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Originally Published: October 18, 2004
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The Bottom 10's inspirational thought of the week:

This time I'm done with always screwing up
I'm sick of one direction down
I'm a broken picture frame
My whole world's twisted inside out



-- "From The Damage," O-Town

While the "band" O-Town features the vocal stylings of Ashley, Dan, Erik, Jacob and Trevor (really, the Bottom 10 Guy looked it up and everything), the Bottom 10 "teams" feature the football follies of Orlando's Central Florida, Ohio State, the Owls of Temple and Ohio's Kent State Golden Flashes. As to whether it's more painful to listen to the former or watch the latter, that's a question each individual reader must answer on his or her own.

Three teams escaped the Bottom 10 this week. Nebraska will have to give up the highly-coveted No. 5 spot after its 59-27 romp over Baylor, but the Bottom 10 expects the Cornhusker faithful to keep those e-mails coming. Idaho's off too after beating former Bottom 10 regular Louisiana Lafayette. The third escapee is Arkansas State, who upset Troy.

Central Florida, the nation's only winless Div. I-A team, lost to Akron and will enjoy a second week at No. 1. Ohio State's blowout loss at Iowa coupled with its three-game losing streak makes Buckeyes a solid pick for No. 5. As for the remaining spots, the Bottom 10 concentrated on the country's 16 one-loss teams and found eight winners.

A couple of 2-4 Big 12 teams meet in this week's Pillow Fight. Taking a stroll across Waco's lovely suspension bridge, which opened to horse-drawn wagon traffic in 1869, might be preferable to a seat in Floyd Casey Stadium for some, but not for the Bottom 10.

ESPN.com users had plenty to say about the Oct. 18 Bottom 10 ranking.

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

ESPN.com's Bottom 10
 RankTeam2004 Rec.Comment
1.Central Florida0-6"You Can't Lose Me:" The Bottom 10 definitely won't lose the Golden Knights until they break into the win column.
2.Temple1-6"These are the days:" After all, since the Big East doesn't want the Owls after this season, will Temple want to play at all.
3.Tulane1-4"Been Around The World:" And can't find a city that produces such high quality food and low quality college football as New Orleans.
4.Mississippi State1-5"Over Easy:" The Bulldogs had the week off to prepare for the Gators, but the boys from Starkville have the kind of talent to make Ron Zook look good.
5.Ohio State3-3"Meant For You:" If you noticed the "O" missing from the logo to the left, the Bottom 10 figured that since we haven't seen any semblance of an O in Columbus for quite some time ...
6.Western Michigan1-5"Take Me Under:" The Broncos loss to Eastern Michigan on Saturday has them one loss away from the Directional Michigan title.
7.Ball State1-6"Say, Say:" Where's the defense? The Cardinals have given up over 40 points in five of their seven games this season.
8.Kent State1-6"Sensitive:" In case you didn't notice, the Golden Flashes make it three MAC teams in a row and four overall in the Bottom 10.
9.SMU1-6"See You Again:" With Army and UTEP's newfound success, it's nice to know you can always count on the Ponies.
10.Kentucky1-5"We Fit Together:" The bad news is the Wildcats have lost four in a row. The good news is basketball season is right around the corner.


Waiting list: Arizona (1-5), Buffalo (1-6), Duke (1-5), East Carolina (1-4), Houston (1-5), Tulsa (1-5), Vanderbilt (1-4) and Washington (1-5).


 

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