Red Raiders are a Bottom 10 smash
The Bottom 10 inspirational thought of the week:
Today is the greatest day I've ever known
Can't live for tomorrow, tomorrow's much too long
I burn my eyes out
Before I get out
I wanted more than life could ever grant
Bored by the chore of saving face
-- "Today," Smashing Pumpkins
With Halloween right around the corner, the Bottom 10 is cranking up some Smashing Pumpkins tunes on the iPod. To borrow the words of Smashing Pumpkins front man Billy Corgan, the Bottom 10 has to be "bored by the chore of saving face" this late in the season. As a long-suffering Cubs fan, Corgan can relate to the plight of teams in the Bottom 10.
Western Kentucky keeps its hold on No. 1, and that's no surprise given the Hilltoppers' 0-7 record.
With two straight losses, Florida International makes its return to the Bottom 10, while Ball State gets a reprieve after beating Eastern Michigan last week.
Meanwhile, the highly coveted No. 5 spot belongs to Mike Leach and Texas Tech. The Red Raiders' surprising loss to Texas A&M (last week's occupant), along with the coach's postgame comments, cemented their Bottom 10 status.
The Bottom 10 masquerade ball kicks off Saturday in Denton, Texas, where the Pillow Fight of the Week features 0-7 Western Kentucky at 1-6 North Texas (ESPN360.com, 4:15 p.m. ET). When it's over, at least one of them will be disguised as a winning team.
With apologies to Steve Harvey and Billy Corgan, here's this week's Bottom 10:
ESPN.com's Bottom 10
|1.||Western Kentucky||0-7||"The Everlasting Gaze": The Hilltoppers' losing streak stands at 15 defeats in a row after last week's 62-24 loss at Middle Tennessee State. Will it end at North Texas?|
|2.||Eastern Michigan||0-7||"Landslide": The Eagles probably missed out on their best chance at a victory in 2009, blowing a 14-point lead in the second half of a 29-27 loss to Ball State. Up next: a road trip to Arkansas.|
|3.||Rice||0-8||"1979": The Owls have finished a season with one win or fewer six times since 1979. They only have four more chances to win this season.|
|4.||Miami, Ohio||0-8||"Disarm": The RedHawks might want to give up trying to throw the football. They've thrown an FBS-high 16 interceptions this season.|
|5.||Texas Tech||5-3||"Muzzle": The Red Raiders' "fat little girlfriends" might want to muzzle their boyfriends' coach after his stunning comments following a stunning loss to Texas A&M.|
|6.||New Mexico||0-7||"Zero": After returning from a 10-day suspension, first-year Lobos coach Mike Locksley will be seeking his first victory at San Diego State.|
|7.||FIU||1-6||"Try, Try, Try": The Golden Panthers try, try, try to stay out of the Bottom 10, but despite their efforts, they're back after dropping the last two to Troy and Arkansas State.|
|8.||Akron||1-6||"Drown": The Zips are drowning in their five-game losing streak, which figures to continue Saturday at Northern Illinois.|
|9.||North Texas||1-6||"Perfect": It might take a perfect storm for the not-so-Mean Green to win again. Playing Western Kentucky at home might just be it.|
|10.||Illinois||1-5||"The End is the Beginning is the End": Despite Ron Zook's 19-36 record as Illinois' coach, athletic director Ron Guenther said Zook will be back in 2010.|
Waiting list: Hawaii (2-5), Louisville (2-5), Maryland (2-6), Memphis (2-6), San Jose State (1-5), SEC officials, Tulane (2-5), UAB (2-5), Vandy (2-6), Washington State (1-6).
Mark Schlabach covers college football and men's college basketball for ESPN.com. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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