Commentary

Huskers, Irish take another spin on the Bottom 10 dance floor

Originally Published: November 6, 2007
By David Duffey | ESPN.com

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The Bottom 10 inspirational thoughts of the week:

Danke Schoen, Darling, Danke Schoen.
Thank you for all the joy and pain.


-- Wayne Newton, "Danke Schoen"

When you're feeling sad and low
We will take you where you gotta go
Smiling, dancing, everything is free
All you need is positivity.


-- Spice Girls, "Spice Up Your Life"

Why a double dose of inspirational thoughts? Well, two traditional powers danced their way into the Bottom 10 this week. Why Wayne Newton and the Spice Girls? Well, Mr. Las Vegas and Scary Spice are two of the celebrity contestants on "Dancing With the Stars." The Bottom 10's always looking for a good dance partner, and decided to pair up with the ABC show.

Nebraska and Notre Dame are fumbling around the Bottom 10 dance floor again this week. The Cornhuskers stumbled back into the highly coveted No. 5 spot after Kansas choreographed a record-setting 76-39 tap dance in Lawrence. The Irish proved to have two left feet for the eighth time this season, but this one really hurt. Notre Dame stepped on its toes against Navy for the first time in 44 years.

Winless Florida International and Utah State still are two-stepping at No. 1 and No. 2, but the rest of the Bottom 10 looks much different. Don't worry. The celebrity contestants and dances used in "Dancing With the Stars" waltz you 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:

ESPN.com's Bottom 10
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1. FIU 0-9 Helio Castroneves was given a key to the city of Miami. Maybe he could samba over and unlock the gate barring the Panthers from a win.
2. Utah State 0-9 If dancing caused Marie Osmond to faint, what would happen if she returned home to Utah and saw the Aggies? Maybe a foxtrot with Marie would smooth things over in Logan.
3. Idaho 1-9 Perhaps during a cha-cha with Melanie Brown, the Spice Girl could tell the Vandals what they really, really want: another win. (Kind of appropriate that she is Scary Spice, huh?)
4. Northern Illinois 1-8 Maybe a tango with Illinois native Jennie Garth would help the Huskies move into a new zip code -- probably not the 90210 level, but something better than where they are.
5. Nebraska
4-6 Floyd Mayweather was once considered the best pound-for-pound boxer. The Huskers once held that distinction in college football. After KU danced all over the Children of the Corn on Saturday, maybe a quickstep with the champ would help.
6. Notre Dame 1-8 The echoes of Wayne Newton stomping out an Irish jig might be heard from South Bend to Bristol. But don't expect the Irish to thank Wayne for all the joy and pain (OK, mostly pain) experienced this season. The Bottom 10, however, will say danke schoen.
7. North Texas 1-7 "All My Children" star Cameron Mathison looks as at home on the dance floor as he does on the small screen. The transition from Friday night lights to the Saturday gridiron hasn't been very fluid for Todd Dodge.
8. Louisiana-Lafayette 1-8 Jane Seymour danced with James Bond in "Live and Let Die," part of which took place in Louisiana. If she returned for a tango in Lafayette, maybe that would put the Ragin' back in the Cajuns.
9. SMU 1-8 Mark Cuban lives in Dallas and could waltz over with a few extra bucks. Wait a minute, that's one of the reasons the Mustangs got into this position.
10. Marshall 1-8 Maybe some of the success Sabrina Bryan found as a Cheetah Girl would rub off on the Thundering Herd if the two could get together for a rumba.

Waiting list: Colorado State (1-8), Duke (1-8), Minnesota (1-9), Syracuse (2-7), Tulane (2-7), UAB (2-7) and UNLV (2-7).

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