Commentary

O.B. farewell has Canes singing the blues

Originally Published: November 14, 2007
By David Duffey | ESPN.com

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The Bottom 10 inspirational thoughts of the week:

Pickin' up the pieces
Sweepin' off the dust
I thought it would be better
But it's never been so rough
Flippin' through old numbers
Dependin' on the past
It helps to have some company
But it seems to never last

Then it comes
The loneliness within
Like a stone
Crushin' me again

You're a hard act to follow
I can't find nobody, baby quite like you
You're a hard act to follow
Yeah yeah


-- Brother Cane, "Hard Act To Follow"

"The O.C." depicted an idyllic paradise where the teen cast appeared to be perfect. Across the coast in The O.B., the teen cast rarely has been described as perfect and the once-idyllic setting has deteriorated. However, Miami's play at the Orange Bowl was as close to perfect as it gets on the gridiron. In fact, the Hurricanes won 58 straight in the "Old Horseshoe in Little Havana" from 1985 to 1994.

Beneath the surface, things were far from perfect in the O.C. On the surface, things were far from perfect in the Canes' last home game at the Orange Bowl. In front of dozens of former star players who returned to participate in ceremonies celebrating Miami's storied history in the stadium, the Canes were embarrassed by Virginia. The 48-0 loss was Miami's first shutout loss in the O.B. since 1974.

It is really any surprise that the Canes earned the Bottom 10's highly coveted No. 5 spot this week?

No change at No. 1, but a 52-0 loss to Boise State has No. 2 Utah State inching closer to Florida International. As for the rest of the Bottom 10, it's as volatile as the BCS standings. Northern Illinois, Nebraska, Louisiana-Lafayette and Marshall all won to earn an exit.

Don't worry about the number of changes; we found a bunch of qualified replacements. The songs of Brother Cane will rock us through the latest edition of the Bottom 10. Enjoy the holidays. The Bottom 10 will take advantage of its bye week and return on Nov. 27.

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 "The Last Time": The Panthers beat Middle Tennessee on Dec. 3, 2005. Almost two years later, FIU has lost 21 straight. Think the Panthers can even remember the last time they won?
2. Utah State 0-10 "How Long"?: Not as long as FIU, but the Aggies haven't won since Oct. 7, 2006. If you're counting, that's 16 straight losses.
3. Idaho 1-9 "A Stone's Throw Away": The Vandals could still end the season at No. 1. After all, they host Utah State on Nov. 24 in what could be the Pillow Fight of the year.
4. North Texas 1-8 "That Don't Satisfy Me": The Mean Green scored 62 points on Navy, but they gave up 72 to the Midshipmen. Wins, not points, satisfy the Bottom 10.
5. Miami
5-5 "Hard Act To Follow": The Hurricanes losing 48-0 to Virginia in their last game at the Orange Bowl definitely qualifies as a hard Bottom 10 act to follow.
6. Notre Dame 1-9 "What You Are": The Irish first appeared in the Bottom 10 as a joke. Who knew that they really belonged.
7. Duke 1-9 "Make Your Play": If the Blue Devils lose their Bottom 10 showdown with Notre Dame, they can make their play for No. 1.
8. Minnesota 1-10 "High Speed Freezin'": After playing in a bowl game last season, the Golden Gophers are skating on very thin ice in 2007.
9. SMU 1-9 "Horses & Needles": The effects of the death penalty still linger over Peruna & Co. 20 years later.
10. Colorado State 1-9 "Stain": Will a second-straight losing campaign put a stain on the otherwise brilliant job done by Sonny Lubick in Fort Collins?

Waiting list: Joe Glenn's finger, Mike Leach's protests, Syracuse (2-8), UAB (2-8) and UNLV (2-8).

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