The Bottom 10 finds Nirvana
The Bottom 10 inspirational thought of the week:
I'm worse at what I do best
And for this gift I feel blessed
Our little group has always been
And always will until the end
Hello, hello, hello, how low?
-- Nirvana, "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
Elvis Presley is not the king anymore. Well, at least he's not the biggest-selling dead celebrity. According to Forbes.com, Kurt Cobain earned $50 million over the past year to move past Elvis, who earned $42 million.
Elvis had held the No. 1 spot for the past four years. If only Temple could find someone to replace them at No. 1 in college football's grunge scene. Instead, the Owls will have to endure another week in the Bottom 10 top spot. Nevermind. At least the Owls and the rest of the Bottom 10 will be able to relate to the alienation and frustration in Nirvana's music, which will guide us through this week's edition.
Stanford moved up to No. 2 this week, followed by FIU and Duke. Although Northwestern usually wouldn't be considered for the coveted No. 5 spot, the Wildcats' historic collapse against Michigan State left us with no other option.
San Diego State and Eastern Michigan picked up their first wins of the year to earn the week off. Louisiana Tech beat Utah State to move out of the rankings and return the Aggies to the list. Louisiana-Monroe is this week's other new addition.
The pillow fight of the week: Memphis at Marshall.
So, with apologies to Steve Harvey and help from Nirvana, here's this week's Bottom 10:
|ESPN.com's Bottom 10|
|1.||Temple||0-8||"Something In The Way": The Owls have lost 20 straight games. There's always something in the way for this Bottom 10 favorite.|
|2.||Stanford||0-8||"In Bloom": The Cardinal have lost 10 straight and smell like they really have that Bottom 10 spirit.|
|3.||Florida International||0-7||"Stay Away": The Golden Panthers return to the field this week. Let's hope they stay away from any fights.|
|4.||Duke||0-7||"All Apologies": The Blue Devils deserve better after testing Miami, but they are still winless.|
|5.||Northwestern||2-6||"Heartbreaker": The Wildcats led Michigan State 38-3 in the third quarter, but lost to the Spartans. NU was on the wrong side of the greatest comeback in Division I-A history.|
|6.||North Carolina||1-6||"Endless, Nameless": And coachless. After falling to Virginia, UNC announced that coach John Bunting would not return next season.|
|7.||Memphis||1-6||"Lounge Act": Nirvana replaced the King. The Tigers are in the Bottom 10. There's plenty to sing the blues about on Beale Street.|
|8.||Louisiana-Monroe||1-6||"Downer": Since the Warhawks have one more conference loss than FIU, they are last in the Sun Belt. Could there be a bigger downer?|
|9.||Fresno State||1-6||"Come As You Are": The Bulldogs are as welcome here in the Bottom 10 as anyone, anywhere at anytime.|
|10.||Utah State||1-7||"Lithium": Had the Aggies not beaten Fresno State, they probably would be seeking a prescription for the antidepressant.|
Waiting list: Buffalo (1-6), Colorado (1-7), Miami (Ohio) (1-7) and UNLV (1-6).
David Duffey is the college football editor at ESPN.com.
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