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Halloween's not the only thing delivering October frights

11/7/2007

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:

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.