Commentary

Rage against the (Big 12) machine

Originally Published: November 24, 2010
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

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The Bottom 10 inspirational thought of the week:


Ughh!
Hey yo, it's just another bombtrack … ughh!
Hey yo, it's just another bombtrack … yeah! It goes a-1, 2, 3 …

Yeah, it's just another bombtrack
And suckas be thinkin' that they can fake this
But I'm gonna drop it at a higher level
'Cause I'm inclined to stoop down
Hand out some beat-downs
Cold runna train on punk ho's that
Think they run the game

But I learned to burn that bridge and delete
Those who compete … at a level that's obsolete
Instead I warm my hands upon the flames of the flag
To recall the downfall
And the businesses that burned us all
See through the news and the views that twist reality.

"Bombtrack," Rage Against the Machine

Rage Against the Machine, the Los Angeles-based rap metal band, often ranted against corporate America and government oppression.

Rage Against the (Big 12) Machine takes out its anger on zebra-striped officials, freshman quarterbacks and camera-toting Internet reporters.

Once again, Nebraska coach Bo Pelini is apologizing for his boorish behavior, this time for his foul-mouthed berating of officials and public dress-down of freshman quarterback Taylor Martinez during last week's 9-6 loss at Texas A&M.

Pelini was admonished by Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman, who called Pelini's behavior "unfortunate."

Carl Pelini, the coach's brother and defensive coordinator, is accused of grabbing a reporter's camera and breaking it during a confrontation after the Texas A&M game.

On Monday, Pelini promised to watch his temper.

"I always believe it's OK to disagree with a call," Bo Pelini told reporters. "It's not OK to make it personal. At times during that game, probably in my quest to fight for the kids on our football team, I let it get personal. For that, once again, I'm sorry. I regret that."

The Bottom 10 teams' opponents don't have to worry about walking into a fight. The Bottom 10 teams are only good at beating themselves.

With apologies to Zack de la Rocha and Steve Harvey, here's this week's Bottom 10:

ESPN.com's Bottom 10
  RANK TEAM '10 RECORD COMMENT
1. Akron 0-11 "Know Your Enemy:" The winless Zips have to know they're actually good enough to beat Buffalo in their finale, this week's Pillow Fight of the Week.
2. New Mexico 1-10 "Freedom": The Lobos will be staring at a 1-11 finish after Saturday's finale against No. 3 TCU. How long before they free themselves from Coach Mike Locksley?
3. Memphis 1-10 "Down Rodeo": Coach Larry Porter's first season has been more like a three-ring circus. The Tigers will finish 1-11 unless they upset Central Florida on Saturday.
4. New Mexico State 2-9 "Testify": The Aggies can testify that Nevada will give No. 4 Boise State a stiff test on Friday night. The Wolf Pack steam rolled New Mexico State 52-6 last week.
5. Nebraska 9-2 "Calm Like a Bomb": The Cornhuskers will win the Big 12 North if they defeat Colorado on Friday. That might be the only way to defuse the Pelini brothers' anger at this point.
6. Buffalo 2-9 "Bulls on Parade": The past two weeks were like a parade of parody, after the Bulls lost to Ball State and Eastern Michigan in consecutive games.
7. Colorado State 3-9 "Year of tha Boomerang": So much for a bounce-back season. The Rams finished 3-9 after losing 44-0 at Wyoming. They keep hitting themselves in the head with self-inflicted wounds.
8. UNLV 2-9 "People of the Sun": At least the Rebels can see light at the end of their dreadful season; their final two games are at San Diego State on Saturday and at Hawaii on Dec. 4.
9. Bowling Green 2-9 "Bombtrack": The Falcons are still recovering from Rocket tracks in last week's 33-14 loss at Toledo.
10. Kansas 3-8 "The Ghost of Tom Joad": The Jayhawks have been haunted by the ghost of Mark Mangino during new coach Turner Gill's first season.

Waiting list: Indiana (4-7), Southern Cal's effort, Minnesota (2-9), Miami's turnovers, Ball State (4-8), Wyoming (3-9), Greg Robinson's teddy bear, Tulane (4-7), loser's walk at Wrigley Field, Rice (3-8), Washington State (2-9), Duke (3-8), diving into the end zone in Baton Rouge, Vanderbilt (2-9), East Carolina's defense, Eastern Michigan (2-9), UCLA's offense, Wake Forest (2-9).

Mark Schlabach covers college football for ESPN.com.

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