Rocked band's ticket to ride
The Bottom 10 inspirational thought of the week:
I've got a feeling, a feeling deep inside
Oh yeah, Oh yeah.
I've got a feeling, a feeling I can't hide
Oh no, Oh no, Oh no,
Yeah, I've got a feeling.
-- "I've Got A Feeling," The Beatles
The Bottom 10's got a feeling, too. In fact, we've got a couple of 'em after Week 1. With the release of "The Beatles: Rock Band" scheduled for Wednesday, we'll let the Fab Four's songs available in that game help us through those feelings about our rocked band of teams.
Losing to Football Championship Subdivision teams definitely gives the Bottom 10 a feeling. The precedent has been set, and Bottom 10 law is clear on the matter. So Duke, Temple and Virginia can come together right now in this week's edition.
Bottom 10 law also states that a win guarantees a team at least one week off. Those departures always leave the Bottom 10 feeling a bit sad. But here comes the sun for North Texas, Idaho, Tennessee, Iowa State and SMU. The Mean Green, Vandals, Volunteers, Cyclones and Mustangs won to earn their freedom.
The Bottom 10 has a special feeling about the highly coveted No. 5 spot. The big-time program that suffers the most embarrassing loss earns our most honored position. While losing on Boise State's fabled blue turf is no embarrassment, Oregon's disappointing performance coupled with the postgame altercation landed the Ducks at No. 5. Hopefully, they can get by with a little help from their new Bottom 10 friends.
So, with apologies to Steve Harvey and help from The Beatles, here's the latest Bottom 10:
ESPN.com's Bottom 10
|1.||Western Kentucky||0-1||"Don't Let Me Down": After they put up only seven points and 83 total yards against the Vols, the Bottom 10 is confident the Hilltoppers won't let us down this season.|
|2.||Eastern Michigan||0-1||"Ticket To Ride": A home loss to Army seems to indicate the Eagles will have a season-long ticket to ride in the Bottom 10. And they might be ticketed for a long ride.|
|3.||New Mexico State||0-1||"Eight Days A Week": Even if new coach DeWayne Walker worked the Aggies eight days a week, that might not be enough to get them out of the Bottom 10 in '09.|
|4.||Tulane||0-1||"If I Needed Someone": The Green Wave need someone. In fact, it looks like the Green Wave need a bunch of someones this season.|
|5.||Oregon||0-1||"A Hard Day's Night": The offense struggled. LeGarrette Blount threw that punch. It was a tough first game for new coach Chip Kelly and the Ducks.|
|6.||Virginia||0-1||"Do You Want To Know A Secret": Losing at home to William & Mary will land you in the Bottom 10 -- and put your coach in hot water.|
|7.||Temple||0-1||"Twist And Shout": The Owls definitely are twisting and shouting after losing to neighbor (and FCS team) Villanova, but it's not the feel-good kind the Beatles hit inspired.|
|8.||Duke||0-1||"Come Together": It looked like the Blue Devils had come together around David Cutcliffe, but a loss to Richmond indicates that is not the case -- at least yet.|
|9.||Ball State||0-1||"I Want You": The Bottom 10 does want the Cardinals. We want them so bad, especially after a home loss to preseason No. 1 North Texas.|
|10.||Washington||0-1||"Getting Better": A nation-worst 15 straight losses keeps the Huskies on the list, but don't expect U-Dub to be a part of our rocked band for much longer.|
Waiting list: ACC (4-6 nonconference record), Florida Atlantic (0-1), Florida State's clock management, Georgia's offense, Hawks love (0-1), Illinois (0-1), Indiana (1-0), Louisiana-Monroe (0-1), Marshall (1-0), Miami (Ohio) (0-1), New Mexico (0-1), Rice (0-1), Washington State (0-1).
David Duffey is the college football editor at ESPN.com.
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