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Spoiled results in Week 1 for Bottom 10

Originally Published: September 8, 2010
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

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The Bottom 10 inspirational thought of the week:


You know I like my chicken fried
Cold beer on a Friday night
A pair of jeans that fit just right
And the radio up

-- "Chicken Fried," Zac Brown Band

The Zac Brown Band might like the radio up, but fans of teams in the Bottom 10 were turning the volume down during the opening weekend of the 2010 college football season.

From Albuquerque to Oxford, Miss., the season seemed to end before it even started.

A more menacing version of poultry spoiled Ole Miss' season on Saturday, as the Jacksonville (Ala.) State Gamecocks stunned the Rebels 49-48 in double overtime. The Ole Miss defense was fried after halftime, blowing a 31-10 lead and allowing a tying 30-yard touchdown on fourth-and-15 in the second overtime.

The Gamecocks won the game on Coty Blanchard's two-point pass to Calvin Middleton.

Jacksonville State wasn't the only FCS program to leave its mark on Saturday. North Dakota State upset Kansas 6-3, spoiling Turner Gill's debut as the Jayhawks' coach. While Kansas fans were searching for plenty of cold beer, the Jayhawks took solace in securing a tie for the not-so-coveted No. 5 spot in the Bottom 10.

Of course, Bottom 10 rules stipulate inclusion with any loss to a lower FCS foe.

At least one Bottom 10 team showed a lot of heart in its opener. Eastern Michigan nearly upset Army before losing 31-27 in the final minute. The Eagles will try to end their 13-game losing streak at Miami (Ohio) on Saturday in the Pillow Fight of the Week.

With apologies to Zac Brown and Steve Harvey, here's this week's Bottom 10:

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1. Western Kentucky 0-1 "Colder Weather": The Hilltoppers lost 49-10 at Nebraska, extending their losing streak to 21 games. They might not win until October with upcoming games against Kentucky, Indiana and South Florida.
2. Eastern Michigan 0-1 "Free": You couldn't give away tickets to the Pillow Fight of the Week; Eastern Michigan and Miami (Ohio) have combined to lose 25 of their past 26 games.
3. New Mexico 0-1 "Where The Boat Leaves From": The boat has sailed on the Mike Locksley era. The Lobos gave up 720 yards and 35 first downs in a 72-0 loss at Oregon.
4. New Mexico State 0-0 "Who Knows": After a 3-10 record in 2009, who knows whether the Aggies will be any better in Saturday's opener against San Diego State? At least they know they're better than their in-state rivals.
T5. Ole Miss/Kansas 0-1, 0-1 "Sic 'Em On A Chicken": Fowl? Or just foul? The Rebels' D looked silly chasing around the Gamecocks, and the Jayhawks' pathetic performance on offense was even worse.
6. FIU 0-0 "Whatever It Is": The Golden Panthers are hoping to fix whatever it was (and it was a lot) that plagued them during a 3-9 campaign in 2009. They open the season against Rutgers on Saturday.
7. San Jose State 0-1 "Let It Go": The Spartans let former coach Dick Tomey go, but the results weren't any better in a 48-3 loss at Alabama. San Jose State's defense surrendered 591 yards, and its offense managed only seven first downs.
8. Miami (Ohio) 0-1 "A Different Kind of Fine": After a 1-11 record in 2009, the RedHawks were surprisingly competitive in a 34-12 loss at Florida. The Gators had only 26 yards of offense heading into the fourth quarter.
9. Washington State 0-1 "It's Not OK": The Cougars were routed 65-17 at Oklahoma State on Saturday, their 23rd loss in their past 26 games. A victory over FCS foe Montana State on Saturday doesn't even seem like a sure thing.
10. Toledo 0-1 "Highway 20 Ride": It might not be a drive down Highway 20, but the Rockets can only hope their road trip to Ohio is better than their home opener, a 41-2 loss to Arizona.

Waiting list: Illinois (0-1), LSU's clock management, Rice (0-1), USC's defense, Navy's ball security, Memphis (0-1), Marshall (0-1), North Texas (0-1), Marvin Austin's tweeting, Florida's shotgun snaps.

Mark Schlabach covers college football for ESPN.com.

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