17 in a row.
2. Utah State 0-5 Cloud nine: At least the Aggies can feel good about finally posting some points on offense last week.
3. Duke 0-4 9-ball: Opponents have pocketed the 9-ball on the Blue Devils in 12 straight games.
4. Eastern Michigan 0-5 Nine to five: The 2006 season has been "all taking and no giving" for the Eagles.
5. Michigan State
3-2 K-9: Why is Sparty back in the Bottom 10 dog pound? MSU lost at home on homecoming to the Illini, whose previous last Big Ten road win was Nov. 23, 2002.
6. Stanford 0-5 Nine West (Palo Alto location): The Cardinal have been fitted for seven straight losses.
7. San Diego State 0-4 Nine West (San Diego location): The Aztecs have been fitted for five straight losses.
8. Miami (Ohio) 0-5 9-volt battery: The RedHawks, who have lost five straight, sure could use a charge.
9. Florida International 0-5 Love potion No. 9: Hopefully, the Panthers will take a sip and reunite with FAU down the road.
10. Colorado 0-5 Nine lives: The Buffs have used up all of theirs during a nine-game losing streak.

Waiting list: Ball State (1-4), Memphis (1-3), Mississippi State (1-4), North Carolina (1-3), North Texas (1-4), Ole Miss (1-4) and UNLV (1-3).

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