The Bottom 10: 'Playing With Fire'
The Bottom 10 inspirational thought of the week:
Step up in the club, so fresh and clean
Not the outcast that they label me
I'm rolling with a team, that roll so deep
We in and out the club everyday of the week
And I make them hits, when the beat drop
That's when you hear me say "Hold up, stop!"
-- Kevin Federline, "Lose Control"
Oops, she did it again. Britney Spears filed for divorce from aspiring rapper/actor Kevin Federline on Tuesday. While saddened by the breakup of the pop princess and the former backup dancer, could there be a better Bottom 10 guide for the week than K-Fed?
"Playing With Fire," K-Fed's first album release, has been panned by the critics and sales have been dismal. Only 300 people showed up at his concert in New York City's Webster Hall last week. K-Fed literally was slammed by wrestler John Cena at the WWE's "Monday Night Raw" on Oct. 16.
While irreconcilable differences caused the split between Spears and K-Fed, the Bottom 10 is content in its relationship. No amount of wins could lessen the affection we have for Duke, Florida International, Stanford -- or any of our other members. But thankfully, wins aren't something we have to worry about with Division I-A's three winless teams.
Duke's 17-game losing streak keeps the Blue Devils in the top spot for a second consecutive week. Stanford's closing the gap, but the Cardinal remain at No. 2, followed closely by Florida International.
The coveted No. 5 spot goes to Iowa. The Hawkeyes lost 21-7 at home last Saturday to a Northwestern team that was winless in the Big Ten before its trip to Iowa City.
The pillow fight of the week: Louisiana-Monroe at Florida International.
So, with apologies to Steve Harvey and help from K-Fed's songs, here's this week's Bottom 10:
|ESPN.com's Bottom 10|
|1.||Duke||0-9||"The World Is Mine:" The Blue Devils' 17-game losing streak has them No. 1 in the Bottom 10 for a second straight week.|
|2.||Stanford||0-9||"Y'all Ain't Ready:" The Cardinal aren't quite ready for the top spot. But 11 straight losses have them getting close.|
|3.||Florida International||0-8||"Lose Control:" The Golden Panthers have had problems controlling the scoreboard and their emotions this season.|
|4.||Memphis||1-8||"A League Of My Own:" The Tigers are in a league of their own among the one-win teams whose lone win is over a Div. I-AA team.|
|5.||Iowa||6-4||"Privilege:" A home loss to Northwestern gives the Hawkeyes the privilege of a week at No. 5. Since Iowa treats visitors to a pink locker room, the Bottom 10 thought the Hawks deserved similar treatment.|
|6.||Louisiana-Monroe||1-7||"Crazy:" Is it crazy to move the Warhawks down after a bye week? Not really. Their only win is over Alcorn State.|
|7.||UNLV||1-8||"Playing With Fire:" The Rebels are three losses away from a winless season in the Mountain West.|
|8.||North Carolina||1-8||"Snap:" Why place the Tar Heels after Memphis, Louisiana-Monroe and UNLV? Their Div. I-AA win came against a team (Furman) with a winning record.|
|9.||Fresno State||1-7||"Kept On Talkin':" The Bulldogs are worth talking about anyone, anytime, anywhere in the Bottom 10 this season.|
|10.||Temple||1-9||"Caught Up:" We got caught up with the Owls getting a win on Oct. 28, but things returned to normal last Saturday.|
Waiting list: Colorado (1-9), Eastern Michigan (1-8), Miami (Ohio) (1-9), San Diego State (1-7) and Utah State (1-8).
David Duffey is the college football editor at ESPN.com.