Commentary

Hall and Oates help call the Hogs

Originally Published: September 9, 2008
By David Duffey | ESPN.com

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The Bottom 10 inspirational thoughts of the week:

What I want, you've got
And it might be hard to handle
But like the flame that burns the candle
The candle feeds the flame
What I've got's full stock of thoughts and dreams that scatter
You pull them all together
And how, I can't explain
But you make my dreams come true

-- "You Make My Dreams," Daryl Hall and John Oates

John Oates returned to North Penn High School in Lansdale, Pa., on Monday for an acoustic performance at his alma mater.

"I flitted between worlds," Oates said in a phone interview with The Philadelphia Inquirer before the show. "I was a musician and an athlete. I ran with the bad crowd and the good crowd. It was before the social revolution, the last years of that kind of innocent period."

Several members of the Week 2 Bottom 10 have run with the good and bad crowds. Before joining the Bottom 10, there was a time when Arkansas, Syracuse and Washington State recorded hits in the Top 25.

Other teams seem destined to keep cranking out the Bottom 10 hits. While FIU jumped to No. 1 after a 42-0 loss at Iowa, San Diego State went from No. 1 to No. 4 after almost beating Notre Dame. Wins by Idaho and SMU earned the Vandals and Ponies an exit. Army and Kent State moved in to take their place.

If athletics doesn't work out for the Bottom 10's band, there's always, well, band. (The Wyoming band always has been a Bottom 10 favorite. Of course, who could resist those uniforms?) That transition worked out for Oates.

For those who dare to dream big, Oates said: "I'm living proof that you can go to North Penn High School and go somewhere after that. You have to have passion, first of all, and follow your passion."

Our passion is following the Bottom 10. And our passion led us to Arkansas this week. Sure, the Razorbacks are 2-0, but two come-from-behind wins over Western Illinois and Louisiana-Monroe have the Hogs in the highly coveted No. 5 spot.

Pillow fight of the week: San Diego State at San Jose State.

Time to sit back and let the musical stylings of Hall and Oates guide us through the Week 2 Bottom 10 for 2008.

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
  RANK TEAM RECORD COMMENT
1. FIU 0-2 "Everytime You Go Away": You come back. The Panthers teased us with 11 straight losses in '07 before winning their finale. Maybe this is the year for perfection.
2. Washington State 0-2 "Time Will Tell": Are the Cougars really this bad? Well, after two games, they are No. 118 in scoring defense and No. 117 in total offense.
3. Syracuse 0-2 "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get": With a home loss to Akron, the Orange fall to 7-30 under Greg Robinson.
4. San Diego State 0-2 "Say It Ain't So": Sure, the Aztecs lost to FCS Cal Poly in Week 1, but we had to drop them after their close call in South Bend.
5. Arkansas
2-0 "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)": Two close wins over FCS Western Illinois and Louisiana-Monroe don't impress us. Plus, no other big-time school had an embarrassing loss.
6. Utah State 0-2 "Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid": The Aggies and the Bottom 10 just go together. OK, we'll say it. Their kiss is on our list.
7. UL-U-Pick 'em 0-3 "You Make My Dreams": A Bottom 10 without Louisiana-Monroe and Louisiana-Lafayette joined together is a nightmare.
8. North Texas 0-2 "Maneater": With a nickname like the Mean Green, you would think UNT would be the predator instead of the prey.
9. Army 0-2 "Heartbreak Time": The Bottom 10 hates including the Black Knights of the Hudson. But a home loss to FCS New Hampshire was too much to overlook.
10. Kent State 0-2 "Something About You": Maybe it's extending the nation's longest losing streak to nine games? Yup, that's it.

Waiting list: Celebration flag on Washington, Maryland (1-1), San Jose State (1-1), Toledo (0-1), UAB (0-2), UTEP (0-2) and Virginia (1-1).

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