Commentary

Badgers, Huskies causing a Bottom 10 commotion

Originally Published: October 21, 2008
By David Duffey | ESPN.com

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The Bottom 10 inspirational thoughts of the week:

Cherish the thought
Of always having you here by my side (oh baby I)
Cherish the joy
You keep bringing it into my life (I'm always singing it)
Cherish your strength
You got the power to make me feel good (and baby I)
Perish the thought
Of ever leaving, I never would

-- "Cherish," Madonna

The Bottom 10 is sorry to hear that Madonna and Guy Ritchie are calling it quits after eight years of marriage. Breakups are no bueno whether they are on la isla bonita or over in England. But don't worry, the Bottom 10 cherishes its teams and wouldn't dream of divorcing them.

However, separations unfortunately happen in the Bottom 10. Last week's special BCS edition meant Bottom 10 favorites like North Texas, Idaho, Utah State and San Diego State took the week off. Thank your lucky star, though, because we're back to justify our love for the Mean Green, Vandals, Aggies and Aztecs.

And our immaculate collection wouldn't be complete without finding just the right team for the highly coveted No. 5 spot. After weeks of barely escaping this honor, the Badgers can't hide any longer. The preseason Big Ten darlings are 0-4 in the conference after falling at Iowa on Saturday. On Wisconsin! -- all the way to the Bottom 10. We're still crazy for you here.

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We'll let the songs of Madonna get us into the groove for 2008's Week 8 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
  RANK TEAM RECORD COMMENT
1. North Texas 0-7 "Like A Prayer": "Life is a mystery" for the Mean Green -- at least on the football field. UNT is No. 119 in scoring defense. Praying for a win couldn't hurt.
2. Washington State 1-7 "You Must Love Me": How can the Bottom 10 not love the Cougars? They rank No. 118 in scoring defense and scoring offense. What's not to love about that?
3. Washington 0-6 "Causing A Commotion": The Huskies are the only winless team in a BCS conference. And that doesn't exactly have the folks in Seattle dancing.
4. Idaho 1-7 "Crazy For You": The Vandals are last in total defense (No. 119). You know it's true. That's why the Bottom 10 is crazy, crazy for you.
5. Wisconsin 3-4 "Express Yourself": Bucky's four-game slide capped by the loss to Iowa is just the kind of expression we're looking for in a No. 5 spot contender.
6. San Diego State 1-6 "La Isla Bonita": The Aztecs aren't winning much on the field, but we hear the weather is lovely over on Coronado Island this time of year.
7. Utah State 1-6 "Lucky Star": The Aggies beat No. 4 Idaho. The Vandals must be their lucky star, but we're the luckiest by far since that's Utah State's lone win.
8. SMU 1-7 "Vogue": The Ponies are striking a pose, but it's definitely not the one they hoped for when June Jones agreed to come to Dallas.
9. Kent State 1-6 "Justify My Love": The Golden Flashes are last (and winless) in the MAC East. They are No. 90 in scoring offense. They are No. 111 in turnover margin. That enough for you?
10. Syracuse 1-6 "Dress You Up": As long as the Orange keep losing, we're gonna dress them up in our Bottom 10 love. And with no more FCS teams on the schedule, chances are they'll keep dancing here.

Waiting list: Eastern Michigan (2-6), Michigan (2-5), Missouri's defense, Southern Miss (2-5), Toledo (2-5), UCF (2-4), Wyoming (2-5).

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