Knights claim Bottom 10 crown


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The Bottom inspirational thought of the week:

I tried to find myself
For a very long time
Somewhere I lost myself
It's so hard to find my way back home
My body's roaming all day long
Feels like a real bad dream
I try so hard to break free
And even though I try
Something else is got a hold on me

Will I ever be in control of me
So when will I wake up
Escape from this crazy dream
Maybe tomorrow
I'll find a better dream for me

-- Los Lonely Boys, "Crazy Dream"

The king is dead. Long live the king.

Even though Army's two-year Bottom 10 reign is officially over, the Bottom 10 still is a Knight's tale. The dream of a three-peat for the Black Knights of the Hudson ended with back-to-back wins in October, but the Bottom 10 dream lives on in Army's worthy successor, the Golden Knights from Central Florida.

Central Florida capped off a perfect season with a 41-24 loss to Kent State to secure the No. 1 spot in the the final 2004 Bottom 10 ranking. While the Golden Knights didn't play enough games to match the Black Knights' record-setting 0-13 mark in 2003, their 0-11 season certainly adheres to Bottom 10 standards.

Several teams made a good run at the final highly coveted No. 5 spot. Missouri failed to live up to the preseason hype. Nebraska suffered its first losing season in 43 years and failed to qualify for a bowl appearance for the first time in 35 years. JoePa's Penn State squad suffered through another losing season too. Minnesota collapsed again after an impressive start.

However, the final No. 5 spot has to go to the BCS. The system has created far more questions than answers. Will Auburn, Oklahoma or USC be left out of the title game? Do undefeated Utah and Boise State deserve to be in a BCS game? Should they also have a shot at the title game? Does Cal or Texas deserve an at-large berth? Or both?

Los Lonely Boys, a favorite of Willie Nelson, Neil Young and Paul McCartney, will guide this sad collection of teams in the Bottom 10's 2004 swan song.

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

Waiting list: Arkansas State (3-8), Army (2-8), Baylor (3-8), Duke (2-9), Idaho (3-9), Illinois (3-8), Indiana (3-8), Houston (3-8) Kentucky (2-9), Rice (3-7), SMU (3-8), Utah State (3-8) and Vanderbilt (2-9).