Army takes over the Bottom 10

Originally Published: September 20, 2004
ESPN.com

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The Bottom 10's inspirational thought of the week:

I used to be on an endless run.
Believe in miracles 'cause I'm one.
I have been blessed with the power to survive.
After all these years I'm still alive.

I believe in miracles.
I believe in a better world for me and you.
Oh, I believe in miracles.
I believe in a better world for me and you.



-- The Ramones, "Believe In Miracles"

The Bottom 10 mourns the passing of Johnny Ramone.

When your team's struggling to get out of the Bottom 10, scheduling a Division I-AA team sounds like a solid plan. Invite the little guys over, kick them around for 60 minutes, make the alumni feel good (and generous) and head over to the local watering hole for a celebratory Diet Coke (or something). Sounds easy enough, right?

While going the Division I-AA route worked well for Bottom 10 powers Baylor and Temple this season, it's no sure thing. Just ask Rutgers, who learned that hard lesson in a Week 2 loss to New Hampshire. Or Mississippi State, who fell to Maine on Saturday.

Bottom 10 rules update
1. Any win gets a team off the Bottom 10 for at least one week.
Example: Temple, last week's No. 1, beat Division I-AA Florida A&M 38-7 on Saturday and can comfortably relax for a week.

2. Any loss to a Division I-AA team guarantees a Bottom 10 ranking.
Example: Mississippi State lost to Division I-AA Maine 9-7 on Saturday to clinch this week's No. 5 spot.

With an array of comfortable options available, selecting the latest Pillow Fight of the Week was a difficult task. Buffalo at Ohio looked good. Arkansas State at Louisiana Monroe was tough to pass up too. However, the Bottom 10 enjoyed last week's Army at Houston Pillow Fight so much that we decided to stay in the Lone Star State. We're taking the short trip up I-45 to Dallas to catch the SMU-San Jose State game. Chances are we'll be enjoying some of Joe's Toast just down Mockingbird Lane at the Egyptian Room by halftime.

ESPN.com users had plenty to say about the latest Bottom 10 ranking.

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

ESPN.com's Bottom 10
 RankTeam2004 Rec.Comment
1.Army0-2After dropping last week's Pillow Fight with Houston, the two-time defending Bottom 10 champs have lost 17 straight.
2.SMU0-3The Mustangs' 15-game losing streak is the second longest in the nation. Remember that decal with Peruna on its back?
3.Idaho0-3If the losing wasn't enough, the Vandals were the designated home team at Wazzu Saturday to try to help Idaho meet NCAA Division I attendance minimums.
4.Buffalo0-3The house always has the advantage in Nevada, but the odds significantly increase when the Bulls sit down at the table.
5.Mississippi State1-2We know that maroon is the only color that matters, but Sylvester Croom is still trying to teach MSU that W is the only letter that matters.
6.Louisiana Monroe0-2The Indians on their own are a solid Bottom 10 team, but we look forward to a few more losses by Louisiana Lafayette and the return of U-L-U-Pick 'em.
7.East Carolina0-2These Pirates frighten the Bottom 10's 3-year-old more than the Pirates of the Carribean ride at Disney World.
8.Akron0-3Answers: Zip and zip. Questions: Number of Akron wins and Charlie Frye's chance for Heisman consideration.
9.Tulsa0-3Bottom 10 rule No. 2 will be in effect in Tulsa this Saturday when Southwest Missouri State arrives to face the Golden Hurricane.
10.Florida-Tennessee officials0-2After the late personal foul call followed by not starting the clock, these officials should trade in their striped shirts for masks before entering Gainesville.


Waiting list: Arkansas State (0-3), Ball State (0-3), Baylor (1-1), "Captain" Dusty Dvoracek, Central Florida (0-3), Duke (0-3), kickers (Hey fellas, what's up with the extra points?), North Texas (0-3), Washington's tackling and Wyoming's uniforms (home version).


 

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