The Bottom 10's Workin' 9 to 5

Updated: December 6, 2006, 1:42 PM ET
By David Duffey | ESPN.com

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The Bottom 10 inspirational thought of the week:

Nine to five
What a way to make a livin'
Barely gettin' by
It's all takin' and no givin'
They just use you mind
And they never give you credit
It's enough to drive you
Crazy if you let it


-- Dolly Parton, "9 to 5"

Singing "9 to 5" didn't work out very well for Jessica Simpson at the 29th Annual Kennedy Center Honors last Sunday. The former Mrs. Nick Lachey reportedly flubbed some lines and stumbled through her tribute performance to Dolly Parton. The requested cue cards apparently didn't help much. "Dolly, you make me so nervous," Simpson said as she left the stage to no applause. Simpson did get a chance to re-tape her rendition after the show, which will air on Dec. 26.

Jessica Simpson
Scott Suchman/WireImage.comJessica Simpson understands what the Bottom 10 teams are going through.
Working 9-to-5 didn't work out very well for the teams in the final Bottom 10 of 2006. Unlike Ms. Simpson's performance, no do-overs are allowed in the Bottom 10. But unlike the audience at Kennedy Center Honors, we applaud the efforts of the Bottom 10 teams.

The BCS wasn't the only final standings to undergo a significant change. While Florida jumped Michigan to finish No. 2 in the BCS, Florida International moved past Duke to end the year at No. 1 in the Bottom 10. Deciding between two winless Bottom 10 teams is never easy, but the record, conference schedule, coaching change and Oct. 14 brawl with Miami moved the Golden Panthers to No. 1.

The highly coveted No. 5 spot also has that Sunshine State flavor. Disappointing 6-6 seasons at Florida State and Miami have the Seminoles and Hurricanes sharing the Bottom 10 place of honor. While Bottom 10 favorite F_U (Florida International and Florida Atlantic) is gone from the standings, FS&U is a welcome addition.

Utah State and Stanford round out the final top five. Eastern Michigan, Temple, Buffalo, Miami (Ohio) and Illinois complete the final 2006 Bottom 10 standings.

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So, with apologies to Steve Harvey and help from some Jessica Simpson songs, here's this week's Bottom 10:

ESPN.com's Bottom 10
  RANK TEAM 2006 COMMENT
1. Florida International 0-12 "Where You Are": The 2006 season left the Golden Panthers winless and without a coach, but No. 1 in the final Bottom 10.
2. Duke 0-12 "Final Heartbreak": The Blue Devils came thisclose to taking home the No. 1 spot in the final Bottom 10, but suffered a final heartbreak.
3. Utah State 1-11 "I've Got My Eyes On You": FIU and Duke should look out for the Aggies next year. Utah State's 2006 season left a lasting impression on the Bottom 10.
4. Stanford 1-11 "You Spin Me Round": While the Cardinal spent 2006 spinning around in the Bottom 10, Walt Harris will take a spin around the help wanted section.
5. FS_U 12-12 "Irresistable": The Seminoles and Hurricanes started the season in the AP top 12. Since both finished 6-6, they are an irresistable combo for the No. 5 spot.
6. Eastern Michigan 1-11 "There You Were": Sitting at 1-11 and in last place in the MAC West made the Eagles impossible to miss.
7. Temple 1-11 "Imagination": Having a Bottom 10 without the Owls is something that hasn't ever entered our imagination.
8. Buffalo 2-10 "My Wonderful": The Bulls' season-opening win had us scared, but Buffalo did enough to stay in the Bottom 10 again this season.
9. Miami (Ohio) 2-10 "What's It Gonna Be": For the RedHawks, it's gonna be the No. 9 spot in the final Bottom 10.
10. Illinois 2-10 "In This Skin": While Ron Zook and the Illini went 2-10, Florida's lineup in the national title game will feature 20 players Zook recruited to the Gators.

Waiting list: Colorado (2-10), Memphis (2-10), North Carolina (3-9), NC State (3-9), San Diego State (3-9), UAB (3-9) and UNLV (2-10).

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

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