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Wolverines ignite a Bottom 10 house party

Originally Published: September 4, 2007
By David Duffey | ESPN.com

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The Bottom 10 inspirational thought of the week:

Watch out. You might get what you're after
Cool babies strange but not a stranger
I'm an ordinary guy
Burning down the house

Hold tight. Wait 'til the party's over
Hold tight. We're in for nasty weather
There has got to be a way
Burning down the house

Here's your ticket pack your bag: time for jumpin' overboard
The transportation is here
Close enough but not too far, maybe you know where you are
Fightin' fire with fire

All wet, hey you might need a raincoat
Shakedown, dreams walking in broad daylight
Three hun-dred six-ty five de-grees
Burning down the house


-- Talking Heads, "Burning Down The House"

Tradition holds a special place in college football. From the winged helmets to "The Victors" to the Big House, Michigan has its share of tradition.

The Bottom 10 also holds its traditions dear. Losing to a Division I-AA team always ensures a first-class ticket to our rankings.

Step on in and enjoy the flight, Wolverines. Appalachian State called to confirm your reservation on Saturday. While the Mountaineers are the two-time defending I-AA champs, rules are rules. That trip from No. 5 in the preseason AP poll to No. 5 in the Bottom 10 was a quick one, huh?

But the Wolverines weren't the only ones. Rice lost to I-AA Nicholls State to join Michigan in the rankings. The Bottom 10 also made room for another longtime power. Sure, Georgia Tech is good, but a 33-3 home loss to the Yellow Jackets made Notre Dame a logical choice for No. 10. Plus, that move could set up an extra fluffy Notre Dame-Michigan pillow fight on Sept. 15.

This week's pillow fight's not a bad one, though. Buffalo travels to Temple in what could be a Bottom 10 instant classic.

Florida International and Duke, our preseason Bottom 10 favorites, did not disappoint and remain at the top of our rankings. However, there were some other changes. Since Appalachian State burned down the Big House, other house songs will guide us through the latest edition of the Bottom 10.

Have a comment about the Bottom 10 ranking? Send us your thoughts.

So, with apologies to Steve Harvey, here's the Bottom 10:

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1. FIU 0-1 "Beach House on the Moon": The Panthers might want to move to Jimmy Buffett's fictional place after their very real 59-0 loss to Penn State.
2. Duke 0-1 "House of Love": Maybe Amy Grant's vocal stylings will ease the pain of 21 straight losses. Or maybe the fear of being paired with Amy Grant again will inspire Duke to a win.
3. North Texas 0-1 "Step Inside This House": Todd Dodge's fellow Texan Lyle Lovett sings about life's little treasures. Dodge must be looking for any after OU hung 79 on the Mean Green in his opener at UNT.
4. Rice 0-1 "House of the Rising Sun": The Animals sing about a house in New Orleans. The I-AA guys from Nicholls State in Thibodaux, La., were doing the singing against the Owls.
5. Michigan
0-1 "Burning Down the House": While Appalachian State didn't actually burn down the Big House, we're pretty sure the Talking Heads (and their radio talk show brethren) in Michigan are doing so this week.
6. Directional Michigan 0-3 "Our House": With apologies to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, our Bottom 10 house is a very, very fine house with Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan back in the yard.
7. UAB 0-1 "House of Broken Dreams": This second CSNY tune captures the mood of the Bottom 10. The Blazers' 55-18 loss to Michigan State prevented a 0-for-the-state-of-Michigan Saturday.
8. Buffalo 0-1 "This House is on Fire": AC/DC has been rockin' the nation for decades. The Bulls, who lost 38-3 to Rutgers, have been burnin' up the Bottom 10 for years.
9. Temple 0-1 "House of Fire": Alice Cooper sings about "buildin' a house of fire every time we touch." The Bottom 10 feels the same way about the Owls, who lost to Navy, 30-19.
10. Notre Dame 0-1 "Life in a Glass House": The Irish would be smart to listen to Radiohead's lyrics: "Don't throw stones." No making fun of the Wolverines for you. The Irish suffered their most lopsided season-opening loss in history.

Waiting list: Idaho (0-1), Iowa State (0-1), Mississippi State (0-1), SMU (0-1), Syracuse (0-1), Syracuse's uniforms and Virginia (0-1).

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