Commentary

Halloween's not the only thing delivering October frights

Originally Published: October 30, 2007
By David Duffey | ESPN.com

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The Bottom 10 inspirational thought of the week:

As the moon climbs high o'er dead oak tree
Spooks arrive for the midnight spree
Creepy creeps with eerie eyes
Start to shriek and harmonize
Grim grinning ghosts come out socialize


-- Barenaked Ladies, "Grim Grinning Ghosts"

Ghosts, goblins and black cats frequent the Halloween graveyard each Oct. 31. While not as scary (off the field), Panthers, Aggies and Gophers inhabit the Bottom 10's haunted house this season.

The 2007 frights continue for Florida International, which dropped its 20th straight game, and Utah State, which has been cursed 14 games in a row.

But the Panthers and Aggies aren't the only teams being haunted. How creepy is the scene at SMU? The headless horseman is riding Peruna after the Mustangs fired coach Phil Bennett on Sunday. How dark is the season in South Bend? Not even a bye week could exorcise Notre Dame from the Bottom 10.

Virginia doesn't need to take the trip from Charlottesville to Richmond to visit the Edgar Allan Poe Museum. The Cavaliers experienced their own tales of the grotesque and arabesque in a loss to NC State, which had been winless in the ACC. Instead of a museum visit, the Cavs get to spend the week in the highly coveted No. 5 spot.

Scary songs will serve as the guide through the Halloween edition of the Bottom 10.

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So, with apologies to Steve Harvey, here's the Bottom 10:

ESPN.com's Bottom 10
  RANK TEAM RECORD COMMENT
1. FIU 0-8 "Welcome To My Nightmare": After losing their 20th consecutive game, the Panthers know what Alice Cooper means.
2. Utah State 0-8 "A Nightmare On My Street": DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince must have spent some time in Logan.
3. Northern Illinois 1-8 "We Only Come Out At Night": The Huskies might want to listen the Smashing Pumpkins. After all, they probably couldn't smash any pumpkins.
4. North Texas 1-7 "Highway To Hell": Who knew Todd Dodge should have listened to this AC/DC classic before motoring from Southlake to Denton.
5. Virginia
7-2 "Monster Mash": Not even Bobby "Boris" Pickett could get the folks in Charlottesville dancing after NC State mashed the Cavs' dreams of a monster season.
6. Idaho 1-8 "Scream Till You Drop": This Royal Tones tune pretty much captures the mood in Moscow after the Vandals dropped their seventh straight.
7. Minnesota 1-8 "Haunted House": Jumpin' Gene Simmons (no, not the one from Kiss) might be blasting through the Metrodome sound system when the Gophers host Illinois.
8. SMU 1-7 "Purple People Eater": Sheb Wooley's one-eyed, one-horned, flyin' purple people eater said "it's eatin' purple people and it sure is fine." At SMU, it's the coaches who get devoured.
9. Louisiana-Lafayette 1-7 "I Put A Spell On You": Maybe Screamin' Jay Hawkins put a spell on the Ragin' Cajuns?
10. Notre Dame 1-7 "The Raven": "Thus quoth the raven, nevermore." Will Navy, which has lost 43 straight to the Irish, be able to say that after Saturday's game against ND? (Edgar Allan Poe wrote it. The Alan Parsons Project sang it.)

Waiting list: Colorado State (1-7), Duke (1-7), Iowa State (1-8), Ole Miss (2-7), Rice (1-7), UAB (2-6), UNLV (2-7) and Washington (2-6).

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