Bottom 10 Gets Soul


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The Bottom 10's inspirational thought of the week:

I've been there before
And I'll try it again
But any fool knows
That there's no way to win
Here we go again
She'll break my heart again
I'll play the part again

-- Ray Charles' "Here We Go Again"

Well, the Bottom 10 Guy finally got around to seeing "Ray" last week, so selecting this week's theme was pretty easy. Ray Charles combined blues and gospel to become a pioneer in soul music. And let's face it, the teams in the Bottom 10 are feeling the blues and could use a little gospel influence.

That is especially true for Central Florida, Western Michigan, Washington and Tulsa. The Golden Knights, Broncos, Huskies and Golden Hurricane all lost again last week to remain in the Bottom 10.

However, a Bottom 10-record six teams won last week. We turn to Mr. Charles to give advice to Buffalo, Temple, Purdue, Kentucky, Ball State and Penn State: "Hit the road, Jack and don't you come back no more, no more, no more, no more."

As for the coveted No. 5 position, Wisconsin garnered some attention for its blowout loss and Minnesota's late-season collapse had some support, but Syracuse's loss to Bottom 10 regular Temple just couldn't be ignored. The Orange can be proud to hold the distinction of being the Owls' lone Big East win this year. Since Temple faces Boston College this week, that win over the 'Cuse will likely be the last Big East win ever for the Owls.

This week's Bottom 10 Pillow Fight between UNLV and San Diego State is also a farewell to retiring Rebels coach John Robinson.

With apologies to Steve Harvey, here's this week's Bottom 10:

Waiting list: Arizona (2-8), Army (2-7), Idaho (3-8), Illinois (3-7), Indiana (3-7), Rice (3-7), San Diego State (2-7), San Jose State (2-7), sportsmanship by teams in the BCS hunt and the power supply at Wyoming's Memorial Stadium.