The Bottom 10: Feels the 'Love'
The Bottom 10 inspirational thought of the week:
"Love, love, love.
Love, love, love.
Love, love, love.
There's nothing you can do that can't be done.
Nothing you can sing that can't be sung.
Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game.
-- The Beatles, "All You Need Is Love"
The Bottom 10 is back off its bye week, feeling relaxed, refreshed and ready to spread the love. Since the "new" Beatles "Love" disc hit the shelves Tuesday, we'll let the music of John, Paul, Ringo and George serve as our guide for the week.
"Love" is also the title of a Cirque du Soleil show featuring The Beatles' music that's been running in Las Vegas since June. Maybe the boys at UNLV, who hit the Bottom 10 charts at No. 3 this week, can pop over and catch the show. If not, the Rebels have to love the fact that they are not one of the nation's two winless teams. No. 1 Duke and No. 2 Florida International share that distinction.
Miami lost to Virginia last Saturday, dropping the 'Canes to 5-6 and into the coveted No. 5 spot. If the "U" doesn't beat Boston College on Thanksgiving night (ESPN, 7:30 ET), it will not be bowl eligible this season.
The pillow fight of the week: New Mexico State at Utah State.
So, with apologies to Steve Harvey and help from The Beatles, here's this week's Bottom 10:
ESPN.com's Bottom 10 RANK TEAM 2006 COMMENT 1. Duke 0-11 "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band": Despite the 19-game losing streak, we hope the Blue Devils enjoy the show. 2. Florida International 0-10 "Help!": Maybe the next coach of the Golden Panthers will help them get their feet back on the ground. But we do appreciate them being 'round. 3. UNLV 1-10 "Because": Because the Rebels' only win is over Idaho State, the Bottom 10 hopes this helps: Love is all. Love is new. Love is all. Love is you. 4. Memphis 1-10 "While My Guitar Gently Weeps": Even in a town that knows about the blues, the Tigers' season has been tough. But with every mistake they must surely be learning. 5. Miami 5-6 "Get Back": The U might not make a bowl game this year. Well, maybe next season the Hurricanes can get back to where they once belonged. 6. Temple 1-11 "I Wanna Hold Your Hand": It's been another rough year in Philly. Hopefully the Owls will understand when the Bottom 10 says that something: "I wanna hold your hand." 7. Utah State 1-10 "A Day In The Life": We'd love to turn the Aggies on to at least one more win this season. 8. Eastern Michigan 1-10 "Strawberry Fields Forever": One win is nothing to get hung about. Let the Bottom 10 take you down to strawberry fields. (Good thing the National Strawberry Festival is only 10.9 miles from Ypsilanti.) 9. Stanford 1-10 "All You Need Is Love": Remember Cardinal: There's nothing you can say, but you can learn how to play the game. It's easy. 10. New Mexico State 2-8 "Here Comes The Sun": What can we say? It's been a long, cold, lonely season in Las Cruces. But it's all right. Here comes the sun.
Waiting list: Buffalo (2-9), Colorado (2-9), Illinois (2-10), Louisiana-Monroe (2-8), NC State (3-8), San Diego State (2-8).
David Duffey is the college football editor at ESPN.com.
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